Legal Resources for Nonprofits

General Corporate Law

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Please note the resources below are for reference purposes only and/or are sample agreements that may not cover all potential circumstances an organization may face. A nonprofit organization should always consult with a knowledgeable attorney to tailor this information to the organization’s needs.  If you do not have an attorney, we can help provide you with one (that’s what we do).

The Forming a New Nonprofit Checklist is for people who are interested in starting a nonprofit.

The Washington Nonprofit Handbook 2018 Edition is an informative manual that provides guidance on many legal issues facing nonprofit organizations.  The Handbook was recently revised (July 2018).

The Handbook references the following forms and templates that may be useful to nonprofits and their attorneys:

Sample Articles of Incorporation for a Washington State nonprofit organization without members.

Sample Articles of Incorporation for a Washington State nonprofit organization with members.

Sample Bylaws for a Washington State nonprofit organization without members.

Sample Bylaws for a Washington State nonprofit organization with members

Sample Conflict of Interest Policy for nonprofit organization.

Sample Document Retention Policy for nonprofit organization

Wayfind’s Nonprofit Legal Checklist helps nonprofits understand common legal obligations and highlights areas where greater inquiry should be made.

Sample Terms of Use for nonprofit organization.

Sample Unanimous Consent Initial Meeting provides written consent for organizational meeting of board of directors.

Starting a Nonprofit. The Starting A Nonprofit is a toolkit Wayfind created in collaboration with Washington Nonprofits and is a great resource for anyone thinking about starting a NPO.

Washington State Tax Basics for Nonprofits. The Washington State Tax Basics for Nonprofits is a toolkit created in collaboration with Washington Nonprofits and is a great resource explaining the state taxes that Washington nonprofits are subject to.

Let’s Go Legal! Let’s Go Legal is a nonprofit law learning series, which includes 5 short videos and accompanying written materials on State Law, Federal Law, Fundraising, Employment and Intellectual Property.

Employment and Intellectual Property Issues

Information on the New Federal Overtime Rules

The sample agreements linked to below are forms that secure a nonprofit’s rights to intellectual property and employment law.

Sample Harassment Policy

Sample Social Media Policy – 2018 Policy Clinic

Sample Whistleblower Policy

Independent Contractor – Employee Checklist

Sample Intellectual Property and Confidentiality Agreement

Sample Release of Intellectual Property Rights

Sample Photo Release


Raffle FAQ from the Washington State Gambling Commission

Raffle brochure from the Washington State Gambling Commission

Liquor, Cannabis, Gambling… and Your Fundraising Event – How to stay compliant while fundraising through events.   This is an excellent tool that helps nonprofits navigate the complex rules of liquor, cannabis and gambling at events.

The Special Occasion License, Banquet Permits and Catering Information Sheet is handout from the Washington State liquor and Cannabis Board that provides information on when you need a license for an event.