Amendments to PASS Bylaws

Dear PASS Members,

There are certain governance housekeeping duties that all non-profit boards should perform on a consistent basis. One item that deserves regular review is an organization's bylaws. Bylaws should be clear and cohesive, and should reflect current organizational ideals and practices. Bylaws must also comply with any jurisdictional legal regulations - for PASS that means squaring all terms of its Bylaws with certain Illinois statutory requirements, as we are registered as a not-for-profit corporation in that state.

The last update to the PASS Bylaws occurred in June 2009. Since then, the organization has grown rapidly and has changed considerably, leaving that document somewhat outdated. As a result, keeping one eye on the present and another on the future, the PASS Board of Directors and I recently drafted a number of amendments to the Bylaws. 

The Board has decided to publish a red-lined version of the draft as part of its ongoing efforts to increase transparency into PASS operations. A number of Board members will also be blogging about these changes.

If you are interested in reviewing the proposed new Bylaws, you can do so by clicking on the appropriate links below:

Once finalized and approved by the Board of Directors, these Bylaws will be posted and accessible to all PASS members on the PASS Governance page (login required). If you have any questions of a legal or procedural nature related to these Bylaws, please email me or Bill Graziano. Comments are welcome until March 31, at which point the Board will vote to approve the new Bylaws.


Hannes Bezuidenhout
PASS HQ - Governance