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Hi.... How can I word a section in my non-profit bylaws that

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How can I word a section in my non-profit bylaws that protects the Founder: creating a membership where the founder is the sole member and changes are not made with out his or her approval? I have spent years, money, sweat and tears forming this organization and while I understand I will not own it, I would like to do my best to protect my vision and mission.
Thank you for your question and for asking for me again.

You can state, "Founder or their named successor shall remain the sole member of the organization and shall have the right to veto any decisions made without his or her approval."

This is the simplest way of doing what you asked.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

ok, and what section specifically would I include this statement?

It would be in your Board of Directors or Governance section of the bylaws.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

ok, last question. In the Article of Inc. it states the organization will not have members. Is this a simple amendment with my Secretary of State?

You do not have to call yourself as founder a member, that prevents you from changing the articles of organization.

You can just state that "Founder or their appointed successor shall have final say on all decisions of the organization and shall have the right to veto any decisions made without his or her consent and approval."
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

This is under BOARD OF DIRECTORS does the sentence flow legally?

Section 7. Procedures. The vote of a majority of the directors present at a properly called meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors, unless the vote of a greater number is XXXXX by law or by these by-laws for a particular resolution. The founder or their appointed successor shall have the final say on all decisions of the organization and shall have the right to veto any decisions made by the Board of Directors without his or her consent and written approval. A director of the organization who is present at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which action on any corporate matter is taken shall be presumed to have assented to the action taken unless their dissent shall be entered in the minutes of the meeting. The Board shall keep written minutes of its proceedings in its permanent records.

Yes, that flows. You also need to add in the section about removal of directors that "Founder cannot be removed by the board of directors unless Founder is deemed by a court of competent jurisdiction to be mentally or physically incompetent to perform and in such a case a successor named by the Founder shall replace the Founder."

In conjunction with this, you need to name someone who will be your successor in the event this happens.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Would the successor "need" to be named and where and would the section in our will that deals with our businesses suffice.

Thank you for your response. The successor can be named at any time if you want to name one in the event you become incapacitated and the will would suffice only in event of your death, but not incapacity.