Meeting minutes are legal records, so it's important to get them right.

In essence, the minutes describe when your nonprofit's meeting was, where it was, who was there, any actions members took and what's ahead. Effective minutes help board members focus and keep track of their work.

Form 990 also asks whether nonprofits "contemporaneously document" board actions. Answering "no" suggests poor management and might make your organization subject to an IRS audit.

Resources below can help you learn the basics of how to keep minutes for your nonprofit's meetings. You can also borrow The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance by BoardSource through Candid's ebook collection on Overdrive. Chapter 15 has information about board minutes.

For an in-depth guide, see Anthony Mancuso's Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records: How to Properly Document Your Nonprofit's Actions.





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