How to Remove a Member from a Nonprofit Under Washington Law

Running a nonprofit organization involves dedication, a strong sense of purpose, and the collaboration of its members. However, there may come a time when an officer needs to be removed from their position. Whether it's due to inefficiency, misconduct, or other reasons, it's essential to understand the proper procedures as outlined by Washington law.

This article will serve as a guide on how to remove a member from a nonprofit, drawing from the RCW 24.03A.595 regulation in Washington law. As representatives of a law firm specializing in business law, we aim to provide a clear, step-by-step explanation on this matter.

Why You May Need to Remove a Member

Things to Consider Before Removal

The Removal Process As Per RCW 24.03A.595

1. Resignation of Officers:

2. Procedures for Removal:

In summary, while the decision to remove an officer from a nonprofit is never easy, understanding the guidelines and procedures under Washington law can facilitate a smoother process. Ensuring that the removal is done in a fair, transparent, and legal manner is crucial.

At Wheat Legal PLLC, we understand the complexities surrounding business law and nonprofit regulations. If you find yourself in a situation where you need legal counsel regarding the removal of an officer or any other business-related issue, our team of experts is here to assist you. You really cannot rely on blog articles (like this one) to do it on your own and this is not legal advice. Trust in our expertise to guide you through the intricacies of Washington law.


WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of [Name of Nonprofit Corporation], a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Washington (hereinafter referred to as the "Corporation"), believes it to be in the best interests of the Corporation to remove [Name of Officer to be Removed] from their position as [Position/Title];


The undersigned Secretary of [Name of Nonprofit Corporation] hereby certifies that the foregoing resolution was duly adopted by the Board of Directors of the Corporation at a properly noticed meeting held on [Date of Meeting], at which a quorum was present and the resolution was approved by a majority of the Directors in office.

Dated this ___ day of ______, 20.

[Your Name], Secretary


[Name of President/Chair], President/Chair

NOTE: This pro forma corporate resolution is provided as a general guide. It's essential to consult with legal counsel to ensure compliance with specific requirements and applicable laws.