Memorandum of Understanding

An MoU is a legal agreement setting roles and responsibilities of all involved parties. While some might feel an MoU implies the absence of trust between the organizations; this is not the case. Board members must remember they are not acting on their own behalf, but rather have been given charge to act in good faith on behalf of the taxpaying public. Necessary precautions must therefore be taken to ensure long-term sustainability and implied agreements must be put into a formal MoU.

Board Members' Guide to Partnership Planning Downloadable Version

Download this PDF version of the descriptions in Board Members' Guide to Partnership Planning.  Utilize this version to share with fellow board members to ensure the entire board is asking the right questions and taking the appropriate steps to create a sustainable and equitable partnership. A Board Member's Guide to Partnership Planning Checklist is provided for assistance.

  • Source: Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Memorandum of Understanding Definition

This entry defines a Memorandum of Understanding as a document that expresses mutual accord on an issue between two or more parties or outlines an agreement between multiple parties.
  • Key Terms: collaboration, merger, legal docs
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How to Write an Memorandum of Understanding

The tool serves a guide to aid in the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding by first defining the purpose then through instructions on crafting one.
  • Key Terms: collaboration, merger, legal docs
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Writing and Using Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)

This tool defines what a Memorandum of Understanding is, gives instructions on creating one, and discusses why memorandums of understanding are important.
  • Key Terms: collaboration, merger, legal docs
  • Year: 2006
  • Source: Robin Henry

How to Write a Memorandum

This tool is designed to assist in the creation of memorandums and provide a better understanding of their uses, content, and layout.
  • Key Terms: collaboration, merger, legal docs
  • Source: Azhar Victor

Sample Memorandum of Understanding

This tool is a sample Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which can be used as a guide to help organizations write an MoU
  • Key Terms: collaboration, merger, legal docs
  • Source: U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development (HUD)
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