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How to Start a Nonprofit

This evening workshop is designed to help those that want to start a nonprofit organization in their community and those in the first year of startup.

Passion may get you started, but government, funders and policies are critical, if you are to be successful. Most people have the opinion that there are too many nonprofits and duplication is causing greater competition for funding.  Learn how to overcome these perceptions and challenges in the community, and ensure you are on a path toward success.

The workshop covers the legal, financial, planning, governance, and fundraising areas needed to start a successful nonprofit organization. 

Key topics covered include:

  • Legal issues – from name registration through tax-exempt status
  • Incorporation and bylaws
  • Board governance, including nonprofit board roles and responsibilities
  • Mission, Vision and Values – building your business plan and case for support
  • Fundraising –  grant writing to donor engagement
  • Building your support team

Join other individuals in a lively workshop with case examples and practical materials for helping you start a nonprofit organization. Learn about online resources, assessments, and tools to ease the process of creating the essential legal documents and other materials needed for starting your nonprofit.

The workshop will be taught by Kathy Keeley, GCN’s EVP, who has started nine nonprofits in her career, growing each into a strong community organization that continues to thrive today. Keeley is best known for having started the first loan fund in the country for women-owned businesses. Learn from a seasoned, successful practitioner about what works and what does not work, as you consider starting a nonprofit.  

Program Stats:


March 1, 2018

March 29, 2018

April 24, 2018

June 20, 2018

August, 30 2018

September 23, 2018

December 3, 2018


5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Georgia Center for Nonprofits
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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