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Gwinnett Series | Starting a Nonprofit

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

Passion may get you started, but government, funders, and policies are critical to lasting success. Many people think there are too many nonprofits, or that new nonprofits will simply duplicate existing ones. Learn how to overcome these perceptions, and other challenges to your launch, to ensure you are ready. In addition, we’ll cover all the fundamentals – in legal, financial, planning, governance, and fundraising terms – needed to start and sustain a successful nonprofit organization. 

What you’ll learn:

  • Legal issues, from registering your name through securing tax-exempt status
  • Organizational management, including Incorporation and bylaws
  • Board governance, including nonprofit board roles and responsibilities
  • The development and use of mission, vision, and values
  • How to build your business plan and case for support
  • Fundraising, from grant writing to donor engagement
  • How to build your support team
  • Online resources, assessments, and tools to help create legal documents and other materials

The workshop will be taught by GCN Executive VP Kathy Keeley, who has started nine nonprofits in her career and grown each into a strong community organization that continues to thrive today — including the nation’s first loan fund for women-owned businesses. You’ll learn from a seasoned, successful practitioner about what works and what doesn’t as you consider your nonprofit’s earliest stages. Through lively discussion with fellow nonprofit entrepreneurs, you’ll also begin building your support network, and gaining a place in the community of difference-makers, while getting your nonprofit plans into gear. 


Aspiring nonprofit founders and executives at nonprofits in their first year.

About the facilitator

Kathy Keeley
Executive Vice President, Programs
Georgia Center for Nonprofits

With experience as a social entrepreneur, a consultant, the chief of staff for the mayor of Minneapolis, founder of multiple organizations, and the director of nonprofit and for-profit businesses, Kathy has worked with organizations of all kinds in more than 25 states and 30 countries. Over her 35-plus years as a consultant, she has turned around struggling and underperforming ventures, helped launch new companies and initiatives, and given established successes new pathways toward efficiency and expansion. more



  • June 7, 2018


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services
750 S Perry Street
2nd floor, Suite 231
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Registration Details


Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.


June 7, 2018


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Thank you to our sponsors, Primerica and Nordson, and partner Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services for hosting the series.