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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.

About the facilitator

The workshop will be taught by Jack Beckford, who is founder and Senior Partner at Beckford Consulting, providing planning, development, training and assessment services to nonprofit organizations and foundations in the Southeast. As the founding Director of a nonprofit organization, chair of three boards of directors, and with 15 years of experience as a grantmaker, Jack brings a valuable mix of perspectives and experience to assisting nonprofit organizations. Since founding Beckford Consulting in 2002, Jack has provided organizational development, fundraising planning, board training, assessments, and retreat facilitations to more than 80 nonprofit organizations and half a dozen foundations. He has served on the consulting team at GCN and as a community coach for the Neighborhood Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Previously Jack spent 13 years at the Fund for Southern Communities (FSC). FSC raised money from individual donors and private foundations, evaluated proposals for grant awards, and provided technical assistance and training to small community groups in Georgia and the Carolinas. While at FSC, Jack was a member of the National Network of Grantmakers, and chaired the “Funders Who Fund in the South” working group. He helped form and served on the board of directors for Georgia Shares and the Southern Rural Development Initiative. Earlier Jack had served as interim associate for National Relief and Development for the Presbyterian Hunger Program of the Presbyterian Church, USA.

A former junior soccer coach and tennis player, Jack stays in shape running and managing his organic vegetable garden.


  • Coming soon


5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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

Fee: $75

**This class is not covered under the NU+ThinkHR subscription and Wells Fargo Scholarships do not apply**

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

Due to the Covid-19 situation these classes have postponed. Please stay tuned for updates.