Do you dream of starting and running your very own nonprofit? This highly interactive, hands-on course is ideal for anyone who is interested in forming a new nonprofit, converting an informal group to tax-exempt status, or reorganizing an existing organization. It provides practical how-to information about incorporation, organization, and other issues pertinent to anyone involved with a nonprofit start-up.
No matter what level of experience you have, you’re sure to find this unique course to be a valuable source of useful strategies and industry-specific advice that you can put to immediate use. The course is also supplemented with useful checklists, worksheets, reading lists, and field trips to a wide variety of online resources. By the time you graduate, you will be well-prepared to meet the challenge of starting and operating a successful nonprofit.
In this first lesson, we’ll go over some basic nonprofit terminology. We’ll also look at why you want to start a nonprofit and finish with some ways to obtain your goals. Then, you’ll discover what a mission statement is, how you can create one, and how you get your members to buy in.
Understand how to set up a nonprofit board of directors. You’ll also learn the importance of the work that a board is called to do and the role you’ll play in helping those board members be greater than they thought they could possibly be. Then, create your very own bylaws and articles of incorporation.
A variety of legal matters apply to getting your nonprofit started, and we’re going to look at filing reports and securing licenses, and delve into a few final tax issues. You’ll also learn how to operate your first board meeting so you can ratify your new bylaws. Then, find out how to research, brainstorm, discuss goals and objectives, and tactically prepare your organization to reach its goals.
To be effective, you must become adept at recruiting and motivating your volunteers and employees. This lesson will provide you with the strategies you’ll need to succeed. Then, you’ll learn that developing budgets that work is a critical part of your upcoming responsibility, and you’ll explore exactly how to do that here.
Explore why you need a fundraising strategy, how to get one, and why the board of directors, the executive director, members, and volunteers all have a place in the fundraising program. Then cover the concepts of nonprofit marketing and media relations where you’ll understand the basics of community outreach, and discover a variety of highly effective techniques you can use to promote your nonprofit.
Learn how you can use the Internet to reach out and tell the world who you are and what you do. Finally, you’ll learn what you can and, perhaps more importantly, what you cannot do when it comes to advocacy.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.