How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

Florida Nonprofits hosts “How to Start a Nonprofit Organization” the first Friday of each month.

The purpose of this course is to provide the information you need to know before launching a nonprofit organization, including 32 points to consider before becoming a nonprofit, which can identify the type of nonprofit that best fits and clarify your needs. Learn the requirements, when incorporating your nonprofit, if you want to collect charitable donations.  Also covered is IRS and State of Florida filing, which is also applicable for those nonprofits that are up and running, but need further guidance. The class is devoted to helping you start a nonprofit organization and will also discuss the 11 areas of nonprofit management to master for success.

Classes are held the first Friday of each month from 10:00 am to approximately 11:30 am (times are flexible if needed to accommodate your schedule).  Classes may also be taken remotely upon request.  Bring the information on your start-up organization for discussion. The duration of the class is approximately 1.5 hours. Space is limited to three organizations per session, so register now!

You must be a member because we know you can’t learn everything in one and half hours, however, as a member you can use our resources and ask as many questions as you like for a whole year.  The cost of the program is $275, which includes a one-year membership.  The cost for members is $125.

Consulting is available upon request. Contact: Marina Pavlov at or 305.557.1764

2019 Friday Class Schedule:

January 4:      How to Start a Nonprofit
February 1:    How to Start a Nonprofit
March 1:         How to Start a Nonprofit
April 5:            How to Start a Nonprofit
May 3:             How to Start a Nonprofit
June 7:            How to Start a Nonprofit
July 12:           How to Start a Nonprofit
August 2:        How to Start a Nonprofit
September 6:  How to Start a Nonprofit
October 4:      How to Start a Nonprofit
November 1:  How to Start a Nonprofit
December 6:  How to Start a Nonprofit 

 How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

The Decision to Incorporate

    • Administrative (32 points to consider before you launch a start-up)
    • Advantages/Disadvantages of a Corporation

Steps to Incorporate

    • Bylaws
    • Board of Directors
    • Liability, Risk Management

501 (c)(3) Tax Exempt Status

  • Principal objectives
  • Religious, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Educational
  • Testing for public support

Strategic Planning

  • Mission Statement
  • Vision Statement

Human Resources

  • Hiring & Firing
  • Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

Financial Issues

  • Charitable Solicitation Registration
  •  Fundraising
  • Grantwriting
  • Internet and E-Commerce

Political Activity by Nonprofits

Nonprofit corporations may not substantially engage in lobbying or engage in partisan political activities.


  • Public Relation
  • Marketing


  • Advocacy
    Legislative Issues

Questions & Answers



Sponsorships are available for First Friday Events

Membership Required for Registration

Click here to Register for Nonprofit Startup

Class may be taught remotely and scheduled at your convenience

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