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Start a Nonprofit Without Tearing Your Hair Out

Have you ever thought about starting a nonprofit, but weren’t sure what it would require? What are the things you need to set up, what regulations do you need to know to get started? Do you need a board? What do you need to start fundraising? What can you do to build an inclusive organization that values diversity from the beginning? How do you build an organization that stays flexible as it grows? We are two nonprofit veterans who’ve worked behind the scenes for many years to make sure our organizations are strong, well-managed, and diverse. We will share the basics on how to get started and avoid common pitfalls.

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  1. What nitty-gritty questions do you need to answer before you start a non-profit?
  2. What legal, structural, governance, and finance issues do you need to consider as you’re getting started? How do you operationalize your organization?
  3. How do you make diversity part of the DNA of your organization?



Chhaya Kapadia, Operations Dir, New America's Open Technology Institute

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