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Wednesday
Dec142011

Thinking of starting a nonprofit in Seattle? NAC can help.

Last night I attended a great free workshop, To be or not to be: forming a nonprofit in Washington State presented by NAC, the Nonprofit Assistance Center. Now, I'm not planning on starting a nonprofit myself (way too busy starting a law firm), but lately I've been working with several nonprofit clients to get their 501(c)(3) status and I wanted to get a better sense of the resources that were available for them in the Seattle area. I especially wanted to find some resources for more of the non-legal aspects of starting and running a successful nonprofit. 

The workshop was everything I hoped for. The speakers were knowledgeable and engaging and the information presented was very thorough and accurate. While there was a great deal of information to absorb, every participant went home with a copy of the presentation and a binder of materials so they could go back and learn more at their own pace. The workshop also included several breakout sessions where participants met in small groups to work on exercises and begin putting their new knowledge to use right away. Everyone in the well-attended session seemed to find it very useful and left with a lot of food for thought.

This workshop is best suited for those who are still in the planning stages, but will be useful for any stage from the very earliest idea to applying for 501(c)(3) status. You will learn not only the basics of forming a nonprofit corporation in Washington state, but also the preliminary planning and preparation you need to do first in order to be successful.  The NAC website is under construction right now, so you may want to call them to get information about their upcoming classes. If you just can't wait, I've included links to one of the resources used at the workshop that I've previously used and found very helpful:

WAACO and KCBAYLD's Washington Nonprofit Handbook

While every budding nonprofit socialpreneur should sit down and talk with an attorney at some point, that's often not the ideal place to start. NAC provides some great free resources to help you get to the point where you're ready to work with an attorney. 

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