Starting a Successful Nonprofit

Tuesday, October 08, 09:00 AM - Tuesday, October 08, 2019, 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 08, 2019, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20
St. PaulMN
Fee: $89 for MCN members or nonmembers

The process for transforming your idea into an operating organization can be complicated. This workshop is designed to provide all the information you need to start a successful nonprofit organization in Minnesota -- beginning with an understanding of why you may or may not want to start a nonprofit organization and what other opportunities may be available to you.

By working closely with the easy-to-use Handbook for Starting a Successful Nonprofit, the session will lead participants through the step-by-step process for incorporating and applying for tax-exempt status. The Handbook is included in the workshop fee and contains all the forms necessary for starting a nonprofit in Minnesota.

Register early as the workshop has a limited number of participants to make sure that there is plenty of time for questions and answers about each potential organization’s specific needs. Please note that this session does not include legal advice and is recommended for those have not yet filed Form 1023 (the Application for Recognition of Exemption).

The workshop price includes the Handbook for Starting a Successful Nonprofit. If you already own the Handbook, registration for the workshop alone is $64. Please note that if you have the book already you must register with the downloadable registration form by mail or fax, and NOT online.

This workshop will be offered on April 30, July 31, October 8, and December 12.

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

This event will address the following best practices:

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

  • GOV 9:  To allow for careful, thorough deliberation during decision-making and a diversity of perspectives, nonprofit boards should consist of at least seven individuals.
  • GOV 10:  Nonprofit boards must have a chair and a treasurer and should have a vice-chair and secretary. No one should serve in more than one officer position in the same organization at the same time.
  • GOV 11:  If staff membership on the board is deemed necessary, it should be limited to the executive director. The executive director should not serve as the chair, vice-chair, secretary or treasurer.
  • GOV 20:  To ensure broad public participation, vitality and diversity, the board should establish term limits of no more than nine consecutive years.
  • TRANS 1: A nonprofit must comply with all legally required reporting procedures, including filing the IRS Form 990 and annual reports with the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General.
  • FUND 6: Nonprofits must comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning fundraising practices. This includes registration and annual reporting with the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General and with any state in which the organization is soliciting charitable contributions.
  • PLAN 1: Nonprofits should establish and regularly review mission, vision and values statements that are specific enough to effectively guide the overall goals and activities of the organization.

Event Details

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenters

Amber DavisAmber Davis is the Nonprofit Services Assistant at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. On the membership team, Amber is the first point of contact for all MCN nonprofit and associate members, and provides behind-the-scenes support to the programs team. Prior to joining MCN, they worked with various arts nonprofits as an administrator, advisory board member, and volunteer. Amber graduated from Augsburg University. They joined MCN in 2018.


John WurmJohn Wurm is membership and communications director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, where he leads MCN's varied communications efforts, develops and executes marketing and promotional planning and execution for MCN programs, and oversees the nonprofit and associate membership programs. Prior to joining MCN, John worked for 14 years in the Twin Cities book publishing industry, assuming a wide-range of marketing and publicity roles. John holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, with an emphasis in public relations, from St. Cloud State University, and has been with MCN since May 2012. His previous nonprofit experience also includes working at the United Way of Minneapolis and Redleaf Press, a leading nonprofit publisher of resources for early childhood professionals.

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