Start (or Rebuild) a Nonprofit in Texas


This 3-hour course provides a simple framework and practical guidance for starting a new nonprofit or refreshing an existing one.

About this event

You have a mission that drives you. You know you want to make it a non-profit organization. But you don’t know where to start. This 3-hour workshop will help you clarify your purpose, decide on your structure, and give you a roadmap for getting started (or rebuilding, if you have an already established nonprofit that needs a refresh) .

This session will cover filing documents to formalize your organization and help you think through logistical considerations and day-to-day operations. Running a nonprofit can be an overwhelming undertaking, but by the end of this course, you’ll have a solid plan to get started. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and all participants will receive a workbook to use during the session. Plus, everyone will walk away with a toolkit full of resources, including templates, worksheets, and helpful links.

Key employees or stakeholders are encouraged to attend if the founder or director is unable to do so.

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Who should be present?

  • Founders, leaders and directors of non-profit organizations
  • Board members and volunteers interested in doing more
  • Non-profit professionals like consultants and freelancers, working with multiple organizations
  • Anyone new to starting or running a nonprofit
  • New and established nonprofits are encouraged to participate

Julie Niehoff will be the instructor for this online course.

Julie is co-founder and marketing director of Distance Learning Media, an education technology company specializing in workforce development and continuing education. She is also co-founder and director of education for the Local Business Institute, a national nonprofit organization that assists regional organizations that support small businesses across the United States. Julie has worked with thousands of nonprofits large and small, as a former director of education for Constant Contact and as an assistant marketing teacher for Austin Community College, specializing in studies at non-profit. She is a former vice president of the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, has founded three successful nonprofit organizations over the past 15 years, and today holds operational capacity for two of them, while serving on several the administration’s advice. Julie is a renowned speaker, trainer and advocate for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Her teaching style is informal or conversational, and she is known for making seemingly complicated topics very easy to grasp. Check out Julie’s LinkedIn profile.

What to expect:

This is a virtual classroom using Zoom meetings. Participants will be able to talk and interact with the instructor and others as if it were a live, in-person session. There will be plenty of time for Q&As at the end, but we have also scheduled plenty of group discussions during the session. There will be two ten-minute breaks for you to check your email, have a cup of coffee, etc.

Course material:

  • All participants will receive a follow-up notebook to take notes, follow instructions and do exercises during the session.
  • Presentation slides and exercises will be offered to all participants.
  • Participants will also receive a free toolkit – a collection of templates, forms, worksheets and other resources that will be made available at the end of the course.

The City of Austin is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request – including translation and interpretation services. For assistance, please contact the Economic Development Department at 512-974-7819. The city receives and accepts Video Relay Service (VRS) calls from people who are deaf or hard of hearing through Relay Texas 7-1-1.


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