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Jim Goettler

Suquamish , Washington, USA

How to Start a
Non-Profit Organization


Jim wrote the 'Everything Non-Profit Toolkit', literally. He's here to walk you through a guided step-by-step process for setting up your own Non-Profit.
Course Syllabus

1. 20 min introGeneral Conversation re Non Profits and Needs/Interests 

2. Background and History of the Non Profit – types of NPOs

3. Incorporating as a State NPO vs Federal NPO (US) - pros

and cons

4. Business Licenses, Articles, By-Laws, Mission Statements

5.  Selecting and Fully Vetting a Board of Directors

6. Business Plans

7. Incorporating as a State Non Profit (US)

8. Fundraising 101 – Basic Budget Development

9. Preparing and applying for federal 501)c)(3) status (US)

10. Volunteers and Staff

11. Record Keeping – Easy and Essential

12. Remember Why – Now Go and Do Good Work

Jim has been and continues to be  a  nonprofit consultant, community organizer, and national political activist. For more than twenty years, Jim has been advising a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, ranging from local arts organizations to major music and art festivals to memory care facilities to political campaigns on matters ranging from long range strategic planning to board development to fund raising to basic operations. 
Jim is a former board member for several nonprofits, including Seattle Events,  the Washington State Alternative Artisans Guild, Reclaim the Media, and the Northwest Community Partnership,  as well as being a past president of the board of the Seattle Folklore Society. 
He has also been involved with organizing community and political events, coordinating rallies, meetings, nature cleanups, and strategies that raised millions for their causes. He authored 'Everything Non-Profit' after a request from a publisher following his youtube videos, and 'Everything Guide to Starting a Non-Profit'. He also taught on the subject. If legal advice is needed, Jim can direct you to the right professionals.
His personal business card says' Consultant to the Resistance', in his words: 'It may be resistance to pain, or sorrow, or any number of things - yes - up to and including resistance to bad things happening to good people.'
Jim's passion is music. In his professional career he's directed and produced festivals all around the US west coast. He lives in a small town a ferry ride from Seattle. On any day you can find him playing his penny whistle, or hammered dulcimer.
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