How to Start a Nonprofit

Mendoza College of Business

How long?

  • 4 weeks
  • online

Mendoza College of Business


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Who should attend

  • Individuals looking to start their own nonprofit
  • Nonprofit professionals interested in honing their skills in this field
  • Military officers or senior enlisted personnel looking to start a nonprofit or transition into nonprofit work
  • Federal and state workers who are interested in transitioning to nonprofit work
  • Nonprofit volunteers seeking a complete understanding of nonprofit organizations

About the course

tarting a nonprofit is an exciting opportunity for many motivated individuals that are inspired to serve the community and make a difference, but it is a complex process with crucial steps to understand before beginning.

Through the How to Start a Nonprofit course with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, you’ll learn to develop a strategic business plan, establish a budget, prepare tax and legal documentation, raise money and build your donor base, build your board of directors, develop a marketing plan and measuring success.

What you’ll Learn

This 4-week course will give you the tactical insights you need to start a nonprofit by teaching you how to:

Conduct an Environmental Scan

Strategic initial steps to conducting an environmental scan to understand needs and determine if the nonprofit is viable, along with understanding the motivation and realities of starting a nonprofit.

Develop a Strategic Plan

Identifying and defining a nonprofit’s unique characteristics and value proposition along with developing a sustainable, strategic business model and plan.

Prepare Tax and Legal Documentation

Tax and legal documentation and structure that is essential for the nonprofit. This involves filing for federal and state tax exemptions and applications, various registrations, IRS forms, and other important legal structures.

Create a Board of Directors

Establish a board of directors by determining the type of board members you need, how to find them, electing board directors and officers, and developing their duties.


  • Leadership Mindset
  • Quadrants of the Meta-Motivation Inventory

Corporate Core Values

  • What Keeps People Productively Engaged
  • Core Values and Corporate Character
  • Personal Efficacy

How it Works

Through live and video-based lectures and convenient 24/7 access to an engaging, interactive classroom experience, you’ll learn how to navigate the nonprofit environment from some of today’s most successful nonprofit leaders.

How to Start a Nonprofit at Mendoza College of Business

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