Nonprofit Essentials 101: What to Do in Your First 12 Months! October 5, 2022, 12:00pm EDT October 5, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Starting a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization is a major decision that requires significant forethought before and after you receive IRS tax exemption. As a nonprofit founder and or new board member, you will likely have questions that you already know to ask or seek answers for, and there will be questions that you don’t even know to ask! That is exactly why this training course was developed; to help you find your way during your first 12 months of becoming a nonprofit founder or board member.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to prepare for your first board meeting and what key activities happen in your first meeting
  • The difference between the 3 IRS 990 information returns
  • Whether Charitable Solicitation Laws apply to you
  • Which insurance policies are available for nonprofit organizations
  • Which planning documents will be most useful to you in your first year
  • Where to find immediate resources to increase your nonprofit leadership capacity
  • How to locate immediate resources for funding a newly formed nonprofit


Cheryl Smith is the CEO of Dewlyn Nonprofit Services, a Metro Atlanta based consulting firm, where she helps U.S. nonprofit organizations build sustainability through training, coaching, and grant-writing. Cheryl is also the author of the book, “21 Ways to Fund a Nonprofit;” she’s a member of the American Grant Writers' Association; and she is a nonprofit trainer for SCORE chapters, as well as a guest speaker for many public, private, and Faith-Based Organizations. In 2020, Cheryl launched the Community Heroes Program to work specifically with small nonprofit organizations in need of board development and funding. As a champion for the nonprofit community, Cheryl supports more than 3,000 nonprofit leaders each year, and she has successfully secured millions of dollars in government and private foundation grants for organizations that she has aligned with. Broadly, Cheryl’s specialty is building capacity in people and organizations, and helping them to reach their highest and best potential.

Nonprofit Essentials 101: What to Do in Your First 12 Months!