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Starting a nonprofit requires the navigation of a complex legal process, leaving many new groups without the knowledge and resources needed to make practical legal decisions for their organizations.

This session will help you understand the various legal concerns new nonprofits face from inception throughout the life of the organization and provide you with tools to make informed decisions as well as strategize next steps.


Susan M. Vignola
Associate, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

About The Nonprofit Formation Fundamentals Series:

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Candid., and Support Center are running our third Nonprofit Formation Fundamentals Series to help individuals gain a basic understanding and the skills needed to start a nonprofit organization. If you are thinking about starting a nonprofit, recently established a nonprofit, or are new to the sector and want to learn more, join us for this special FREE series. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions to receive maximum benefit. Feel free to sign up for as many as you are able to attend:

Tuesday, April 2: Part I: Legal Considerations Before Starting a Nonprofit
Tuesday, April 9: Part II: Financial Management Basics for Newly Established Nonprofits
Tuesday, April 16: Part III: Best Practices for Good Governance and Board Development
Tuesday, April 23: Part IV: Fundraising Essentials for Newly Established Nonprofits
Tuesday, April 30: Part V: Communications Planning and Marketing Basics for Newly Established Nonprofits



  • Understand more about the legal structures available for an organization
  • Learn how to gain tax-exempt status

Intended audience

  • Beginner
  • Board members
  • CEOs, executive directors, upper management
  • Nonprofit startups