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[Online] Starting a Nonprofit for Social Services with Special Focus on Mental Health and Addictions Counseling

Date: 9:00am PDT May 29 Location: Online


Are you considering something other than private practice? Have you ever wondered if working in the nonprofit sector could be a potential path for you?

Not for the faint of heart, creating a nonprofit requires patience, time, and perseverance. In this interactive online workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating a nonprofit, and what it takes to turn a lofty idea to a real, tangible business.

This online training will cover the step by step process of starting a nonprofit, helping participants brainstorm a concept for their organization, or find clarity around an existing idea. We will discuss how nonprofit work is an essential part of the greater community, exploring equity and health gaps, and how nonprofit work can both help or hinder these disparities.

Workshop Format

9-10:30 a.m.  |  Zoom Classroom Session
Introduction, Basics of Nonprofit Status, Equity and Structural Disparities

10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  |   Self-guided Learning, Research, and Writing
Between live sessions, participants will complete self-guided training modules, article readings and online research. Participants will then practice writing their mission, vision, and pitch statement.

Module Topics:

      • The Details: Paperwork, Boards, Bylaws and Bills

      • The Money: Funding Streams, Grant Writing, Fundraising

      • Marketing Crash Course

3 p.m.  |  Zoom Classroom Closing Session: Present your Pitch, Q&A, Additional Resources

This training is open to all, but will have a specific focus on mental health and addictions.

Following this training, participants will:

  • Understand what a nonprofit is and is not, including statistics on current nonprofits in the field related to success rates, financial viability and women/minority engagement.
  • Know the history of nonprofit work with it’s beginnings in social justice, and transformation into a business status.
  • Be familiar with the legal requirements on both state and federal levels regarding documentation, insurance, finances, business structure, and cultural and linguistic factors (filing for 501(c)3 status, Oregon business license, annual reporting, and more)
  • Understand the financial environment and current market for nonprofit funding, as well as resources for continued research, including how health disparities can impact financial outlook as well as how outcomes can influence funding.
  • Have defined who their market is and create a rough plan/idea for next steps, learn the importance of inclusivity in defining your mission and identifying your target population.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with online participation required from 9-10:30 a.m., and 3-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Katelyn Bessette, LPC, CADC-III

Cost: $125 before 5/7, $150 after, includes 6.5 CEUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.
Students: $50

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

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About the Presenter

Katelyn Bessette, LPC, CADC-III is the Development Director at Bridges to Change. She has experience working in the mental health and addictions field, specifically in the nonprofit sector. In 2014, Ms. Bessette and her partner founded a nonprofit which eventually merged with Bridges to Change. She has first hand experience of how to complete the step by step process of becoming a nonprofit as well as the day to day operations necessary to maintain not for profit organizations. Katelyn is alumni and adjunct faculty at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

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