So You Want to Start a Nonprofit?

03/02/2021 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM PT


  • $25.00


San Luis Obispo, CA


Fee: Free for Spokes 2020 Members* – $25 others

Location: Spokes Zoom Room

You're passionate about a cause and you want to do something about it! In fact, you're thinking about forming your own nonprofit organization. This class is for you.

Join us and learn:

  • What a nonprofit is and isn't

  • How nonprofits are structured

  • The steps involved in forming a nonprofit

  • Why you need to develop a nonprofit "business plan" and how to get started

  • What up front costs you'll face

  • What are some options if you decide not to incorporate

This is a 60 minute presentation followed by the opportunity for up to 30 minutes of questions and answers. A recording of this event will be available for seven days for those who register. If you cannot attend live, register anyway and we will provide the recording link after the workshop.


Presented by Dennis Baker
Dennis is a consultant to numerous established corporations, non-profits, and high-profile individuals. As a development specialist, he’s helped raise millions of dollars for non-profits as diverse as museums, hospitals, universities, and international aid organizations. Dennis is also a public relations expert having managed several New York Times bestselling authors and leading public relations campaigns for advocacy groups, movie projects, and entertainers. A graduate of Westmont College and a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics, Dennis has worked for the United States Senate, the British House of Commons, and FOX Entertainment. He is now CEO of DM Baker Media.

Note: The Spokes Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to dissolve Spokes later in 2021. In the meantime, however, we will continue to offer programs that advance our mission: Guiding nonprofits to achieve their goals through support and expert resources.

*2020 Members are those organizations and individuals that had an active Spokes membership at any time during 2020. To get the member rate, you’ll need to log in to your Spokes account. If you have difficulty, email or call (805) 547-2244.

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