Emerging Nonprofit Certificate of Training

Bootcamp for Founders of Nonprofit Startups

TLP is seeking nonprofit founders who are interested in or are in the process of forming a new nonprofit organization for its new Emerging Nonprofit Certificate of Training program. Program participants will earn a “Certificate of Training” after completing a series of five workshops, all of which are geared towards the emerging nonprofit organization. Participants will have two years to complete all five workshops towards the certificate of training. Recipients will be granted an application fee waiver for TLP’s application for pro bono legal assistance for eligible nonprofits.

The series of five workshops will be offered on the three dates below. Fee is $150. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Online registration for the entire program is available, or you may register for the individual sessions through the links below. Please  note cancellation policy before registering.

If you would like to be notified of the next cycle, please contact us to be put on the waiting list by emailing Angela Dear at adear@thelawproject.org.



Register Here.  for all (5) workshops or use links below to register individually. 
Please note cancellation policy below.

4:30-6:00 pm

Funding a New Nonprofit – receive an introduction to grant prospecting (including further resources on grant writing), funder perspectives on new nonprofits and fiscally sponsored groups ($35)Register Here.

6:00-6:15 pm


6:15-7:45 pm

Nonprofit Board Basics – Learn roles and responsibilities for board directors and officers, fiduciary duties, the founder’s role, and tips for recruiting a diverse board of directors ($35)Register Here


4:30-6:00 pm

Developing a Budget for a New Nonprofit – Learn the basics of creating a budget for new nonprofit organizations including how to use and prepare each type of budget, the best ways to develop reliable estimates of revenue and expenses, and the true cost of hiring employees ($35)Register Here.  

6:00-6:15 pm


6:15-7:45 pm

Business Planning for a New Nonprofit – A solid business plan is critical to the success of your organization and will make filing for 501(c)(3) status less difficult. Attend this workshop to learn the components and the writing process ($35)Register Here



4:30-7:00 pm

Legal Steps to Create a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization – Gain in-depth knowledge about the legal requirements and various filings for creating a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization ($35) Register Here. 

The fine print

Participants can register for all workshops individually, but there is a significant discount in registering for the series. Participants must attend all five workshops in the series within two years. The certificate of training is awarded to an individual (not the organization), and attendance at the workshops is not transferable to other co-founders for the certificate of training. For example, a founder may register for the series, but send another co-founder to one of the workshops (24 hour advance notice to TLP required for all attendee substitutions due to building visitor registration requirements). However, the founder would not be eligible for the certificate of training until the founder attended that workshop within two years.

To waive the TLP application fee, the certificate of training recipient must be listed as the primary or secondary contact for the organization. The organization must meet TLP’s eligibility guidelines. Only one TLP application fee will be waived per recipient, and the filing fees deposit is still required for new nonprofits per the TLP application.

The Emerging Nonprofit Certificate of Training is neither a professional certification, nor an assessment-based certificate program. For questions about the program, please contact TLP at 312-939-3638.


 Cancellation policy
The Law Project reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any workshop for which registrants will receive a full refund. If you cannot attend a workshop or program you have registered, you may contact TLP at 312-939-3638 and/or tlp@thelawproject.org to request a refund according to the provisions below.

The Law Project will retain an administrative fee of a minimum of 30 percent of the cost of the workshop. This fee increases closer to the workshop date. Additionally, a workshop registration will not be transferable to any future workshops should you not attend. This allows us to plan for event capacity and keep costs affordable.  Please take this into account before you sign up for a workshop.
– 70 percent refund for cancellations received at least seven-days prior to the first day of the workshop in a series, or the day of the workshop, whichever is earlier.
– 50 percent refund for cancellations received at least three-days prior to the first day of the workshop in a series, or the day of the workshop, whichever is earlier.
– No refunds will be issued for cancellations received within 72-hours of the first day of the workshop in a series, or the day of the workshop, whichever is earlier. No refunds will be issued for “no shows”.

The Law Project reserves the right to modify cancellation policies as necessary. Any such changes will be clearly stated on registration and program materials to which they apply.