People smile when you share your vision for helping others, but they don't GET it. Since people support things they understand, enroll now. Learn to express your vision in clear, compelling terms that attract the support you need to launch your nonprofit.




The Program Begins In...









August 2, 2018

You're a visionary. You can "see" how your program will transform the lives of the people you hope to serve. Yes, you understand their problems, but you also see the possibilities. But not everyone sees what you do.

To bring your vision to life, you'll need board members, volunteers, and financial supporters. And since people rarely support causes they don't understand, you have to help them see what you see. You need a compelling message that causes them to want to roll up their sleeves and join you or open their checkbooks and give. Make Your Vision Plain helps you develop that message.


This 3-week course is very hands-on and requires that participants view the lessons, complete their assignments, and work with fellow students. It's NOT intended for spectators, and you'll only get results if you participate and do the work. Here's what you can expect:

  • The lessons and hands-on assignments help you dig below the surface to get crystal clear about who you want to serve, the transformation you expect them achieve, and the way you expect your program to work.
  • And since it's important to know just how well you're communicating your vision, you'll have the opportunity to exchange feedback with your instructor and fellow participants.
  • The goal is for you to leave the course with a "vision brief"--a clear but brief description of your vision that you can share with potential supporters.


  • This online course offers both pre-recorded video lessons and live online coaching sessions.
  • You'll get 1 or more new video-based lessons and assignments each of the first 2 weeks.
  • The hands-on assignments are essential and help you put the lessons to work.
  • During week 3, participants will work together to refine their vision briefs, with coaching from your instructor.
  • The video lessons and handouts will be available in the online classroom inside the Nonprofit Startup Lab. You'll have 24/7 access once the course opens so that you can fit the lessons into your busy schedule.
  • Inside each lesson you can post questions and read answers from the instructor.
  • To answer questions and help students complete their assignments, we offer 1 or more coaching calls during each week of the course.


If you're ready to stop stumbling over your words when you try to describe your vision for nonprofit startup, this course might be your answer.

This isn't a magic shortcut, though. So you'll need the right mindset and equipment. So enroll only if you can answer yes to these questions:

  • Will you set aside at least 1-3 hours a week to watch the lessons, participate in live coaching, and complete your assignments?
  • Do you have a reliable internet-enabled device that allows you to watch videos, download documents, and participate in online audio- or web-based conversations?
  • Do you have the skills and equipment to navigate websites, download and print from the internet, and participate in video conferencing?

I don't want you to just enroll in this course, I want you to succeed! So if you did NOT answer yes to all those questions, Make Your Vision Plain is probably not a good fit for you right now. 


  • To register, click one of the big RESERVE MY SEAT! buttons on this page.
  • You'll be taken to a checkout page. If you already have an account with us, just click "SignIn" and follow the prompts. If this is your first course with us, type in your best email to begin registration. 
  • After you register, a page will open and tell you how to access the online classroom. You'll also get an email reminder about how to access your course a day or two before the course opens.
  • Tuition is $49, paid through Pay Pal or by credit card. (We never see your financial information.)


  • This course is a partnership between us. Nonprofit Startup Academy will offer instruction, coaching, and tools to help you succeed at clarifying your vision. In return, you commit the time and effort to watch the lessons, participate in the coaching sessions if you need them, and complete the assignments.

  • We believe you'll get good results if you do that. But if you enroll, start to do the work, and then decide the course is the wrong fit, you can request a full no-questions-asked refund if you request it in writing according to our Terms of Service. You can read our refund policy at checkout, and also In our Terms of Purchase HERE.


"I am a resident of Florida and two things that helped me in our Startup class are The Making It PLAIN Assignments; writing our plans helped with understanding what my organization is really about and how to move forward. Secondly, being able to share feedback with others in our [Nonprofit] Startup Academy.....Thank you"

Make Your Vision Plain
Pamela Jordan Calloway, Founder, Men of Honor

"This exercise was great! I was able to involve our Social Worker, RN and 2 of our board members. It helps ensure that we are all thinking and moving along the same line. Thanks so much!"

Program Builders Bootcamp
Deven Woods

"This lesson opens my eyes to areas I had not considered. Giving the people I want to reach a complete identity is amazingly helpful. My vision is becoming more and more real to me...Thanks! I can't wait for the next lesson!! "

Program Builders Bootcamp
Sherrine Jones

"When you think about starting a nonprofit all you want to do is make a difference but this is a great course that opens your eyes and gives you a nice Foundation to what it really takes to start a non-profit. After each course my husband and I took the time to really think about whether we had the personality, temperament, capacity and the drive to really start one or if we were meant to take an alternative route for making an impact in our community. Great class for beginners!"

Finding Your Path [Class]
Wil and Gia M., Maryland

The Program Starts August 2, 2018

Never stumble over the words again. Let's work together to create a clear and compelling description of your vision for nonprofit startup.

COST: $49.00 

Pay With PayPal or Credit Card. We never see or have access to your financial information.



Nonprofit Startup Academy is a digital education and coaching program. Its mission is to equip compassionate change-makers to create high-performing, life-changing nonprofits and ministries--without fustration, confusion, and wasted time.

After you've launched, take advantage of other Academy courses and coaching that help with leadership building, fundraising, and planning.

The Founder

LaCharla’s ImageI'm LaCharla Figgs, founder of T.L. Figgs Nonprofit Consulting. I have more than 25 years' experience in nonprofit management, planning, organization-building, grant making, and leadership development.

After more than 10 years as a consultant, I still love helping my clients build life-changing organizations. I especially enjoy working with visionaries who want to launch US nonprofit programs and ministries. Their energy and drive are contagious!

I created Nonprofit Startup Academy--a digital education and coaching program to offer visionaries across the U.S the support they need to create high-impact nonprofits that transform the lives of people in need. I love serving people who refuse to wait for someone else to make things better, and I can't imagine a better job!


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