Fundraising ABCs

Learn the elements of effective fundraising so you can position your nonprofit for growth and sustainability.

Course Dates: To Be Announced


What You Can Expect

Learn the link between budgeting, strategy, and fundraising.

Learn 5 common sources of program and operating funds.


Learn 7 methods US nonprofits use to support their operations.

Fundraising Foundation

What nonprofit leader wouldn't love a magic wand for fundraising? In the real world, though, fundraising is a busness discipline. So this class will introduce you to the ABCs and equip you to start building a solid base for YOUR fundraising operation.

More About The Course

Program Overview

  • This 4-week course gives you a look "under the hood" so that you understand what fundraising is, how it fits into your overall organization, and what you'll need in order to implement the most common fundraising methods.
  • You'll learn key tips to help you avoid common fundraising challenges.
  • You'll gain the basic information to begin laying a foundation for your  organization's fundraising operation.

Program Details

  • This is a 4-week video-based course with live Q&A sessions each week. We'll post one or more new video-based lessons each week, and you can watch them inside the online "classroom," which is located inside the Nonprofit Startup Lab.
  • You'll have 24/7 access to the classroom so that you can learn on your own schedule.
  • Downloadable materials help you follow the video lessons and provide resources to help you take action on what you've learned.
  • You'll be invited to join a weekly online Q&A session with your instructor.

Should You Enroll?

  • This course was designed for nonprofit founders who are new to the nonprofit sector and to fundraising. The course will not dig deeply into any particular fundraising method, but will help you gain an overall understanding of nonprofit fundraising in the US.
  • You should be willing and able to devote a couple of hours each week to lessons and live Q&A calls if you need them.

What You'll Need

  • A reliable email address.
  • A basic understanding of how to navigate the internet.
  • A computer or smart phone with Internet access for video lessons, to download materials, and join  video coaching sessions.
  • The (optional) ability to print downloadable materials. 


  • To register, click one of the big Enroll Me buttons on this page.
  • You'll be taken to a registration page and asked to create an account with your email address and a password. You'll use these each time you log into the Nonprofit Startup Lab.
  • After you register, a page will open. It will tell you how to access the online classroom and what you should do next. You'll also get an email reminder about how to access your course a day or two before it begins.
  • The cost is $69, by Pay Pal or Credit Card.(We never see your financial information.)


Nonprofit Startup Academy courses are for those who are serious about learning. There's no shortcut. That means this course is not for everyone--especially anyone hoping for an instant fundraising miracle.

But if you believe this course is for you to be happy with your decision. So if you enroll, start the lessons, and find that this course is the wrong fit for you, you can request a full no-questions-asked refund if you request it according to our Terms of Service. You'll have an opprtunity to read the policy durning the enrollment process, and you can also read it in our Terms of Service HERE.

Program Dates: To Be Announced 

Learn the fundamentals and pitfalls so you can lay the foundation for a first-class fundraising operation.

COST: $69.00 

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


Nonprofit Startup Academy

Nonprofit Startup Academy is a digital education and coaching program. Its mission is to equip compassionate visionaries 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. You'll find present and future courses HERE.

Nonprofit Startup Academy is here to help you start strong and build a program that changes the lives of people in need.

The Founder

Hello! I’m LaCharla Figgs, founder of T.L. Figgs Nonprofit Consulting and Nonprofit Startup Academy LLC. I'm a 25+ year veteran of nonprofit management, grant making, and consulting.

Many years ago, I wanted to start a nonprofit, and I had no idea how to start. And I knew nothing about the nonprofit sector.

Fast-forward a few years, and I was working with community-based nonprofits, teaching them about federal regs, helping them improve their financial systems, training boards, addressing staffing issues and even managing a grantmaking program.

But one of my greatest joys was helping a compassionate woman create a residential program for moms graduating from drug rehab. She had been serving young women one at a time in her own home and had a bigger vision. Helping her create an aftercare program was one of the most rewarding things I've done in my career.

So in 2017 I created Nonprofit Startup Academy to help compassionate people like her bring their visions of serving people to life! Instead of wading through government regulations, paperwork, board development, grantwriting, and the rest alone, they would have a mentor to help them move more easily into their Purpose.

It's still some of my most rewarding work. I love working with visionaries who refuse to wait for "someone somewhere" to make a difference. And I can't imagine a better job!

Program Dates: To Be Announced 

Learn the fundamentals and pitfalls so you can lay the foundation for a first-class fundraising operation.

COST: $69.00 

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


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