You've launched a nonprofit, and now you need a working board. Join me to learn about board governance and for help recruiting and training your first board!





Even though your nonprofit is an expression of your vision and your "baby," by definition, a US nonprofit has no legal owner. Instead, state law requires governance by a board of directors or trustees.

This course will teach you the roles and responsibilities of boards, how they operate, and how you can recruit committed volunteer board members.

  • This 3-week course was designed for nonprofit founders and board members.
  • The course walks you through the basics of board governance--directors' responsibilities and how boards carry out their legal duties.
  • And you'll learn about board ecruitment and draft a plan to recruit your first board.


  • This is a 3-week video-based course with live Q&A sessions each week. We'll pos 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.


  • This course was designed for nonprofit founders who are new to the nonprofit sector or nonprofit board governance.
  • 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.


  • 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.


I beleive if you'll apply yourself to the lessons and to action, you'll succeed. And I want you to be happy with your decision to join this program. So if you enroll, start the lessons, and find that the program 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.


  • 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.

  • Tuition is $69 by Pay Pal or Credit Card.


"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

"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

"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



Program Date: To Be Announced 

Learn the duties and responsibilities of nonprofit boards and ways to recruit committed volunteers board members.

COST: $97.00

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 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

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 especially enjoy helping visionaries launch charitablenonprofits 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.

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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