You have a big heart and a Big Vision. If starting a U.S. charitable nonprofit is part of that Vision, I can help. Start with my free on-demand class, Nonprofit Startup 101.











Are You Ready to Launch & Lead a Charitable Nonprofit?

You have a big heart and a Big Vision. If starting a U.S. charitable nonprofit is part of that Vision, I can help. Start with my free on-demand class, Nonprofit Startup 101.


Hello, I'm LaCharla!

Welcome to Nonprofit Startup Academy. If you're committed to making a Big Difference in the world and you're thinking of launching a U.S. nonprofit, this is a great place to start.

I've spent 30+ years supporting nonprofit and government agencies, and I'd love to use my experience to help you explore the possibilities or help you get started with your nonprofit.

As a consultant, I help nonprofits with strategic planning, program development, executive coaching, and other org-building services. But I created this digital program to support the "everyday" Difference-Maker who is new to the nonprofit sector.

So if that's you, keep reading to see if Nonprofit Startup Academy is right for you.


Where Do I start?

If you're new to the world of nonprofits, get started with these free resources.

Your Nonprofit Startup Guide

This no-fluff guide is a quick read that walks you through the steps to create a U.S. charitable nonprofit.


Nonprofit Startup
101 Mini-Class

In this free on-demand class, I teach you how to create a U.S. nonprofit and answer your questions.


About U.S. Nonprofits Ebook 

In this ebook, I'll give you an overview of U.S. nonprofits for those who are new to the nonprofit sector.




Words of Appreciation

"Before becoming a part of LaCharla's program for Non-Profits, I had no clue where to even begin! LaCharla's program stood out to me because of how it crossed all the T's and dotted all the I's for running a successful Non-profit. As a matter of fact, since beginning my work with LaCharla our Non-profit not only has gotten up and running, but we have also been able to raise thousands of dollars to provide those impacted by addiction with the knowledge and experience of the teachings of meditation, yoga, healthy living, and diet."

George S. Peterson, Founder
The Jordan Hannah Recovery Group, Inc.



Your Big Vision

Even with all our blessings here in the U.S., many people are struggling. Fortunately, charitable nonprofits--launched by compassionate people like you--offer life-changing help every single day.

If you have a Big Vision for serving people in need and see yourself serving hundreds, even thousands of people, starting a nonprofit might be a good option for you.

The nonprofit world may be new to you, and so you haven't started working on yours. Or maybe your startup paperwork is done and you wonder what to do next. In either case, I created Nonprofit Startup Academy to support you.

My Programs

Whether you're beginning your nonprofit startup journey, or you've completed your paperwork, you can get org-building support for yourself and your board. You don't have to do this alone.


Your Nonprofit Launch Plan

The goal of this workshop is to define the specific type of nonprofit you want to start and map out the steps needed to create it in your state. The idea is to plot your steps to help you either confirm that you want to launch a nonprofit or understand the steps you'll have to take when you're ready to start.

What You'll Get
In this 3-Session hands-on workshop, I'll teach you how to create a nonprofit and help you map out your unique path to starting a nonprofit. Because no two nonprofits are alike.

  • The steps needed to start a U.S. nonprofit
  • Pros & cons of different nonprofit business models
  • Things to know before you start spending money, and
  • The steps to go from where you are now to the creation of a nonprofit


Nonprofit Startup: From Blueprint To Setup

This no-fluff program gives you the support you need to plan a U.S. charitable nonprofit and create it from scratch.

What You'll Get
During this live program you'll have...

  • Access to weekly training & coaching
  • Guidance to draft a plan for your nonprofit
  • Templates & sample docs to reduce confusion & save time
  • Live work sessions to help you stay "unstuck"
  • A private forum to connect with other founders


Nonprofit Startup Consulting

Visionaries usually hate paperwork. But you can't avoid it when you're launching and leading a nonprofit. In this engagement, I handle the paperwork for you.

As your nonprofit's leader, though, you need to understand the ins and outs of launching and leading a nonprofit. So I'll train you and your startup board as we go.

What You'll Get
When you book a startup consulting engagement you get...

  • One-on-one instruction on the process of starting a
  • Coaching to help you draft a 3-year organization plan
  • State and federal paperwork done for you
  • Board Basics training for your startup board
  • Access to on-demand consultation for 3 months after startup


The Nonprofit Founders Circle

The Founders Circle is a group education, coaching, and implementation program that supports brand new nonprofit founders and their boards as they build a foundation and begin operating.

What You Get
The program will open a few times a year, with a new "cohort" building their foundations together. There's no long-term commitment, and members have ongoing access to...

  • Live and pre-recorded org-building classes
  • Live coaching to answer your questions
  • Co-working sessions for hands-on help
  • Sample documents and templates
  • A private forum for Q&A and connection

Words of Appreciation

"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. Great class for beginners!"


Will and Gia M.

"Writing our plans out helped with understanding what my organization is really about and how to move forward. LaCharla Lowd Figgs, Founder Nonprofit Startup Academy, you just don't know how you have blessed Me."

Pamela J. Calloway, Founder,
Men of Honor & Distinction

"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!!"


Sherrine Jones

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