February 24, 2005 | By: Laura Skillman

A workshop aimed at providing educational information for people interested in starting a tax exempt nonprofit organization and for those organizations in the beginning stages of development is March 15 at the ES Good Barn on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. The program is hosted by the UK Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, an outreach program of the UK College of Agriculture.

The workshop will provide information to people interested in starting 501c 3 nonprofit organizations and for those organizations 

Topics will include the legal aspects of starting and running a nonprofit group, developing articles of incorporation and bylaws, choosing and orienting a board of directors and startup fund-raising strategies and planning. Foster Ockerman Jr., a Lexington attorney and expert in tax exempt law and Danielle Clore, director of the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, will present the program.

“This is the first event we have held specifically for those interested in starting a nonprofit organization or for nonprofit organizations just getting started,” Clore said.

Workshop registration is $30 for members of the Initiative’s Nonprofit Network and $75 for others. The Network is a membership component of the Initiative’s program that allows organizations to receive discounts on workshops and the annual Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum. Materials, continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

UK’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative is the only statewide resource for Kentucky’s nonprofit organizations. Since it began in 2002, requests for assistance continue to grow, Clore said. She attributes the increase to more organizations learning about the Initiative as well as nonprofits being committed to improved effectiveness and understanding the need for increased accountability. 

This year the Initiative will host monthly workshops and will conduct an annual Nonprofit Leadership Forum each fall. It also will present some events via distance learning to better meet the needs of nonprofits in more rural areas of the commonwealth, Clore said.

“This particular workshop is an ideal learning environment for those starting a nonprofit organization or for newly formed nonprofits, including faith-based and community organizations,” she said.

For more information on the Nonprofit Initiative and to register for the upcoming workshop call 859-257-2542 or visit www.kynonprofits.org.


Writer: Laura Skillman 270-365-7541 ext. 278

Contacts: Danielle Clore, 859-257-1037