WCC hosts series of nonprofit business seminars

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Wilson Community College’s nonprofit series began Thursday and continues through April 9 with seminars that will teach participants the basics of starting and operating a registered nonprofit organization.

The group Toward a Fruitful Ministry will instruct four of the five remaining classes, while Tim Sharp will teach the April 4 seminar.

For more information on the seminars listed below, call Wilson Community College at 252-291-1195.

• “Fundraising Fundamentals for Your Nonprofit,” 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Room E-101

Learn essentials for revenue generation including eight ways to raise up to $2,500 or more in 10 days or less, what an online donor looks like, writing a donation letter that seals the deal, ongoing vs. episodic funding and more tips to put the funds into your fundraising efforts.

• “Volunteers: How to Get and Keep Them for Your Nonprofit,” 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Room E-101

Volunteers can be the lifeblood of a nonprofit. Do your volunteer opportunities provide a mini-educational experience and new skill development? Learn how these can affect your retention of volunteers and how their referrals can benefit your nonprofit.

• “The Business Side of Operating a Faith-Based Organization,” 6-9 p.m. April 2, Room E-101

Recognized by the IRS as a legitimate 501(c)3 charity, churches should understand their reporting obligations for charitable cash and non-cash gifts, when designated funds are allowed/not allowed, reporting requirements for 1099’s and W-2s, financial internal controls and financial audits, reporting requirements for ministers and other IRS rules.

• “Understanding and Managing Your Small Business Risks with Insurance,” 6-7:30 p.m. April 4, Room E-101

Operating a business involves risks from the beginning. While you can’t avoid all threats, mitigating those risks with business insurance can lessen the financial impact of a potential future loss or prevent an expensive disaster that could put you out of business. Attendees will learn about protection for business assets, bodily injury, home-based businesses, commercial auto and workers compensation, as well as learn when bonding and professional liability coverage is needed.

• “How to do The 501(c)3 Thing,” 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Room E-101

Most nonprofits are small businesses with very few employees. Will your nonprofit accept donations and have volunteers? Will contributions to your organization be deductible? How do you file for tax exempt status? Come to this seminar to walk through the IRS forms and find answers.