How to Start a Nonprofit

Are you thinking about launching your own nonprofit arts organization that inspires young people in your community? Are you interested in learning about how 826 does what it does?

Led by 826 National’s staff, the 101 Seminar is two days of engaging workshops and comprehensive presentations designed to help you build your own community organization.

You’ll learn about:
  • Nonprofit management
  • Fundraising
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Engaging community partners
  • Project-based learning
  • Creating innovative programs
  • Evaluation strategies

And, you’ll meet other educators, activists, nonprofit visionaries, and supporters of 826 National from around the globe.

While our 101 Seminar is not specific to those looking to start their own 826-inspired organization, we strongly encourage those interested in adopting the model to attend. Should you be interested in bringing the 826 model to your city, you can read more about the chapter development process here.

  • Register for April 17th and 18th in New York City

  • Register for October 9th and 10th in San Francisco

If you have any questions, please email us or call at 415-864-2098.


"Just wanted to extend a big thanks to 826 National for giving us a huge push at the 101 Seminar last January. Without your help, we would not have made the progress we have, and would have missed the opportunity to work with the incredible kids at Chase Elementary, our first partner school, just two blocks from our writing center. Their stories are priceless."
— Libby Hunter, WordPlay, Cincinnati, OH

“Thank you! [The 101 Seminar] will be extremely helpful to our young writing and tutoring center as we begin to offer more regular service. I probably got twenty good answers to small problems that I’ve faced over the past few months. It is invaluable to learn from the people who have made this model work from scratch.”
— Mike Agresta, Austin, TX

“[The 101 Seminar] was tremendously empowering and eye-opening. I appreciated the great energy and candor of the presenters. The information shared was excellent and often surprising.”
— Amy Rogers, Charlotte, NC

“I can’t wait to go back to my school and community and talk to people, do research, [and] plant seeds to get something like [an 826 chapter] started.”
— Jennifer Hekkers, Denver, CO

"An incredible destination experience to go along with a profound immersion into innovative ways to make a positive impact on youth."
— Gregory Whitsell, Montrose, CO