The Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has launched the 2023 Black-Led Nonprofit Legal Bootcamp to help address this gap in resources by providing mentorship and legal training to Black nonprofit executive directors.
Donor Name: Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
Counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale
Type of Grant: Bootcamp
Black-led nonprofits are more likely than other nonprofits to lack access to funding and connections that can help their organizations grow, particularly during the early stages of their development. A recent study by Echoing Green and Bridgespan found that Black-led nonprofits receive less grant funding, and are trusted less on how to use those funds. As an example, Echoing Green evaluated its own applicant pool, which includes the most promising early-stage organizations, and found that the budgets of Black-led nonprofits were 24 percent smaller than those of their white-led counterparts.
What will applicants learn?
As a participant in Legal Bootcamp, you will receive tailored legal education, opportunities to connect and share experiences with other nonprofit leaders, and assistance developing a capacity building action plan for your organization. The program will cover the following units of study and leadership development:
- Module One – Board Roles and Responsibilities: board oversight; board and staff roles and responsibilities; conflicts of interest; financial oversight; record keeping
- Module Two – Fundamentals of Staying Legal: IRS rules; taxes; fundraising laws; government filings; essential policies and procedures
- Module Three- Assessing and Addressing Risk: managing volunteers and employees; contracts; assessing and addressing risk; waivers and insurance; addressing online risks
- are less than 3 years old OR the applicant has served as an Executive Director for less than one year;
- have at least three active non-related board members;
- can provide proof of 501(c)(3) status or fiscal sponsorship or that the 501(c)(3) application is pending.
For more information, visit Black-Led Nonprofit Legal Bootcamp.