Workshops for Nonprofits

Community Law Center is pleased to offer a number of educational workshops for community association and nonprofit organization leaders.

Building a Foundation for Stronger Communities

A Five-Part Workshop Series Focused on
Capacity Building for Community Associations –
March 20-May 15, 2017

Does your community association (an organization of voluntary members who work together to address issues for a particular neighborhood) have a strong foundation upon which to build its work? Does it follow its bylaws? Do association leaders know how to keep proper records of meetings? Is the association current on all required filings? Are elections held in a proper manner, as defined by the bylaws? Community association leaders should attend this five-part workshop series to help ensure that their associations are strong and ready to take on legal issues as they arise! This series is designed for leaders of all types of community associations – new and old, large and small, experienced and inexperienced.

WHAT: The following topics will be covered:

Session 1: Structure, Fiduciary Duties, and Meetings
Monday, March 20th

• Organizational purpose
• Membership
• Leadership (board, officers) and fiduciary duties

Session 2: Meetings and Keeping Things in Order
Monday, April 3

• Notice
• Agendas
• Procedures/rules
• Minutes
• Voting
-Maintaining records (documents, finances)

Session 3: Bylaws
Monday, April 17th

•  Typical components of bylaws
• Review a sample set of bylaws
• Process of drafting or amending bylaws
• Conflicts of interest

Session 4: Maintaining and Growing Your Organization
Monday, May 1st 

• Incorporation
• 501(c)(3)
• Fundraising (basic guidelines and compliance)
• Fiscal sponsorship
• Annual documents (required filings, conflict of interest forms, etc.)
• Insurance

Session 5: Advocating for Your Community
Monday, May 15th

• Community coalitions
• Community benefit agreements (CBAs)
• Filing lawsuits against nuisance properties
• Appearing before administrative agencies (like the BMZA and Liquor Board)
• Appealing zoning and liquor board decisions

WHERE and WHEN: All workshops will be held at Community Law Center (3355 Keswick Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, 21211). Doors will open at 6:00pm for dinner (provided) and conversation. Workshops will begin promptly at 6:30pm and will conclude by 8:30pm.

WHO: This series is designed for and limited to community association leaders. Registrants must commit to attending all 5 (five) sessions.

HOW TO REGISTER: Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins will be permitted. Registration is available only to elected officers or directors of community associations. To register, contact Kelly Pfeifer at or 410.366.0922 x114, who will confirm eligibility and then provide a link for payment. Upon payment of the $75 registration fee (per person), the registration process will be complete. Registration will be conducted on a first come, first served basis. Since space is limited, a maximum of two attendees per organization may register.

VALUE: In addition to the wealth of information learned from the workshops, and the hot dinner served at each session, attendees will each receive one copy of Community Law Center’s Strengthening Baltimore’s Neighborhoods: A Legal Handbook for Community Associations (a $25 value)!

How to Start and Maintain a Nonprofit Organization

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm  Sold Out
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm Sold Out
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm  Register Here
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm  Register Here

Understand the legal and practical considerations of running a nonprofit. This is a live workshop with limited registration to allow time for questions and individual attention. The $45 price of the workshop includes refreshments and a copy of the How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland manual.

Who should attend?
• Community leaders who are currently members of – or plan to start – a small nonprofit

What will be covered?
• Starting a nonprofit organization
• Maintaining your organization’s legal status
• Writing and revising articles of incorporation and bylaws; applying for tax exemption

Note: Attorneys interested in representing nonprofits in obtaining 501(c)(3) status should consider joining Community Law Center’s Pro Bono Program by registering as a volunteer attorney.  For more information about our Pro Bono Program, please click here.

View a copy of our Registration Policy here.

Bar Bad Bars

Next Date TBA 

Bar Bad BarsYou’re invited to a workshop for community leaders and neighbors who are concerned about nuisance liquor stores and bars in their neighborhoods. Topics of discussion include relevant liquor laws and regulations, how to negotiate with a liquor licensee, and what to expect at a Baltimore City Liquor Board hearing. Specifically, the workshop will focus on how a community can protest the annual spring renewal of a problematic liquor license.

View a copy of our Registration Policy here.

Addressing Vacant Properties Causing a Nuisance in Your Neighborhood

Next Date TBA

Understand the legal tools available to communities to address nuisance, including vacant properties, as well as some of the policy reform and coalition efforts underway related to vacant, nuisance properties in Baltimore City. Additionally, hear from a community leader involved in litigation about how to use the law as a tool to address abandoned properties in your neighborhood.

Who should attend?
Community leaders involved in neighborhood associations in Baltimore City

What will be covered?
• Researching the ownership of vacant, nuisance properties and gathering evidence.
• Using self-help nuisance abatement to take action on vacant properties.
• Bringing a lawsuit utilizing the Community Bill of Rights statute.
• Tax sale foreclosure reform and how it intersects with abandonment.

View a copy of our Registration Policy here.

 Advance registration and payment is required for all workshops at Community Law Center; no walk-ins will be accepted. Please ensure arrival by 6:30 pm for evening workshops; no access to the building will be available after 6:45 pm. If a workshop is to be postponed due to inclement weather, you will be notified by 3 pm on the scheduled day of the workshop.

Community Law Center, Inc. reserves the right to deny admission to any workshop to any person for any reason.