So, you want to start a nonprofit? I get many offers to meet over lunch or grab coffee to pick my brain about how to start and maintain a unique, impactful organization. So I thought I would give you my Top 10 To-Do list as a guideline for those interested in starting a nonprofit:
Is there someone already doing what you want to do? Don’t duplicate services. Join forces!
9.) Find Capable Accountants
Accountability and financial transparency are paramount in the fundraising & nonprofit worlds.
8.) Befriend Experienced Attorneys
You’re going to need to cultivate relationships and build trust with professionals who know the law.
7.) Craft & Set Your Mission Statement
Your mission statement is the compass and blueprint of your scope and service.
6.) Build a Working Board
This will be harder than it sounds. You must constantly work to keep your board tangibly engaged and relevant.
5.) Know Your Lane
Fully commit to what you do and who you serve.
4.) Prepare to Work Long Hours
Expect midnight calls and impromptu action.
3.) Expect to Wear Many Hats
‘Other duties as assigned/required.’
2.) Anticipate the Doubters
Not everyone will believe in and see the potential of your service vision — and that’s okay.
1.) Have Heart
With all the hard stuff said, finding your passion and doing work that matters is one of the most rewarding things in life.
If you care, you’ve already taken the first step!