Starting a nonprofit organization is a great way to help give back to your community and aid those in need. However, it is crucial to understand all of the steps involved in the process of starting a non-profit before moving forward. Growing and developing a non-profit may take years of hard work and determination. If you are a mission-driven person who wants to try make the world a better place, organizing a nonprofit around any cause feel passionate about is the best way to expand your efforts and make a bigger impact.
The first step in starting a nonprofit is determining the cause you want to address. What demographics will be able to benefit from your nonprofit, and how do you to plan to help them? Begin on the right foot by having a strong purpose, mission and goals that are unique from those of other nonprofits in your community. You are set to make the biggest difference when you are able to be specific about the purpose your nonprofit will serve.
Secondly, choose a name that communicates your nonprofit’s identity and mission. Pick a name that is simple, easy to remember and gives a clear idea of what your organization’s vision. It's also important that your name is unique. It is illegal to incorporate under a name that’s already in use. Make sure to check beforehand if a matching domain name is free for your website.
The third step is assembling your board of directors, which usually consist of at least 3 people. Have a meeting to vote on the bylaws. Make sure to comply with your state laws, and identify the people best suited in helping you accomplish your goals and vision as an organization. These should be people who are qualified, are willing to come to meetings and take their role seriously. Once you've made the selection of board members, hold a meeting to vote on the bylaws. The leadership and competence of your board members will be integral to the rest of the startup phase.
Your fourth step is completing the steps for incorporation. Write and file articles of incorporation. These are official statements that comprise your organization's name, purpose, and a mission statement. They protect the director and the board from all legal liabilities, instead placing the liability on the organization. It will be a good idea to hire an attorney to help you write the articles of incorporation correctly. After you receive a Certificate of Incorporation from your state, settle on your name, it will be time to file your Articles of Incorporation and create bylaws.
Finally, develop a sustainable fundraising plan and apply for foundation grants. You will need to create a marketing plan to incentivize donors/volunteers for your organization. Make sure to create an online presence, because web design and outreach on social media has now become especially important in starting a nonprofit.
After these steps are completed, your nonprofit is ready to bring donations in and you can start making a difference in your community.
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