Starting a Nonprofit Organization? 3 Things You MUST do First

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Starting a nonprofit organization or thinking about it? Here are a few things you should do first to make sure you’re successful and can make a BIG impact! #Nonprofit #Entrepreneurship #SocialEnterprise

I now work full time for the 501c3 nonprofit I started many years ago and love seeing the social impact we make in our community as we grow. I get asked often about my experience starting a nonprofit and how others can start a charitable organization themselves. There is a lot that goes into it – from creating a business plan and fundraising strategy to measuring outcomes – and you’ll be better off if you start on some of these things before you even come up with the name for your organization!

If you are starting a nonprofit, thinking about it, or know someone who is trying to start a nonprofit, I hope this helps!

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19 comments

  1. First step to starting a charity. First give your time, then make money and give a portion of it. The result of cleansing your money in this fashion is a form of wealth. Why? Because instead of being like the majority, you are not going into charity to give everyone else’s things away instead you have something to actually give. This is called an attractive force, don’t be a beggar, be an attractive force in the Universe. Also one must understand what true wealth is because with out this they have nothing! Good luck to you!

  2. I’m start a nonprofit too help people with being happy .. orphans having pizza parties and then taking them for a bike light but they have a purpose in life and have with someone that actually cares about him that they never met before but will work with them through the time that they need help please get back to me it was something that you might be able to help me out to start this off I’m from Cleveland Ohio and I just want to help the clevelanders the kids the kids are forgotten about

  3. Im starting a nonprofit to help get people jobs and homes. Im going to be getting tiny homes made and use them to help the homeless and people stuck in low-income environments have a safe, comfortable place to live.

    Its called the Georgia Alliance

  4. I am a sex trafficking survivor and the Lord put it on my heart to open a nonprofit sex trafficking residential home. I’m starting the research now your videos are so helpful thank you.

  5. Thank you for this video! Very motivated and a lot of good information questions to ask))

  6. This video is helpful but what you are saying is kinda scary, where do I start from, really want to start NGO😭

  7. wat hing this video felt like it was made specifically for me. i want to start a non profit for hunger and homelessness. and u spoke particularly about those things. it was almost like confirmation that im doing the right thing

  8. I am an academic and Philosophy professor. I have seven degrees, including a PhD and two Master’s. I am middle aged. I have been looking for a job for three years. No one will hire me. I’m going to have to create my own economic reality. So, I’m seriously considering starting my own nonprofit. To advance the liberal arts, perhaps. Or some research interest. Or to help bring Philosophy out of its state of cultural irrelevance. Not sure. I have to think some more. But starting up seems almost impossible. It’s overwhelming.

  9. Can I start a non-profit and use my own money? My non-profit is to help people from different parts of the world with hunger.

  10. Loved loved loved listening to you . To helped me figure out other patterns of my goals and helped me reorganize my startup steps

  11. I am 100% sure there is a need, a desperate need for this type of non profit. My fear is that someone will steal my ideas, which isn’t a new idea by any means, but my idea of how to fund might be a bit new and I think ingenious in solving this problem. How do I protect my ideas when I’m looking for people to help in this type of np organization. Thank you.

  12. Thank you so much for this! It was so helpful! One of my favorite videos of yours. So informative 🙂

  13. I’ve just stumbled on your channel and you seem to be very familiar with the subject. I will post a question and then move on to your next video.
    As you can tell by my channel, I have a passion for Scuba Diving. My local harbor in Lake Superior was in terrible shape so I organized a cleanup and with the help of volunteers, removed 8 tons of tires and debris out of our harbor. I would like to continue the work, but we no longer have a way to fill our high pressure air cylinders. I want to begin an organization that will let me fundraise to obtain a compressor and other materials necessary to do the work. I would love to be able to continue doing this in other areas of the Great Lakes as no one else is doing this. After all, we need cean water. Sorry that my question is so lengthy, Any and all help would be appreciated.

  14. I am a 12 year old trying to make a nonprofit and this video is exactly what is giving me a headache