First let me say, “Congratulations for wanting to be the change in the world that makes it a better place.” Coming up with a dream is a wonderful thing but actually taking it to the next level and making that dream an organization is both exciting and a lot of work.
Today’s world is filled with paper work whether it be from your state, county, maybe even city and sometimes it feels like it takes weeks on end to go through all of it and at times it feels unnecessary but it is a task that must be completed. You need to make sure that you have covered your entire trail or something will come back to bite you in the end. So PLEASE, make sure you cover all of your bases. Ok, that is my little soap box lesson on “covering your bases” of paperwork. There is so much to starting a nonprofit so let’s just jump in and “go” there are dreams waiting…
1. You need to come up with a name for your organization and you will need to come up with a logo which describes to the world who you are.
2. You need to form a Board of Directors.
3. You will need to come up with a mission statement that explains in one clear sentence what it is you are trying to accomplish and why it is important.
4. You need to file all of you legal paperwork to form your organization.
5. You will need to file with the IRS to get a Tax Id number.
6. You will need to register with the Secretary of State of your organization as a business.
7. You need to open a bank account.
8. Join the professional organization which your organization will help. Start networking with people in that community.
9. You are going to have to come up with a budget for your project and find a way to “fund your dream.”
10. And last but definitely not least, you will need to find volunteers who believe in your mission because it takes a lot of man power to build a dream!
Each one of these is vital to starting and running a successful nonprofit organization. Over the next few months I will dedicate a post to each one of these and then some. I know this might sound like a lot but remember I did it and if I could do it, you can do it! *Cheering*
Although I am your biggest cheering section I would also like to say this information is based on my personal experience and it is my hope to be used to help you as a guide but not to be used in place of legal advice. If you have any questions at anytime feel free to drop me an email or leave it in the comment section.