Are you tired of searching online for guidance related to starting your own nonprofit business? Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels looking for quality information about nonprofit organization grants, fundraising, nonprofit setup, nonprofit staffing and starting non profit 501(c)3 applications/documents?
If your answer to any of this is YES, you’re going to want to read this page in it’s entirety. In reading this and other content on the Starting A Nonprofit Business website, you will find that I always try my very best to help you out and show you how starting a nonprofit corporation is definitely within reach… Hindsight is 20/20– and it seems like all nonprofit organizations struggle in the beginning stages, perhaps needlessly; however you now have the tools with this nonprofit university for starting a nonprofit business today.
For most, they know they want to start a nonprofit 501(c)3, then go and try to begin forming nonprofit corporation with a desire to help, a compassionate mission statement and a few pieces of information that they gathered from a successful friend of theirs. Then they hit a brick wall, quickly noticing that all the pieces of the puzzle just don’t fit together. While this may not be your situation, this is what happens for most people looking at starting a nonprofit business (and let me be clear this isn’t the case for all nonprofit organizations), and it is at this point of mass overwhelm and mass confusion that many recognize that it’s not easy setting up nonprofit corporations from scratch. It’s easier said than done.
That is why you’re on this site, eh?
It’s highly likely, that at times, you’ve always been frustrated with the nuances of tasks like finding quality board members, fundraising (nonprofit based ideas), and stuff like figuring out which applications are required in order to have a legalized, tax-exempt organization. In fact, I prefer to have practical and helpful step-by-step instructions on how to carry-out important tasks if I do not feel certain about the specific area of interest, whether that be leadership in a nonprofit, fundraising, nonprofit staffing or baking a cheesecake for that matter. That is why on my site, you will that I only support and recommend products and services that are easy-to-follow, are FREE or very reasonably priced (which is an important consideration for any new business owner) and that I recommend with full faith based on quality.
Now that we’ve touched on my personal views, I want to move forward to get into the creating nonprofit organization thing and what YOU need to achieve success within the first four years of starting a business, a nonprofit business at that. But first, I want you to ask yourself a question.
“What is the Single Most Challenging Roadblock I’ve Encountered That is Preventing Me From Starting a Nonprofit Business?”
In actuality, here’s the big question… What is the one, biggest roadblock that is either preventing you from starting a nonprofit business or is thwarting you in successfully growing your current nonprofit organization? Grants? The fear of quitting your day job? Are you finding it difficult to market your nonprofit brand?
From the time you realized that you wanted to start your own non profit organization, based on your experience to date, whether limited or expansive, what have you found to be your biggest road block thus far (leave a comment below)? You opening up and answering this question will not only help you to put it into perspective, but your comment will also help me to better serve the folks that come to this site looking for guidance to road blocks that are likely the same as yours. You are not in this alone!
Perhaps, as you plan and get your organizational outline set up, nonprofit documents filing and the legal requirements with your State of residence is causing you added confusion and a forms tug-o-war… and if that is the case believe me I know that it really sucks, but I am going to completely turn you around today and get you walking in the right direction like all nonprofit organizations that are successful.
A point I want to drive home here is that if you are serious now and start, non profit success will happen within 3 to 6 consistent months of effort which can be narrowed down to a few things… in fact, just three.
When You Start Your Own Non Profit Organization, You ONLY Need These Three Things…
- A personal reason that will give you the fuel and drive you need to get your 501(c)(3) off the ground;
- A goal to focus on programming within your nonprofit that meet the needs of a specific group of people with the resources that your organization can confidently fulfill; and
- A some sort of resource guide to help point you in the right direction with paperwork and formalities. You can choose to use all the free stuff that’s on this website to help or even the book you see to the left of the screen, which I have put-together so that anyone (even my farmer of an uncle) can have their 501(c)(3) up and running in a few short months.