Guest opinion: Change the world – 12 tips for establishing a nonprofit

Maybe volunteering has prompted you to think about starting your own nonprofit. While running a nonprofit takes a lot of time and effort, it is definitely worthwhile if you know that you’re changing lives. To help, here are some resources on every aspect of nonprofit management, from creating a budget to choosing your board members.

Starting Your Nonprofit

Maybe you’ve never been involved in nonprofit leadership before, but these resources will help you move forward with confidence.

  • Once you have a clear vision for what you want to accomplish with your nonprofit, you can draw up a business plan.
  • Find reliable local people who are interested in joining your nonprofit’s board.
  • Use a free logo design tool to create an appealing and memorable logo for your nonprofit.

Becoming a Great Manager

Management is just as important in the nonprofit world as it is in the corporate world. Here’s how to become a top-notch manager for your organization. 

  • Follow these steps to hire your first employees and prepare for the onboarding process.
  • Ideally, you’ll want to work with volunteers who consistently show up, so focus on volunteer retention methods.
  • Prioritize creating a supportive, engaged culture with your staff and volunteers, and monitor any potential red flags for your organization.

Financial Matters

Wondering how to handle your organization’s finances? Figuring it all out can be tricky, so we’ve gathered these informative resources. 

  • Are you worried about fundraising? Implement these techniques to bring in more donations.
  • Ensure that you’re using your funds effectively by creating a budget and updating it when necessary.
  • Don’t make mistakes when tax season comes around – make sure that you’re aware of your organization’s reporting requirements.

Get the Kids Involved

Last but definitely not least, view this as a golden opportunity to help your children learn how to be compassionate members of society.

If you’re upset about a problem in your community, you can take matters into your own hands to find a solution. Building your own nonprofit from the ground up might be the answer. With the advice in these resources, you’ll be eager to put your plans into action. 

Ed Carter has worked with clients of all ages, backgrounds and incomes. About 10 years into his career, he saw a need for financial planners who specialize in helping individuals and families living with disabilities.