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Starting a Nonprofit: What to Consider

By Alexa Connelly
October 07, 2013

If you have a love and passion to inspire others and make a difference in the world, then starting nonprofit can be a rewarding entrepreneurial experience. However, before you get the ball rolling, there are some things that you need to consider. As with any business, starting a non-profit organization will require your commitment, a clear objective, a specific niche, and a business plan that is fit for showing your potential donors.

Market Research

In order to create an effective business plan that will supply you donors and grants you’re going to need to do your homework. There are more than 1 million non profits around the notation and you will need to narrow down your niche so that your organization fits a need.

Create a Business Plan

After you’ve narrowed down your niche and have found that there is a need for your organization you are ready to begin creating a solid business plan. Business plans are essential to consider in order to get the funding you need from your donors and the government. They are also very effective for those looking to recruit board members and volunteers for their cause. You can get assistance in writing your business plan if this is not your strong suit by outsourcing to a contractor.

Incorporate Your Business

There is paperwork involved in becoming a nonprofit corporation. When starting non profit the incorporation process is pretty much the same as with any business with the exception to the fact that you will also have to apply for tax exempt status through the IRS and the state tax division. In some states it is required that you have a board of directors already in place before incorporating and therefore you will also need to consider that.

Once your non profit has been officially established you can now focus in on how you’re going to stay funded. Aside from donors and government grants, the best way to fund your business is through fundraising. There are plenty of programs, loans, and grants out there that you can apply to with the right fundraising opportunities.

Starting non profit is not essentially simple but it is a very rewarding type of business to start. Whatever your cause or passion is, see to it that you follow through with the above tips to starting your business off the right way.  

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