I recently read stats that suggested there are presently an estimated 1.4 million charities in existence.
But the sad reality is that many non profits are started on a "whim" and disappear as quickly as they come having never been properly planned before launching.
Non Profit start up takes careful thought, planning, and commitment. There are many things to learn and consider before taking the plunge.
Having a passion for your cause is a definite asset but it's not enough. And... if you're a Christian, you'll want to be sure that God is really calling you to do what you think He is leading you to do.
Starting a Non Profit Organization is much like starting your own business.
It's going to take a lot of hard work and determination to get it off the ground and producing results.
Non Profit Start Up Questions
Take a few minutes to reflect on the questions below. Answering them will either solidify your decision and create a desire to learn more about starting a NPO or raise some doubts as to whether starting a nonprofit is really something you want to take responsibility for.
Be as honest as you can in answering these questions.
Things to consider:
Is there truly a need for the Non Profit you hope to start?
Is there another organization already providing a similar service?
Do you have support from family, friends, or possible volunteers?
Will your Not for Profit be incorporated?
Do you know where your funding will come from?
Will your non profit be registered or not?
Will your non profit be filling a short term need or a long term?
Do you have professional or volunteer networking contacts in the non profit sector?
Will your Non Profit Organization serve your local community?
Will your Non Profit expand globally?
Do you have a mission statement?
Have you prepared a business plan?
Be Sure of Your Decision to Start a Non Profit
You may not have been able to answer some of the above questions. That is fine. You're not expected to know everything today. Just be sure to find the answers before starting a non profit organization.
Explore our website a little further and do some research at your local library or on the internet, and if you're a Christian, pray, read your Bible, and seek God's will and direction.
Also... try your hand at volunteering in your church or in some community projects to get a feel for what you might be getting yourself into.
Whatever you do, don't make a decision to start a non profit until you're satisfied and thoroughly convinced that starting a Non Profit is your calling. Otherwise, you won't have what it takes to keep it going.
What the Bible Says
The Bible says in Luke 14:28,For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?"
Verse 29 says,Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock,
Verse 30,Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Verse 31,Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Verse 32,Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
Verse 33,So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.