Creating a charity is one of the most important ways to share a passion with the world. Whether the charity is tackling something big like world hunger or something small like replacing a neighbor’s bike after it was stolen, they can often cause some level of positive change.
However, making an effective and recognized charity is something that is often difficult, and does require a lot of steps to complete. So understanding some of those steps and ensuring that the hurdles of forming a charity can be handled is an important way to guarantee success once things get off the ground.
First, every charity needs an idea, a passion that drives it and a goal that needs to be fulfilled. Think about things that others can care about too, or even piggyback off of some major ideas and create a localized version. For example, try to end hunger in a town or district, rather than the entire world.
Keeping things small can provide just as much change as going big. In addition, once the small-scale successes get done, then larger ones can be started and will have more traction behind them.
Create the structure
Every single charity has by-laws, some level of organization, and rules that every member has to abide by. Even if it’s a one-person show that is being run out of a bedroom, some guidelines need to at least be thought about to ensure that once it grows, the rules will be set in stone.
Think about who is making the decisions, what donations can and can’t be used for, and the mission statement for the charity. Once all these items are written down, then they can either be given to members or kept on the website until they are needed.
Get the paperwork done
If the vision is to make this an official nonprofit, then paperwork will need to be filled out and sent to a secretary of state or another official. Other organizations will need to be contacted for other forms, such as federal employer identification number with the IRS.
Finally, start pushing for funds, talking to donors, and even asking groups that are in the process of raising money for the same goals to help and provide mentoring services. Being professional in both online and offline web posts will also go a long way in providing trust to the people who choose to join the team.
Also, managing a budget will also be important, as most but not all of the money that is raised will be going towards the cause with the rest being costs of fundraising and operating the charity. If more money is going to the charity than the cause it supports there could be a problem.
Still, the one thing that every charity needs besides passion and worldwide support is proper planning. Ensuring that the hurdles and potential problems that could impact the charity are planned for and understood before they happen, in order to keep everything on track and keep the support rolling in.