There are innumerable worthy causes to champion. In some cases, doing it alone becomes less appealing and you may feel the need to expand. Some people find that they want to start a charity to benefit their chosen cause and make the most impact possible. Here is how to begin.
- Have A Clear Mission
When starting a charity, it’s important to be specific. What is your cause? What are your goals? Who will you help? How do you stand out? Have a thorough understanding of what you are working toward and what you want to deliver first.
- Name Your Charity
Next, name the charity you want to start. The name should be unique and memorable. It should reflect your goals and purpose. To avoid any legal issues down the road, check with the state to see if there’s already a similarly named nonprofit. You can also check with the Department Of Commerce to see if your name is already trademarked elsewhere.
- Register Your Charity
To gain legal status, your charity will need to be registered as a nonprofit with the IRS. You will register your business as a 503(c)(3). You also need to register your charity with the Secretary Of State in your state. Some people hire lawyers who know the specific rules for their state to help the process.
- Make Your Website
After registration, make a website. A website shows people your goals, helps get volunteers, and gives a place for people to donate. Your website will be many people’s first impression of your charity.
- Start Fundraising
To get started, you need capital. Community and online fundraising can give your charity the momentum it needs to get off the ground. It also gives you a chance to start helping sooner.
- Stay Streamlined
As you start out, you must be conscientious of finances and resource use. It may take a while for things to pick up. Taking a streamlined approach will help to ensure your charity reaches a stage that it is sustainable long-term. If your charity stays around, you’ll be able to help for a long time to come.