As an individual, it can be almost impossible to make a big difference in the world, especially if we’re fighting for a cause that doesn’t have a huge amount of support. This is why so many people around the world have opted instead to start their own charities. Charities in most countries offer much more reach than that of an individual, often they can be packed with governmental support, and being a certified charity means being free of certain financial obligations, such as tax.
Here we will look at what it takes for the average person to successfully start their own charity.
Develop A Mission
Before we begin to put anything together, it’s important to lay down a clear and concise vision. It means taking a look at the cause we want to support, what we’re willing to do and sacrifice for that cause, whether it will bankrupt us in the long-term, and how much of our time we’re able to dedicate to the management of the charity. It’s not for everyone, and anyone that has serious financial obligations should consider avoiding it altogether, there are other ways that we can help.
Choose a Suitable Name
Similarly to a business, having a recognisable and memorable name can make a big difference in how easy it’ll be to pull in donations. The SPCA is a name that many know well, and part of that is because of its age, but it’s also phonetically easy to remember. Start with choosing a name that directly links with the cause in question and go from there. This is where it’s important to have outside support – other people are able to weigh and suggest their own names or offer advice on a name that’s already been chosen.
Register The Charity
In order to be a certified charity, it will need to be registered with the correct organisations. Tax revenue service, for example, should be notified of the new charity, as it will give the charity the option of having tax-deductible donations available for anyone wanting to give money. This can differ from country to country, for in the United States as an example, registering under the IRS code 503(c)(3) means that the IRS recognises that organisation as a charity. Going about the proper steps when doing the registration is important, especially when it comes to being on good terms with the government and their regulations.
Create a Website
Websites are the new storefront of the modern age, and having one that offers a secure way of promoting the charity while also accepting donations is key to success. Websites are easier to build than ever before, and require minimal investment to get going. Using a website building site like WordPress is a good start, but it may be worth using a dedicated website provider for those that don’t have the time to play now with all the more technical settings.
Lastly, having a way of raising a lot of funds in a short period of time is important for long lasting success. This may require finding people with non-profit experience, and using their advice, guidance, and valuable insights to create a fundraising initiative that will draw in the crowds.