Starting a non-profit is going to take some initial leg work. This type of set-up is not something you can just whip together if you plan on having any real success. The main thing you have to remember is that no organization can thrive without a strong foundation. Put some real effort into early development, and your chances for success will be much, much higher.
Here are some things you need to put in place:
- Establish a board of directors
- Craft a business plan
- Develop a mission statement
- Define duties and responsibilities
- Incorporate bylaws
- Properly register in your state
- File for tax-exempt status
These are the things that all successful non-profits establish in order to maintain organization. Without these things, your ability to reach your goals will be much more difficult, if not entirely impossible.
As you can see, the initial planning is incredibly tedious. It would be in your best interest to consult an attorney that is experienced with non-profit development.
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