By Alexandra Bazuaye
In recent times a lot of individuals mark their birthday anniversaries by celebrating with motherless babies and the less privileged in orphanage homes across the country, and that is a fantastic decision. However, for some it is just a one-off, because for everyone, their birthday anniversary is marked once a year. So after that intervention, that’s it.
The great part is that for some people, celebrations with the less privileged sparks off a desire to do noble work for the society by setting up a non-profit. This may be as a result of the passion people have in bringing succor to the sick, aged, widowed, and unemployed, among others.
And for others still, setting up a non-profit organization remains a wish that may not become a reality for various reasons. But, if you are thinking about setting up a non-profit, here are some thought jugglers you must handle before that time comes:
- Think it through: Be certain that this is what you and it is not just a fleeting dream. Take some time out and think the idea through because the social sector plays a key role in redefining and sharpening our society. Is this just one of those fancy dreams or this is a core goal for you? Are you setting up a non-profit for the right reasons or it is a back-up plan? Do you have enough passion to sustain you through the difficult times?
- Get a focus: Think about what you are most passionate about, that could serve as the roadmap for the initiatives and projects that will be implemented by your non-profit. There exists a plethora of focus areas including and not restricted to: women, girl child, poverty alleviation, youths, entrepreneurship, health, environment, leadership etc. Select what you love and enjoy working on as you thread this social sector path.
- Think of financing: You definitely cannot do it alone and so you will require funds from well-meaning individuals and organizations to fund your social cause. Key funding channels include self-financing, family and friends, philanthropic individuals and organizations, international donors and fundraising campaigns. Outline key funding sources that will run the organization in its bid to actualize its purpose.
- Test the waters: Why start an idea you have never ventured into before? The best way to excel in doing good is to actually start doing good. So volunteer at a non-profit. Find out how it is run, the projects and campaigns, monitoring and evaluation and tell a compelling story of the noble work your organization is doing and how it is making our world a better place.
Now, go ahead and run your successful non profit organisation and be sure to document your progress in our comments section below.
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