05 August 2005

Your heart is pure, your cause is just, and you're still not qualified to start a nonprofit.

Good intentions are not enough.

If you're going to start your very own nonprofit organization, you need these:
  • Skills
  • A strategy
  • Funding
  • Experience
  • Common sense
  • A lawyer
  • An accountant
The nonprofit sector is not a Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie, where you can decide on the spur of the moment to put on a show.

Sustainability is a key word here. If you're starting something that you can't sustain, then you are about to waste a lot of money, good will, time, and energy that could otherwise be used to make real progress in the cause that you care about.


al-Farrob said...


Alan said...

amen to that

autumn said...

Right on! But don't forget -- you may have the best of intentions... but somebody else probably already has them, too. The world is glutted with nonprofits, so its soooooo important that anything new meets a function that's not already being served.

Anonymous said...

What about replacing another that has Founder's Syndrome, suspect the Owner of using the funds for their own benefit and it is NOT doing anything to help the cause?