Thinking of Starting a Charity Nonprofit?

By Ann Echols
February, 2023
Starting a Nonprofit
Starting a Charity


There are several reasons why people start charities:


·      To make a difference: Many people start charities because they are passionate about a cause and want to make a positive impact in their community or the world.

·      To address a need: Some people start charities because they see a need in their community or the world that is not being met and they want to fill that gap.

·      To bring people together: Charities can be a great way to bring people together to work towards a common goal and build community.

·      To leave a legacy: Some people start charities as a way to leave a lasting impact and make a difference beyond their lifetime.

·      To create change: Charities can be a powerful tool for creating change and addressing social and environmental problems.


Starting a charity can be a rewarding experience, but it also requires hard work, dedication, careful consideration, and planning.


It's important to be persistent and patient, as starting a charity can be a long-term process.


Here are some key things to consider when thinking about starting a nonprofit:


·      Determine your mission: The first step in starting a nonprofit is to determine your mission and what problem you are trying to solve. This will help you focus your efforts and resources on the most important work.

·      Conduct research: Research the current landscape of nonprofit organizations in your community and understand what other organizations are doing and how you can differentiate yourself. This will help you identify gaps in services and ensure that your nonprofit is filling a need that is not already being met.

·      Develop a business plan: A business plan is essential for any nonprofit, as it will help you articulate your vision, set goals, and outline the steps you need to take to reach those goals.

·      Build a strong team: Starting a nonprofit requires a lot of hard work, so it's important to build a strong team of dedicated individuals who share your passion and commitment. This can include volunteers, staff members, board members, and advisors.

·      Fundraising: Nonprofits rely on donations to fund their operations, so it's important to develop a comprehensive fundraising plan to ensure that you have the resources you need to succeed.

·      Legal compliance: Make sure that you understand the legal requirements for starting and operating a nonprofit, including registering with the state, obtaining tax-exempt status, and complying with relevant laws and regulations.

·      Measure your impact: Finally, it's important to measure the impact of your nonprofit and continually evaluate and refine your approach to ensure that you are making the greatest possible impact.


By considering these key factors, you can set yourself on the path to starting a successful nonprofit charity that makes a meaningful difference in your community.


Here is a helpful resource:


After incorporating, you need to complete form 1023 or 1023EZ to apply with the IRS for IRC 501(c)(3) charity status. Learn more here:


With the right approach and a strong commitment to your mission, you can achieve your goals and make a lasting impact.

Starting a Nonprofit
Starting a Charity