3 Things You Need to Start Your Own Nonprofit

If you are thinking about starting your own 501c3 nonprofit, there are several things that you should consider before deciding to move forward – but they may not be what you think they are. Over the years, Chisholm Law Firm has had the pleasure of advising clients throughout the United States about making the decision to start their own nonprofit. Here are just a few of the things that we’ve found helpful that may assist you in understanding what you need to start your own 501c3 nonprofit.

1. Passion

Starting a 501c3 nonprofit will require effort so it will certainly help if you are doing something you are passionate about. Being passionate about something just means that it relates to a core value of yours to the point where you will be motivated to keep going because you care about it so deeply.

For example, when Attorney Audrey Chisholm started her nonprofit, she used her passion to help students as the basis for her nonprofit. Her passion for the work she does with her nonprofit motivates her to continue doing the work it takes to help other young students reach their goals.

If you start a nonprofit that you are passionate about, you are more likely to enjoy it more than if you were starting something that you were not passionate about.

2. Commitment

You need to be willing to make a decision and stick with it! Despite how passionate you are, starting your 501c3 nonprofit will require effort. Making a commitment to see it through will allow you to keep going even if you encounter setbacks or obstacles along the way.

Starting a nonprofit will come with many challenges that might make you want to give up. If you are committed to the work you are doing you will be much more likely to see it through and make the impact on the world that you set out to make. You want to be able to make a decision to start your 501c3 nonprofit and then commit to seeing it through even when things get tough. 

3. Team

The last thing you need to start your nonprofit is a team. No amount of money, education, a business plan, or even time will compare to the support of a solid team. Those things are great, but you can manage without them if you have the right people on your team.

You need someone on your team that you can turn to for the answers you don’t have or for advice on how to succeed. For some, they might have a mentor or a friend that has experience in nonprofits and is willing to help. But many people don’t have someone like that in their life. That’s where we come in. Our team at Chisholm Law Firm has helped thousands of people start and grow nonprofits that impact the world. 

Our clients are professionals that hire us because they know they want to start a 501c3 nonprofit but do not know about the process and don’t have the time or desire to learn. Many of the clients our firm works with do not have a business plan, have never worked for or run a nonprofit, and have more questions than answers about the process. They hire us as experts to handle all of the details and ensure that everything is done the right way. We do just that.

We answer all of their questions, handle all of the legal paperwork and structuring of their nonprofit, as well as advise them on how to raise money, recruit volunteers, hire staff, apply for grants, and grow their organization. It is within your reach to have the same type of team working on your behalf to get things started the right way, all you have to do is ask. Contact Chisholm Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.

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