Things to Consider Before Starting a New Nonprofit
Before you decide to start a new nonprofit, it is a good idea to keep the following facts in mind:
- Over 75% of charitable donations come from individuals. As a result, starting a nonprofit means asking people you know to give you money.
- Competition for grants is fierce, with many good programs fighting over the same small pots of money. New nonprofits have a particularly had time getting grants because they don’t have a track record of success.
- If you do get a grant, most won’t pay for basic overhead expenses like rent, utilities or internet access. They are primarily interested in paying for program expenses, but even these they will typically expect you to find other sources of funding for within three years.
- Well over half of U.S. nonprofits never have enough money to hire paid staff. For most, the work of the nonprofit is done without pay, in the evenings and on weekends.
- To be successful, a new nonprofit must have a substantial group of dedicated volunteers willing to donate time and money. An individual can start a small business, but starting a nonprofit really requires a group.