There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. As you plan to start a nonprofit organization, you can include many elements in your plan that can either guarantee that you are a strong, viable organization after five years, or you almost guarantee disappointment after five years. Most people do not learn the basics of starting and growing a business- much less a nonprofit organization- in their formal education.
However, many people are given a dream, a passion, and the gumption to do something when they see a way to improve the world. Thrive South is available to help build the foundation for your dream and idea to help people and make our communities better places to live. Here are some available avenues:
Short consultation (basically one-time coffee and free advice).
Group mentoring with other start-up or young organizations.
"How-To" Start-Up Consulting - providing knowledge-based assistance while the founder and Board manage most of the work.
Customized "Implementation" Start-Up Consulting- providing hands-on assistance with start-up, which may range from incorporation, building the Board of Directors, applying for tax exemption, setting up bookkeeping, and building initial infrastructure. Services would be determined by the status of the organization and defined within the contract according to need.