Are you thinking to start your own NGO? Trying to figure out the steps it takes to do so? If “YES” then following guidelines may help you to efficiently plan for your organization:
Step 1: The Board of Directors:
The very first step is to have board of directors for you non-profit. They vary in number (usually smaller than five and no larger than twelve) according to the rules of the country and state. It is vital that the members of boards are highly dedicated, enthusiastic and sincere to the social cause. They can come from various backgrounds but their main focus must always revolve around the mission and vision of the non-profit. They work together for making the rules/policies, fundraising, processes and decision making for continuous services by organization. Through their mutual consent an Executive director of the non-profit is selected.
Step 2: Strong Background Research:
A comprehensive background research on the issue, problem, geography, people, community, media contacts, need assessments, funds etc is required. The board of directors shall make sure to look into every possible issue and challenge.
Step 3: Service Plan
Once the background research is complete, the services that your non-profit will provide must be evaluated. It is humanly impossible to provide all the solutions for the problem, so during this step them organization must evaluated its services with respect to its resources and need assessments on the ground. Emphasize on the “Value added services”. It is highly recommended to start my small and then grow big. Keep in mind that the services of the organization may change according to the demand for services.
Organization at this point must define ways to document the data e.g if its a healthcare non-profit then the number of patients, their gender, their diseases, process of NGOs etc must the documented. This documentation shall be reviewed frequently in order to improve and evaluate.
Step 4: Staffing and Training
A proper recruiting plan to hire volunteers and staff must be in place. All the vacancies must have a well-defined job description and properly published through offline and online media. All employees must be trained (training manuals) according to it. These training should be as focused and detailed as possible.
Step 5:- Publicity of Non-profit
Now its time to publicize non-profit through the media contacts that were developed during earlier steps. The power of social media can be leased to publicize it on larger ground. This process is a re-occurring process and it is critical to update the contacts, volunteers and local community about the progress and updates.