3 Tips For Beginners Starting A Charity

Three focuses of my blog are Creating Ecosystems of Success, Money/Financial Literacy and Legal Affairs. Many people seek to create charities. There important considerations for doing so. The following contributed post is entitled, 3 Tips For Beginners Starting A Charity.

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Starting a charity is a noble act to do, but it’s not exactly the easiest process. You’ll have quite a few things to take care of, especially if you want to have any kind of impact. If it’s your first time, you mightn’t have a clue where to start, despite how much you want to do it.

By using the right tips and tricks, however, you can start off the right way. With some time and effort, you’ll end up having more of an impact than you’d think. You shouldn’t have a problem creating a better world, so it’s worth highlighting three tips that’ll help you start your charity.

Starting A Charity For Beginners: 3 Top Tips

1. Decide On A Type Of Charity

Charities come in different types and focus on a wealth of areas. When you’re starting out, you’ll need to define what type of charity you want to run. Decide exactly what you want to focus on and how you want to make the world better.

From homelessness to mental health and everything in-between, there are countless areas to focus on. Pick something you’re passionate about, and you’ll keep motivated as you run your charity, no matter how difficult it can be.

The more defined you are with this, the more people you can get on board to donate funds and help your charity.

2. Register With The IRS

While charities are usually tax-exempt, it doesn’t mean they don’t need to register with the IRS and other organizations. A 990 tax filing and similar documents will need to be filed throughout the year, with these being mandatory if you want to run a legal charity.

Register for all of this as soon as you start your charity. Since this can be relatively complicated, it could be worth getting professional help when you’re starting out. You wouldn’t want to make any mistakes and get into trouble, after all.

While you wouldn’t have to pay taxes like a business, you still need to make sure you’re legal. Put effort into it.

3. Plan Fundraising

Speaking of finances, you wouldn’t be able to operate your charity without some kind of funding. Raising money from the start is essential to making sure your charity can actually function. Plan this out as early as possible.

Not only should you plan out the initial fundraising to get you going, but multiple other events throughout the year. It’ll make sure there’s a consistent amount of revenue coming in so you can keep operating. The more planned out these are, the better.

Starting A Charity For Beginners: Wrapping Up

As noble as it is, starting a charity can always seem like a tricky process. There’ll be multiple legalities to take care of, and that’s before you even think of starting things off. It doesn’t mean you can’t do it and make an impact, however. All it takes is starting off the right way and maintaining your momentum.

Registering with the IRS, deciding on the type of charity you’ll start, and planning out your fundraising will all be parts of this. Though there’s still some work involved, you’ll start your charity off on the right foot.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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