At the Murdock Trust, we often get asked questions around how to start a nonprofit organization. Here are two of the best resources we’ve found to help think through what it takes:
Starting a nonprofit is a serious commitment of your time, energy and resources that should be carefully thought through. Bob Andringa, managing partner at The Andringa Group and long-time consultant for nonprofits around the country, finds that those seeking to start a nonprofit:
- Most seriously underestimate the time and money it will take.
- Most have a passion, but lack the needed clarity in vision, mission, values.
- Most don’t have a wide circle of friends who have committed to helping launch something new.
- Most don’t understand that “nonprofit” does not mean ‘not any profit’.
- And most can’t explain where the revenues will come from to sustain their idea.
We encourage anyone thinking of starting a nonprofit to contact the nonprofit support organization or association in their state to get specific resources and tools (a list of nonprofit support organizations in the PNW are located in the accordion section below.)