M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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.

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The Trust guides nonprofit organizations through every level of their development through grants and other resources.

The Trust has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can make all the difference to you and your organization.