Important Steps to Starting a Non-Profit Organization

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Starting a non-profit can be an effective way to make changes for a cause you believe in and support. Many people turn their passion into their life’s work through the formation of a foundation or other organization. People like Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick, who founded a non-profit for veterans, are making a difference every day. With determination and effort, almost anyone can do something similar. There are some important steps to starting a non-profit organization you should know in advance in order to make your journey a smooth one.

Take Time to Research

There are over a million non-profits in the United States. In order to increase the chances of yours being successful, it’s important to be sure there is a need for your particular group and that its purpose is not being duplicated elsewhere. Check out the website to research the existing non-profit center in your niche. If there are others, that doesn’t mean yours isn’t needed. You may intend to go in a different direction or serve a particular segment of the population. However, taking time to see what’s out there will help to strengthen and shape your idea.

Create a Business Plan

A non-profit agency is, in effect, a business. Therefore, you should have a business plan in place to ensure you are on the right track and to convince investors of your organization’s merits. Your plan is essential when applying for funding no matter which avenue you seek. In addition, potential board members and volunteers will be more apt to sign up to help when you demonstrate your professionalism, as well as your investment.

Complete Required Paperwork

You will want to incorporate your non-profit as you would with any business in order to qualify for certain privileges and protections. In addition, obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is imperative. The paperwork involved can seem in-depth, but it is definitely worth completing in order to make your status official. The creation of by-laws and board of directors is necessary in order to provide accountability as a genuine entity. Finally, check with your state to determine if you will need to apply for additional permits or licenses.

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more ways on how we can help sendong victims

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Jared + mum are glued on the tellie whenever the news is on to get updates on the plight of our less fortunate brothers in Mindanao. My heart goes out to parents who were not able to save their little children from the flood. I can only imagine the terror + the trauma that they are going through. The death toll rises to 900 plus today + the authorities are even struggling to find ways to give the victims a decent burial.

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help a child become an “e.Studyante” with p&g promo packs

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“Pinay Mommies Community supports the P&G e.Studyante Program”

P&G has been touching + improving lives here in the Philippines for more than 70 years, + to help further that cause they now present e.Studyante, a cause-oriented project which aims to bring modern technology especially to students who can barely afford it. This is one worthy cause we should all support, I will definitely do, having been a P&G user most of my life.

Here’s more from their press release:

School children in the Philippines face many challenges; sometimes, even the simple walk to school in the morning can be an arduous journey. Students cross rivers, traverse mountain peaks, even go through battlegrounds just to go to school. And when they arrive, they are faced with meager resources – overcrowded classrooms, the lack of books and school supplies – which all make for an uninspiring learning environment.

That is why starting on its 76th year, Procter and Gamble (P&G) Philippines is setting out to make these students’ journey more worthwhile. Taking its commitment to education to the next level, P&G will provide technology and connectivity to Filipino students nationwide with its e.Studyante program.

Along with partner Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Synergeia Foundation, the e.Studyante program will provide kids from selected schools with an XO Laptop from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Association. The XO laptop is a rugged, low-power, connected laptop especially designed to make learning more engaging and more fun for students.

Students can use their laptops not just to learn but to share and connect with each other, with their communities and with the world – helping them all become an “e.Studyante.”

The goal is simple: Give out 1,000,000 laptops in time for P&G’s 100th year. And you can help.

“For children all over the country, the challenge of education begins even before they step into the classroom. Some have to wake up at the crack of dawn and walk miles through unpaved roads, through woods and rivers, just to get to school. We are doing this for these students. We want to make this journey worthwhile for them by giving them the tool that will place the world’s knowledge at their fingertips – through a laptop and internet connectivity,” said Chad Sotelo, e.Studyante Country Marketing Manager.

“But it’s not something we can do alone,” Sotelo added. “To help us reach our goal of 1,000,000 students, we would like to invite moms all over the country to support the e.Studyante program by buying P&G promo packs.

Through the “e.Studyante” program, you can help give a child a laptop by buying specially marked P&G promo packs available nationwide. You not only save up to 40% on your favorite P&G products but you also help provide a child with a world of educational materials and fun activities that will inspire them to learn and achieve even more.

Participating brands include Safeguard, Tide, Pampers, Downy, Ariel, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Joy, Rejoice, Whisper, Olay, Gillette, Vicks and Ambi-Pur.

Helping those in need has never been easier. You can help make each child’s journey to
school more worthwhile. Support the e.Studyante program and help gift each student with a brighter future! 

Isang laptop,

mas malawak na kaalaman,

mas magandang bukas.

To know more about this worthy cause, kindly visit the e.studyante Facebook Page.

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