I am in the process of initiating a NGO which will focus on International Youth Development for young adults in conflict areas of the world. The NGO will be based in Washington D.C. and will have an international board and advisory council.
I am overwhelmed by the wealth and breadth of online information on 'how-to' incorporate an organization, etc. I seek advice, support as I proceed in this endeavor. If you have any resources which are focused in nature that you would recommend, or are willing to provide suggestions/advice, I would warmly appreciate it!
Greetings from Pakistan.
its so nice to learn about ur initiatives. congrates and we r also working on similar initiative including others as well. plz have some moment to visit our website. Though we r new but we r going to be international this year, and hope we can keep in touch in future as well.
I really apprciate this initiative,and i would like to coeprate with you. I am Rev. Yoseph Mekonnen who is the director general of Universal peace Federation Ethiopia Chapter. We work with young University students throughout the country.Tahnk You In Advance!!
Rev. Yoseph Mekonnen
Hi,we are also on the process this end of January 2011 of opening a school for leadership and democracy in the war tone zone DRC/ Goma. this will be more focus on youth. we would like to be part or partner with any organizations providing training or networking special for youth. its a huge challenges for us to start such an initiative in this part of Africa with many differences but we really need involvement from all over the world.
My advice is that you will need to plan, organise and control effectively the activities of your NGO to achieve your short and long term goals. I am willing to offer more advice on your youth project based on my experience on children, women and youth projects.
Hie Tamera Iam Solomon Bobosibunu founder and Secretariat Advisor of Pacesetters Youth Network based in Zimbabwe. the network is looking at going into the SADC region however, we would like to share more information with you if we can be of any assistance. The projects focuses on Peacebuilding projects after the 10 years of crisis.
It is stressing but noble.
This is really a great initiative and i really appreciate that. I am from Somalia, though i might not be able to give you integrate ideas and suggestions but i can promise to give/provide updates and situational analysis if needed, at least the state i am living which has been relatively stable as from 1998, if not the whole country. The organization i am working with is involved in peacebuilding activities, also youth and women are one of our potential stakeholders.
A few critical issues I also encourage anyone thinking about starting a nonprofit include:
1) What is the unique niche/gap that your organization is seeking to address? Given the multitude of organizations in the field, is there something unique that your organization will do compared to others. Are you proposing to work in a new sector, region, or bring a specialized skill set.
2) Is another organization needed? There are over 1,000,000 nonprofits in the US and the majority of these are quite small with budgets under $50,000 or so and run by volunteers. One of the key questions is does the field need another nonprofit working on this issue? Or is there a way to work with existing organizations that might be doing similar work? Sometimes starting a nonprofit is not the most appropriate choice.
3) Develop a solid business plan? Many individuals starting nonprofits are motivated by a desire to make a positive difference in the world, which is key. However, to sustain an organization requires a tremendous amount of hard work, networking, frustration, inspiration and more. An important step in developing a successful organization (in addition to having a strong mission and vision) is developing a business plan that outlines both your funding plans, operations, staffing, timeline, etc. Netimpact is a potential wonderful resource here, see http://netimpact.org
4) Think seriously about the Board - Having a strong board can be a tremendous asset when developing an organization. Try to think creatively about who are key people who may open to joining your org.
5) Be Creative About Fundraising - There are many ways to be creative about fundraising beyond applying for government and foundation grants. Consider funding generating activities that can be organized, such as providing technical services, selling merchandise (see http://cafepress.com for one idea, such as music, t-shirts, etc.). There are also innovative online platforms for fundraising such as http://www.kickstarter.com/. Also see the Guide to Key Resource for Funding Peace and Conflict Work on this network, http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blogs/guide-t...
I am Agunloye Adewunmi from Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa, i am currently managing an NGO with affiliation with Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, Atlanta, Georgia, Usa. I will like to participate in any activities of your proposed NGO and i can be reached on the following e-mail (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org