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by Cherylyn Harley LeBon | Featured Contributor One who runs a business, manages a staff, or perhaps raises a family, might question the value or reality of adding volunteer activities. Many cite non-profit board experience as an entrée to new job opportunities, the ability to leverage their networks, and an expansion of their skills. Here […]
Sometimes it gets lonely out there in the non-profit sector.
And you certainly don’t feel like saying, “rah-rah-sis-boom-bah” when you’re the only one cheerleading for your cause. You may work in isolation most days and take on the majority of duties doing everything under the sun yourself. But know that volunteers are the secret weapon to helping you run your cause.
But in a world where money talks and everybody has their hand out, there is indeed hope for getting free help through recruiting volunteers. I think a lot of times we look for help in all the wrong places. Putting up flyers in the grocery store is not necessary the best approach.
10 FREE Nonprofit Resources that will help amplify your cause
You are not alone. There are plenty of resources here for you. One of the top concerns non-profit organizations have is whether they can get the resources they need at an affordable price. And if they don’t have to pay anything at-all, then that’s an added benefit and truly helps to keep an organization’s bottom-line cost-effective. From social media tools to services, there are lots of help out there to amplify your cause. I’ve outlined 10 that you’re likely to need starting up a non-profit organization.
It takes a great amount of work to run a non-profit organization. And if you really have the heart to become a foot soldier, raise awareness, and fight to make a difference then you definitely will have to get over yourself. Doors will slam in your face. You may operate on a shoestring budget and it’s possible you will need donations just to keep things running smoothly. And you will have to learn to ask, or beg a lot, so get ready to put your pride in your pocket.
Everyday people ask me for advice on starting a non-profit business. They have the desire and passion to start one but are overwhelmed by the reality that by starting one they will immediately become a small fish in a very big pond. And with being a new non-profit business how do you overcome the naysayers and prove that you won’t end up as one of the 98% of small businesses that fail within the first year? With statistics like that, the truth is there probably won’t be much support until you prove yourself. But small fish can have a very BIG VOICE. Persistence is key.