Starting a group or charity is an exciting time, but there are a number of different things you need to consider.
Your first step will be research. Is there a real need for what you want to do? Is there anyone already established and fulfilling that need? It is always worth checking whether a similar or related organisation could be a partner, rather than having to set up a new organisation.
Once you’ve established the need and what you can do, there are decisions you’ll need to make and actions you’ll need to do to get going.
- Decide what type of organisation you want to be
- Write your constitution accordingly
- Set up your board of directors/trustees or management committee
- Identify exactly what your purpose is – what are your objectives and, if you’re going to be a charity, do they meet the Charity Commission’s parameters?
- How will you achieve your objectives i.e. write a strategic/business plan
- Identify where the funding you need will come from
As well as the guidance on the Charity Commission website, NCVO and other specialist sites for not for profit organisations you may also find the small business resources from Bucks Business First and Start-up Donut helpful.
Charity leaders can also get help to shape the direction of your charity through our tailored training and consultancy services, free one-to-one coaching with Henley Business School, and our networking opportunities and topical conferences.
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