Understanding Capital Campaigns

Most of those associated with the Finances in a NGO would know that budgeting is not just about the project being implemented for the donor, but also entails the costs required for the day to day running of the organization. This includes the cost for paying for non project staff, maintenance of assets and purchasing new equipments. Charity organizations do not generate revenue by conventional methods as they usually do not generate marketable products or services. Here the revenue is generated … [Read more...]

How to Start and Build a Successful NGO: From Developing a Vision to Implementing Your Fundraising Strategy

1. Understanding the basics of an NGO Over the past few decades NGOs have gained significant popularity as the third pillar of development and have played a key role in providing social, economic and environmental services to the marginalized. To continue reading, download this document by logging in as a Premium Member. Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

1.1 What is a Non-Governmental Organization?

Historical records suggest that the term Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) came in to use in 1945. The term was coined during one of the conferences of The United Nations, as a measure to distinguish organizations from inter-governmental and member organizations. Though the term NGO received recognition only after 1945, studies suggest that several organizations were actively engaged against slavery, racism and women suffrage during the late eighteenth century. To continue reading, download … [Read more...]

1.2 Functions of an NGO

NGOs worldwide perform a wide range of services aimed towards human wellbeing and social welfare. These organizations relentlessly work towards development and bringing a positive change in the society. NGOs may have different structures, activities and policies, but all NGOs are committed towards their cause and perform their functions to achieve their respective goals. To continue reading, download this document by logging in as a Premium Member. Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

1.3 Fundamental Principles/Values of an NGO

Successful people and organizations follow certain set of rules that helps them grow and sets them apart. These rules are the fundamental principles that largely influence the working style of people and their organizations. A principle can be defined as a rule that helps people in understanding the context around us and then accordingly suggests the best way to operate in the given condition. To continue reading, download this document by logging in as a Premium Member. Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

2. Starting your NGO

Starting an NGO is a time consuming process and requires a great deal of research, discussions, paper work and expert advice. So before investing your time and energy into it, make sure that this is what you really want to do. Devote time in meeting people who are engaged in NGO work and seek their help to understand all aspects of NGO management from them. To continue reading, download this document by logging in as a Premium Member. Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

2.1 Research

Research is an essential ingredient for the success of any project, be it taking admission into college or preparing for a job interview, you cannot get away with research. The same true holds while establishing an NGO. Research may sound a little boring to you, but successful NGOs are backed by sufficient research data. To continue reading, download this document by logging in as a Premium Member. Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

2.2 Setting up an effective Board

For the smooth functioning of the organization, it is important for you to establish an Initial Board of Directors. The Board members will constitute of individuals with a specific skill set (legal, financial, sectorial etc.) who will be helping in laying down the foundation of the NGO. The board is essential for developing good governance structure in the organization. To continue reading, download this document by logging in as a Premium Member. Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

2.3 Establishing the vision and mission for your NGO

Once your initial board members are finalized and you have discussed with them your preliminary ideas about the organizations, it is time to establish the NGO’s values, vision and mission statements. These statements are crucial for the success of your organization, as they explain to your stakeholders the organizations purpose in a concise manner. To continue reading, download this document by logging in as a Premium Member. Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

2.4 Writing the article of Incorporation

Article of Incorporation provide legal description to your NGO by establishing the existence of the organization as per government rules. The articles of incorporation define the purpose of your organization, along with describing the operational processes and membership details. The number of articles required will largely depend on the country laws. While drafting the article of incorporation, check with the government authorities about the various forms that you require to fill. Depending on … [Read more...]