Stage 1 – Getting Started
This is the very beginning of the process. In Stage 1, you’ve got an idea for a nonprofit to address a problem or a need that you feel really passionate about. You’re excited but a little nervous about moving forward because you know it’s going to be a lot of work and you might even secretly doubt that you’re the right person to do this work.
Stage 2 – Building a Solid Foundation
In this stage, your nonprofit is official and it’s time to open the doors. You have your 501c3 or NGO paperwork and you’re ready to go…. but what are you supposed to do next? There’s so much to be done that it’s a little overwhelming.
Stage 3 – Growing Strong
Your infrastructure is all in place and working, programs are running, and now you’re focused on raising awareness, raising money, and changing more lives. Except it’s not as easy as it looks. Raising the money you need takes a lot of work and there’s always something new to learn.
Stage 4 – Getting Fully Funded
Here’s where you’ve crossed that finish line into the land of fully funded operations. Fundraising is no longer a struggle – it’s fun!