While it’s true that nonprofits offer many benefits to our communities, successful nonprofits are a major driver of the U.S. economy.
U.S. nonprofits employ more workers than the national defense, construction, real estate, and space research industries combined. Total charitable giving in 2017 increased more than 5% to over $410 billion, meaning nonprofits were responsible for generating 2.1% of GDP.
SCORE is proud of the work we do with nonprofits, and we have a host of experts who can help you navigate the specific challenges unique to charitable organizations.
Here are some SCORE clients who have established thriving nonprofits in their communities.
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
After recognizing that children with special needs were not able to engage in the same physically and mentally challenging activities as other children, former mounted police officer Bonnie Rachael turned her love of horses and children into the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center (FETC). Based in Guyton, Ga., Rachael’s nonprofit provides therapeutic riding for children with a variety of needs and disabilities. The organization got its start in 2006 with just two clients and an annual budget of $25,000. In 2013, Rachael engaged the help of Savannah SCORE mentors Michael Siegel and Denis Healy, who helped her update and implement a sound business plan to accommodate the growth her organization was seeing. FETC now serves more than 150 children with an annual budget of more than $200,000.
The Undies Project
As a volunteer for a charitable organization that gave food and clothing to low-income families, Lucy Langley discovered that new underwear was hardly ever donated. This need eventually led her to launch the Undies Project in 2015 with cofounder Laura Delaflor. The nonprofit, which operates out of Cos Cob, Conn., works with other organizations to provide new and unused undergarments to men, women, and children in need. SCORE was involved in the project from the very beginning after the women reached out to mentor Brian Jarvis. Jarvis helped them get the organization off the ground and advised them on their first drive. Langley and Delaflor still meet with Jarvis once a month and continue to regularly attend SCORE workshops on topics ranging from business financials to email marketing to social media.
Families to Freedom
Single-engine airplane pilot Sarah Nejdl was looking for volunteer opportunities when she discovered that many domestic violence survivors weren’t getting the long-distance transportation they needed to get to safer environments. Since the FAA wouldn’t allow individuals to provide the service, Nejdl launched Families to Freedom with help from her SCORE mentor Linda Gray. The Addison, Texas-based nonprofit opened within one year, thanks in large part to Gray’s assistance in finding funding resources, refining Nejdl’s business plan, and helping her navigate bylaws. Families to Freedom now has a fleet of volunteers providing ground and air transportation in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Resources for Nonprofits
Whether you are still considering the launch of a nonprofit or have been running one for years, SCORE has plenty of resources available to help you on your journey. Here are just a handful of resources to get you started, grow your organization, or create a legacy of helping others:
- Yes, You Can Start a Nonprofit
- Business Planning Tools for Nonprofits
- How to Start a Nonprofit
- Nonprofit Startup Checklist
- How to Market Your Nonprofit Online
If you’re looking for more specific resources, the National Council of Nonprofits has a vast amount of information to help all 27 types of charitable organizations recognized by the IRS.
SCORE Nonprofit Mentoring
When it comes to guiding and mentoring nonprofits, SCORE offers highly qualified and experienced experts with demonstrated records of success at no cost. From defining your nonprofit’s core purpose to developing an actionable business plan, SCORE mentors can help you through every step of the startup and growth stages. Find a SCORE mentor today.
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