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I Have My 501(c)3! Now What?


Yay! You established your nonprofit corporation and obtained your 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. That was no easy feat. You enjoyed the moment and celebrated and now it just got real. Your vision is here. But wait! Panic sets in as you realize- what do I do now? Where do I go from here? How do I make this happen- not on paper but in reality? It’s overwhelming. Where do I start?

Well, you start here! I’ve broken the steps down between Nonprofit Management and Fundraising/Marketing. The guide lets you know when you can work on steps simultaneously and when one step needs to be completed first. This process takes time but by using Board Committees, the process can be made more efficient. Be patient. These eight steps will set you up for grants in the near future and have your nonprofit on its way to success now!

This free download walks you through the 8 Steps to take for a successful nonprofit. 

  • Setting up your Board

  • Creating a Strategic Plan

  • Creating a Tactical Plan and Budget

  • Creating a Program
  • Setting up your Systems, Policies, and Procedures

  • Defining your Ideal Donor

  • Creating your Website and Social Media

  • Starting with Fundraising Basics

Hi! I’m Alesha.

The Build a New Nonprofit Framework and the Founder’s Guide came from my experience working on a first-year nonprofit’s Board.  At the time, I had worked in nonprofits for eight years in Administration, Fundraising, and Programs. I knew what it took to run a nonprofit and get funding. 

I knew a good foundation in management and fundraising would pay dividends. My opinion was ignored because the majority wanted to do the shiny things instead of rolling up their sleeves and setting the organization up for success. They spent months on the events hamster wheel.

…But without the foundations and systems in place, without a program for donors and funders to donate to- there was not a lot that could be done to raise money.

They would still have to put together a Strategic Plan to get going. They had wasted a lot of time!

After one year, the organization had barely determined who they were, what they wanted to do, or how they were going to do it.

Even sadder, the nonprofit folded six months after I left. They had not built their infrastructure that led to funding and the Founder was still the funder.

I didn’t want it to happen to another Founder or organization so I set out to answer one question: What infrastructure absolutely needs to be implemented in the first year to get funding from individual donors, companies, and eventually grant funders? 

I then took it a step further after talking to hundreds of Founders. They were overwhelmed by all their to-dos. So, I began helping them prioritize their to-dos and focus on the things that will get them serving people in the fastest way possible. 

And A Founder’s Guide to Building a Nonprofit Without Being the Sole Funder was born.