Starting a charity or social enterprise like any business can be a daunting experience. The sheer overload of information and the steep learning curve can be crippling. Starting as a passion project and having a deep desire to make a change is met with the need for a plan of action.
Third sector organisations are a unique business model as they seek to serve the community. Through a wide variety of initiatives and fund-raising opportunities, they are often providing, relief, care and educational empowerment.
As you develop your organisation, you must be clear on the activities and services you will essentially provide.
Which will help create a strategic plan of action for future activities.
The third sector can be overlooked labelled as the "voluntary sector," almost in an attempt to cheapen the great work achieved by many organisations. We know Charites and Social Enterprises often tackle problems ignored by other sectors.
Over the years, the sector has become increasingly business-like. While still maintaining a passion for change, it is now paramount that organisations. Plan strategic, financial and internal management practices mirroring those in other sectors. (Nursing Management Vol 15. 2008)
What does that mean for you?
It means mapping out the steps within your organisation, to achieve what got you fired up in the beginning. Unfortunately, many charitable organisations walk blindly overlooking aspects of their organisation's growth and development. For example, building a volunteer network is crucial for the success of any initiatives planned by the organisation. Let's face it; many hands make light work.
What policies and procedures do you have in place?
Working with other individuals carries its own risk, and you must ensure the correct safety measures are in place. Protecting not only yourself but the organisation. We are now living in the most technological era ever witnessed.
What does that mean for your organisation?
If you're not utilising social media platforms, you're putting yourself at a considerable disadvantage. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will help you gain brand exposure, showcasing your organisation's mission. Connecting people with your story and helping you grow a real following. There's an opportunity to catch the eye of potential investors who believe in your vision. We know social media and technology is not everyone's strong point. That's why we have industry experts ready to hold your hand for the first few steps.
What's your organisation's strategy?
We encourage you to breakdown your strategy into bite-size chunks. Helping you plan out actionable steps over the coming year. Our operational plan template divides your tasks in a structured way, formatting the information in a clear and understandable document.
"All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination." Earl Nightingale
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