Friday, April 5, 2013

You don’t need nonprofit status to do awesome things


Our staff have conversations with different people who want to start a nonprofit.  There’s a lot of paperwork involved when people go that route and may take people away from the work they want to do.  Often we encourage them to look to existing organizations to partner with rather than starting from scratch. And awesome things can happen in a community group that's not an official 501c3.

ReStartSC.org is the community group I’m bragging on today.  This is a group of HR and business professionals who are giving time to help people who are unemployed, underemployed, or are seeking transition.  They recently had a 150 person conference at Seacoast Church in March.  Attendees received practical advice throughout the day on finding their strengths, developing a resume that will be read, learning how to interview, and the importance of a network.

When one of the leaders - a friend - said “Hey Tina - can you volunteer to do our website and online marketing?”,  I agreed to do it not sure what to expect.  I can now say I’m so glad to be a part of this ministry.  Yes, it’s a faith-based ministry.  Their focus is on helping people find what God has in mind for them, yet all faiths are welcome.  There’s no beating-people-with-a-Bible happening there.

So what’s my point?  This is an amazing group of professionals who saw a need and went for it.  No extra paperwork.  No death-by-committees.  No over-thinking things.  They just got out there and started doing it.  Do you have an idea like this one?  You can get friends together and do some good.  It doesn't mean your project won’t ever turn into a 501c3.  It simply means you can still get started doing some good today.  What are you waiting for?

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