Starting a non profit usually stems from the compelling desire to see situations change for the better. For this reason, Non-profit organizations and can be the most powerful vehicle used to drive community change. Creating a successful NGO/NPO however, can be an exhausting, time consuming task but as the saying goes, “Nothing worth having comes easy.”
If you’re living in Grenada and you’re considering starting an NGO, then here’s what you’ll need to do.
Chances are there’s already an organization who’s doing similar, if not the same work you’re thinking of doing. You’re going to want to either differentiate or collaborate but for certain, you must evaluate the environment you’re about to enter.
- Find out what other organisations are already serving in your area and field
- Connect with them. If your interests align, you can collaborate and further both your interests. As a more established organization they will have valuable situational knowledge, experience and insights that can save you lots of energy even if you don’t end up collaborating.
The non profit world should be less about competition and more about collaboration.
Stop dreaming, start doing
Start by clearly outlining your vision, mission and activities. Being able to clearly communicate your vision is a key component of success. Here are some things to consider:
- What is the name of the organization?
- Where will you operate from? Is there an office? What’s the address?
- Who are your directors? How many of them are there? To register you’ll need at least three (3) but usually not more than 10. Include their names, addresses and occupation.
- What is the mission of your organization? Be simple. Be direct.
- What activities will your organization be involved in? What services will you be providing and who will it benefit from it. Be specific. Be deliberate. Try focusing on one or two to start with. Don’t stretch yourself too thin.
Write down, all this information. It’s going to form your Articles of Incorporation. You will need this in order to register your organization.
Make it legal
All businesses, Non-profit or otherwise must be registered with the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) located on Church Street. Along with the Articles of Incorporation, you will need to submit a letter of application containing your particulars. Here’s a small checklist:
- FEES: A total of $110 EC covers the cost of a name search, reservation and the cost to register your organization with the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO)
- APPLICATION: You can collect the application form at CAIPO. Fill it out, duplicate it and submit it along with a duplicate of your application letter and the Articles of Incorporation.
During the wait time, develop your By-laws with your directors. These are detailed outlines of the organizations’s operations and are necessary guides for any NGO. We’ll discuss this in a separate submission.
In a matter of days you should receive word that your certificates are approved, signed and ready to be collected. Once that’s done, you’re officially ready to go.
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