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Hi guys,

I had the random idea of trying to start and run a charity recently and it probably won't go far but I'd like to ask all the same if any of you have experience of running a charity that you could share on here?

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Closest thing I've done is fundraising for a number of charities.
I did one for Kiva.org as a personal venture, but that's not necessarily a charity per-se, instead it's a a temporary loan service to people from impoverished companies. The idea is that you can recycle donations and it cycles around to people and essentially helps stimulate the economy. The money I made from this was entirely through online avenues such as streaming video and using banner ads on websites.

Outside of that, just basic fundraising for breast cancer, HIV, and a meals on wheels sort of program, all in-person. For the HIV one, I actually ended up attending a sex event called "Taboo," but we surprisingly made out with +$2000.

What type of charity were you thinking of?
 

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You would need to either know the ins and outs of grant writing or hire someone who does, you would also need to know about fundraising and have a transparent system for the allocation of the funds acquired. A lot of non-profits derive a large portion of their income from governmental and private grants and the rest from donations/philanthropists. Occasionally they have for-profit income-generating projects too, selling things, providing space within their buildings to derive rent money, etc. Unfortunately none of these things are guaranteed income, and it's common for employees of non-profits to live year to year not knowing whether they'll have a job for the next year. That said, the world needs more charities and I think that it's a great and noble endeavor. I'd recommend you read up on it and set up lunch meetings with people already working with non-profits to get some insight and ideas. Also make sure before you start your charity that it doesn't already exist. If it already exists, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by just volunteering or finding a position there. I worked with a non-profit NGO so if you have any more questions, I might be able to help a bit.
 

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I think INFPs are better at coming up with reasons to start a non-profit than actually starting or managing one haha. I don't know about the rest of you folks but I AM NOT an administrative type. I've done grant writing before and wouldn't mind helping with the promotional/marketing side of things but applying for non-profit status, getting a board of directors together, finding a non-profit sponsor (to accept donations on your behalf while the iRS decides whether or not you are non-profit), organizing fundraising events, and all the other stuff that goes along with starting a non-profit doesn't appeal to me.

Just a thought... it seems like INFPs would be the best people to have money (they'd make the biggest difference), yet I strongly suspect that most of us (myself included) are a long, long way from even being "wealthy". I guess that's because, in order to become rich, you always have to focus on money more than people - something we can't generally force ourselves to do. I apologize for the generalization if doesn't strike you as the truth ;)
 

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Found these two babies in my neighborhood may be someone left them out there because they couldn't manage taking care of them. They looked friendly and lost and I wouldn't leave them out. So I came back home with them but I need food for them and need to go visit the vet. Any help is welcome
 
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