Thinking of starting an NGO? Here’s some advice from a few experienced NGO leaders.
- NPOs (Non-Profit Organisations) are not for profit, so giving should be in your DNA otherwise you won’t last. Have passion for whatever the cause you are standing for and give your heart and soul to it.
– Penny Mpanza, Director of the Let’s Build Our Country Fund NPC (LBOC)
- This is not a job, it becomes a lifestyle – it takes far more commitment than an 8h00 to 16h00 job. BUT the reward is also way better in terms of making a difference in the lives of others. When you see change – real change in someone’s eyes – it touches you forever and leaves a legacy for life.
– Leona Pienaar, Executive Manager of PR and Resource Development for Mould, Empower, Serve (MES)
- Understand the issues and do this by listening – do not impose on people what you think are the solutions. Find people or supporters with a similar vision and passion.
– David Brown, Managing Director of Joint Aid Management South Africa (JAM SA)
- Firstly, I would encourage people not to start a non-profit organisation as there are already so many but to find one that you can fit into and make a difference through. My advice working for a non-profit would be to realise that change takes time and to persevere when times get hard, don’t give up!
– Maxine Holman, Managing Director of Flying for Life
- Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Start small — grow from there. And make sure you take care of your corporate governance and finances.
– Sue Wildish, Managing Director of The Lunchbox Fund