Starting a grassroots organization, either by yourself or with a few friends, may be easier than you think depending on what your goals are. Some organizations are very active and involved with the community, often with many members. This type of involvment usually suggests that the organization is large and has a lot of legal and organzational responibility. Other organizations are smaller, are involved in simple activities like writing news articles, emails or letters, and may not have any members at all. Many organizations start off small–say a few friends from high school, college or work–and eventually grow to become large.

Here’s what you can do to get started:

First you must ask yourself a few questions:

What is the purpose of my organization?
How large does the organization need to be?
Who will be in my organization?
How will everything be paid for?
What else will I need?
Do I need to incorporate? What is that?
How can I be a non-profit organization?
After addressing all of these questions, you should have a better idea of what your organization will be like. If you have any more questions, here are some resources that may be helpful:

Wikis:

Special interest groups
List of political US parties
Non-profit organizations
Tax Information:

Charitable Organizations
Religious Organizations
Other Non-Profits
Political Organizations
Private Foundations
Miscellaneous:

SpeakOut.com
Nonprofit Resource Center

 

So You Want to Form an Organization?

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