3. Create a Non-Profit Plan to Address the Societal Problem
Once you've done some initial background reading about your societal issues, it's time to narrow down your problem to what you really want to work on.
Through research, identify an urgent problem and develop a specific plan or initiative to address the societal problem.
Some examples of plans or initiatives could include:
- Book Drive to combat illiteracy
- Fundraising event
- Canned Food Drive for a food bank
- Walkathon to promote physical fitness and combat childhood obesity
Create a Mission for Your Plan or Initiative
Imagine you are writing a brief summary of your plan or solution that will be read by potential donors who know absolutely nothing about your charity or its work. An effective mission statement will be clear, concise, useful, and include the following information:
- Name of your non-profit organization (charity)
- What does your non-profit organization (charity) do?
- How does your non-profit organization (charity) do what they do?
Sample Mission Statement: "The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the fundamental principle of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies." Source: The American Red Cross