Starting A Non-Profit – Part 1 with Nicole Henry | GP 148

Starting A Non-Profit - Part 1 with Nicole Henry

Is there a service that you know your community needs? Are you inspired to provide practical and hands-on assistance to those that need it? Where would you start with launching a non-profit to sustain your community?

In the first episode of this two podcast series, LaToya Smith speaks about starting a non-profit with Nichole Henry.

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Meet Nichole Henry

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Nichole is the Chief Services Officer of SafeHaven, a family violence center. Nichole oversees all of the agency’s victim services, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis hotline, children’s programming, case management, and counseling programming.

Nichole, a Fort Worth native, has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Master of Arts degree in professional counseling from Texas Wesleyan. She has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit work.

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In This Podcast

  • Why start a non-profit?
  • A passion project versus a non-profit
  • The first steps to creating your non-profit

Why start a non-profit?

Most people want to launch a non-profit to make a difference in their community.

I also think people start a non-profit because they think [to] do that thing [that will help] and provide that service to the community, they have to have this formalized entity.

Nichole Henry

You need to think about your “why”:

  • Why do you want to start your non-profit?
  • What is it that you want to provide to your community?
  • How do you want to provide this service to the community?
  • What do you hope the impact will be?
  • Is this a part of your passion project?

A passion project versus a non-profit

You have to think deeply. Is this something you just like to do, and you can contribute and donate … [but] if it’s more than that, what gets you over that point to say, “Okay, this is something I’m wholeheartedly committed to doing?”

LaToya Smith

As a therapist, there will be many things that you care about and want to contribute towards.

However, when you decide that you want to do something about the thing that you care for, you need to understand at which level you are going to commit to it.

To launch a successful and impactful non-profit takes a lot of dedication, commitment, and hard work, so you need to be ready for that and want to do it to make great change happen in your community.

The first steps to creating your non-profit

1 – Go to the Secretary of State’s website and read up on the information on non-profits

2 – File a certificate of formation

3 – Submit your non-profit address and name 

4 – Identify at least three people that are going to be on your board

5 – Have your by-laws in place for how you are going to manage your organization

Google is our friend. We have to be careful with Google, but if we’re smart with it [then] we can find examples and samples… also, reach out to people that you know that have non-profits and ask them, “Can I see your by-laws?”

Nichole Henry

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Meet LaToya Smith

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LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. In addition to this, LaToya encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcome.

She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.

Visit LaToya’s website. Connect with her on FacebookInstagramStrong Witness Instagram, and Twitter.

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