Starting A Non-Profit – Part 2 with Nichole Henry | GP 149

Starting A Non-Profit - Part 2 with Nicole Henry | GP 149

Who should you hire for your non-profit board? Why is diversity necessary for building a successful non-profit? What is a unique skill or resource that you have to offer that is needed in the community?

In the second 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, 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

  • Who to have on your board
  • Creating diversity
  • Don’t be intimidated!
  • Getting the grants

Who to have on your board

This is what I tell people: it depends on the work that you’re doing.

Nichole Henry

The people that you hire for your non-profit organization’s board will depend on its focus and the work that you want to do.

Hire professionals in that area, experts, and people with hands-on experience with both the running of non-profits and the scope of the service you want to provide, or need that you want to fill.

In general, look to hire:

  • Experts in the field of your work
  • Great marketers
  • Successful fundraisers
  • Proficient accountants and attorneys
  • People with positive influence in your community
  • People that have experienced the struggle that you are striving to help

It’s always good to have someone that has been there and understands the need of the community that you’re trying to serve.

Nichole Henry

Board members should be people that can help you fundraise, whether it’s within their scope of practice and business or outside within the general community. For a non-profit organization, this is a must.

Creating diversity

One of the challenges that I see for most boards, and I don’t believe that it’s intentional for most, is that we tend to reach out to people that look like us. So, a lot of times boards are not as diverse as they should be.

Nichole Henry

People will reach out to their professional and personal circles to help their non-profit gain traction, however, for most people, their circles consist of people who either have similar backgrounds, experiences and look as they do.

Boards need to be intentional with fostering diversity because the greater community is diverse, and a non-profit is more likely to have a positive influence if it consists of people that are present within that greater community it serves.

You never know what opportunities are going to come up from working and getting out there and networking and getting to meet people.

Nichole Henry

Don’t be intimidated!

Do not let impostor syndrome get in the way of your work in a non-profit. You may be sharing the table with some high-ranking or successful people, but a non-profit is stronger with a diversity of both background and lived experience.

Every person has something unique to offer.

If everyone on your board has united together under the banner of solving a common problem in the community, each member has valuable insight, experience, or resources to share in that space.

Get out there and put [your offering] out there. Apply, and if they don’t respond, find the next one! You will find the right place.

Nichole Henry

Getting the grants

You can receive grants for the work that your non-profit wants to do, however, they are not easy to get.

You have to find the grants that you are eligible for and that you meet the criteria for as far as what they’re focusing is.

Nichole Henry
  • You will have an established budget, regardless of the amount of money that you have coming in, and then you apply for grant funds that will cover certain portions of that budget.
  • Grants cover portions of your overall cost.
  • Grants have guidelines: what are your expected outcomes from these finances? What will you use these funds for, and what will the outcome look like?

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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.

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