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Charity Therapy


Oct 19, 2023

In this episode of Charity Therapy, we’re diving deep into the mysterious realm of nonprofit chapters and affiliates.

If you've ever been perplexed by the nonprofit world's labyrinth of structures and systems, we've got your back! Meghan and I will explain the crucial differences between chapters and affiliates (who knew they were different?!) and how they can intertwine in an intricate organizational matrix.

In this journey through the nonprofit universe, we're going to tackle the question that keeps many of us up at night: To start a nonprofit or not to start a nonprofit? For a group that’s a small chapter of a larger national org, that question can be really tricky!

We'll discuss the importance of understanding the support (if any) a national organization gives its chapters or affiliates and all the implications of going out on your own. Spoiler alert - sometimes it’s better not to start a new organization at all!

Strap in for a ride through the intricacies of nonprofit structures, full of laughs, a-ha moments, and practical advice. Whether you're a seasoned veteran in the nonprofit sector, contemplating starting your own organization, or just fascinated by this world, this episode is for you. As we say in the biz, there's never a dull moment in the nonprofit sector - let's dive in and enjoy the ride!

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The differences between chapters and affiliates (and why it matters!)

  • How organizational structures can easily get super complex

  • The big question: Do you take a chapter and spin it off to be its own nonprofit entity?

  • What kinds of support an organization may give its chapters and affiliates

  • Why sometimes your group doesn’t need to be a nonprofit at all!

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