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Charity Therapy

Apr 18, 2024

Ever thought running a charity is all about helping people and feeling good? Strap in because Meghan and I are about to take you on a wild ride through the real ins and outs of starting and keeping a nonprofit afloat. Spoiler alert: it's not all sunshine and rainbows. There are hoops to jump through and some pretty sticky rules that can trip you up. But don't worry. We're here to help you through it without pulling your hair out.

In this episode of Charity Therapy, we get super honest about how starting a nonprofit isn't as simple as just wanting to do good things. There's a bunch of rules and paperwork that can make your head spin. We talk about why it's tough and why sometimes the best thing to do might be to skip starting a nonprofit altogether. Yep, you heard that right. Sometimes, it's easier to help in your community without all the formal stuff. We're here to share our stories and tips and remind you that if you're feeling overwhelmed, you're totally not alone.

Lastly, if you're already running a nonprofit and find yourself tangled in red tape, we've got your back. We dive into why there are so many rules and what you can do instead of getting stuck. We even tackle the big question: why is it all set up this way? Trust me, we feel your pain, and we might just have a few laughs along the way because sometimes you've just got to laugh to keep from crying, right?

So come hang with us, bring your toughest questions, and let's navigate this nonprofit jungle together.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Spilling the tea on how starting a nonprofit is like an obstacle course with the IRS and state laws ready to trip you up
  • The mountains of rules surrounding nonprofits
  • Why doing good doesn't mean you gotta start a nonprofit
  • When to skip the headache and do good in your community without the red tape
  • The reasons behind the government’s tight leash on nonprofits
  • Other ways to make an impact without the paperwork pain
  • A listener's vent about nonprofit startup costs and Jess's hot take
  • Solutions for small missions with big hearts

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