At the start of our 2020 Incubation Program, Charity Entrepreneurship released the handbook, How to Start a High-Impact Nonprofit. Now we’re sharing it with the broader community.
From the broad principles of decision-making down to the nitty-gritty of cost-effectiveness analysis, the handbook covers all the tools a charity entrepreneur needs to found and scale an effective nonprofit. It draws on our team’s extensive firsthand experience both as founders and as mentors to other charities. Additional contributors include charity entrepreneurs Peter Brietbart (Mind Ease), Aaron Hamlin (The Center for Election Science), and Varsha Venugopal (Suvita) – our thanks to them and to everyone who supported this vast project.
With over four hundred pages of content, the handbook offers an encyclopedic guide for charity entrepreneurs from seed to scale-up. Going beyond information, our handbook provides the building blocks. Templates and exercises help you create your own content, inspired by what worked for charities like Fortify Health, Animal Advocacy Careers, and Fish Welfare Initiative.
The handbook is divided into two sections. The first section introduces you to charity entrepreneurship, guiding you through the initial stages of your journey as a nonprofit founder. We discuss how to maximize the impact of your career and help you determine whether charity entrepreneurship is the path for you.
The second section focuses on decision-making, giving you a set of tools to keep on track for maximum impact. While the handbook is geared toward charity entrepreneurs, this decision-making toolbox cross-applies to a wide range of careers. We believe that whatever your focus, these lessons are vital.
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If you enjoyed the handbook and are keen for an intensive crash course in charity entrepreneurship, consider applying to our 2021 Incubation Program. The two-month, fully cost-covered course will connect you with a co-founder to start an effective nonprofit, supported by structured mentorship from the CE team. You’ll also get access to the second part of the CE Handbook, another 200 pages that cover topics such as fundraising, recruitment, and working with advisors. Sign up for our newsletter to stay posted.