I’ve worked with NGOs for most of my life, and even helped start a few. The following steps will help get your own NGO up and running:
Step 1: Test the waters.
Many new activists are ready to commit their lives to “the cause.” Some are even willing to die for it. Most of these enthusiastic newbies are nowhere to be found a few months later.
There’s no need to turn down the volume of your enthusiasm, but before starting your own NGO, consider joining one that does similar work for a while.
If starting your own NGO really is right for you, the experience of working for an established NGO will only strengthen your resolve and direct your passion.
Maybe you’ll find that NGOs are not your life calling after all. Better to learn that early on, before making a big commitment.