Starting a Charity – Composing The Story

Over the next few months, we at Care4them are going to set up our very own Charity. Even before we met, my husband and I have dreamed of having a Charity and now we can make the dream come true together. Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about our journey so that you can join in with us as we start to create Care4them charity.

So where do we start?

You can find a lot of free information out there for anyone wanting to start a charity, some of it is really good. However, I want to start a little differently to most, because what I have learned is that every charity has a story and each story is unique – this is where we need to start.

“Great charity’s come about because of a decision to act upon some kind of personal, emotional or intellectual response to the world around” Hugh Rayment-Pickard View here

Step one – Composing our Story

Charities are born from a desire to do good in the world. To NOT leave this world in the way that we found it. Starting our journey by composing our story means that we are able to collate and share our vision, mission statement and enjoy it while we are doing it.

So what type of ‘story’ do we want?

story [stawr-ee, stohr-ee] nounplural stories.

1. a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
2. a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel…  Read more
The kind of story that we will be writing will be a “true narrative designed to interest the reader” – well a bit more than that!!! Our story will be the narrative of our families real journey and will be inspired and inspire!
The story itself should be for you. We can share the story with others and also use it for ourselves, but it will not be our final vision or mission statement. It is simply the background to help you create our charitable purposes.
Sharing with the world our families’ journey so far, and exploring what we want to do now is where the mission statement of our charity begins to take form.  We are, in essence, inviting people to join in with us as we question “what if…”. What if the world was different? What if we were able to make do something about injustice? What if were able to help people in poverty?

 

So after creating our story, what next?

Re-reading your story can help you feel inspired again and can help us create the charitable purpose. After reading your story, consult with people around you and also answer some questions yourself.

Using these questions below as a guide should help.

  • What do we want to do?
  • What kind of change will we make?
  • Who will benefit from our charity?
  • How will we do it?

Using these questions will help you form a mission statement. Then simply check that what you have written falls within the guidelines set out by the Charity Commission. Find out more here.

So I hope this helps if you are thinking of starting your own charity, or if you’re not I hope you join us on our journey to “NOT leave this world in the way that we found it.”

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