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Why Everybody Should Start Out with Running an NGO

Would you like to learn how to build an organization without spending a penny from your pocket and how to make people fulfill their responsibilities and be involved in your organization without earning anything except recognition and acknowledgment? Considerable things can be learned from the NGO world, and I would like to share some of the learnings in this Amino newsletter. I was in Mexico two years ago, where I was offered the opportunity to chat with Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. He passionately told me about an organization that he cofounded. The organization is named Global Dignity (www.globaldignity.org), and it is active in most of the world, except in Denmark. I have never been employed in or managed an NGO before. Hence, I must admit that I hesitated when the crown prince offered me to become chairman of the board and be responsible for the organization in Denmark. How do you manage people who do not receive salary for their work? An NGO! — and I have no clue about how to raise funds (I only know how to earn money). Advice #1 Contact people and get them involved. I contacted people in my network—people whom I have known for many years, people with and without knowledge about NGO work. I organized an open-house event where I spoke about the cause. Both known and unknown people attended—I was not sure whether I needed famous people to create awareness for the cause. I encouraged people to join as volunteers/ambassadors and asked them to inform me what tasks they were passionate about and what positions they would like to hold. Some people were passionate about PR work, event organizing, bookkeeping, management, volunteer networking, etc. These activities did not work out for the “famous” people. They simply forgot about the “cause” when they were in the same room with them. Therefore, it was better with “normal” volunteers with energy and passion in their eyes.

Why everybody should start out with running a NGO  

Would you like to learn how to build an organization without spending a penny from your pocket and how to make people fulfill their responsi...

Why everybody should start out with running a NGO  

Would you like to learn how to build an organization without spending a penny from your pocket and how to make people fulfill their responsi...

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