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How to start a succesful NGO in 10 steps
Start date: Nov 1, 2014, End date: Jan 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We have decided to create this project for people who want to start a NGO ,but they don't know where to start and what to do .In this project we will teach the participants the 10 steps to start their own NGO. The participating organizations are from Greece, Lithuania Cyprus, Latvia, Romania, and finally Bulgaria . Each organization will be represented with 4 participants.The project will be organized in Loutraki Korinthos Greece. The duration of the project is eight days excluding travel days . This project will be held on 12th January 2015 until 19 January 2015. Participants currently come from a total of 6 countries and the total number of them is 24 . Also in the project will participate 4 people with disabilities who will accompanied by sign language translator .The participants will follow the ten steps below in order to know everything about NGO and start their own when they come back home. 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.Step 2: Start on the right foot.“The leader’s main job is to make themselves obsolete.” –Lao TsuPut Lao Tsu’s advice into practice and you’ll be able to help more people in more profound ways, and enjoy every minute of the experience. If you try to maintain control, dependencies will develop, and once dependencies start they are hard to stop.Step 3: Clarify your goals.Set clear and achievable goals for yourself and the NGO.“Ending world hunger” is a great goal and looks good on your NGO’s t-shirt, but it’s not a problem you can seriously hope to solve.Step 4: Make an action plan.A plan of action is your chance to make an NGO effective, address any potential negative impacts and make sure your NGO will attract donors and volunteers.Step 5: Make a website.It’s never too early to make a website for your NGO. A good website helps you to spread the word, attract volunteers, secure funding and establish a professional appearance. An interactive website can also minimize your need for meetings and micro managing.Step 6: Get in the know.Local knowledge is indispensable to every NGO. Even if you grew up in the city where you want to start an NGO, you still need to research and make contacts. Step 7: Assess your NGO’s financial needs.Money, when it does come, usually requires great amounts of paperwork and sometimes has strings attached. The quality of the work an NGO does and the amount of its funding are often inversely related. Step 8: Network, network, network.Make friends with people and organizations doing similar work so that you can learn from their successes and mistakes. Networking also helps you to know when to team up and when to divide your efforts for maximum effectiveness. Step 9: Find balance.Be realistic about how much time you want to give to your NGO. Taking on projects beyond your comfortable limits won’t yield much benefit in the long run.Step 10: Re-evaluate everything.Take a step back and look at what you have done and where it is all headed. Take joy in what you have accomplished, but also make sure your NGO is not becoming self aggrandizing.We hope our insights, experiences and mistakes were of benefit. At the end of the project we will decide and create a new NGO all together -we will decide about the aims of our NGO with the participants -and we will try to be active in European level . Some NGO leaders observation will be included to give participants the opportunity to see games in practice, learn how much can be accomplished in a short period of time .A new training method will be used in this course .This method has been introduced from our volunteers in the past and it is calledTrain the Trainer (T3)—an innovative program to improve the design and delivery of the training programs. Elements include written skills testing, course management, mind games , principles of learning, and supervised deliveries.

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