The Not For Profit Podcast Ep 03: The Do’s and Don’ts of Setting Up a NFP

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What are the do’s and don’ts of getting a Not for Profit up and running? Is there any unique formula to being successful at it? If you’re looking to start a Not for Profit and have the same questions, we have the answers for you.

Today, I will be speaking with Paul Geerling, the senior pastor of iSEE Church and former national director of Youth Alive. We will be talking about everything you need to have in mind when setting up a Not for Profit. In this episode, we will focus on establishing a church.

If you want to learn more, be sure to tune in to our whole episode.

ACNC’s Level of Compliance and Small Organizations Coming Into Line: Is it getting better? (5:30)

  • What are the things you need to carefully look at to make your organization better?
  • What are the biggest challenges small groups encounter during improvement?
  • The solution to the biggest challenge that small groups usually face, especially when starting.
  • The evolution of small organizations that Paul has been able to observe over the last couple of years.

What are the essential things you need before starting a Not for Profit Organization? (9:03)

  • The different levels you need to take note of to build a strong foundation.
  • The biggest “don’t” you need to remember to stay away from potential challenges.
  • People you need to consult before starting.
  • The wisest decision Paul made that got him to where he is now.

Cash Flow and Financial Status for Church Organizations: How do you set it up? (12:30)

  • Paul advises what you need to set up your cash flow.
  • What are the essentials you need to invest in at the beginning of your not for profit journey?
  • The kind of people you need to surround yourself with to help you make the right decisions.
  • To make your goals happen, these are the essential things that are part of delivering effective service and/or ministry.

What are the things you’re supposed “to do” and “not do”? (14:25)

  • Paul tells us about his experience and what he’s learned over the last few years.
  • The one thing that Paul wishes he had done early on so that he could have avoided some painful mistakes.
  • What good can you get from all these mistakes to move forward?

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): How do you know you’re hitting your target? (16:00)

  • Does finance speak about the growth and health of a church?
  • What are the goals you need to set to help you identify the growth and health of the church?
  • What are the factors that may affect the growth of the organization?
  • One thing you need to change over the years to make sure it still makes sense for the church.

The Board: How important are they in strategic change? (19:06)

  • The kind of involvement the board should have is dependent on several key factors.
  • The evolution of an organization or a not for profit on any level.    
  • What to remember when fixing an organization.

The Biggest Hurdle in Moving Forward: What changes are we about to encounter? (21:05)

  • The biggest challenge not for profits face is in their practices and the ability to connect.
  • Obligations you need to ensure the continuity of work does not get hindered.
Paul Geerling

Who is Paul Geerling ?

Paul Geerling is one of the Senior Pastors of iSEE Church. Before starting his own not for profit, he first joined the Air Force and then went off to Bible College where he found out that he had a heart for serving in churches. He first got involved in not for profits in 1992. Paul Geerling is also a former Queensland State and National Director of Youth Alive. Both iSEE Church and Youth Alive are significantly impacting lives of people across the nation and even beyond.

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