How to Set Up a Charity for Animal Welfare

Updated February 21, 2017

A charity can be a small or large organisation established to assist a certain sector of society that needs physical and financial assistance. Although some charity workers receive a salary, many individuals are involved on a volunteer basis. Starting a charity that is focused on animal welfare is a rewarding experience that takes time and organisation.

Visit a variety of potential locations to determine which works best for your needs based on size and cost. The Entrepreneur website explains that specific state and federal requirements need to be met regarding licenses, permits, and submitting taxes.

Create a detailed business plan in addition to forming other business documentation. The Nonprofit Expert website explains that most states require a charity to have a board of directors, bylaws, and an Article of Incorporation. A charity must also apply for non-profit status with the IRS in addition to meeting state tax requirements.

Create a logo, website, and brochures that can be used to advertise and promote the charity. It is advisable to determine the specific organisations or causes the charity will raise money for. Advertise in local newspapers to promote the charity and solicit volunteers.

Hold meetings and orientations to familiarise volunteers with the charity. The Nonprofit Expert website explains that the fundraisers and activities should be planned well in advance. For an animal welfare charity it is advisable to develop fundraisers that will target animal lovers who will be most likely to make donations.

Create merchandise that can be sold at fundraisers and animal welfare events. The Nonprofit Expert website explains that merchandise can be sold by non-profit charities as long as long state sales tax laws are followed. Selling T-shirts with the charity's logo will raise money for animals in addition to promoting the charity.

Open a bank account so that all of the profits can be saved and tracked until donations to certain organisations or causes are made.

Things You'll Need

  • Physical location
  • Non-profit status
  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Website
  • Bank account
  • List of charities
  • Brochures
  • Advertisements
  • Fundraisers
  • Volunteers
  • Logo
  • Merchandise
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Shannon Johnson has been a freelance writer since 2008, specializing in health and organic and green-living topics. She practiced law for five years before moving on to work in higher education. She writes about what she lives on a daily basis.