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Skateboarding is a fun hobby for most, but Mike Smith had bigger plans than simply an extracurricular. That’s why he started the nonprofit organization Skate for Change. His goal was to take a local group of skaters and give back to low-income and homeless in the community.

“Skate for Change is a way to help change not only someone else’s life, but change the perspective on skateboarders in general,” Smith says. And what he got was a large support system, including the backing of Red Bull and skateboarding powerhouses like Ryan Sheckler and Joey Brezinski.

So take it from somebody who started from scratch and evolved his nonprofit to something much bigger. Here are some of his tips to get your nonprofit off to a great start and a promising future.

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