It’s arts and crafts time! Use these instructions to create your very own copy of the Nonprofit Startup Game!

The components of the game consist of several pieces that can be printed, and a few which will need to be scavenged.

Components that Can Be Printed

  • Game board
  • Tally sheets
  • Volunteer Cards
  • Program Cards
  • Activity Cards
  • Random Event Cards
  • The ebook Playing the Nonprofit Game: A Fun Way to Understand How to Successfully Establish Your Mission Driven Organization serves as an instruction booklet. This is formatted to be printed if you would like  a hard copy on hand while playing. It’s possible to refer to the ebook using your phone, computer, or other device capable of displaying a PDF. To get your complimentary copy of the ebook, simply sign up for our blog posts using the form below. (If you are already a subscriber and haven’t received your copy let me know and I’ll gladly send you one.)

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Printing Notes:

If you are in a well equipped office you may be able to do this in-house. Otherwise it might be worth a trip to a local copy shop.

You will need the following

  • US Letter size (8.5” x 11”) paper for cards, preferably thicker cardstock in four different colors. I used 65lb colored assortment. A few sheets for each of 4 sets of cards.
  • Cheaper US Letter size paper for printing the tally sheets. One for each player for each game. I used 20lb white printing paper.
  • Larger format paper for printing the gameboard. I printed onto two tabloid size (11” x 17”) white 20lb paper.
  • A paper cutter or scissors.
  • A laminator capable of laminating the game board.

Printing the cards

Volunteer Cards, Program Cards, and Activity Cards are all one sheet apiece with printing on both sides. There is a grid of 12 cards which should be printed duplex, flip on the long edge of the paper. Print three copies of each of these types of cards. These can then be trimmed and cut into cards with a paper cutter or scissors.

Random Event Cards are similar, but there are three sheets to print one time rather than one sheet to print three times.

To make the cards easily distinguished from each other, print each type of card on a unique color.

Printing the Tally Sheet

These can be printed single sided on standard office paper. These are used up in each game, so if you will be playing multiple times you will want to print extra copies.

Printing the Game Board

Depending on your situation this is the piece that most likely needs to be done at a copy shop. I found the assistance of a professional was well worth the small increase in price.

Print the image of the game board across two 11” x 17” white tabloid pages, single sided. Color is a nice option here.

Print the top half of the board landscape on one sheet, and the bottom half of the board landscape on a second sheet. Make sure the two parts overlap a small amount. This may require scaling the image down a small amount. Be sure to check that the two images line up before moving on.

Laminate both sheets of paper independently.

Slice approximately a half inch off the top of the bottom image. Make sure to cut within the overlapping area so that you can line the image up after cutting with nothing missing.

Line the image up and tape into place. Use a couple of small pieces of low tack masking tape temporarily on the front of the board to hold the sections in place. Then flip the board over and tape well over the seam from the back side. Flip back over, check that all is in place, and remove the masking tape.

The game board should be flexible to bend a bit which can be useful when storing it.

Scavenging Components

  • A pair of regular dice
  • Play money, sufficient to give everyone playing $500 and make change down to singles
  • Tokens for moving around the board
  • Pens or pencils

Pens and pencils you already know how to acquire.

All of the other components listed here can be purchased over the Internet on Amazon, eBay, or elsewhere. Or you can acquire a standard Monopoly game that contains these parts and use them. It cost me about $16 to purchase such a game at the local department store.

You can also use coins or buttons for tokens. My favorite tokens were small My Little Pony collectible toys purchased for a couple dollars each at the grocery store.

If you’re living high on the hog, you could also use real money (wouldn’t that be nice!) Medium hog, you could use real coins for the money; a penny could stand in for a dollar, a nickel for five dollars, etc.


Small kitchen Ziploc type bags work well for holding the cards, dice, pens, pencils, and tokens. I store my games in a plastic container that seems a bit too small for the game board, but the board is flexible, so it works.

The Links

Right click and download each component using these links: