Alternatives to Starting a New Nonprofit
Many people want to give back to the community, and there are many ways to do so besides starting a new nonprofit. These include:
Serving as a board member or getting hired on as staff at an existing organization. Even if you hope to open your nonprofit one day, this can be a great way to learn more about the issue you are interested in and develop useful skills (like learning how to read nonprofit financial statements, evaluate a program or run a board meeting).
Organizing a fundraiser to benefit your favorite local nonprofit. This is a great way to spend time with friends, coworkers or congregation members and help the community at the same time. Choose something fun like a golf outing or theme dinner – you’ll have a blast and learn valuable skills about fundraising.
Donating your professional skills. Of course, nonprofits always need help with marketing, grant writing, accounting, legal advise, and human resources, but they also need trade skills (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc.) or artistic abilities (web design, photography, graphic design, mural painting, etc.)
Working with an existing nonprofit to create a new program or initiative to meet a related, unmet need. Nonprofits will be particularly open to this if you come to the meeting with ideas about how to pay for the new project.
Looking for national organizations with a similar mission and starting a local chapter
If you’d like to get involved in one of these ways (or have ideas of your own), contact the Regional Nonprofit Alliance at 740-597-1686 or RNA@ohio.edu. We can help connect you with a program in your area.