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Should you start a nonprofit?

Updated: Oct 6, 2023



You love your community, but you know there are things that could be better and you want to have a positive impact. You look around and see several problems that you think should be solved. And you might be right!!


So you decide to start a nonprofit.


But is starting a nonprofit organization really the best option?


Honestly? Probably not.


But here's why:


  • The IRS reports that there are over 1.5 million nonprofits in the country.

  • The number of donors decreased 7% in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the year-ago period. (www.independentsector.org)

  • Only 10% of grant proposals are granted.

  • The competition for resources is already higher than ever.


Sharpshooter LOVES nonprofits. Our passion as a company is helping nonprofit organizations get the grant money they need to bring programs that positively impact their community to fruition. We want organizations that are doing amazing work to succeed.


However, it is important to evaluate if that is really the best option.


Here are some questions you should ask yourself when you think you want to start a nonprofit:

  • Is there already an organization that is doing this work?

  • Is this really a problem that needs to be addressed?

  • If yes, am I really the best person to address it?

  • Are there people from the community that I want to serve that I could empower to do this work?


The reality is that not every person's passion project needs its own nonprofit. No matter what your philanthropic passion is, there is probably already a nonprofit in your community doing that work. Go work with them; donate to them; volunteer for them; serve on their board of directors. I promise they need your help!

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