Before you seek to create a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, consider if that is the best, most sustainable option for your community. Some in the sector will argue that as the United States allows more charities, the field becomes more crowded and less able to support the number of charities trying to do good. We are going to look at the different “good reasons” to start a charity separately so we can look at some examples. Here is the first one.
You have a plan that addresses a root cause of a problem.
Social scientists will tell you that determining the cause and effect of many social problems is difficult. Most cases of poverty, poor health, underemployment and violence result from myriad causes. But despite not having solid proof of any one cause, we should still diligently look beyond the surface and affect change at the deepest source of the problem possible. Whether your charity is looking to address hunger, reading readiness, or access to medical care, part of the solution will likely often include increasing access. If your organization will also go another step to address any of the factors leading to the problem, you’ll be a step ahead.
What are examples of organizations that address immediate needs and root causes of the people they serve? Leave your comments and share with us!
Mentor Kimberly Massey
In addition to my work in the social impact field, I have a great husband of 27 years and an incredible 20 year old daughter. Our family lives in central Mississippi and we provide a loving, but sometimes chaotic home to two awesome dogs and a turtle.
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