Collaboration is an alternative to starting a nonprofit

Why don’t inspired and aspiring new entrepreneurs look for existing organizations and agencies with which they can collaborate? Everybody seems to like the idea of collaboration, but most don’t actually want to collaborate in practice.

Some 33,000 nonprofit organizations already exist in Massachusetts. By some estimates, there are between 750 and 1,000 nonprofits on the Cape and Islands. They range from well-known hospitals and educational institutions to small, very small, mission-driven organizations with no staff, no revenues and two or three board members.

When asked why people want to start their own nonprofit, they answer that they want to run an organization that will solve a problem or meet a need that no other organization is meeting.

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