You have reviewed the questions before you begin, and maybe you aren't quite ready to start a nonprofit. What else can you do? Here are some alternatives you may wish to consider.
The Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) embraces businesses that merge mission and margin, purpose, and profit. This movement within business seeks to create social and environmental impact through the powerful economic engine of capitalism. This movement is reshaping the economy, capitalism, businesses, and nonprofits. This model offers businesses the opportunity to actively engage in creating value that goes beyond the bottom line. This business model is usually a better fit for those who want to give back to their community without giving up control of the organization. CI4SI offers a monthly Introduction to Social Impact, along with some other trainings. More information on the various social enterprise models can be found on the Social Enterprise guide.
Fiscal sponsorship is a way to test out your program idea without fully committing to creating your own nonprofit. Below is information that explains what fiscal sponsorship is, along with how to find the best fiscal sponsor for you.