Many academics and practitioners alike do not want people to start new nonprofits. I disagree, here's why. People are complaining about the low pay in the sector, lack of mentorship opportunities, and the charity scandals are happening each week. We need new nonprofits to revitalize and grow the sector.
Many of the new nonprofits starting up today will put other ineffective nonprofits out of business. These new nonprofits will come up with new and innovative ideas to solve old problems and they will do it in a more cost effective way while paying their employees a decent wage. Sector switching boomers and the younger generations are starting their own nonprofits. We don't tell people they shouldn't start small businesses so we certainly shouldn't say don't start a new nonprofit especially if the person who is starting the nonprofit will do a better job at running their nonprofit than the majority of nonprofits that are already out there.
So, if you are thinking of starting a nonprofit...do it! And while you are at it, do it better than what has been done before!!
And if you are in the Bay Area, take my seminar this Saturday 3/15 at John F. Kennedy University--Jumpstart Your Passion: How to Successfully Start and Run Your Own Nonprofit Organization.