Ideas for Non-profit Businesses

by Melinda Gaines; Updated September 26, 2017
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Starting a non-profit business is a noble idea, but it is just as difficult to run as a for-profit business, if not more difficult. There are many types of non-profit businesses, ranging from animal protection agencies to homeless shelters. Whatever your passion, there is a non-profit business that you can start to help that cause.

Animals

If you love animals and are concerned about them, there are several non-profit businesses that you can start. Whether you want to advocate for domestic animals, exotic animals, or endangered species, you can tailor the following business ideas to suit your niche: animal sanctuary; dog or cat shelter; pet adoption agency; free, educational petting zoo; animal protection fund; animal science scholarship fund; marine animal conservation agency.

Education

Education non-profit organizations are greatly needed in this country and abroad. This is a concern shared by many citizens, so gaining public support for your education non-profit organization will not be a difficult task. Here are some business ideas for education non-profit organizations: free tutoring center; adult literary center; free library; children's museum; book mobile business; college education fund; early learning center; free childcare center for the economically disadvantaged; after-school center for at-risk youth; English as a second language tutoring center; computer learning center; career training fund for the economically disadvantaged; scholarship fund for students wanting to become educators; or a program to help local high school dropouts obtain their GED.

Youth

Youth non-profit businesses can aim to help any child, from infants to young adults. These non-profit businesses tend to be ideal for those with a background in child psychology or social work. Consider these ideas if you are looking to start a non-profit business for youth: home for pregnant teen mothers; boot camp for at-risk youth; mentoring program for children and teens; agency that provides clothing for children and teens who need it; career shadowing program for economically-disadvantaged and at-risk youth; daycare center for teen parents; program that helps local teen mothers complete their high school education; or a program that allows economically-disadvantaged children with disabilities receive the therapy and health care.

Arts

The arts include everything from music to dance and theater. If you have a background in visual or performing arts and would like to bring your passion to others who may not otherwise experience it, consider starting a non-profit business that promotes the arts. Performing and visual arts non-profit group ideas include: art camp for differently-abled children; art therapy camp for at-risk children; non-profit art gallery or museum; fund to keep art and music classes in local public schools; program to help independent artists and musicians have affordable, quality healthcare; legal defense fund for artists and musicians; performing arts center; theater classes for at-risk youth; fund to pay for instruments for economically-disadvantaged students; program that allows at-risk and economically-disadvantaged students attend performing arts shows; or a music education fund for local schools.

About the Author

Melinda Gaines has been a freelance writer since 2006, with work appearing online for YellowPages and other websites. Her areas of expertise include business, beauty, fashion and sports. Gaines attended the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sport administration.

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