A couple of weeks ago, I was discussing with a client the question of whether or not creating a non-profit would be the right way to proceed as he developed his vision of bringing groups, especially boys and men, to Nature. One factor that often comes up when people have a desire to provide meaningful experiences and other human services is that such services cost money, and so many people who would benefit from these services can often not afford to pay for them. Sure, the kids who live in a nice new home, with two late model cars in the three-car garage, and the latest electronic gadgets that they are always plugged into will certainly benefit from unplugging and going to Nature Camp. But lack of money is not the reason for their need.
In contrast, there are kids everywhere who live in families who just can’t afford to send them to camp. This goes for all sorts of other services too, for kids and adults – access to healthy food, parenting classes, adequate transportation, childcare, warm clothes… the list can go on and on. And this is the main reason why creating a non-profit may be the way to go. To be more specific, creating a non-profit that is registered as a charitable organization so it can raise tax-deductible revenues, such as donations and grants. These revenues can then be used to pay for the services that those with less means need but cannot afford. – Dave Van Manen