Starting a non-profit in architecture - where to start?
August 30, 2012 10:59 AM Subscribe
I am an architect and recently laid-off. I want to use this time as an opportunity to start an architecture non-profit that assists communities to create their own public spaces. Think community centers, playgrounds, libraries, farmer's markets, etc. I am relatively young, naive, and idealistic. Where do begin? Whom do I speak to? How do I start? Any words of advice will do.
posted by spoons to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've held this idea in my head for the past dozen or so years. My graduate school study centered on community building, so it's been with me my entire professional career (I'm in my late 30s). Unfortunately, I've worked with companies that did nothing of the sort. I myself crew up with meager means, so gaining a level of economic self-sufficiency after school became important, if only not further burden my parents. The more time I have to think about things, to more I feel I'd like to give back to these communities, similar to the ones that raised me. What I am thinking of starting is something like a cross between the groups "Architecture for Humanity" & "Habitat for Humanity". The former buildings community centers in far-away countries, while the latter builds homes in local neighborhoods. I want to build community centers in locally (I'm in So. Cal, but across the country).
I start this endeavor without any money of my own, as architecture hasn't paid much through the years. I also have a family with two young children (1 & 5 yrs) so half of my time is caring for them since childcare is less affordable. This is to let you know that I have all the desire in world to get this done - though my time and energy is divided, with very little startup money.
Within those constraints, I'll do all that I can. I just need to know 'what' to do. Thanks.