Start-Up Organizations: What, Why, Who?

What are some common start-up types?

  • New, stand-alone institutions
  • Spin-offs from existing organizations
  • Expansions or replications of existing models
  • Networks or centers to serve other organizations
  • Intermediary organizations
  • Community foundations

What intentions might a new organization fulfill?

  • Establishing a new service or innovation
  • Capitalizing on a new opportunity or market
  • Giving a project independence and room to grow
  • Implementing work in new places using an established model
  • Connecting organizations within a field
  • Advancing knowledge and guiding new work within a field
  • Coordinating a program of dedicated giving and fundraising

Who proposes a start-up?

  • An innovator who wants to implement a new idea
  • A leader from an existing organization who wishes to expand operations, replicate a model, or split off an independent entity
  • A practitioner who hopes to bring coherence to, develop knowledge within, or raise the profile of a field
  • A grantmaker whose experience within a field suggests that a new organization is needed
  • A constituency or community that comes together to meet a need or pursue an opportunity

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This takeaway was derived from Working with Start-Ups.