Normally not particularly impressed by start-up nonprofits, this organization certainly took me by surprise! Recently established in the fall of 2009, Calvin Fletchers Coffee Company (CFCC) is a nonprofit coffee house located in the Fletcher Place neighborhood. After a delicious mocha and a conversation with the founder, I was hooked!
So, why is Calvin Fletchers Coffee Company a nonprofit?
- Each month, a different nonprofit receives the funds in CFCC’s tip jar.
- CFCC provides free public meeting space to the neighborhood association, merchants alliance, and other local organizations.
- CFCC’s founder is motivated by serving the local community.
And, what does Calvin Fletchers Coffee Company show us about the nonprofit sector?
- The nonprofit sector and the corporate sector are increasingly overlapping in their service provision. Ever heard of Starbucks?
- The nonprofit sector often attracts individuals who have a particular vision that they want to make reality. Ever wanted the world to be a different place – a little better?
- The nonprofit sector contains just a little bit of everything. Ever heard of Red Nose Institute? Me neither, but it’s a nonprofit.
Do you want to know more about the breadth of organizations registered with the IRS as nonprofit organizations? I recommend reading Anything Goes: Approval of Nonprofit Status by the IRS,” an article by Rob Reich of the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Download the PDF here.
What other start-up nonprofits have caught your eye lately? Please leave a comment with your new favorite!