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Do Well Doing Good
So you want to start a nonprofit? Some suggestions on what course to take and what pitfalls to avoid.
By Allen Freeman

James Yang

Landscape architects wanting to better their communities frequently band together with other advocates of responsible land management in pursuit of a variety of goals. They may try to halt sprawl gobbling up local green space or stop insensitive developers from threatening a historic landscape. Perhaps they want to launch scholarships for promising students or would like to collect private funds for maintaining or making over a public park. Or maybe it's just that local elected officials could do with advice from landscape design professionals. In a series of interviews, the founders and executives of nonprofit groups across the country, as well as officials of several associations in Washington, D.C., recently offered advice about what course to take in starting a nonprofit group. They also mentioned some pitfalls to avoid.

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