Start-Up Funding Intentions Among Nascent Nonprofit Entrepreneurs: An Exploratory Investigation


  • Fredrik O. Andersson Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis



Nascnet Entrepreneurs, Start-Up Funding, Intentions


This paper explores the start-up funding intentions of nascent nonprofit entrepreneurs, i.e., individuals in the process of creating a new formal nonprofit organization. The main questions being examined are from which sources nascent nonprofit entrepreneurs anticipate to obtain start-up funding from, how much start-up funding nascent nonprofit entrepreneurs anticipate they will need to formally launch their new nonprofit, and if there are any differences in funding intentions among nascent nonprofit entrepreneurs with and without previous start-up experience. The results from a survey of 103 nascent nonprofit entrepreneurs in Kansas City are presented and contrasted with existing research on funding of new nonprofit organizations. The results show an apparent preference for start-up funding from philanthropic grants and private donations, along with personal contributions of the founder(s).

Author Biography

Fredrik O. Andersson, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Fredrik O. Andersson is an assistant professor with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and research fellow with the Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics. His research sits at the intersection of entrepreneurship and nonprofit organization studies. His main scholarly interests include new nonprofit emergence, governance, and nonprofit capacity building.






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