Are you a social entrepreneur who is interested in changing the lives of people and your community. There are many non profit organisations you can consider  setting up if you are interested in the business of impacting people’s lives. Below are some non profit ideas you can consider.

Tree Planting

Tree planting has become popular due to the growing climate change concerns and preserving the environment. The country together with the rest of the world has undergone so many environmental changes for years due to deforestation and rapid industrialization. As such, a non profit organisation that is focused on tree planting can be ideal when it comes to uplifting South Africa’s communities. Tree planting is necessary for improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife among other things. By encouraging tree planting and discouraging deforestation through a non-profit organisation, you can help improve the environment and protect people from the harsh effects of natural disasters.


Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who lose their homes on a daily basis and some that have been living on the streets for a long time for various reasons. A shelter that can accommodate homeless people is another non-profit organisation that you can consider. More than 200 000 people are said to be homeless in South Africa and the shelters that are currently available cannot house all of the homeless people on the street. Opening up a shelter can help deal with the issue of homelessness and uplift your community.

Animal Shelter

Life is precious whether it is human life or an animal life so an animal shelter is a non profit business you can also consider. There are many stray dogs and cats in the streets that do not have anyone to look after them. If you love animals a non-profit animal shelter home can be a good idea. Setting up a suitable place for animals with regular visits by veterinaries is relatively cheap to set up and obtaining funding is not that difficult.

Food Banks

Opening a food bank is another way you can help people in need.  There are a lot of people who live on the streets as well as those that have homes but go to bed hungry. You can set up a food bank that can provide groceries to poor and underprivileged communities. Also, obtaining funding is not that difficult since it can come through donations, and sponsorships. Setting up a  local storage area and a reliable transportation system is essential for a food bank so that food becomes accessible to anyone.

Picking Out Trash

Another viable non profit business idea, especially at a time where most people are concerned about the environment is picking up trash and cleaning communities. You can easily put together a team of people who are passionate about the environment. You will be amazed by the number of people who will be glad to assist you when it comes to this kind of activities. Picking up trash will keep an area clean, and that is essential for the general health of the community. There are so many ways you can get funding for this business. You can get donations from various organisations and you can be given tips for collecting garbage.

Host Marathons

Non profit organisations that promote the health and well being of people can be helpful in a community. Given that South Africa is listed as one of the most unhealthy countries in the world, setting up a marathon can be viable non profit business. There are a lot of private and public organisations who can sponsor a marathon as well as other individuals.

An Underprivileged School

Another non profit business that you can set up in South Africa is an underprivileged school. There are a number of children that have disabilities who cannot access schools with the right facilities. As such, you can open a school for children with mental illness, physical disabilities or any other disability that will make it difficult for them to attend school. Obtaining funding for this kind of non profit is not that difficult. Children with all sorts of disabilities are sadly still looked down upon in some communities. They are not able to enjoy the benefits that others enjoy and in some cases face episodes of hardship and abuse. A school for underprivileged children might be what some communities may need in South Africa. You can partner with the government, religious organisations as well individuals who may be willing to sponsor your school.

Children’s Home

There are still so many children who live in abusive homes and orphans who have no one to look after them. Thus, a home will greatly benefit these children. The old fashioned children’s home is still relevant today and it can be a viable non profit business that you can consider.

Campaign Against Social Ills

Violence, child abuse, and gender based violence are still prevalent in South Africa and in many societies all over the world. Thus, you can start a non-profit that campaigns against any of these social ills and supports people who have fallen victim. Such organisations are critical especially in South Africa where such issues are still prevalent.

A Drug And Alcohol Free Club

A drug and alcohol-free club is useful in any country. There are numerous benefits for starting a club or nightclub that does not serve alcoholic beverages, as opposed to a nightclub that does for recovering addicts and people that want to live an alcohol or drugfree life. There are few organisations that support recovering addicts so opening this kind of club will benefit a lot of families.

There are so many  benefits that a non profit organisation enjoys including  less investment capital to start and operate the business, fewer government regulations, and substantially lower liability insurance premiums, less competition within the industry, and sometimes tax exemption. However, to run a non profit busines successfully you need to have  a clear definition of your target market, and a well researched business plan as well as funding for your  organisation.