I have decided to start a new non-profit organzation. This is because the Siouxland Trails Foundation, STF, is only focusing on trails & nothing more. They are not going to focus on on street facilities or issues.
After making the contacts to create the Siouxland Trails Foundation I know what I need to do to create the new organization. The first step is contact people I think will be interested in joining. So far there is myself, my wife & a friend who works at my LBS. My buddy worked with Missoula In Motion when he went to school on Montana. So he has experience in helping with this.
The people I will contact will be from city hall, the parks & rec. dept., the MPO, STF & the local bike club, that I think would be a good fit for this.
After I get a list of people & a name to call ourselves I will contact an attorney friend of mine, who is also a cyclist & ask that he draw up the articles of incorporation & by-laws.
We will probably not do any fundraising, but we will do grant writting, endorsements & if possible lobby legislature. Our first focus will be to adopt a Complete Streets Policy.
One thing that I will not allow to happen is for the new non-profit to compete with the STF or undermine their efforts & work. After all I helped create it why would I want to destroy something that I helped build.
I am not very creative when coming up with a name for an organization like this. Can anyone here help? I live in Sioux City, Iowa, the regional area is called Siouxland as well as the Tri-State area, not to mention the 2 Rivers area.
What do you think?