Many different options exist for carrying out charitable activities, whether in the US or around the world. Investigating and weighing your options is an important part of the process, as is seeking legal counsel. Each option has distinct advantages and challenges. Before undertaking any major effort, it is always wise to consider if there are others already doing the work you are passionate about and if there is a creative way that you can join forces with them!
Additionally, we recommend that you check out the Council on Foundation’s website, as they have many resources, including starting a non-profit as well as good governance of a non-profit.