||This research was inspired by the Social Caring Association, established by the senior schoolmates of the EMBA-17 class, National Sun Yat-sen University. In order to carry out activities, the devoted senior schoolmates put in a lot of efforts in fundraising although it was arduous. Nonetheless, it was even more arduous for donors because there were numerous charitable organizations seeking funding. In Kaohsiung alone, there are over 4,000 registered social caring organizations and funds. In the past, social caring organizations could operate well with passionate members and enthusiasm; however, due to social changes, moving out of factories, technological advancement, participation of corporations in charitable activities, it became harder and harder for non-profit organizations (NPO) to compete with other organizations to acquire funding. How to raise funds as well as how to transform into social enterprises has become an important issue for non-profit organizations.|
Kaohsiung Maker Association was chosen to be the research target, and management focuses of non-profit organizations, PEST and SWOT analyses, and interviews with organization members and experts were applied in this research. In addition to maintaining NPO features, how new thoughts of makers as well as creations of innovative advantages through organizational operations and integration of the members’ expertise and backgrounds was explored to achieve the goal of “pro-makers to markets,” which represented an entrepreneurial ecosystem platform offering investment and venture opportunities for members of Kaohsiung Maker Association.
The three aims promoted by Kaohsiung Maker Association, which are (1) zero to maker, (2) maker to maker, and (3) makers to market, will not be changed according to the changes of the environment; however, slight adjustments may be carried out based on the practical needs of the environment. Wen Chung Shi, the director of Kaohsiung Maker Association, said that the applications of technology would be the responsibility of every citizen in the future. As a result, to realize the three aims smoothly, the cultivation of hands-on skills with the utilization of technology and tools for high school students, college students, and even second-time job seekers must take root domestically. Once they acquire the skills, they can be genuine makers. In conclusion, the operations of Kaohsiung Maker Association must focus on its services so that the action plans of all strategies can be carried out smoothly to boost entrepreneurial opportunities for pro-makers in southern Taiwan.