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Purpose of this Social Enterprise Blog

This blog helps you develop your social enterprise by providing articles, opinions, commentary and many related resources. The blog is for a general audience, including beginners and those advanced in social enterprise.

Social enterprises are increasingly popular. The nonprofit environment has changed.

  • Community needs are growing in size and diversity.
  • More nonprofits are competing for government and philanthropic funds.
  • Traditional forms of funding are becoming smaller and less reliable.
  • New for-profit businesses are competing with nonprofits to serve community needs.
  • Funders and donors are demanding more accountability.

“In the face of this new reality, an increasing number of forward-looking nonprofits are beginning to appreciate the increased revenue, focus and effectiveness that can come from adopting “for profit” business approaches. Increasingly, they are reinventing themselves as social entrepreneurs, combining “the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination.”
– From “The Meaning of Social Enterpreneurship” by J. Gregory Dees.

Examples of Topics (or Categories) Relevant to this Blog

You can understand even more about the focus of this blog by looking at examples of various related topics (or categories) that this blog might write about.  The following list includes examples of related topics as does the list of Related Library Topics in the sidebar.  There may be other related topics, as well.

  • Basics and Overviews
  • Cause-Related Marketing
  • Earned-Income Generation
  • General Resources
  • Venture Philanthropy

As posts are published, they will be organized into those or other related categories.  Categories that have posts published to them will be listed in the sidebar in Categories of Posts.  Readers can click on a category and see the posts in that category.

About Me, the Host of this Blog

I’m Rolfe Larson  and I’m the host of this blog. You can read more about me next to my picture to the right of each page in the blog.  I will publish about various aspects of social enterprise, and will focus especially on practical tips and tools.  These posts will include posts from guest writers, as well.

How to Use the Library’s Blogs

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