Putting Nonprofit Business Ventures in Perspective

By J. Gregory Dees

In the lead chapter in a “how-to” manual for social enterprise produced by the Yale-Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, Greg Dees lays out cautionary words about the challenges, costs, and risks associated with nonprofit business ventures and provides careful guidance on writing and implementing a business plan for a nonprofit enterprise.

Chapter 1 in Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income: A Guide to Successful Enterprise Strategies, Sharon M. Oster,  Cynthia W. Massarsky and  Samantha L. Beinhacker (eds), Jossey-Bass, 2004