Tag Archives: business models

“Be A Social Entrepreneur” with Greg Dees

This post originally appeared on Southern New Hampshire University’s Be a Social Entrepreneur blog. To read the original post, click here. J. Gregory Dees has been the recipient of the Ashoka and Aspen Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Entrepreneurship and continues to share …

Making the Case for More Data

This post originally appeared on the Social Edge.  Join the conversation there! When Greg Dees and I started our blog over six months ago, it was to get feedback on some of the patterns and trends we had been seeing in our research on business …

Outgrowing Your Business Model: E+Co

This post originally appeared on the Social Edge.  Join the conversation there! The one true thing that we seem to be able to say about business models in social entrepreneurship these days is that by necessity, they must continually adapt and …

Strategies for Multiplying Impact: Moving Beyond Replication

Two weeks ago, CASE co-hosted (along with the Growth Philanthropy Network and Duke’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civil Society) our annual Social Impact Exchange conference in New York. Over 375 funders, entrepreneurs and thought leaders came together for two …

Legal Form Strategies

One of the ways that social entrepreneurs innovate is by adapting existing business models and practices to socially-oriented outcomes. This has resulted in a variety of for-profit, nonprofit, and hybrid business structures that have been used by entrepreneurs to create …

Why Hybrids?

We blogged in a previous post about the nonprofit vs. for-profit decision that social entrepreneurs make as they are starting up their new venture.  But even that difficult choice between nonprofit and for-profit is overly simplified.  On the spectrum of …

Nonprofit or For-Profit: That is the Question

For entrepreneurs, the start-up phase is an exciting but challenging time. For social entrepreneurs, a major decision that needs to be made during this start-up phase is whether to launch as a for-profit or nonprofit (or hybrid in between)? Many …

The Impact Investing Wave

I attended the Skoll World Forum last week and had a realization. Yes, social entrepreneurs are working constantly to refine their business models, but right now, many are worried about very specific business model challenges. Forming a social business. Creating business models …

Starting Up: Staging Feedback for Catchafire

We posted several weeks ago about Greg Dees and Cathy Clark’s new Social Edge blog on business models for social impact. Their blog starts with discussion of several start-ups and the questions that these start-ups are struggling with as they …