Social Enterprise: Making a Difference
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Management and Business
Course Number: NMGT 3030
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Civic Engagement
- Management & Business
Social enterprise is a new field that blurs the lines between the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. It has emerged in response to government and philanthropy's inability to alleviate the world's social ills, focusing on how to leverage market-based solutions to solve problems such as hunger, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and global warming. This course examines the three primary models currently being used: nonprofits starting for-profit ventures, for-profit companies with a social purpose, and nonprofits that approach social need in new and innovative ways. Students address such questions as: What does it take to be a social entrepreneur? Who are the leaders in this sector? What determines success and failure? Which is the appropriate business model for my idea? How does an organization find funding? How are corporations helping? And how does one assess the positive impact of the social venture?