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Exploring The Continuum Of Social And Financial Returns: When Does A Nonprofit Become A Social Enterprise?

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Executive Summary

The rate of innovation in the nonprofit sector appears to have accelerated in recent years. Although the new efforts compose a relatively small portion of the sector, they are occurring with greater frequency and have the potential to realign the sector. The nonprofit social enterprise model has been around, amazingly, since the nineteenth century in the United States. As often happens when an industry experiences systemic difficulties, good things that work get repackaged. A system wants equilibrium and in this case, the nonprofit intermediaries and a handful of foundations are leading the way to help make nonprofits of any ilk more efficient and sustainable.

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