Common Good Vermont: Social Enterprise: Effective Strategy for Sustainable Nonprofits?
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Social enterprise is emerging as the “missing middle” between the traditional worlds of government, nonprofits and business that define themselves as "mission driven organizations", concerned with advancing the well-being of their communities.
Betsy Schmidt, Director of George Mason University's Center for Social Entrepreneurship and professor at Vermont Law School, talks about the pros and cons of social enterprise which purports to "address social concerns more efficiently than government, more generously than business, and more sustainably and creatively" than the philanthropy dependent nonprofit structure.
Ms. Schmidt is joined by a panel of Vermont nonprofit leaders who are bringing entrepreneurial skills and business thinking to their mission-driven organizations: Tiffany Bleumle, Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women, Dolly Fleming, Executive Director of Mercy Connections and Jack Glade, Executive Director of The Tutorial Center. Common Good Vermont’s Lauren-Glenn Davitian will moderate.