Re: [npEnterprise Forum] Introductions
- Carolyn Noah has described a viable service for the members of the
Library System. This is one of those that could be viewed as "simply"
a creative service for the organization's members, or a social
As I mentioned in my intro post, I was at the first "Gathering" for
social entrepreneurship in Colorado in 1998. A lot of time was spent
discussing what the term meant - and it was never clear.
There is a difference between running a for-profit business to help
support the core non-profit mission, and running a service as part of
executing the non-profit mission and generating a profit. I had a
client hospital that had 65 businesses, including maintenance at the
local race track (horses), the Pepsi vending machine franchise in SE
Ohio, and the largest installer of private phone systems in the area.
These were clearly for-profit businesses whose profits supported the
The Jewish Community Center in Charleston bakes challahs - a
ceremonial bread used in homes on the sabbath - as a service to the
community after the only local vendor went out of business. It has
turned out to be a very profitable service, they've started
deliverying to a second pickup point, and they also offer special,
kosher meal packages at holidays. Social enterprise or a mission based
program? Or both?
The question is the same: what are you trying to do?
My three cents,
- The CHOICES Education Group was formed in 1985 as a not-for-profit,
501(c)(3) social enterprise based in Seattle, Washington. Our goals are to
empower students toward personal and professional success, and to build
sustainable business-education partnerships in local communities in support
of these students. We have 20 years experience and expertise in program
development, service delivery and partnership sustainability. Through our
social enterprise model we apply sound business principles to accomplish our
mission and to minimize reliance on outside support. We are currently
partnering with approximately 200 organizations in 40 states, engaging 2,000
community volunteers to deliver our CHOICES program to 200,000 students per
CHOICES is a two class-period interactive seminar designed to help students
increase their career and life options through thoughtful academic
decisions. Students engage in role-plays on time & money management, and
learn how decisions they make now will shape their future. They discover
that they can achieve their goals by applying self-discipline. CHOICES also
acts as a powerful tool for building and sustaining effective school and
business partnerships in local communities.
CHOICES Education Group
1100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization
Empowering students toward personal and professional success since 1985
- My name is David Rendall. Some of you have already been "introduced" to
me because of the research that I completed last year. Thank you again
for your participation.
I'm interested in nonprofit enterprise because I managed earned income
ventures for my entire career. For the last seven years I was the
founder/director of SERVE Enterprises www.serveonline.org, a social
enterprise that provided employment for people with disabilities. We ran
an outsourcing business and sold ink jet cartridges www.serveink.com.
My experience as a practitioner influenced my decision to research
social enterprise leaders for my doctoral dissertation. I am now a
professor of business at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. I'm also
the founder and principal of Rendall & Associates www.drendall.com a
training and consulting firm for nonprofits and social enterprises. I've
been able to conduct training sessions on social enterprise for Duke
University's nonprofit certificate program and for the National
Gathering of the Social Enterprise Alliance, as well as many other
organizations and associations. I'm particularly interested in the
unique characteristics of social enterprise leaders and the cultural
issues related to enterprise in the nonprofit sector.
I believe that social enterprise is an important trend and that it will
only expand during the next five years. I think that many people are
still discovering that they are already doing some earned income
activities and now they want to learn how to be more effective and
intentional in their efforts.
Rendall & Associates
205 Carlyle Circle
Goldsboro, NC 27530
"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always
do that, but the truly great make you feel that you too can become
- Mark Twain
From: Rolfe Larson [mailto:Rolfe@...]
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 5:52 PM
Subject: [npEnterprise Forum] Introductions
Dear npEnterprise Forum subscribers,
During the past year, the npEnterprise Forum has more than doubled in
We are now a community of almost 1700 in number; we expect to hit 2000
subscribers this spring. You have truly turned this into the #1 online
discussion group about social enterprise.
With so many new members, we'd like to invite you to take a moment and
introduce yourself to the Forum, so others can learn about your
and experiences in this exciting field.
Here are some social enterprise topics you could address, but in the
of the Forum, please feel free to discuss your interest in earned income
manner that works for you:
* Why you're interested in earned income and nonprofit enterprise
* What earned income projects your organization is working on, and how
that fits with its mission
* What kinds of experience and expertise you have in this field (that
others might find helpful for their efforts)
* Where you see earned income going in the next 5-10 years (trends)
* What issues or questions you would like the npEnterprise Forum to
Please take a few minutes and post your introduction by hitting "reply"
this message. We'll keep this thread open for awhile, so if you can't
respond now, feel free to do so when you get the chance.
Incidentally, short postings (say 250 words or less) are more likely
to get read compared to longer ones. But if you feel the need to write
full essay about your life with earned income, write on brother! (and
We look forward to continuing the discussion with you!
Rolfe Larson - Rolfe@...
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