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The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World / Edition 1
     

The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World / Edition 1

by Rupert Scofield
 

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ISBN-10: 0071750290

ISBN-13: 9780071750295

Pub. Date: 03/23/2011

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

Make the business of society your business

No one knows the business of social entrepreneurship better than Rupert Scofield. Cofounder and president of FINCA International—a nonprofit microfinancing institution with 7,000 employees serving 750,000 customers in 21 countries—Scofield has been a social entrepreneur for 40 years.

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Overview

Make the business of society your business

No one knows the business of social entrepreneurship better than Rupert Scofield. Cofounder and president of FINCA International—a nonprofit microfinancing institution with 7,000 employees serving 750,000 customers in 21 countries—Scofield has been a social entrepreneur for 40 years.

In The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook, Scofield leads you through the entire process of starting up and running a nonprofit, sharing personal success stories and advice on what not to do—valuable lessons he learned the hard way. The process, while risky, isn’t as difficult as you might think. Practically speaking, you need only two things: an idea and a plan. The former comes from you and you alone. This book supplies the latter.

The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook illuminates the path to building a successful nonprofit from the ground up. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a realistic plan for getting started in your chosen cause
  • Assemble the perfect team for putting your plan into action—and keeping it rolling in the right direction
  • Develop a business model specifically designed to run a nonprofit organization
  • Keep yourself, your staff, and your cause in solid financial shape

One of the many beauties of social entrepreneurship is that it’s never too late to start. You can be right out of school or working in the highest ranks of corporate America. It doesn’t matter. Social entrepreneurship begins with a noble cause, which turns into a passion, and soon becomes a mission worth dedicating your life to.

The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook is the one and only resource you will need to attain your dream of working full-time in service to others—and making a real, measurable difference in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071750295
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
03/23/2011
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgments vii

Part 1 Righting The Unrightable Wrong and Finding Your Mission Possible 1

1 Identifying Your Constituency and Arranging Your Apprenticeship 5

2 The Big Idea and Finding a Mentor 19

Part 2 It Takes an Asylum 29

3 We Few, We Happy Few: The Founding Fathers 31

4 Wanted: Resourceful Humans: Recruiting the Best Minds Money Can't Buy 41

5 Still Wanted: More Resourceful Humans: And the Interview Techniques to Find Them 57

6 Managing Them: On the Herding, Roping, and Hog-Tying of Cats 71

7 Continuing to Manage, and Staying in Touch 85

8 Leading Them: Finding Your Inner Andre Previn 93

Part 3 Money Does Grow on Trees, But You Have to Plant them First 103

9 The Private Pillar: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 105

10 Private Pillar Pitfalls: Sponsorship Programs and Dealing with Donors 119

11 The Power of the Other Pillars: Public and Internal 133

12 Communication: From "Who? " to Wheaties 143

Part 4 Not Rocket Science: Structure, Systems, Technology, and Strategy 157

13 Your Organization's Structure and Business and Financial Models 159

14 Systems: Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Systems! 173

15 Strategy: Getting Beyond "Everybody Go Long" 185

Part 5 Thriving and Surviving 197

16 But It Used to Work So Well!: The Time and Place for Innovation 199

17 Governance by Dummies: Wise Counsel or Micromanagement by the Ignorant? 211

18 Humanitarians at the Gate: Surviving and Thriving in the Treacherous World of the Modern Nonprofit 229

Afterword: The Next Phase of Social Entrepreneurialism: Expanding, Diversifying, and Scaling the Model 247

Index 259

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