Presentation on theme: "Social Enterprise: Myths & Realities OC 2.0 – Nonprofit Leaders Summit May 23, 2014 Jerri Rosen – CEO and Founder, Working Wardrobes Diane Helfrey – Executive."— Presentation transcript:
Social Enterprise: Myths & Realities OC 2.0 – Nonprofit Leaders Summit May 23, 2014 Jerri Rosen – CEO and Founder, Working Wardrobes Diane Helfrey – Executive Director and Founder, Social Venture Partners LaMecia Butler – Portfolio Manager, REDF Iosefa Alofaituli – Executive Director, Oak View Renewal Partnership (Moderator)
Coming to “Terms” with Social Enterprise Definitions of Terms: Social Entrepreneurship Social Enterprise Double Bottom-Line Social Innovation
Social Entrepreneurship The process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. They pursue opportunities to serve this mission, while continuously adapting and learning. They draw upon appropriate thinking in both the business and nonprofit worlds and operate in a variety of organizations. - "The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship" J. Gregory Dees
Social Enterprise “Social Enterprise is any mission-based earned- income business or strategy undertaken by a nonprofit for the purpose of generating revenue in support of the nonprofit’s social mission.” - Social Enterprise Alliance Reduction of social costs Stronger families Thriving communities More people employed Potential Outcomes: Inputs:
Is this new? Social Enterprise is centuries old! Monasteries Wine & Cheese Sales Theater Groups Admission Fees Education Tuition Hospitals Fees to underwrite support to poor
Double Bottom Line Mission focus delivers a social return Business focus delivers a financial return - Donations and grants gain leverage - Unrestricted income More mission is possible!
Social Innovation Innovative social organizations employ new, non- obvious and/or simple, “elegant” solutions to address social problems more effectively than other organizations -Pioneering new products or services -Delivering products/services in new ways or to new populations -Employing new processes, organizational structures, or business models - Social Venture Partners
SVP: Unleashing Potential Social Venture Partners builds powerful relationships among people who want to give back and the nonprofits that make change possible. Model of engaged philanthropy: leverage money, time, talent, and connections Focus on a dual mission: Support high-potential nonprofits by building their capacity; Help individuals achieve greater impact with their giving socialventurepartners.org 9
Network Momentum SVP is the largest global network of engaged donors. Founded in 1997 in Seattle Others inspired to start new chapters in 1999 SVP International formed in 2001 Founded in LA in 2004 Today: network of 36 member organizations in US, Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan socialventurepartners.org 10
L.A.’s Programs Local SVPs tailor programs based on market dynamics and Partner interests. Multi-year Investments Social Innovation Fast Pitch Partner Education and Events New: Encore Fellowships socialventurepartners.org 11
Social Enterprise “Social Enterprise is any mission-based earned-income business or strategy undertaken by a nonprofit for the purpose of generating revenue in support of the nonprofit’s social mission.” -Social Enterprise Alliance
Is this new? Social Enterprise is centuries old! Monasteries wine/cheese sales Theater Groups admission fees Educationtuition Hospitalsfees to underwrite support to poor
Social Entrepreneurism For profit business -Home care services for disabled -Adult day care services -Low cost housing projects -Wind farms Non-for profit businesses -Workshops for at-risk youth -Substance abuse shelters -Thrift shops
Social Entrepreneurism Earned income leads to sustainability The Siblings: -Social innovation -Social enterprise
Double Bottom Line Mission focus delivers a social return Business focus delivers a financial return -Donations and grants gain leverage -Unrestricted income More mission is possible!
What are the hard facts? Public trust in the nonprofit sector is low o 19% of Americans believe charitable organizations run their programs well More nonprofits added every year o 3,200+ new nonprofits in OC in 2014 The big are getting bigger o 6% of nonprofits control 85% of revenue o Hospitals, universities
What’s the upside? Financial impact -Multiple sources of income -Less dependence on funders/grants Non-financial impact -More efficient practices -More clients served Organizational impact -Mission related -Sustainability
Is there a money trail? Philanthropists and corporations are looking at a new model of giving Social Venture Capitalists are investing Well written business plans are being funded Social Enterprise Academies Business people are attracted a nonprofit operating an enterprise venture
Is the Business Community Aware? Only 20% of corporate funders in Orange County are familiar with Social Enterprise Investing 12.5% are not familiar at all 67.5% recognize the national trends and are open to learning about it
What is new? Expanding pool of knowledge Growing community of practitioners -Social Enterprise Academies -REDF Support systems/SEA -National conference, communication networks -1,100 members; 350 at annual conference Increasing expectations to apply business practices to the nonprofit sector
What’s our challenge? Access to Capital -Knowing what, how and where to look Entrepreneurial Capacity -Market awareness -Value assessment -Functional expertise Market Viability
The Ideal Social Enterprise Related to mission Feasible and realistic Responds to a genuine market need Builds on strengths and assets Energizes Board members, staff and stakeholders Makes enough money to achieve financial goals
Shop Operations Paid Manager and Assistant Manager with resale or consignment shop experience Fashion Board Volunteers -12 – 20 per store -Flexible shifts -Customer service advocates -Merchandise and sell!
Operational Issues Have professional managers with retail and/or resale shop experience Develop a training program for shop staff and volunteers Provide an incentive in exceeding goals Utilize all promotional opportunities Develop social media campaigns
Hard Lessons Learned Focus on financial sustainability Build finance department strength in front of the curve Develop Plan A and a strong Plan B Build resale shop operation strength earlier Reduce dependence on fundraising events
Easier Lessons Learned Focus on core businesses Resale operations Client services Resale and thrift shop can be recession proof Focus marketing efforts
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