Authors: V. Kasturi Rangan, Herman B. Leonard, and Susan McDonald
- Full Working Paper Text
- Working Paper Publication Date: June 2008
- HBS Working Paper Number: 08-103
This paper considers the confluence of forces that is shaping the field of social enterprise, changing the way that funders, practitioners, scholars, and organizations measure performance. The authors trace a growing pool of potential funding sources to solve social problems, much of it stemming from an intergenerational transfer of wealth and new wealth from financial and high-tech entrepreneurs. They further examine how these organizations can best access the untapped resources by demonstrating mission performance, and then propose three potential scenarios, outlined below, for how this sector might evolve.