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What Motivates the Best Social Entrepreneurs?

Let’s con­sider the ques­tion of what is the right or best kind of moti­va­tion for the rapidly grow­ing class of social entre­pre­neurs. It’s a hot area, with a lot of new entrants, and not much in the way of rules and guidelines.

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Teaching Impact Investing in High Performance Social Enterprises

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The idea of “impact invest­ing” is gain­ing a great deal of atten­tion these days, includ­ing in under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion. While many insti­tu­tions have offered classes in strate­gic phil­an­thropy in recent years, and of course in tra­di­tional busi­ness invest­ing for many, we have focused our efforts at SEI on devel­op­ing edu­ca­tional pro­grams for a new third way of invest­ing. This new invest­ment dis­ci­pline involves socially minded investors pro­vid­ing cap­i­tal to both for profit and non-profit enter­prises that are com­mit­ted to effi­ciently address­ing social prob­lems in both a sus­tain­able and inno­v­a­tive way.

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A First Hand Look into Rural Poverty in Kenya

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With two co-ops at social invest­ing firms under her belt, Rosie Sharp, a senior study­ing finance and social entre­pre­neur­ship with a minor in inter­na­tional affairs had devel­oped a com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of impact invest­ing and rural agri­cul­ture. In August 2011, a co-op oppor­tu­nity with One Acre Fund enabled Sharp to put her knowl­edge into prac­tice. Sharp spent …
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