Case Studies

Social Enteprise/Charity: working together for the benefit of both

The Issue

A social enterprise has funding to achieve its social purpose. From an investor.  The investor however is also a major donor to a charity which has a similar social goal to the social enterprise. He does not want to withdraw his funding to either but cannot afford to do both.  He prefers the business approach of the social enterprise but likes the impact that the charity makes. The charity has a good repuration but he feels the social enterprise can do more with his money.

The Outcome

Charity and Social Enteprise partnered with each other.

The Process

First, making sure that both charity and social enterprise spoke and  understood each other's 'language'! Business and charity speak can differ, even though the meaning is the same! Second, barriers were broken down by informal get-togethers of all staff. Then, a traditional SWOT analysis enabled each party to the partnership to use their strengths for good.  The investor/donor funded the 'partnership project' so that no one organisation benefitted from all of his financial input.

Why the project succeeded

A partnership approach replaced an 'either/or' option for all concerned.

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