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Many nonprofits are moving beyond traditional grant funding and taking matters into their own hands by setting up social enterprises to generate earned income and move closer to long term sustainability. Aligning their social mission with earned income opportunities, nonprofits all over the country are making the leap; everything from bakeries run by the formerly incarcerated to web site development engaging at-risk youth.
This presentation provides an overview of what it takes to start your own social venture and where to get funding and other critical support. It is designed to help you assess your readiness for pursuing a social venture and to brainstorm earned income opportunities for your agency. The presentation is by Paul Lamb, principal of Man on A Mission Consulting and a long time social entrepreneur and nonprofit professional.
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Paul Lamb is the Principal of Man on a Mission Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in social change. He has built several successful nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in the areas of youth, workforce development, and technology. Paul is an author, blogger, and frequent OpEd contributor and radio commentator and on technology and social issues through media outlets like NPR’s Marketplace and on CNET.com. His business background includes positions as Director of Programs and Executive Director of the China Business Forum at the US-China Business Council in Washington, D.C., a business analyst for Ernst & Young, and a marketing consultant for both U.S. and Asian firms. Paul currently serves on the Boards of the Social Enterprise Alliance Bay Area Chapter, the Stride Center, and the Jhai Foundation. He is a former Fellow of the ZeroDivide Foundation and was a Next Generation Fellow with the American Assembly at Columbia University.