The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World

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April 8, 2011


Electronic book text, 272 pages

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Make the business of society your business

No one knows the business of social entrepreneurship better than Rupert Scofield. Cofounder and president of FINCA International--a nonprofit microfinancing institution with 7,000 employees serving 750,000 customers in 21 countries--Scofield has been a social entrepreneur for 40 years.

In The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook, Scofield leads you through the entire process of starting up and running a nonprofit, sharing personal success stories and advice on what not to do--valuable lessons he learned the hard way. The process, while risky, isn't as difficult as you might think. Practically speaking, you need only two things: an idea and a plan. The former comes from you and you alone. This book supplies the latter.

The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook illuminates the path to building a successful nonprofit from the ground up. You'll learn how to:

  • Create a realistic plan for getting started in your chosen cause
  • Assemble the perfect team for putting your plan into action--and keeping it rolling in the right direction
  • Develop a business model specifically designed to run a nonprofit organization
  • Keep yourself, your staff, and your cause in solid financial shape

One of the many beauties of social entrepreneurship is that it's never too late to start. You can be right out of school or working in the highest ranks of corporate America. It doesn't matter. Social entrepreneurship begins with a noble cause, which turns into a passion, and soon becomes a mission worth dedicating your life to.

The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook is the one and only resource you will need to attain your dream of working full-time in service to others--and making a real, measurable difference in the world.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Finding Your Mission Possible (Settling on and refining your plan for change)
Chapter 2: Wanted: Resourceful Humans (Talent Recruitment and Management)
Chapter 3: Money Does Grow on Trees...But You Have to Plant Them First (Fundraising)
Chapter 4: Structure, Systems and Strategy
Chapter 5: Innovation
Chapter 6: Governance
Chapter 7: Survival for the Long Term
Afterword: The Way Forward - Is it a Two-Way Street?

Author comments

Rupert Scofield is president and CEO of FINCA International. Under his leadership, FINCA has grown from 60,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $5 million to more than 750,000 clients and a loan portfolio of more than $300 million. An agricultural economist, Scofield has 30 years' experience as a social entrepreneur in Africa, Latin America, Eurasia, and the Middle East.

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Whether your mission is as ambitious as pulling millions of people out of poverty or as modest as feeding people in your neighborhood, now is the perfect time to get started. Social entrepreneurship has never been more needed, more valued, and more achievable than it is today.

In The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook, author Rupert Scofield--president and CEO of FINCA International--gives you a practical plan for doing what you might have thought wasn't possible: becoming a driving force for good by using business practices typically reserved for amassing personal wealth. Scofield teaches you how to:

  • Focus your passions for social or environmental change into a single, achievable pursuit
  • Create a business plan that uses commercial entrepreneur best practices for socially beneficial ends
  • Mitigate the personal, financial, and professional risk that comes with running a nonprofit organization

Becoming a social entrepreneur is among the biggest decisions anyone can make--and one of the most rewarding. When you put your talent and hard work into amassing not capital but social capital, you'll finally see those changes you've been thinking, dreaming, and talking about take shape.

Copyright 2014 McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC


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