CID Talk: Tricia Fitgerald: Social Enterprises in Not-For-Profits

Posted on 06 May 2019

With restrictive or uncertain income available from the government and the public, many not-for-profits seek to develop social enterprises with commercial revenue streams, as a means to increase their financial autonomy and sustainability.

Much remains to be learned about how social enterprises might be successfully generated within this context, however, as the disruptive challenges of bringing innovative commercial processes into not-for-profits are often underestimated. This research explored how not-for-profit organisations develop social enterprises. More specifically, it asked how do not-for-profits introduce and accommodate a business model with commercial logics within a social organisation, what are the most significant changes they make to accommodate a commercial business model and how might the not-for-profits configure themselves when introducing a commercial business model?


Social Enterprise