What social entrepreneurship won't do:
This piece is a particularly acute account of the way things work, or don't, in the nonprofit sector. The money graf, for the Nonprofiteer's money:
An uncomfortable truth: there are important social goods that nobody really wants to pay for. If you’re selling a product like an iPhone or a flight to Paris, you’ll find many willing investors and customers. If you’re raising venture capital to end racism in Mississippi you’ll likely need to go begging. . . .The nonprofit status of organizations that provide services to the indigent reflects not a failure of entrepreneurial imagination or of will, but rather a clear-headed assessment of what people value enough to pay for freely. Lack of buyer interest means no working capital; it also means a social entrepreneur has little with which to incentivize her staff, cover program costs, or grow the capacity of her organization.
The Nonprofiteer wishes she'd said that. Oh, wait, she did say that, though not as eloquently, at the Georgetown Law School/Independent Sector panel in April.