Charity, social enterprise and for-profit
With the launch of this year’s selection process we are already getting a few questions from potential applicants asking whether we support for-profit organisations, whether we just support charities and what our take on social enterprise is. Having pulled together some brief answers on this in our FAQs, we thought it might be good to explain some of our reasoning and thinking here in more detail.
Our current offerings for this are based on our latest strategy (full details of which will be revealed shortly!).
Ultimately at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland what we care about is that the best ideas for social change get the right support to help them to succeed. That is our vision. And in that context it doesn’t really matter to us whether the organisation is a charity, a social enterprise or a for-profit. Each of these models have different advantages and disadvantages associated with them, but all three models have the potential to make a positive social impact in Ireland.
Ireland is in a state of flux. This is an age of dislocation where the ground beneath our feet has rarely seemed less solid. Many of our traditional institutions and structures have lost credibility and significance. Fault lines have started to appear throughout Irish society, young vs. old, public vs. private, rural vs. urban. And the economic crisis has resulted in cut backs and unprecedented pressure being placed on the not-for-profit sector, the critical services they provide and the communities they serve. Yet in a state of flux come opportunities for great change. Opportunities to reimagine a country, rewrite a society, re-evaluate priorities and renew a shared vision for the future.
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