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Program on Social Enterprise

Harnessing business skills and markets to achieve social objectives

The Program on Social Enterprise (PSE) supports faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners interested in exploring the ways in which business skills and market disciplines can be harnessed to most effectively and efficiently achieve social objectives. PSE explores work on nonprofit and public sector social entrepreneurship as well as initiatives in private sector social enterprise.

About the Program on Social Enterprise

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Under the leadership of faculty director Robert Jensen, professor of economics, and executive director Tony Sheldon, the Program on Social Enterprise (PSE) supports scholars, students, alumni, and practitioners interested in exploring the ways in which business skills and market disciplines can be harnessed to most effectively and efficiently achieve social objectives. PSE facilitates work on nonprofit and public sector social entrepreneurship as well as initiatives in private sector social enterprise.

Our activities span courses, research, conferences, and publications.  In addition to these formal activities, the PSE also serves as a focal point for social enterprise-related activities at SOM, facilitating, advising, and drawing connections among students, faculty, the Yale community, and the broader network in the US and internationally of interested practitioners and institutions.


Toward a New Paradigm of Nonprofit Finance  

Clara Miller (former CEO of Heron Foundation, founder of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and frequent SOM guest speaker) outlines an alternative vision for catalytic financing of nonprofits. Read the article in Nonprofit Quarterly.

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