Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship


Social Entrepreneurship in The United States: Impact and Resilience in Crisis


Book chapter published in "Social Entrepreneurship A Sustainable Alternative for a New Economy". Barcelona: J.M. Bosch. 2014.

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The ‘third sector’ in the United States is unique, including numerous types of organizations ranging from social enterprises, charities, and nonprofits. The history and evolution of the term social entrepreneurship has of course influence the types of enterprises included under this umbrella. In this chapter, we explore the role of social entrepreneurship in the U.S., its related impacts, both social and economic, and gauge its role in U.S. society and as a job creator. Finally, we examine the resiliency associated with the nonprofit sector and its hybrid organizations with close focus on their performance during the Great Recession, a period of time that saw growth in these organizations whilst the for-profit sector suffered.