There’s an interesting piece over on the Civil Society website (thanks to Tony Clabby for this pointer)…. Interesting and frustrating, I should add.
Charities attending yesterday’s Charity Law Conference were told that calling yourself a social enterprise will help you win contracts and funding.
Really? There will be many in the social enterprise sector who will be surprised to hear this.
But joking aside, do read the piece — it is evidence of the profound confusion which still exists regarding social enterprise. Some of those quoted feel that social enterprise dilutes the charity ‘brand’; others that charities are old-fashioned and don’t understand the concept of earned or traded revenue.
Really, all of this somewhat misses the mark and one would have thought that attendees at a charity law conference might have been better informed and/or less prejudiced in their views..