Community Development Innovation Review

August 2009

Mission Insurance: How to Structure a Social Enterprise So Its Social and Environmental Goals Survive into the Future


Can a business’s social mission survive when a profitable social enterprise sells to a multinational? The twin stories of Ben and Jerry’s and Better World Books stand as bookends in the answer to this question. Ben and Jerry’s is the common story: selling means selling out. Better World Books has a different ending.

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Other articles in this issue

Exploring the Continuum of Social and Financial Returns: When Does a Nonprofit Become a Social Enterprise?

Using High-Transparency Banks to Reconnect Money and Meaning

Impact Investing: Harnessing Capital Markets to Solve Problems at Scale

Increasing Access to Capital: Could Better Measurement of Social and Environmental Outcomes Entice More Institutional Investment Capital into Underserved Communities?

NCIF Social Performance Metrics: Increasing the Flow of Investments in Distressed Neighborhoods through Community Development Banking Institutions

Reject the Reset!

Rethink Charity

Local Stock Exchanges and National Stimulus

At the Crossroads Where Economic Development, Job Creation and Workforce Development Intersect


Could “Small Is Beautiful” Replace “Too Big to Fail?”