Nonprofit Book Review: The Mission Driven Venture

Elena Hermanson
Aug 15, 2019 · 2 min read

The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World’s Most Vexing Social Problems is for anyone not satisfied with the current divide between business and conscience. For those who want to make a difference but see the pitfalls of both unfettered capitalism and traditional charity, who believe businesses have a duty beyond shareholders, and who believe wholeheartedly in social innovation and pushing the envelope.

If you are asking yourself, “Where do I start?” The answer is: start here. Marc J. Lane’s book, The Mission-Driven Venture, will be your best friend as you begin to navigate the complex journey of starting a new socially-conscious venture. This book is like having one of the country’s leading Social Enterprise experts on speed dial. Mission-Driven Venture walks you through the nitty-gritty details and covers everything from state laws to deciding which business entity is right for you. This book covers L3Cs, B Corps, and so much more. You will feel like an expert by the time you turn the last page.

This book is a must read for anyone looking to make a real impact. Whether you are a nonprofit professional interested in establishing an earned-income stream for your organization, or a business person with a big idea on how business strategy can invest in societal good, the knowledge and insights covered in this book are invaluable.

“We hope that the real-life case studies we report will inspire you to become the agent of change you were destined to become, to face down the most daunting of social problems that plague society, and to empower the disenfranchised whose lives you never imagined you’d change forever.”

Marc J. Lane has seen the future of social progress and he has managed to encapsulated and share it with the rest of us in this book. Social enterprises have the ability to create more equitable systems for all, bridge many gaps between the nonprofit and private sector, and lend themselves to long term sustainability and greater impact.

Today’s social climate is markedly different than ever before, problems are only growing bigger and more complex, and many issues are coming to tipping point. We should all be exploring these new concepts and business models laid out in this book.


Psst — You can grab your own copy here!

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Elena Hermanson

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Chief Operating Officer- Colton Strawser Consulting. CoFounder- Nonprofit Leadership Toolbox. Social Justice & Racial Equity. Social Enterprises & New Ventures.

Nonprofit Leadership Toolbox

Nonprofit Leadership Toolbox was created to offer something new in the nonprofit sector: affordable, convenient, valuable professional development.

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