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Social Entrepreneurship Series

Change is inevitable. The level of change experienced over the last two years due to the pandemic could not have been predicted. The challenges faced by our nonprofit industry as well as our business sector led to both innovative opportunities and solutions, as well as economic stress that led to difficult business decisions regardless of which bottom line you seek to impact - social or enterprise. The true bottom line is that it will be the responsibility of socially conscious individuals, businesses, and the investment communities to drive positive social change. 

Suzanne-Smith-Headshot.pngTo help bridge community understanding around the role of social enterprise in our community resilience and to kick off our second year of capacity-building, CFT is partnering with Suzanne Smith, Founder - Social Impact Architects to launch the GROWTH: Resiliency through Social Entrepreneurship series. This capacity-building opportunity supports nonprofits, businesses, and funders who are interested in accelerating the rate of social change in North Texas.

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What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is the process of recognizing and resourcefully pursuing opportunities to create social value. Social entrepreneurs are innovative, resourceful, and results oriented. They draw upon the best thinking in both the business and nonprofit worlds to develop strategies that maximize their social impact. These entrepreneurial leaders operate in all kinds of organizations: large and small; new and old; religious and secular; nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid. These organizations comprise the “social sector.” 

Social entrepreneurship started three decades ago with a simple question:are we making enough of a difference? That question has led to the start of a whole new way of doing good. Like learning a new language, social entrepreneurship requires a shift in mindset as well as new ways of working.

Join us as we explore social entrepreneurship as a means to more impactful societal change. This series is for anyone in the social sector or with a desire to make a difference in their community to have a greater social impact.

Our goal through this series is two-fold:

  1. Establish common terminology. As the desire to have more social impact increases through social entrepreneurship, the need to establish common terminology grows. This series will help answer the question: What is the difference between Social Innovation, Social Enterprise, and Social Entrepreneurship?
  2. Create more socially entrepreneurial change agents. Through this series we hope to create more individuals who: 1.) Fall in love with the problem and not the solution; 2.) Believe no one owns a social solution but that it is co-created with the community; 3.) Are disciplined in their approach to social change and prove impact.

Key Events and Offerings

We are excited to invite you to participate in SMU's new certificate program in Social Entrepreneurship, powered by Communities Foundation of Texas.

This set of courses is designed to revolutionize your approach from the inside out if you are:

  • a nonprofit, government, or corporate leader

  • a leader of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and/or social impact initiatives

  • an individual passionate about making a difference in the world

This certificate course will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to think like a social entrepreneur and pursue ideas and innovative solutions created with community at the center. 

Apply now for the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

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