Charity and Investment Should Work Together

The New York Times
December 30, 2014

By Son­al Shah:  When it comes to our great­est social and envi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges, let’s first ask: What prob­lem are we try­ing to solve? Once we know where we’re head­ed, we can bet­ter under­stand which meth­ods and resources are most need­ed. Char­i­ty and social enter­prise both have crit­i­cal roles. Increas­ing­ly, we are see­ing the ways char­i­ty and social enter­prise and invest­ment can work togeth­er effec­tive­ly – along with smart gov­ern­ment pol­i­cy – to dri­ve real and last­ing change.

… In the Unit­ed States, social enter­pris­es like Rev­o­lu­tion Foods pro­vide healthy meals to chil­dren in schools. All of these social enter­pris­es are cre­at­ing new mar­kets where char­i­ty alone is not suf­fi­cient and the mar­ket has failed.

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