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LUNCH WITH AN ENTREPRENEUR :: ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTOR

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Pitcher Partners International Institute of Entrepreneurship

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664 Collins Street

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Two high profile not-for-profit leaders share their views on building a culture of entrepreneurship and generating funding through social enterprise and sustainable business models

Pitcher Partners International Institute of Entrepreneurship is proud to invite you to join Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM and Melbourne City Mission CEO Vicki Sutton in conversation with Pitcher Partners' Mark Harrison at its 30 September Lunch with an Entrepreneur.

Not-for-profit organisations are on the frontlines of tackling issues ranging from hunger to homelessness to refugee displacement to autism awareness. Yet, the sector is increasingly fragmented, composed of many small organisations that have difficulty achieving financial sustainability or scale.

The stakes for failure in the not-for-profit sector can feel dramatically high. These organisations are often providing critical services that sustain communities at the local and global levels. Yet, they’re operating in rapidly changing landscapes where donors suddenly have new demands and traditional sources of funding are drying up.

How can the best organisations adapt? Increasingly, not-for-profits are thinking about developing earned income streams or incubating social enterprise models to diversify their funding, cross-subsidise core programs and become less beholden on grants. All of this might sound advisable in practice, but trying to foster a culture of entrepreneurship and lean innovation to unlock business opportunities within not-for-profits can be daunting. The challenges range from slow-moving bureaucracy to complicated markets where the end users have limited ability to pay for new goods or services. Many not-for-profit employees also worry that pursuing profits or surpluses might distract from their core social mission. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

We welcome you to join the discussion and contribute to the debate.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided from 12:15pm for a 12:30pm start.

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