Social Entrepreneurship in Texas Nonprofit Organizations




Piechowski, Todd

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Research Purpose: The purpose of the study is to describe how and why nonprofit organizations in Texas are implementing social entrepreneurial practices into their organizations. The term social entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector is conceptualized. Social entrepreneurship is used by nonprofit organizations that are hoping to improve their effectiveness. The social entrepreneurial survey was performed to ascertain the role of social entrepreneurship in Texas nonprofits. Method: This study uses a survey to understand the use of social entrepreneurship in nonprofit organizations of Texas. An electronic survey was sent to 230 nonprofit organizations in the state of Texas. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the results. Findings: Nonprofit organizations in Texas are attuned to the basic tenets of social entrepreneurship. They are using social entrepreneurial programs and practices in an attempt to generate additional revenue for their organizations. They are knowledgeable about the importance of community representation and accountability, the necessity of a diverse funding mix, setting goals for new programs and hiring staff with business skills and experience. However, they fall short in the implementation of actively developing social entrepreneurship programs.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2010.


non-profit, social Entrepreneurship, social Enterprise, Public Administration


Piechowski, T. (2010). Social entrepreneurship in Texas nonprofit organizations. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX.


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