Ivey Publishing
Teach For Lebanon: Entrepreneurship in the Not-For-Profit Sector
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Teach For Lebanon (TFL) was a non-profit organization (NFP) founded in response to the national problem of low quality public education. The case examines the sustainability challenges that TFL faced in a developing country, covering the financial, legal, and social dilemmas that NFPs struggled with. The case tracks TFL’s innovative solutions to enhance the organization’s financial sustainability and considers scaling-up and initiating a new business to generate additional income. Using benchmarking, students can invent and list their own suggestions for enhancing NFPs’ financial sustainability.
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The case can be taught to either undergraduate or MBA level students, but it is most advantageous to students in courses in social entrepreneurship and non-profit management. Students should already be familiar with the concepts of lean canvas and lean start-up.

In completing the case and answering the assignment questions, students will
  • use benchmarking to identify the approaches that NFPs can use to enhance their financial sustainability and apply them to the case of TFL;
  • use the lean canvas model to develop an entrepreneurial business model;
  • discuss the risks that NFPs in developing countries may encounter when starting an entrepreneurial business and create a risk mitigation plan;
  • generate a projected income statement to determine a new start-up’s profitability; and
  • use the lean start-up approach to recommend whether the new business should be launched.
Management Science,  Entrepreneurship,  International
Educational Services
Lebanon, Small, 2017
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