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.
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.
Lebanon, Small, 2017
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