Partnerships of Nonprofit Organizations and Business for Community Social Welfare: The American Experience

Roger A. Lohmann, West Virginia University


The idea of partnering between traditional non-profit social services funded by various donative arrangements and subsidized by government contracts and any type of commercial business ventures is still a relative rare thing in the mainstream of US social work today. Under the label social enterprise, Such partnerships raise interesting questions that are currently being asked mostly in schools of business and management, but not receiving anything like the same serious attention anywhere in social work education or practice or the broader business community. Although there are social work educators and practitioners involved in facets of social enterprise, they just do not represent the mainstreams of the contemporary profession.