Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Turning Nonprofits into For-Profits - BusinessWeek: "The nonprofit Bikestation reached a crossroads in late 2007. Founded in Long Beach, Calif., in 1996 to design, build, and manage bike transit centers, the 10-employee organization couldn't handle all the calls coming in on its $300,000 budget, funded mostly through earned income. With little grant funding available, the board determined that the best way to meet demand was to raise money from private investors—which meant turning Bikestation into a for-profit social venture. 'We just didn't have the resources to expand the mission and the vision further,' says Andréa White-Kjoss, who joined the nonprofit as CEO in 2004."