A social enterprise guide for internet-based, nonprofit projects from NESsT and the Centre for Public Policy (PROVIDUS) with support from the Open Society Institute (OSI) Information Programme.
Real Sustainability for Virtual Projects (RSVP) is designed to assist leaders of nonprofit public policy organizations in developing a strategic plan for financial sustainability, particularly focusing upon the planning stages of self-financing or social enterprise and the use of the Internet as a revenue generation tool. RSVP is based on NESsT’s experience working with politika.lv during 2003 as well as NESsT’s experiences working with other Internet-based civil society organizations (CSO) and other nonprofit organizations throughout Central Europe and Latin America.
RSVP focuses on the organizational readiness and initial assessment, or pre-feasibility study phases of social enterprise development processes for public policy organizations interested in pursuing a self-financing strategy.
In Section I you will find three case studies, a list of different possible web-based ventures, and discussion of some key positives and challenges that each one implies. In Section II, we explore some of the organizational readiness issues typical to CSOs considering self-financing and the process of idea selection. In Section III, we provide an introduction to the process of analyzing these ideas, offer a preliminary feasibility (pre-feasibility) study template, and mention key issues to be considered for web-based ventures.
RSVP traces politika.lv´s use of NESsT tools and methodology as it moves through these initial phases. Additional examples of organizations that have undergone this process are also given to illustrate other relevant experiences and key lessons learned. Blank worksheets and instructions are included to help your organization walk through this first and critical stage of the planning process.
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