Venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in community redevelopment

David M. Van Slyke, Harvey K. Newman

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This article provides a case study of Tom Cousins, a social entrepreneur who used his own venture philanthropic investments and leveraged additional resources through extensive public-private partnerships for the sole intent of redeveloping an area of disinvestment and poverty. In the process, Cousins also provided the visionary, strategic, and operational leadership often associated with the actions and responsibilities of a social entrepreneur. The limited research to date has investigated social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy as separate and often unrelated concepts. In this study, we analyze the sustained and intensive involvement by Cousins and his foundations and the continued leadership provided in the creation of public-private partnerships focused on the redevelopment of the East Lake area in Atlanta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-368
Number of pages24
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management


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