Earl Martin Phalen: Ready to ROAR?

Posted: 7 Mar 2012

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Noam Wasserman

University of Southern California - Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Julia Taylor

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: August 4, 2011

Abstract

Earl Martin Phalen is in the midst of starting his second non-profit organization, Summer Advantage, by implementing the lessons he learned from BELL, the non-profit he had founded and run for the prior 15 years. His aspirations for Summer Advantage were to make it "bigger, better, and faster [than BELL]. I am going to serve more children, more effectively, and for less money." In the midst of taking a very different approach to financing, staffing, and running Summer Advantage, he received an offer to become non-founding CEO of a much bigger non-profit, and is grappling with whether to take the job offer.

Learning Objective: To examine the early challenges faced by founders of non-profit organizations regarding hiring, fundraising & building a board of directors.

Suggested Citation

Wasserman, Noam and Taylor, Julia, Earl Martin Phalen: Ready to ROAR? (August 4, 2011). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Case No. 812-024. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2017954

Noam Wasserman (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies ( email )

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Julia Taylor

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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