The Next Big Thing: Flexible-Purpose Corporations
22 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 24, 2012
Over the past few years, jurisdictions across the country have enacted specialized organizational forms to house social enterprises. Social enterprises are entities dedicated to a blended mission of earning profits for owners and promoting social good. They are neither typical businesses, concentrated on the bottom line of profit, nor traditional charities, geared toward achieving some mission of good for society. Their founders instead see value in blending both goals. This article examines the latest specialized form to take shape: the flexible purpose corporation (FPC). After explaining the genesis of FPC enabling legislation, the article critiques its major provisions and compares them with relevant aspects of other specialized forms for social enterprise.
Keywords: Social Enterprise, B Corporation, Flexible Purpose Corporations, Benefit Corporations, Hybrid Organizations, L3C, Charity, Nonprofit, Philanthropy
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