- The application of the principles of business entrepreneurship—including risk-taking and ingenuity—to social causes.
1970, Study Group on an Institute for Applied Science and Social Change in a Rural Area, A National Rural Center: Applying Science to Improve the Quality of Rural Life, National Research Council (U.S.), Division of Behavioral Sciences, National Academy Press, page 40:
- Development of social entrepreneurship should be a prime objective of the National Rural Center and regional centers.
1987, John Icki, “Structural Issues Related to Delivery Systems”, in Organizing for Effective Family Planning Programs, National Academy Press (Working Group on Family Planning Effectiveness), page 154:
- This social entrepreneurship has been particularly important in the expansion of traditional services by private associations, and in the introduction of community and commercially based distribution projects.
2008, Marc Freedman, Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life, Westview Press, ISBN 9781586486341, page 174:
- Social entrepreneurship, once thought to be mainly the province of the young, turns out to be a path to vibrant encore careers for many people.