The social sector has long had powerful entrepreneurial leaders, but the opportunity to promote cross-sector learning is relatively new.  Recent trends in the social sector have led to a blurring of the distinctions between business, nonprofit and government organizations.  In particular, frustration with traditional governmental and charitable approaches to social problems has prompted social sector leaders to tap into the strengths of the business and entrepreneurial world in their search for more sustainable and systemic solutions.

CASE was founded to capitalize on this opportunity while building upon a deep respect for the talent, passion, and dedication of the countless individuals who have devoted their lives to working for the common good. This work is difficult and involves unparalleled challenges. We do not presume to offer easy answers; nor do we think that the social sector should be recreated in the image of business. However, we do believe that we can all benefit by joining in a systematic search for better ways to develop, sustain, and scale innovative and effective responses to social needs.

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