Case Study: ThinkImpact to go Nonprofit or Commercial?


Saul Garlick, a young social entrepreneur and founder of ThinkImpact, has been the focus of a case study of New York Times' You're the Boss think piece.

Garlick struggles to keep ThinkImpact a nonprofit that is dependent on donors or change it into a commercial organization, or a combination of both. Experts offer recommendations on what Garlick should do.


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