Teaching Case - Google.org: For-Profit Philanthropy

Google.org: For-Profit Philanthropy

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    Abstract:
    The Google.org: For-Profit Philanthropy case introduces a distinct social enterprise structure, a combination of a philanthropic division of a for-profit corporation and a nonprofit foundation. The case provides an up-to-date, in-depth description of Google.org, one such hybrid, and a brief overview of Salesforce.org, a comparable hybrid. This case provides an opportunity to explore the tensions between the for-profit and nonprofit entities that inevitably arise in such structures, as well as factors that contribute to these tensions and solutions that have been attempted to address them. The case revolves around the tension caused when a non-entrepreneurial entity, Google.org, is created within the entrepreneurial culture of Google. Unlike most entrepreneurial ventures, Google.org is flush with cash; like many, it lacks cohesion around mission and vision.

    Learning Objective:
    This case provides an opportunity to explore the tensions between the for-profit and nonprofit entities that inevitably arise in such structures, as well as factors that contribute to these tensions and solutions that have been attempted to address them.

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    Publication Date: April 16, 2012
    HKS Case Number: 1960.0
    Case Author: Michael Belinsky
    Faculty Lead: Richard Cavanagh
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 25
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: 2010-2015
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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