oa Journal of Management & Administration - Not for profit, not necessarily, not for gain : African perspectives on social entrepreneurship : research

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1728-9157



The management of non-profit organisations is often performed on a voluntary basis by participants in communities or community based organisations. This can often result in low levels of participation and performance by participants nominated to manage and efficiently implement activities, projects and programmes, provide benefits and service members/clients successfully.

Profits are not the motive for developing these non-profit organisations; but rather adding value, and solving issues of concern in communities and society in general. Whatever the cause sustaining a long-term existence for our children and children's children and assisting the poorer communities are gains, which are often difficult to measure in real or financial terms. These gains may not be directly financially orientated nor measured purely by profitability.
Social entrepreneurship can contribute to the development of the non-profit sector and assist African charities with their future fund raising challenges. A triple-bottom line approach can realise the fact that not-for-profit does not necessarily mean not-for-gain.

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