The Social Enterprise Zoo A Guide for Perplexed Scholars, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Leaders, Investors, and Policymakers
A Guide for Perplexed Scholars, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Leaders, Investors, and Policymakers
Edited by Dennis R. Young, Elizabeth A.M. Searing and Cassady V. Brewer
Chapter 11: Resiliency and stability of the zoo animals
AbstractIn this chapter, we apply resiliency theory to examine the stability, transformation or demise of animals in the social enterprise zoo, and their adaptability, resistance to, or inability to cope with environmental change. Specifically, we consider the reactions of nonprofit enterprises in the Atlanta housing subsector to the federal budget sequester of 2013. Analysis of these nonprofits reveals several factors affecting resiliency: diversification of income sources allows these enterprises to minimize risk; embeddedness in host communities and in service systems provide safety nets for these organizations; slack resources serve as insurance against disruptions; and leadership and governance can also serve as key protections against instability.
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