An Urban Push for Rural Needs

Assistant Professor Graddy-Reed

The persistence of complex social problems and inequality has led to a renewed push from entrepreneurs to generate innovative solutions. Within this effort is growing support for hybrid legal structures that blend the social focus of nonprofits with the capital structures and processes of for-profits. Localized networks often drive the spread of these hybrid entities, raising questions of geographical variation. This project uses data from the North Carolina Social Innovation Survey and interviews with local stakeholders to examine the differences in the rise of hybrid organizations in urban and rural communities and whether their socially engaged practices benefit low-income residents.