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Non-Profit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team, Budapest

Summer 2013 Fellow: Annelise Dillon

Faculty Mentor: Bruce Sievers, Visiting Scholar at Haas Center for Public Service

Office Description:

NESsT works to solve critical social problems in emerging market countries by developing and supporting social enterprises that strengthen civil society organizations’ financial sustainability and maximize their social impact. The office is located in Budapest, Hungary. The fellow last year was really involved in the office and the environment was positive and constructive.

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Projects Fellows Have Worked on in the Past:

  • Social Enterprise Competition: NESsT had a call for applications from NGOs from both Central Europe and Latin America to apply to get consulting help and funding to either help start or improve a social enterprise. The fellow reviewed, analyzed, and wrote reports about the applications and exercises that the Central European organizations applying had submitted. The fellow analyzed aspects of the organizations such as their financial stability and diversification, their organizational infrastructure to start an enterprise, and how a social enterprise would impact their beneficiaries
  • Country profiles: NESsT has country profiles that include economic, social and political information about the country, and whether the civil society environment is conducive to NESsTs work and goals.
  • Updating NESsTs legal briefs for Slovakia and Hungary: These legal briefs outline the legal environment in those countries in relation to nonprofits running social enterprises and what the situation is in regards to taxes, etc. The fellow became familiar with some useful websites including the NGO Sustainability Index site, the Freedom House Nations in Transit reports, and which give legal background and tax information on a variety of countries

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Attention to detail
  • Interest in and passion for social enterprise
  • Hard worker and team player

Desired Skills, Experience, and Coursework:

  • Experience working in non-profit or enterprise-planning
  • Deep interest in Central and/or Eastern Europe and a willingness to immerse yourself into a new cultural environment
  • Excellent desktop research and computer skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work independently and to show initiative
  • Good writing skills
  • Interest and involvement in civil society issues
  • Enterprise development and/or management background is also a plus

Main Fellowship Disciplines:

  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Civil Engineering
  • Business


Knowledge of one Central or Eastern European language preferred, but not required