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Social entrepreneurs and socially motivated investors share a belief in the power of social enterprise: ventures that pursue a "double bottom line" of profit and social good. Unfortunately, they also share a deep mutual suspicion. Recognizing that social ventures-just like traditional for-profit and nonprofit enterprises-need capital to flourish, this Article offers a financing tool to transform that skepticism into commitment. Unlike the array of new entities that have emerged in recent years-including L3Cs, benefit corporations, and flexible purpose corporations-the hybrid financial instrument this Article describes provides a robust and transparent solution to the puzzle that lies at the heart of every social enterprise: how to blend a profit motive with a social mission. Recognizing their shared dilemma as an example of what economists call a stag hunt, FLY Paper strikes that elusive balance by allowing investors and entrepreneurs to signal credibly a reciprocal commitment to the pursuit of a double bottom line.

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