Buzz words like "venture philanthropy," "social entrepreneur," and "social enterprise" have been the basis for many nonprofit conference sessions and even a journal. The idea is to employ the techniques of capitalism to achieve a social mission. Often this involves rather small scale community development ventures.
But now the Chicago Tribune lays out the story of the connection between the Unification Church of Rev. Myung Sun Moon and the sushi industry. Rev. Moon set out his plan in a 1980 sermon "The Way of Tuna," which is more of a strategic plan than a traditional sermon. The story explains how it all then came to pass.
True World Foods in Elk Grove Village now handles the distribution of 70% of the sushi fish in the United States. Master Marine, an associated boat building venture, constructed the fleet (and does repairs for US Coast Guard and Navy ships). The mass weddings made the Japanese members American citizens so they could fish in US waters. Gloucester, Massachusetts has long settled into its life as a "Moonie town" (though few would use that term, now considered derogatory).
The story shows that "social enterprise" does work, but the current academic proponents of the idea are mere pikers. To make a difference, entrepreneurial charities may have to think on a bigger scale, maybe even on a messianic scale.