The Empowerment Plan (B): Developing Legal Structures for Growth at a Nonprofit Organization

by: Rashmi Menon

Publication Date: June 3, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Product ID#: 4-226-073

Core Disciplines: Ethics, Leadership/Organizational Behavior, Social Impact, Strategy & Management

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This case (Case B) is part of a series of four integrated cases about The Empowerment Plan (TEP), a Detroit-based nonprofit that worked to break the cycle of homelessness through training, employment, and job placement. Founded in 2012 by Veronika Scott, TEP recruited employees through homeless shelters and provided them with training, education, and full-time employment manufacturing sleeping bag coats. The specially designed coats were distributed free of charge to the homeless population.

Case B reviews the founding of TEP as a nonprofit entity, discusses the agency and employment model used at TEP, and introduces the Maxwell Detroit retail line of coats. It is most appropriate for a class session focused on key employment law concepts and product liability issues.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Understand how to properly classify workers as independent contractors or employees by applying the appropriate legal rule and considering the organization’s social mission.
  • Identify and apply the appropriate principles of agency law to minimize an organization’s risk of liability when it assigns tasks to workers.
  • Apply product liability laws to understand how to identify and minimize risk factors, including supply chain variables, to minimize product liability risk.
  • Understand why an entity may strategically choose, based on its business and social mission, to raise capital by pursuing a private offering under 506(b) or crowdfunding under the JOBS Act.