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The Nonprofits? Insurance Alliance of California, a nonprofit insurance company dedicated to insuring fellow nonprofits, courted "high-risk" clients when it was getting off the ground. Since start-up, NIAC has successfully penetrated a market dominated by for-profit companies by... (continued)
Social entrepreneurship today has moved into the mainstream. Venture philanthropists, traditional grant makers, Boards of Directors, nonprofit entrepreneurs, consultants, and academics are rushing to the table, many of them without the tools they need, which can be found by turning to the experiences of the pioneers in the field, and... (continued)
This workbook is designed to help you take stock of all the various assets and resources you have to develop earned income. It is the second in a series of workbooks designed to help you determine if and how you should pursue earned-income development. It is tool intensive.
This workbook is designed to help you identify, rank, and select your best earned income opportunities. It is the third in a series of workbooks designed to help you determine if and how you should pursue earned-income development. It is tool intensive.
This workbook is designed to help you explore the support and challenges that are present for developing earned income in your nonprofit organization. It is the first in a series of workbooks designed to help you determine if and how you should pursue earned income development. It is tool-intensive.
Authors discuss the differences between: entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship; sustainability and self-sufficiency; earned income strategies and social purpose business ventures; and innovators, entrepreneurs, and professional managers.
Authors discuss the creative process and the work behind becoming a successful social entrepreneur.
To be successful, the movement needs money, human resources, commitment and government support. Four key figures tell Conal Walsh about their roles, what they have achieved and the potential for development as the concept takes hold (UK). 11/2/03
This typology breaks down the boundaries between the nonprofit and private sectors and draws a definition of social enterprise. The typology explores how institutions have combined a mix of social values and goals with commercial business practices. Explores ownership models, income and capitalization strategies, and unique... (continued)
Profile of Turnaround Couriers, founded and operated by Richard Derham, who employs disenfranchised youth from Toronto's mean streets as bicycle couriers, getting them job-ready for the real world. Profits, if any, are earmarked for charity and job-training programs. 3/20/05
The article features the social venture of the Work Resource Center, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that enables people with disabilities and life disadvantages to transition into the workforce. 6/6/04
Interview with CEO David Le Page of Building Opportunities for Business, formerly Fast Track to Employment. BOB links over 35 existing community- based training providers and educational institutions with 60-plus small to medium sized businesses (SMB) and social enterprises who provide employment opportunities for the... (continued)
With over $10.5 billion in assets and more than 310,000 members, Vancouver's Vancity Credit Union (VCU) is the largest credit union in Canada. Find out how Vancity has teamed up with other funders to help enterprising nonprofits develop their own asset base. 11/20/05
SEA Member Spotlight: Tamra Ryan, Executive Director of the Women?s Bean Project in Denver, CO is convinced that helping chronically unemployed women develop job and life skills gives them the ultimate gifts: self-sufficiency and self-esteem. Article is interview with Ryan covering topics including... (continued)
SEA spotlight with Kirsten Gagnaire, founder and Principal of Social Enterprise Group, LLC, and Vice Chair of SEA. SEG is a consulting firm that provides business planning, feasibility studies, market analysis, strategic planning and associated services to nonprofits, businesses, philanthropic organizations and... (continued)
Allen Bromberger, an attorney specializing in representing public charities, private foundations and social enterprises, provides a quick summary of the critical regulations to consider when soliciting investments for and offering securities in your social enterprise. 1/30/06
SEA Member Spotlight of Growing Home, Inc. social enterprise that produces and sells fresh produce to restaurants and at farmers markets throughout the Chicago area. Interview with Harry Rhodes, Executive Director includes how GHI got its start, clients, funding, long-term goals, partnership strategies and Rhodes? dual role... (continued)
Pioneer Human Services gets most of its $55 million in annual revenue by selling goods and services to other businesses. Pioneer also provides an integrated array of training, employment, housing and rehabilitation services for people on the edge of society. The challenge is to maintain a... (continued)
SEA Member Spotlight about Notre Dame of St. Agatha (NDSA), a dynamic child and family service corporation based in Southern Ontario, Canada. Interview covers NDSA's approach to earned income, impact of the shift to social enterprise on the mission and history of the organization, board and staff reactions, and challenges faced." 3/19/05
The Pittsburgh Social Venture Accelerator announces a business plan competition for charities that want to augment traditional sources of funding - government contracts, foundation grants and donations - with their own money-making ventures. 7/10/03
The newly established Pittsburgh Social Enterprise Accelerator is picking up speed. The Accelerator was created last year to help nonprofits become more economically sustainable. It recently identified three local organizations with which it will work. 2/28/03
Chicago Children's Choir-a 45-year-old Chicago institution. Carstedt has grown it from a single Hyde Park-based group of 300 members to a citywide enterprise enveloping 3,000 children in 73 neighborhood - and school-based choirs. Now launching a charter school, providing music instruction on a contract basis for Chicago public... (continued)
Drayton is founder and chief executive of Ashoka, which seeks out social entrepreneurs with enormous ideas -- solutions of such ambition and force that they cannot be denied. These entrepreneurs, who typically work alone amid hostile circumstances, get support, ideas and protection.
Drayton is founder and chief executive of... (continued)
Pioneer Human Service provides employment training, housing, and counseling services to ex-convicts and former drug abusers. Less than 1% of the funds come from "charity". 99% is generated by the 12 divisions (among them, sheet-metal factories, catering services, real-estate management, and product-distribution facilities) - the... (continued)
At Equal Exchange, fair trade isn't just about good intentions. They pay the farmers more for the product, but by working with them, they help the farmers grow and process better beans. Equal Exchange visits the farmer co-ops, sends detailed quality reports to the farmers, and offers preharvest loans so farmers don't have to trade against their crops... (continued)