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Managing Risk: NIAC is thriving, despite taking on clients that no one else would

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)

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantkathryn olney

The Social Enterprise Sourcebook

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)

Taggedsocial entrepreneursingle organization supportmanagement & technical assistancejerr boscheeexecutiveearned incomeconsultantcommunity improvement & capacity building

Taking Stock of Your Business Development Assets

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.

http://www.np-biz-dev.com/Workbook%202%20-%20Assets%201.1.pdf

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomeexecutiveconsultantandy horsnell

Identifying Your Best Earned-Income Opportunities

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.

http://www.np-biz-dev.com/Workbook%203%20-%20Opportunities%201.1.pdf

Taggedmanagement & technical assistanceexecutiveearned incomeconsultantcommunity improvement & capacity buildingandy horsnell

Exploring the Climate for Earned Income Development

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.

http://www.np-biz-dev.com/Workbook%201%20-%20Climate%201.0.pdf

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomeexecutiveconsultantandy horsnell

Toward a Better Understanding of Social Entrepreneurship: Some Important Distinctions

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.

https://www.se-alliance.org/better_understanding.pdf

Taggedearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantjerr boscheejim mcclurg

The Underpinning: Essential Elements that Make Social Enterprise Work

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

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2003/nov/02/communities.society2

Taggedsocial entrepreneurmanagement & technical assistanceexecutiveearned incomeconsultantconal walshcommunity improvement & capacity building

Social Enterprise Typology

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)

Taggedcase studiesearned incomestrategiesorganizational structureoperational modelscommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistancesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultant

Ideals on Wheels

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

http://www.socialcapitalpartners.ca/images/uploads/media/Ideals_on_WHEELS.pdf

Taggedprofilesocial purposecommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantchris young

Retail Ventures Helping Boost Nonprofits' Bottom Line

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

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/06/06/biz_buildingvalue.06.html

Taggedsocial enterprisecommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantcliff peale

Connecting Enterprise with Social Responsibility

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)

Taggedsocial enterpriseinterviewsocial impactcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultanttom white

VC in the Iron City

SEA Member Spotlight on Pittsburgh Social Enterprise Accelerator, which works with nonprofit organizations that have a goal of developing self-sustaining, profitable enterprises. 1/10/05

http://www.sereporter.com/?q=node/70

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantann belsersocial impactsocial enterprise alliancemember profile

Vancity Credit Union: Taking a Risk on Entrepreneurs Who Make a Difference

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

http://www.sereporter.com/?q=node/165

Taggedbusiness planrevenue generationinvestor perspectiveinvestmentcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultant

Women's Bean Project: Helping Women Break the Cycle of Unemployment

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)

Taggedsocial enterprise allianceprofilesocial enterpreneurcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantcarol brzozowski

Social Enterprise Group, LLC: Reviving Local Economies

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)

Taggedsocial enterprise allianceprofilecommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantsocial enterprise reporter

Raising Capital: Regulatory Issues

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

http://www.sereporter.com/?q=node/174

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantallen bromberger

Growing Home, Inc. Organic Farming in Chicago

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)

Taggedsocial enterprise alliancecommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantsocial enterprise reporter

Steve Bengis: State-of-the-Art Care for Emotionally Disturbed Youth

Profile of the New England Adolescent Research Institute which provides cutting-edge care for emotionally disturbed adolescents and educational resources for their families, teachers, and other professionals. 2/13/05

http://www.sereporter.com/?q=node/81

Taggedbusiness planrevenue generationcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultanttom white

Pioneering strategy sets example for nonprofits

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)

Taggedrecidivismprobationwork-releasesocial entrepreneurrobert celaschimanagement & technical assistanceexecutiveearned incomeconsultantcommunity improvement & capacity building

Notre Dame of St. Agatha: A Business That Impacts Emotional Well Being

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

http://www.sereporter.com/?q=node/100

Taggedsocial enterprise alliancecommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantsonia pouyat

New nonprofit aims to help charities develop sideline businesses

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

http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/03191/200988.stm

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantpamela gaynor

Profits for Nonprofits: Earning Your Own Way

"Profit" need not be a dirty word at a nonprofit organization. In a discussion lead by HBS professor James E. Austin, three experienced managers discuss the advantages and pitfalls of building a for-profits unit within a nonprofit.

http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/2921.html

Taggedmartha lagacemanagement & technical assistanceexecutiveearned incomeconsultantcommunity improvement & capacity building

Organization to help nonprofits strengthen their revenue streams

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

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2003/03/03/story8.html

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantlynne glover

Social Entrepreneur - Nancy Carstedt

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)

Taggedperforming artscommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantalison overholtnancy carstedt

A Lever Long Enough to Move the World

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)

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomesocial entrepreneurexecutiveconsultantkeith h. hammonds

Social Justice - Pioneer Human Services

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)

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomeexecutiveconsultantcheryl dahlemike burnspioneer human services

Trade Secrets: Equal Exchange's Fair Trade Coffee

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)

Taggedcommunity improvement & capacity buildingmanagement & technical assistanceearned incomeexecutiveconsultantlucas conley

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