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Aug14

Cooperative Impact

Creating an environment that encourages new connections between the makers. Programs to reconnect people with their humanity so they care about people more than profit. As we build a pipeline of inspired community members it organically induces a specific type of new ideas. Rather than productivity tools we think of ways to make the quality of life better for all residing in this great nation. Connecting these budding social entrepreneurs with mentors is an imoprtant step in the process of blending a sustainable revenue model with their community-based idea. Impact investors are waiting in the wings.

In the early stage of developing a social enterprise ecosystem it is easiest to describe it as:

“Local community members who work cooperatively to create business models that tackle social problems like inequality and climate change. Members are assets to one another as they share resources, insight, and advice from respective industries.”

 

Mar16

Social Venture Network

Since 1987, Social Venture Network (SVN, www.svn.org) has been the leading network of entrepreneurs who are transforming the way the world does business. SVN connects the leaders of socially responsible enterprises to share wisdom and resources, form strategic alliances and explore new solutions that build a more just and sustainable economy.

Mar16

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We are a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise.

Mar16

Next Street

Next Street is a full-service advisory firm committed to accelerating the growth and connectivity of small businesses, social ventures, and non-profits. We work with entrepreneurs within their ventures and excel at “connecting the dots” with capital providers, large institutions and buyers, and potential partners.

May27

Columbia Business School: The Social Enterprise Program

The mission of the Social Enterprise Program is to advance the understanding of how management can contribute to society and the environment and to develop the next generation of social enterprise leaders. We have traditionally been student-oriented in our efforts, and our program remains first and foremost focused on developing the next generation of social enterprise leaders. In social enterprise, we have taken to heart the School’s vision of connecting research and faculty to real-world practice. The Social Enterprise Program supports a wide range of research activities, related coursework and conferences. The Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference is meant to help spark the conversation on driving sustainable change beyond the new millennium. Lastly, the Social Enterprise Program, in conjunction with the School’s Career Management Center and student clubs, provides resources and networks to students pursuing careers in nonprofit, government or nongovernmental organizations, for-profit and nonprofit social ventures, social venture capital firms, and socially responsible business

May27

Community Enterprise

We help communities, charities and social enterprises in the UK to make good things happen, from food initiatives and credit unions to community run sports facilities, we help organisations become more sustainable by generating income and moving away from grant funding. Our works supports the growth of confident, creative, financially stable, community organisations. Our projects include:

We have an excellent track record of preparing successful funding applications based on sound research and defined outcomes.

Run Native is an ambitious new online marketplace to showcase and sell the best of social enterprise gifts from across the UK.

SE Venues is an easy to use online search facility for ethical venues across Scotland.

BOLD, Community Enterprise’s marketing company, works with clients to target limited resources for maximum impact – whether the aim is to gain new customers, generate revenue or build support for new initiatives.

May27

Echoing Green

Since our founding in 1987 by the leadership and investment of the leading global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, Echoing Green has provided nearly 600 promising social entrepreneurs working in over forty countries with $33 million in start-up funding, customized support services, and access to our global network of champions. In particular, Echoing Green’s Fellowship Program offers more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. Echoing Green Fellows include the founders of Teach For America, City Year, College Summit, Citizen Schools, One Acre Fund, and SKS Microfinance.

 

May27

Corporation for National and Community Service

Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund — and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. As the nation’s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. The SIF makes grants to experienced grantmaking “intermediaries” that are well-positioned within communities to identify the most promising programs and guide them towards greater impact and stronger evidence of success. These grants range from $1-$10 million annually for up to five years. Also, AmeriCorps VISTA members become engaged in community service.

May27

Westaway Law

Westaway Law is an innovative law firm committed to serving the social enterprise sector. Westaway Law counsels social entrepreneurs on the leading edge of the movement, including: Business Week’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneur, Unreasonable Institute Fellows, Echoing Green Fellows and Cordes Fellows to navigate the complex legal landscape for companies that seek to blend profit and purpose. The firm counsels clients at every stage of growth from startup to acquisition.

May27

The Law Office of Jeremy Chen

The Law Office of Jeremy Chen helps social enterprises and nonprofits comply with the law while staying true to their founding missions.

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