Societal Support Archives

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.”

 

Aug06

EcoPraxis

Researching collaborative practices

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

Conscious Commerce

The Conscious Commerce mission is to create a guide for conscious living by promoting the causes, brands, people and lifestyles that are forging a new paragon of living.

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

The Balanced Scorecard Institute

The Balanced Scorecard Institute (BSI) provides training, certification and consulting services to commercial, government, and non-profit organizations worldwide. BSI helps clients increase focus on strategy and results, improve organizational performance by measuring what matters, align the work people do on a day-to-day basis with strategy, focus on the drivers of future performance, improve communication of the organization’s Vision and Strategy, and prioritize in tough economic times.

May27

London Benchmarking Group

The LBG model enables CCI professionals to measure their company’s overall contribution to the community, taking account of cash, time and in-kind donations, as well as management costs. The model also records the outputs and longer-term community and business impacts of CCI projects

May27

The AtKisson Group

The AtKisson Group, founded in 1992, is one of the world’s most experienced multi-service organizations in the field of professional sustainability. We focus our efforts on helping the people who make sustainability happen. We work as consultants, trainers, advisers, researchers, communicators, and more.

May27

The Social Return on Investment Network

SROI seeks to include the values of people that are often excluded from markets in the same terms as used in markets, that is money, in order to give people a voice in resource allocation decisions. SROI is a framework to structure thinking and understanding. It’s a story not a number. The story should show how you understand the value created, manage it and can prove it.

SROI is an account of value creation and the account requires a mix of information including qualitative, quantitative and financial. In the same way as quoting a financial return on investment without any other information, the SROI ratio, by itself, has little meaning. The range of judgement that is permissible within an SROI analysis means that comparisons of SROI ratios alone are not recommended. Comparison of forecast and actual ratios provide the starting point for an understanding the reasons for the difference which will also need to draw on other types of information.

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