Mentoring 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.”

 

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.

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

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

REDF

Since 1997, REDF, a California-based nonprofit, has led the pioneering effort to create jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work—like young people who’ve dropped out of school, people who’ve been in prison or homeless, and those who live with mental health disabilities. We believe the opportunity to work should be available to everyone, everywhere. We know the power jobs can have in transforming lives and communities.

REDF launched the Social Enterprises for Jobs (SE4Jobs) Working Group in 2010 to connect the dots countrywide between social enterprises and the ecosystem in which they operate. SE4Jobs is a national learning and action network of social enterprise leaders united by a common purpose: to scale job creation in America for individuals facing the greatest barriers to work.

May27

Root Cause

Root Cause is driven by a passion for shaping the future of social problem solving. Our services and programs individually and collectively bring together nonprofit, philanthropy, government, and business to advance solutions to today’s toughest social issues by helping them understand and invest in what works. Our decade of work to accelerate performance shows that sustained change happens when resources flow to organizations committed to continuous improvement to ensure they are maximizing their impact.

May27

Flywheel Cinncinati

Today, Flywheel is a dynamic organization with two fundamental missions. They are:

Supporting our nonprofit clients at every stage of their development of a social enterprise.
Developing an ecosystem of resources that can help social enterprises throughout the Tri-State Area to flourish and sustain for years to come.
We enjoy partnering with a nonprofit regardless of whether it is considering a social enterprise, designing a social enterprise or already operating a social enterprise. Our clients turn to us for master-level insights regardless of where they are in the development of their venture. By accessing our knowledge of best practices and effective troubleshooting techniques, they reduce the time they spend getting from exploration to launch. As a result, they save both time and money.

At the same time, we connect them to individuals, institutions and other innovative social enterprises. They learn from their peers and share their knowledge with those organizations whose social enterprise journey is just getting underway.

May27

Joshua Venture Group

Joshua Venture Group seeks to reinvigorate and expand the Jewish community by cultivating the leadership and management capability of talented, passionate young Jewish social entrepreneurs and by investing in their visions and the growth of healthy, sustainable organizations.

Joshua Venture Group’s primary initiative, the Dual Investment Program, focuses on investing in visionary leaders and in groundbreaking ideas. Throughout the two-year program, each Fellow receives funding and support services worth over $100,000. With this investment, we believe that our Fellows will play an important role in transforming our Jewish communities as they exist today.

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