Providing Capital 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 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

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

RocketHub

If you want to be part of an international, pioneering, open community that has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social leaders raise millions of dollars, you want to be part of RocketHub.

May27

Start Some Good

StartSomeGood is a for-profit social enterprise with a revenue model that aligns directly with those of the social entrepreneurs using our site. Because we only receive funds ourselves if our ventures succeed, we provide a high-touch experience, guiding social entrepreneurs along their StartSomeGood journey from the moment they apply to be a venture, to smashing funding goals and beyond. Success on StartSomeGood is a win-win-win situation: our ventures receive the captial they need to transform their ideas into action and impact; supporters know that their funds go to creating new tangible good in the world; and StartSomeGood continues to grow and support more social innovation.

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

ioby

ioby is a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighbor-funded projects. Our name is derived from the opposite of NIMBY. Our mission is to strengthen neighborhoods by supporting the leaders in them who want to make positive change, engaging their neighbors, one block at a time.

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