Social Enterprise

A social enterprise is an organization that uses commercial strategies to maximize human and environmental well-being, rather than simply maximizing profits for external shareholders.

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6 Steps to Finance Your New Social Enterprise

While for-profit social enterprises should ultimately be self-sustaining, they rarely begin that way. Instead, different types of fundraising are needed at different stages…
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5 Big Bets for Social Impact

At the Gathering of Leaders conference, Carol L. Cone, global chief strategist for business and social purpose at Edelman, spotted these five 'big…
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Embracing a New Definition for Social Investing

Definitions — we are so over them in the social investing sector. Yet once in a while a new definition comes along, and…
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From Nonprofit to Social Profit: Exploring Assessment For Social Good

Imagine a foundation officer receiving the latest proposal from this social profit organization and re-reading the report submitted on the previous year’s grant.…
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Reflections from Career Investor Amy Domini

The feminist in me struggles with the topic of "women in investing." The suggestion of a special category implies a difference, and a…
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The STEM Jobs Gap and Minority Youth Engagement

#YesWeCode, led by Van Jones, advocates for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) inclusion and wider access to computer science education for minority…
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Lionfish Jewelry: A Market Solution to an Invasive Species

The overwhelming lionfish population in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean has become a top-tier threat to the environment, economy and sustainability…
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Who Owns Private Prisons? Most Likely, You!

Some foundations have been criticized for investing in corrections facilities, but it is not always easy to know what is hidden in large…
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Building a Socially Responsible Company: From the CEO to the Front Desk

What do a union advocate, a freelancer and an ex-convict have in common? There’s no punch line here — they’re all successful leaders…
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Changing the Nature of Corporate Giving to Address Poverty

The traditional corporate giving method is well documented. The question is: Can we go further?
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What If a Job Could Reduce Violence?

Economic development could reduce violence in communities with gang activity through supplying choices and opportunity.
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SAP Continues to Lead as a Sustainability and Integrated Reporting Leader

SAP's latest integrated report tracks its longstanding initiatives on sustainability, social programs and financial performance.
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How Corruption Kills the Promise of Social Enterprise

Drawing on her first-hand experience of operating a social enterprise in Afghanistan, Sarah Chayes makes a forceful case for dealing with systemic corruption…
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Why Confidentiality Will Unlock the Impact Economy

Just as there is professional privilege in law and psychology, we need clear guidelines for how negative information can be shared, discussed and…
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Ontario Launches Fund to Foster Social Enterprises

Ontario, Canada, has launched the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund to foster the growth of social entrepreneurs and enterprises, with the aim of attracting…