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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Akon’s Vision To Grow Solar Power Across Africa

Artist and R&B singer Akon took fans and the business industry by surprise in late 2015 when he announced his vision to bring…
Miller Center executive director Thane Kreiner posing with young social entrepreneurs in West Africa.

Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Observations from West Africa

Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University recently returned from a trip to Ghana and Sierra Leone.…
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Kiva Hopes to Raise $2M for Women Entrepreneurs By Midnight

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Kiva recently set a goal to procure $1 million in total loans for women entrepreneurs. The…
State Farm volunteer moves boxes of food at the Houston Food Bank. How can your company scale CSR efforts globally? Read on for some ideas.

Top 4 International CSR Insights for Fortune 500 Companies

How can companies scale their corporate social responsibility programs internationally -- without incurring extra risk? Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, Pamela Hawley, provides…
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Social Enterprises: The Fourth Sector

The social enterprise is the end product of the public, private and social sectors meshing into each other; they are the new “fourth…
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5 Hidden Benefits of ‘One for One’ Business Giving

One-for-one programs are great for the world (and great for external marketing purposes), but their greatness reaches far beyond this overt impact. Dig…
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Bike Company Launches to Help the Homeless and Developing Countries

Pedal Forward, the makers of an American-made bamboo bicycle, are out to leverage sales to help the homeless find jobs here in the…
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Fundraising Made Easy in 4 Steps

Fundraising can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Joanne Sonenshine, founder and CEO of Connective Impact, whittles down the process in…
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DriButts Enlists Diapers in the Global Fight Against Disease

Georgia-based startup DriButts is on a mission to provide reusable diapers for communities that lack access to basic sanitation.
Anheuser-Busch employees and their families volunteer with the International Coastal Clean Up in Virginia. It's great to see big brands chipping in, but you don't have to be a Fortune 500 company to make a difference in your neighborhood.

How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Values-Based Innovation

Pepperdine Graziadio School professor Robert Bikel describes the Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) business strategy and how small businesses can benefit.
Syrian refugees, Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Germany, Migrant Offshore Aid Station, Small Projects Istanbul, Refugees Welcome, Karam Foundation, Leon Kaye, social enterprise, Alan Kurdi

World Promises $10B, But It May Not Be Enough for Syrian Refugees

World leaders convened yet again in an effort to arrive at a solution to the Syrian refugee crisis. But the fact is, nonprofits…
Former “Market Mayor,” turned Founder/President of Las Tías, Leonza Corina Alvarez

How These ‘Aunts’ Used Business to Raise a Generation of Nicaraguans

For more than 25 years, a group of merchant women dubbed Las Tías ("the aunts) have provided vocational training and other services to…
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Finance Innovation: The Next Frontier in Fair-Trade Supply Chains

How can smaller-scale, fair-trade suppliers like Guayaki’s yerba mate farmers get the financing they need to meet market demand? Social finance and fair…
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How This Solar Startup Became a Multinational Social Enterprise

The pay-as-you-go solar company M-Kopa has electrified homes in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It now boasts 300,000 customers, equating to 1 in 20…
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This NGO is Illuminating the World with Solar

After winning a Zayed Future Energy Prize award last year, Liter of Light has moved beyond simple water-bottle solar lights and launched new…