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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Collaboration Attracts Impact Investors to New Jersey Community Development Projects

Collaboration among sectors can revitalize the economy and improve people’s lives. And it’s happening now. Get inspired.
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Eight Companies with Best-in-Class Employee Matching Gift Programs

Did you know that over 65% of Fortune 500 companies offer employee matching gift programs? Here are eight companies that offer best in…
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Kickstarter Phenomenon ReadySet: A Powerful Example of Trickle Up Innovation

A small device is creating a big buzz on Kickstarter: The ReadySet is a plug and play charging/power source that can take a…
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SHE Enterprises Creates Banana Fluff Pads and Businesses in Africa

Many Harvard Business School classmates went to hedge funds or Wall Street, but Elizabeth Scharpf works in Africa... with sanitary pads. In 2007,…
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The Case for Investing in Women

Women invest in their communities, which leads to increased financial growth and social opportunities for members of those communities.
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White House Presidential Innovation Fellows Program

Todd Park, White House Chief Technology Officer, announced today at NYC's TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, the creation of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. A…
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Give Money, Get Impact, Save Taxes – the Power of Social Entrepreneurs for Your Portfolio

Can charitable $ be recycled? In the words of famed venture capitalist John Doerr of KP, can you “write one $10M check and…
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DreamBikes Teaches Job Skills and Boosts Bicycling in Urban Neighborhoods

DreamBikes started when John Burke, president of Trek BIcycle Company, suggested the idea and then donated the seed money to open the first…
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Rubies in the Rubble: Making a Difference with Chutney and Jam

Rubies in the Rubble is a social enterprise providing employment to the needy and reducing food waste by making chutney and jam from…
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Project Repat Reinvents Your Old Garments, Pays Fair Wages in US

We all have old, well loved garments that never get worn anymore. Project Repat now offers an option to reinvigorate them via custom…

Launch: Beyond Waste Innovation Challenge

Launch is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership between NASA, USAID, US State Department, and Nike to use the "power of prizes" to encourage startups…
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Fostering Competitiveness and Innovation Capacity in the United States

By G. Nagesh Rao Social media has transformed the outlook for entrepreneurs and for innovation as a whole. The speed at which knowledge…

Corporate Social Enterprise: The Next Frontier?

  The social enterprise movement has gone mainstream. What was once a niche category for Goodwill stores and the Girl Scout’s annual cookie…
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Fundraising for Social Marketing Campaigns?

Post ads to let Massachusetts citizens express their dismay about recent votes to gut the Clean Air Act. The importance of fundraising as…
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Spring Back Recycling Builds Up Lives While Breaking Down Mattresses

Getting rid of mattresses is difficult. Most landfills don’t want them as they are bulky and the springs in them damage the crushing equipment. This…