Social Entrepreneurship 101

Social entrepreneurship is a way of doing business that takes social impact into account. While a startup in any field can be deemed a ‘social enterprise,’ the foundation of these businesses rests on the triple-bottom-line approach, which ties social and environmental impact to economic performance.


ConBody: Sick Workouts with a Side of Social Justice

As Coss Marte, founder of New York City startup ConBody, puts it: When ex-cons leave prison, "that's when the sentence really begins." Formerly…

Urban Slum Education Concept Wins Million Dollar Hult Prize 2015

Tonight's winner? A group from National Chengchi University in Taipei called whose PlayCares concept aims to revolutionize the way kids in urban…

It’s Time to Kill Cause Marketing

Traditional cause marketing has lost its meaning and relevance. It’s time for a new approach from purpose-driven companies that weave cause — not…

Hacking Human Suffering is the Only Real Growth Industry

The painful truth is that solving the problems of human and environmental disease is one of the only guaranteed growth industries. That may…

Nat Geo Fair Trade Marketplace Uses Happiness to Rake in $63 Million

Fair trade marketplace Novica has raked in over $63 million for artisans around the world thanks to a partnership with Nat Geo

Electronics Recycling: Breaking Down Barriers to Employment

By turning electronics recycling into a social enterprise, members of the Impact Recyclers network are keeping e-waste out of landfills while helping people…

Lessons from a Failed Nonprofit

From each failure comes opportunity. In this post, Joseph Plummer reflects on his failed nonprofit and provides advice to others on avoiding the…

3p Weekend: These 10 Social Innovators Are Sure to Inspire

A group of innovative thinkers from India and East Africa joined the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program in Silicon Valley earlier this month.…

The Rise of the For-Profit, Socially-Responsible Corporation in Canada

Traditionally, for-profit corporations have one mandate -- to maximize shareholder value. Several jurisdictions in the United States have recognized the market for a…

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…

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…
the social profit handbook

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.…

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…

3 Simple Ways Entrepreneurs Can Change the World

If you’re a successful entrepreneur, you’ve probably felt a pull toward philanthropy. But even if you feel compelled to give back, you might…

Millennials and the Social Entrepreneurship Revolution

WHY the generation Y can change the world through social entrepreneurship.