Social Enterprise

HandyCapable Network

HandyCapable is a nonprofit that was created to provide developmentally disabled adults with an opportunity to perform meaningful work in a nurturing facility.  To do so, the organization trains its participants to refurbish computers that have been donated by community residents and businesses, and then it donates the refurbished equipment to other nonprofits and low-income families.  Since its incorporation in 2006, HandyCapable has refurbished and donated over 3,800 computers.

Assessing Impact at Anchor Institutions

New anchor dashboard identifies 12 priority areas and indicators
Crossposted from Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog

This week, The Democracy Collaborative is releasing a new paper to create a framework for measuring the effectiveness of university and hospital efforts to partner with and improve conditions in surrounding communities. Our goal is to help institutions reflect and assess broadly the long-term impact of their anchor-mission activities, and particularly the extent to which they may benefit low-income children, families and communities.

Democracy Collaborative Offers Paid Internship

Work with us on newsletters and

We are pleased to announce a new intern position at The Democracy Collaborative that will focus on the newsletter and adding web content. For further details, please see the position description below. Remember to submit your applications by August 30!

Community Organizing for a New Economy

Democracy Collaborative panel highlights transformative work of community-based organizations

Earlier this month at Left Forum, The Democracy Collaborative helped organize five panels on a variety of different topics related to cooperatives, sustainability and growing a new economy. The last session of the weekend, “Community Organizing for a New Economy,” offered a spirited conversation around some innovative new work that is helping build a new economy.

A Commercial Intervention

Jeffrey Hollender
Corporate Responsibility Magazine

Human Technologies Corporation

Human Technologies Corporation (HTC) is a nonprofit company made up of six diverse businesses including sewing, maintenance services, and supply chain logistics whose combine revenue exceeds $18 million.  The corporation offers training, support services, and employment for individuals with disabilities and other hard to employ community members.

Aspen Pointe

With revenues exceeding $48 million dollars, Aspen Pointe is the largest nonprofit in Colorado Springs, comprised of 12 organizations that serve more than 30,000 individuals and families each year through employment and career development, education services, and housing programs. The coalition also functions as a social enterprise, offering five business services and enterprises that train and employ disadvantaged residents, at-risk youth, and veterans. Read more about Aspen Pointe...

Reimagining Service

Reimagining Service is a national, multi-sector network working to increase social impact through effective volunteer engagement.  The website offers nonprofits and for-profit businesses comprehensive research, resources, and case studies on the service enterprise model, which leverages volunteers and their skills to help promote social missions.