Social Enterprise

SocialReturns

Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Yale-Goldman Sachs Partnership for Nonprofit Ventures, SocialReturns aims to grow the practice of social entrepreneurship among nonprofits throughout the world. Programs include a social enterprise business plan competition, a university network of faculty and students teaching and studying social enterprise, a website of resources, and an annual conference and awards ceremony. Read more about SocialReturns...

Social Enterprise Ventures

Social Enterprise Ventures provides nonprofit consulting and training in earned income and best practices to help organizations transition away from traditional funding sources (e.g. grants) to unrestricted renewable income sources. Over a period of six to nine months, their Expedition training helps organizations develop a business plan for increasing earned income. Read more about Social Enterprise Ventures...

Social Enterprise Alliance

The Social Enterprise Alliance is a trade association in the United States of non-profits engaged in mission-oriented business. It has hosted a number of “national gathering” conferences and maintains a listserv of over 1,000 non-profit social enterprise practitioners. Read more about Social Enterprise Alliance...

Social Edge (Skoll Foundation)

Social Edge is a project of the Skoll Foundation that aims to connect social entrepreneurs and allies to discuss issues shaping the field. Social Edge's web site has a number of articles on social enterprise, publishes a monthly electronic newsletter, and hosts issue-based web discussion groups. Read more about Social Edge (Skoll Foundation)...

Rolfe Larson Associates

Rolfe Larson Associates is a consulting firm that helps nonprofits generate more earned income by increasing profits from current activities, launching a new venture, or something in between. Areas of consulting work include: assessing organizational readiness, brainstorming and screening venture ideas, feasibility analysis, developing business plans, and plan implementation. Read more about Rolfe Larson Associates...

New Sector Alliance

New Sector Alliance works with leading academic institutions and businesses to deliver high quality, affordable consulting services to nonprofit organizations and other social enterprises. Read more about New Sector Alliance...

New Profit, Inc.

New Profit Inc. provides financial and strategic support for nonprofits focusing on long-term impact on the social mobility of low-income families through education, workforce development, and public health. The organization attempts to build bridges between social entrepreneurs, government officials, business leaders, and the nonprofit sector to develop new ideas and share resources. Read more about New Profit, Inc....

National Center for Social Entrepreneurs

Since 1983, the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs has aimed to increase the effectiveness and financial self-sufficiency of the nonprofit sector by helping nonprofits to develop social enterprise strategies that enable them to earn more income from fees, contracts and product sales. Read more about National Center for Social Entrepreneurs...

National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise

NCNE connects academic researchers, business leaders, consultants and nonprofit practitioners to provide educational activities and services that address economic and business decision-making issues facing the nonprofit sector. Read more about National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise...

Institute for Social Entrepreneurs

The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs is a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage entrepreneurship throughout the non-profit sector through education and consulting services. Read more about Institute for Social Entrepreneurs...

Echoing Green

Seeking to further the field of social entrepreneurship, Echoing Green invests and supports social entrepreneurs that it believes have strong potential but are untested. Each year, Echoing Green awards 12-15 two-year fellowships ($60,000 for individual applicants, $90,000 for partnerships) through a competitive process and provides them with technical assistance and consultations to help them succeed. To date, the organization has provided more than $28 million in seed funding to more than 470 social entrepreneurs and their organizations. Read more about Echoing Green...

Community Wealth Ventures

Community Wealth Ventures is a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength dedicated to expanding the resources generated by profitable enterprise for the purpose of promoting social change, especially by assisting and documenting the efforts of nonprofit organizations to create businesses. Community Wealth Ventures maintains with the Social Enterprise Alliance a database of hundreds of social enterprises throughout the United States. Read more about Community Wealth Ventures...

America Forward

The America Forward is a coalition that aims to advance a policy agenda to create an infrastructure for social enterprise. The group includes more than 60 nonprofit organizations with programs operating in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Together, these groups serve more than 10 million people a year and have a collective budget of more than $400 million. Read more about America Forward...

Sage Flowers (Springfield, Virginia)

Sage Flowers is a full-service flower shop that since 2006 has been owned by Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, a local non-profit that has been working since 1974 to help Arlington County inmates prepare for a successful reentry into the community. Profits from the business support the job training and other prisoner reentry programs of the parent nonprofit. Read more about Sage Flowers (Springfield, Virginia)...

Melwood (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)

Based in Prince George's County, Maryland, Melwood has become one of the nation's leading social enterprises, providing custodial and janitorial, landscape and horticultural, facility management, and recycling services to government and private customers.  Melwood has grown into a $87 million organization (with earned income contributing 86 percent of its overall budget) that provides job training, employment, housing, and recreation to more than 1,900 people with disabilities. Read more about Melwood (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)...

Working Partnerships USA

Formed in 1995 in response to the widening income gap between high and low income earners, Working Partnerships has developed into a labor-community coalition that crafts innovative solutions to the problems of the New Economy. Read more about Working Partnerships USA...

Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network

Founded in 1992 to create a neutral forum to bring together leaders from business, labor, government, the universities, and the non-profit sector, Joint Venture aims to think outside the box and build creative solutions. Among its efforts in 2006 the group has taken a leadership role to develop a multi-city wireless network that would provide free or low cost broadband access to a 1,500 square mile area encompassing San Jose and nearly 40 other cities. Read more about Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network...

Hope Services

HOPE Services provides job training programs, developmental activities, counseling, infant services, senior services, supported and independent living services, and mobility training for approximately 2,500 children, adults and seniors. The half dozen businesses it runs provide employment for its clients and yielded over $7 million in FY 2011, close to 20 percent of total revenues. Its Production Services enterprise is the largest of these with 10 facilities and some 700 workers who assemble, pack, store, and ship material for area businesses. 
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Angel Baked Cookies

Established by the nonprofit North Grand Neighborhood Services, Angel Baked Cookies is a social enterprise that empowers youth through employment, training, and personal development.  Since its launch in 2007, the enterprise has employed over 20 youth, who bake, market, and sell freshly made cookies across the St. Louis region.