Social Enterprise


Social Enterprise
Applying market-based strategies to today's social problems

“A social enterprise is an organization or venture that achieves its primary social or environmental mission using business methods. The social needs addressed by social enterprises and the business models they use are as diverse as human ingenuity. Social enterprises build a more just, sustainable world by applying market-based strategies to today’s social problems”   social enterprise alliance


Social enterprise
Alternatives to Nonprofit Corporation

For profit alternatives to the traditional nonprofit corporation.

As of January 1, 2012, the California legislature created two new classes of corporations for businesses that seek to pursue both profit and purpose: Benefit Corporations and Flexible Purpose Corporations.  Here are some articles that explain what they are and how they work:    

Powerful tools for start-up social enterprises

To empower the growth of social enterprise and create positive change in the lives of people across the nation, we need to provide social enterprises, employers and other stakeholders the resources and connections to create a more inclusive workforce where job opportunities are available to all.

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Social Enterprise Blog
Rolfe Larson

Rolfe Larson is the author of Venture Forth! the award-winning guide to social enterprise endorsed by the late Paul Newman of Newman’s Own.  RLA edits the 10,000+ circulation npEnterprise Forum, the official listserv partner of Social Enterprise Alliance. He writes weekly blogs on social enterprise and business planning.


Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact
Latest thinking on social enterprise

The Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact, an online resource published on that will feature the latest and best thinking on social enterprise. Supported by Omidyar Network, this partnership will provide a platform for the field’s global leaders to share stories and lessons on the relationship between for-profit ventures and social change. The Insight Center will feature blogs, full-length articles, and interactive webinars from prominent names in the industry

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enterprising non-profits (enp)
Tools for assessing your organization


The Limits of Social Enterprise
A Field Study and Case Analysis

This report provides specific recommendations for nonprofit planning and implementation based on an in-depth analysis of a failed social enterprise and a general investigation of this type of activity in the nonprofit field.

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High quality tools for social entrepreneurs

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Social Enterprise Alliance
Membership organization for social entrepreneurs

The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the leading membership organization in North America for social enterprises, service providers, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and venture capitalists that is actively building the field of social enterprise through networking opportunities, educational forums, strategic partnerships, and impact legislation. Our members are passionate about changing their communities, and we are passionate about providing them with the tools they need to continue their good work.