- A recipe for job creation in India's poor neighbourhoods - by Khozem Merchant
This December 2002 article from the Financial Times details the origins and operations of the cooperative organization Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad and of Jashwantiben Popat who won India's top business award for her work in helping rural women gain economic enfranchisement through democratic participation, application of life skills, knowledge of the Indian market place and distribution channels, and market-driven lending practices.
Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad
3, Kamal Apartments
Mumbai 400050, Maharashtra
Telephone: 022. 6427282 Fax: 022. 6441903
- Beyond Grey Pinstripes: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship
This 2001 report, a joint publication of the Aspen Institute Initiative for Social Innovation through Business and the World Resources Institute, addresses the opportunity and practice of integrating environmental and social impact training into the core curriculum of business school education. Business schools provide the foundation for the analytical skills, strategies, and decision-making frameworks required of future business leaders worldwide.In the United States alone, 100,000 MBA degrees, 200,000 undergraduate business degrees, and 1,000 doctoral business degrees are awarded every year. These numbers point to a need to understand what is happening inside business education and to measure how business schools are introducing the concepts of sustainability and social and environmental stewardship to business students.
Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003.
Notable Feature(s): Directory of the 100 schools around the world that participated in the 2003 survey.
The Aspen Institute
Business and Society Program
271 Madison Avenue (Suite 606)
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212.895.8000 Fax: 202.895.8012
- Social Enterprise Magazine
Social Entrepreneurs of Washington (SEW) is dedicated to providing an "exchange" for business services, donated equipment and products, and information to aid both beginning and established social entrepreneurs. The group also wants to aid the establishment of partnerships between for profits and nonprofits and facilitate social investing into nonprofits. In addition to pro bono consulting and mentoring, SEW offers coverage of social investing and social enterprise in Seattle and internationally on its Web site Social Enterprise Magazine-Online.
Notable Feature(s): Detailed information on venture philanthropy and social fairs and other resources useful for social entrepreneurs in the U.S. and around the world.
Mark Pomerantz, Co-Chair
Social Entrepreneurs of Washington
Seattle, WA 98119
- Venturing a Bet on Giving - by Thomas J.Billitteri
This June 1, 2000 article discusses the relatively new phenomenon of venture philanthropy.
"Dozens of venture-philanthropy and "social-entrepreneurship" groups have sprung up in Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia, Boston, and other new-economy hot spots. The "venture" label has been used to cover a wide range of approaches. Many raise money from technology tycoons and develop long-term, close relationships with grantees. Some also help charities generate revenue -- much in the way a venture capitalist would do."
- Why Running a Nonprofit is the Hardest Job in Business - by Carla Tishler
An interview with Jed Emerson, author of Enterprising Nonprofits - A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs (Wiley, 2001).
- Can What Counts be Counted? OR Dancing the Measures of Transformation - by Heather Wood Ion
Heather Wood Ion presented this paper at a GivingSpace Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico in May 2002. Its relevance to foundation practice, philanthropy, and citizen sector initiative is current, practical, and important.Much of the confusion of using traditional accounting measures stems from the fact that they measure effectiveness: that is the accuracy or utility of the particular tool or intervention. They do not measure efficacy, the production of a desired effect, which is a measure of change. Accounting measures look at a point not at a process, and transformation is a process not a point.
Notable Feature(s): See the Uplift Academy to know more about Giving Space programs and issues discussed in Santa Fe and elsewhere since then, for example, the Minutes of a meeting at Stanford in May 2004: Can We Help Google Create a Better World? For more information contact Tom Munnecke, founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather Wood Ion, Tales of Transformation Theme Editor
- Change happens, one entrepreneur at a time - by David Holstrom
- Changing the World on a Shoestring- by David Bornstein
- Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2001: Catherine Muther
When Cate Muther retired at age 46 as a marketing VP for Cisco, she wanted to do what many who leave the senior levels of corporate management do: start a new venture. But for Muther, that enterprise would have to reflect her passion for influencing social change and draw from diverse sectors of her multifaceted career. Muther graduated from Stanford's MBA program in 1978, at a time when women had not yet achieved large-scale entry into the management suites of Corporate America. Since there was no defined career path in business for women, Muther created her own, forging a successful marketing career at Arthur Little & Co., Bridge Communications, 3Com, and Cisco. Over the years she built relationships and acquired business and technology experience. Creating a foundation seemed like the natural avenue to apply her knowledge and resources to give back to the community. With an initial investment of $2 million in personal Cisco stock, Muther created the Three Guineas Fund, one of the first foundations in Silicon Valley founded by a woman.
- Of Globalization and the Greater Good - by William J. Holstein
This February 2004 review from the New York Times details the work of social entrepreneurs changing communities around the world in every field of concern. Globalization is often criticized because of the economic disruptions it creates, the diseases it can spread, and the severe gaps in wealth it reveals. But in a new book, David Bornstein offers a different perspective on globalization that is thoroughly uplifting and encouraging. In "How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas" (Oxford University Press), Mr. Bornstein shows how new communications tools are allowing activists, whom he calls social entrepreneurs, to bring about change at the grassroots level.
- Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs 2002
- Partners With a Strings Theory of Giving - by Shannon Henry
Children's learning and development will be the focus of a new $31 million nonprofit fund created by 28 business leaders in the Washington, D.C., area, reports The Washington Post in a January 25, 2001 story.
The new organization, Venture Philanthropy Partners, departs from mainstream philanthropy and reflects the new "venture philanthropy" that borrows strategies of business investors and treats its donations as investments. Donations don't generate financial returns for partners but are tied to management advice and connections to business leaders. Members of the group will take active roles, including board seats, in nonprofits that receive capital and will expect results from their investments.
- Social Entrepreneurs: A New Global Landscape (June 2003) - by David Bornstein
It is not often that society undergoes a structural transformation so fundamental and widespread that it affects everybody - whether they are young or old, whether they are in business, government, academia, the media or the nonprofit world. It is even more unusual when such a change occurs around the globe almost simultaneously. That, however, is the situation today: over the past thirty years, the world has witnessed the emergence of a major new 'sector' - a sector apart from government and business that is comprised of millions of new organizations whose primary purpose is to address the problems that nobody else is addressing. This "Citizen Sector" is altering the way the work of society gets done almost everywhere: It is redefining and sharpening the role of government, shifting practices and attitudes in business and opening up waves of opportunity for people who seek to apply their talents in new, positive ways.
- Social Entrepreneurs: Creating a Competitive and Entrepreneurial Citizen Sector - by Bill Drayton
The fundamental architecture of the social half of society, led by its social entrepreneurs, has passed irrevocably from bureaucratic and monopolistic to entrepreneurial and competitive. These remarks by William Drayon, founder and chairman of the global nonprofit organization Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, detail the process, dynamics, and opportunities afforded by this relatively recent shift in the social sector, paralleled over the last three centuries by the transformation in the business sector.
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
1700 North Moore Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: 703.527.8300 Fax: 703.527.8383
- Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Nations - by Sara Foryt
This February 2002 independent study report provides an excellent and detailed examination of strategies and programs aimed at selling needed products to the world's poor.
Notable Feature(s): The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) UNEP Financial Inventives - innovative financing for sustainability.
UNEP Finance Initiatives
International Environment House
15 Chemin Des Anemones
- Social Entrepreneurship: Beyond Theory - by Tamara Backer
Social entrepreneurship, a term that can be used in myriad ways, is characterized by Gary McPherson, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, as the quest "to combine the heart of business with the heart of the community through the creativity of the individual." According to Gregory Dees at the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, social entrepreneurs create social value through constant innovation and an unrelenting pursuit of new opportunities, with a disregard for limited resources and a heightened accountability to serve their constituencies and achieve outcomes.
Notable Feature(s): This article comes from onPhilanthropy, a global resource center for nonprofit professionals and those tracking developments and seeking information in the field about trends in grantmaking, foundation practices, giving patterns; e-mail newsletter; onPhilanthropy's publisher, Changing Our World, Inc., is a leading philanthropic services company, offering tailored fundraising and philanthropy services that combine innovation with sound fundamentals.
Susan Carey Dempsey, Editor-in-Chief
Changing Our World
420 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10170
Email: email@example.com: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Strategic Creativity
Strategic Creativity is a free, online quarterly journal for people involved with nonprofit organizations. The purpose of Strategic Creativity is to provide nonprofit practitioners with knowledge and insight that can help them make their nonprofit organizations more effective and efficient. The phrase "strategic creativity" embodies two concepts. Creativity is the root of an organization's ability to provide new or better services in new or better ways. However, creativity without direction can be wasted energy. The creativity of an organization must be channeled towards productive ends. And that is the role of strategy. It is the counterbalancing of strategy and creativity that is at the heart of successful organizations in today's environment. Strategic Creativity's topics will include, but not be limited to: leadership, strategy, innovation, planning, vision, creativity, process, getting things done, thinking strategically, credibility, productivity, professional and personal development, human resources, diversity, quality and other nonprofit sector issues.
Notable Feature(s): Grants information.
Barry Silverberg, Director
ACC Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations
5930 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752
Telephone: 512.223.7076 Fax: 512.223.7895
- The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship - by J. Gregory Dees
In his 1998 paper, Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Dees goes a long way in defining the profession of social entrepreneurship. "The idea of "social entrepreneurship" has struck a responsive cord. It is a phrase well suited to our times. It combines the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination commonly associated with, for instance, the high-tech pioneers of Silicon Valley. The time is certainly ripe for entrepreneurial approaches to social problems. Many governmental and philanthropic efforts have fallen far short of our expectations. Major social sector institutions are often viewed as inefficient, ineffective, and unresponsive. Social entrepreneurs are needed to develop new models for a new century."
- Tipping Points in Social Networks - by Brad Hunter
Malcolm Gladwell's book, The Tipping Point, has tipped public understanding of how new ideas, products, enterprises take off and shape behavior and markets in every field. This essay provides a useful description and analysis of how tipping points come to be and what we can learn from them about social change and innovation.
- Valley Legend's Biggest Road Show Ever - by D. M. Osborne
This April 1, 2001 article from Inc. magazine details much of the background and thinking behind the so-called venture philanthropy that is helping to shape the profession and practice of social entrepreneurship in the United States and around the world.
- What You Won't Hear In The Debates - by Arianna Huffington
An excellent introduction to the field of social entrepreneurship and the dynamism its practitioners are bringing to finding solutions to long-entrenched problems.
1158 26th Street
P.O. Box 428
Santa Monica, CA 90403
- Where Small Businesses Can't Grow, Countries Can't Develop - by Haider Rizvi
The United Nations Commission on the Private Sector and Development, while releasing its 2004 report Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor, stressed that developing countries must remove the excessive restraints on smaller businesses, which, they say, could lead to economic growth and contribute to the efforts for poverty reduction. This article in the UNDP's June 2004 issue of CHOICES reports on opportunities and challenges to effect such change.
Notable Feature(s): CHOICES, the quarterly magazine published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
One United Nations Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10017
Telephone: 212.906.5325 Fax: 212.906.5364
- A Glimmer of Hope
A Glimmer of Hope is a global, private charitable foundation. It seeks to offer hope where it is needed most, and to help relieve some of the pain and suffering on the planet. A business-based model provides the focus for the charitable work and is expected to enable the organization to achieve long-term sustainability. The initial pledge of $100 million funding will cover all operational costs, so that 100 percent of all additional donations will go directly to beneficiaries, primarily in Africa, but also in Britain and in Austin, Texas.
Initial emphasis is on schools, water wells, adoption, and safe shelters for women and children.
Notable Feature(s): Project descriptions; collection of articles on the so-called new or social philanthropy;
Philip R. and Donna Berber
A Glimmer of Hope
115 Wild Basin Rd. #300
Austin, Texas 78746
Telephone: 512.682.3410 Fax: 512.682.3409
- A World Connected
AWorldConnected.Org is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, a nonprofit educational organization that promotes innovative thinking about how to achieve a world that is peaceful, prosperous and free. AWorldConnected looks at the lives of real people who are being affected by the processes of globalization. It celebrates the successes and seeks to understand the failures. It traces the connections between people with the goal of identifying actions - well-intentioned and otherwise - that have created obstacles and resulted in human suffering. The project is driven by the real-life stories of individuals struggling for self-determination and success, however they might define it.
Notable Feature(s): Social entrepreneurs and globalization resources.
Institute for Humane Studies
George Mason University
3301 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 440
Arlington, VA 22201
Telephone: 703.993.4880 Fax: 703.993.4890
- Age of Innovation
Civic Ventures is a think tank and an incubator, generating ideas and inventing programs to help society achieve the greatest return on experience. Founded in the late 1990s by social entrepreneurs John Gardner and Marc Freedman, Civic Ventures is reframing the debate about aging in America and redefining the second half of life as a source of social and individual renewal. Through research, publishing, conferences, and media outreach, Civic Ventures reports on the growth of the experience movement. Through programs and consulting, Civic Ventures brings together older adults with a passion for service and helps stimulate opportunities for using their talents to advance the greater good. In these ways, Civic Ventures is helping America realize an experience dividend.
The organization's latest initiative is the launch of the Purpose Prize, which garnered broad press coverage when it was announced in November 2005: Nominations are now open for The Purpose Prize, five $100,000 investments in Americans over the age of 60 who are combining their passion, creativity, experience, and entrepreneurial skills to tackle issues of social significance. The Purpose Prize is part of a new national initiative to inspire and encourage millions of Americans to use their experience for the greater good as they reach the cusp of what once was called "retirement."
Notable Feature(s): The Purpose Prize; Experience Corps; The Next Chapter; Still Working.
139 Townsend St., Ste. 505
San Francisco, California 94107
Telephone: 415.430.0141 Fax: 415.430.0144
- Ashoka Canada
Building on twenty years' success identifying and investing in social entrepreneurs around the globe, Ashoka is now able to begin investing in leading Canadian social entrepreneurs. Over the next five years, Ashoka will find and elect between 20 and 24 leading Canadian social entrepreneurs across the country to its international fellowship, helping them launch and/or spread their exceptionally promising new ideas for social change. In addition, as part of the Ashoka Fellowship, Canadian Fellows will play a key role in importing promising social innovations and as a gateway through which their colleagues around the globe can gain greater access to Canada's most creative thinking on social problems.
205 Richmond Street W.
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1V3
Telephone: 416.646.2333 Fax: 416.646.1875
- Ashoka Emprendedores Sociales
Ashoka es una organización internacional sin fines de lucro que identifica a personas que tienen ideas novedosas para lograr un cambio social de largo alcance y, a su vez, las apoya eligiéndolas para que formen parte de una red de emprendedores sociales. La red de emprendedores sociales de Ashoka abarca 41 países de Africa, Asia, América Latina, Europa, Estados Unidos y Canadá.
Notable Feature(s): Ashoka Oficina Central; Recursos:
- Aprendizaje / Educación
- Derechos Humanos
- Desarrollo Económico
- Medio Ambiente
- Movilización de Recursos
- Participación Ciudadana
Ashoka Innovators for the Public
1700 North Moore Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: 703.527.8300 Fax: 703.527.8383
- Ashoka Fellows & Their Web Sites
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
1700 North Moore St., Suite 2000
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: 703.527.8300 Fax: 703.527.8383
- Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Since 1980, Ashoka has been a pioneer in defining the field (and profession) of social entrepreneurship. In the process Ashoka has helped launch the careers of more than 1000 outstanding individuals with ideas for far-reaching social change.
Notable Feature(s): Regularly updated features and profiles; full-test articles about Ashoka; practical information on successful initiatives.
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
1700 North Moore Street, Suite 2000
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: 703.527.8300 Fax: 703.527.8383
- Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is a global forum for leveraging the power of leaders to improve the human condition. Through its seminar and policy programs, the institute fosters enlightened, morally responsible leadership and convenes leaders and policy makers to address the foremost challenges of the new century. Founded in 1950, the Aspen Institute is a nonprofit organization with principal offices in Aspen, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Washington, D.C., and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Aspen Institute operates internationally through a network of partners in Europe and Asia.
Notable Feature(s): Aspen Peaks, monthly, online newsletter; Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a program to evaluate business schools and business leadership leading to the 2001 report on preparing MBAs for social and environmental stewardship.
The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, N.W
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202.736.5800 Fax: 202.467.0790
- Backward Society Education (BASE)
Founded by an Ashoka Fellow, Dilli Chaudhary, BASE is a mass membership centered people's organization in Nepal which promotes participation of its members in all activities by nurturing human potential to the optimal extent to ensure full and abundance life for every one in the community.
BASE is supported by Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (MS), the Danish NGO, working to promote understanding and solidarity between people across national borders, political beliefs and colour of skin - by means of development assistance, youth exchange, development education, ethnic minorities work, information and advocacy work. MS has about 5000 individual members and more than 100 institutional members - and about 80 active members' groups all over Denmark.
Notable Feature(s): Stories and articles; background materials about Nepal; various reports and publications on issues of importance, e.g., disability, peace and conflict resolution, the environment.
Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary
BASE Project Office
Tulsipur Bazar South
Telephone: 977-82-20055 Fax: 977-82-20312
The Benetech Initiative is a non-profit venture that provides social benefits by harnessing the power of technology. Benetech delivers these benefits using the new model of social entrepreneurship, which combines market forces with philanthropic capital and entrepreneurial drive. Benetech focuses the efforts of technology and technologists to solve important problems facing society.
Benetech's purpose is to use the high technology model to address pressing social problems. Many great technologies can easily be applied to social needs, but the profitability of such efforts rarely meets the financial expectations of high technology investors. Benetech specifically pursues endeavors that emphasize a strong social, rather than financial, rate of return on investment. Benetech explores the application of technology to social needs in the areas of disability, bridging the digital divide, education, literacy, human rights, employment of the disadvantaged, and the prevention of suffering.
Notable Feature(s): Project summaries, including Bookshare and Martus, an initiative bringing technology to the service of protecting human rights and stemming human rights abuses throughout the world; the Landmine Detector Project, Sonorus, and the Libre Project; articles and links.
Jim Fruchterman, CEO
The Benetech Initiative
480 California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609
Telephone: 650.475.5440 Fax: 650.475.1066
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is building upon the unprecedented opportunities of the 21st century to improve equity in global health and learning—because the life and potential of a child born in one place is as valuable as that in another.
The last few decades of the 20th century brought an incredible burst of innovation, particularly in medical science and information technology. But many of those innovations have yet to reach people living in poverty. The central challenge of the decades ahead will be to share lifesaving advances such as vaccines and new medicines, as well as the benefits of the revolution in information technology, with those who need them most.
The primary goal of the foundation's global health grants is to reduce what Dr. William Foege, senior health adviser, calls the "unconscionable disparity" that exists between the way that we live and the way that the people of the developing world live.
Improving health is key to reaching other development goals, such as reducing poverty. Some worry that by reducing the burdens and deaths caused by disease we may be inadvertently contributing to another serious problem: rapid population growth and high fertility. Actually, the reverse is true. Studies show that mothers voluntarily limit the number of children they have when they have confidence that existing children will survive.
Notable Feature(s): From the New York Times, July 2003, a comprehensive report on the foundation's work and its innovative, systems-changing approach to philanthropy.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
P.O. Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102
- Board Cafe
Board Café is the electronic newsletter exclusively for members of nonprofit boards of directors. Short enough to read over a cup of coffee, the Board Cafe offers a menu of ideas, opinion, news, and resources to help board members give and get the most out of board service. Co-published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.
Jan Masaoka, Executive Director
706 Mission Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: 415-541-9000 Fax: 415-541-7708
- BRINQ - New Worlds at Play
BRINQ is exploring the creation of peer networks for local innovators in the Base of the Pyramid, particularly for innovation in toys and all things related to play. RINQ is currently focused on cultivating and capturing innovation in toy design in Latin America, with an initial focus on Brazil. Specific regions in Brazil are being determined, but will likely focus on favelas in Salvador or Rio. Much of our current work however is taking us to other parts of the world as we explore innovation, play, and new business relationships in different communities. BRINQ is from the Portuguese word "BRINQUEDO" which means toy, and it's pronounced like the English word "BRINK" which signifies the verge or frontier of something, as for example: "The Brink of Innovation" or "The Brink of the World." BRINQ is involved in the development and testing of the "Base of the Pyramid Protocol," with work in Kenya and Brazil as well as potential projects in India.
Notable Feature(s): BRINQ Forums on toys, innovations, the world's poor and more; Toys found in communities living at the "Base of the Pyramid"; Base of the Pyramid Protocol and the table of contents for the BoPP work.
125 Duke Ellington Blvd /W. 106th Street
New York, New York 10025-3769
Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development (BUILD) is a nonprofit social venture, located on the border of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, California. Its mission is to provide real-world entrepreneurial experience that empowers youth from under-resourced communities to excel in education, lead in their communities, and succeed professionally. BUILD bridges the divide between youth in their neighborhoods and the business and intellectual resources of Silicon Valley. BUILD empowers youth from low-income communities to excel in the classroom, on the job, and beyond by giving them an education in entrepreneurship. By encouraging students to develop their own small businesses, BUILD extends traditional entrepreneurial education far beyond the classroom and provides students with real-world business experiences. Intensive involvement of local business and community leaders in mentoring and support of the students, and an operating youth incubator are central and distinctive components of the program.
BUILD is open to all high school students from East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park, but only those that commit to the rigorous demands of the program are accepted. The program consists of two tracks, run simultaneously, as three, year-long courses for which all students receive either elective or independent study credit. The so-called E1 is a year-long course for 9th and 10th graders that focuses on basic business and entrepreneurial skills. E2 is a year-long, advanced clinical course and incubator for the youth-run and youth-owned businesses of students who have already completed BUILD's Entrepreneurs 1 business basics course.
Notable Feature(s): Sample youth business profiles for each level; names of business mentors that help with youth businesses; news and events.
Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, BUILD
Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development
1600 Adams Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Telephone: 650.688.5840 Fax: 650.688.5847
- Business Case Studies
The World Resource Institute's business case studies go deeper into some of the most promising projects represented in the Digital Dividend Clearinghouse, providing detailed description and analysis of each business model, the market segment in which it operates, its successes and challenges, potential replicability and scalability. If possible, the study also documents the social impact of the venture. Digital Dividends contracts teams of MBA students, under supervision of business school faculty, to research and write our business case studies, as they are uniquely suited to provide unbiased, professional assessments of the business models at low cost. Using MBA students has the added advantage of helping to interest a generation of future business leaders in microenterprise and global development issues.
Notable Feature(s): Digital Dividend Digest of Clearinghouse projects, What Works studies, special opportunities and more; invitation to submit case studies; email alert subscription.
- Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
Founded in 1992, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a US-based global resource for companies seeking to sustain their commercial success in ways that demonstrate respect for ethical values, people, communities and the environment. Through socially responsible business policies and practices, companies create value for investors, customers, employees, local communities and other stakeholders. BSR assists its members in creating that value by providing expert help as companies address the full range of corporate responsibility issues. The BSR mission is to provide businesses with the information they need to understand and implement more responsible policies and practices, and to promote increased knowledge and collaboration among companies and between business and other sectors.
The Global Business Responsibility Resource Center, which scans more than 130 publications and news services each month, as well as information from companies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and governments around the world, provides news and in-depth reports on corporate social responsibility, including audits & accountability, community economic development, community involvement, the environment, ethics, governance, human rights, the marketplace, and the workplace.
Business for Social Responsibility
609 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-3506
Telephone: 415.537.0888 Fax: 415.537.0889
- Calvert Foundation
The Calvert Social Investment Foundation (Calvert Foundation) was established with a simple goal: to help end poverty through investment. It serves as a facility for individuals and institutions, seeking to place capital on softer terms to finance affordable homes, fund small and micro businesses and to make available essential community services. Calvert Foundation works in disadvantaged communities with local partner non-profits that use common sense and compassion to provide the investment capital people need to work themselves out of poverty.
Calvert Foundation lends to community development financial institutions (CDFI), and other organizations, including community development corporations, community loan funds, community banks and credit unions, social enterprises and micro finance institutions.
Notable Feature(s): Profiles of Calvert's portfolio of investments: organizations working for social change; background philosophy of philanthropy and the field of socially-responsible investment.
4550 Montgomery Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
- Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CCSE)
The Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is a pioneer in strengthening community capabilities through strategic alliances, creative and entrepreneurial thinking, and innovative practices. The CCSE has three streams of programming: Research, Education and Community Engagement. The streams are mutually reinforcing as research supports the education component and this allows CCSE to interact with the community with credibility on the subject of social entrepreneurship.
Notable Feature(s): Excellent resource links to information and models on venture grant-giving, commercial/non-profit partnerships, and more; publications; e-newsletter.
Gary McPherson, Executive Director
Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
3-30Q Faculty of Business Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Telephone: 780.492.0187 Fax: 780.492.3325
- Caring Companies
Caring Companies is a Web resource focused on corporate social responsibility in India. It is a program of Partners in Change (PiC), a not-for-profit organisation initiated by ActionAid in 1995 with support from what is now the Department for International Development of the British government.
Partners in Change
S-385, Greater Kailash II
New Delhi 110048
Telephone: 011 - 6418885
- Catalytic Communities
Catalytic Communities is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2000 to build an international inventory of innovative grassroots projects to empower and improve the lives of low-income communities. Its aim is to assist communities worldwide in their efforts to access "best practices" information and networks that enable them to develop their own creative potential to solve local problems.
Notable Feature(s): The ISD or Innovative Solutions Database of practices in business and the economy, community-building, culture & leisure, education & skill-building, environment, health, infrastructure, violence & crime; worldwide volunteer staff of activists, community organizers, translators, international development and policy experts; site resources in Spanish and Portuguese; offices in Washington, DC and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Catalytic Communities Journal of articles and dialogue related to low-income community-building.
Theresa Williamson, Founder and Executive Director
P.O. Box 42010
Washington, DC 20015
Telephone: 202.318.3223 Fax: 202.318.3223
- Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University's Fuqua School of Business has created the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), a research and education center dedicated to promoting entrepreneurial leadership in the social sector. CASE is being financed by a $2.5 million grant over five years from The Atlantic Philanthropies, which will be matched over 10 years by $2.5 million from Fuqua's budget and money raised by the school. Atlantic is an international foundation that has supported social programs worldwide. Fuqua Dean Douglas T. Breeden said CASE is indicative of the school's commitment to educating thoughtful business leaders worldwide. He said it also provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary cooperation among Duke's business school, law school, divinity school, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and Office of Community Affairs. Heading CASE as faculty director is J. Gregory Dees, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of social entrepreneurship and non-profit management at Fuqua. Dees came to Duke from Stanford University, where he co-founded its Center for Social Innovation. In the mid-1990s, he was recognized as an academic pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship because of his similar work at Harvard Business School.
Notable Feature(s): Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
J. Gregory Dees
The Fuqua School of Business
Durham, NC 27708-0120
- Center for Artistry in Teaching (CAT)
Founded by Aleta Margolis, an Ashoka Fellow, the Center for Artistry in Teaching (CAT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools, with a strong focus on the Washington, D.C. Public Schools. The organization was founded in 1995 to address the dire need for America's school children to master academic skills in a stimulating instructional environment. CAT's mission is to work with teachers to make school a place where every child is engaged, valued, and challenged. CAT's teacher development programs utilize the arts to strengthen teachers' ability to communicate effectively with students and identify and meet students' academic and emotional needs. CAT's youth development programs engage students in meaningful academic and social interactions with teachers, parents, and peers toward the goal of becoming productive, imaginative, and healthy citizens.
Notable Feature(s): Excellent set of links of innovative and effective teaching programs; Reading Works! volunteer opportunities; CAT professional development academy; newsletter.
Aleta Margolis, Executive Director
Center for Artistry in Teaching
1421 22nd St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Telephone: 202.822.8081 Fax: 202.822.0088
- Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business provides a new forum for collaboration between the private sector and the environmental community. The Center promotes business practices that reduce industry's ecological footprint, contribute to conservation, and create value for the companies that adopt them. The result is a net benefit for the global environment and for participating companies. In collaboration with industry leaders, other environmental organizations, and academia, the Center develops and demonstrates innovative, replicable business practices that focus on three critical issues: biodiversity, water, and climate change. Created in a partnership between Conservation International and the Ford Motor Company, the Center operates as a division of CI and is governed by a distinct executive board of leaders from the business and environmental communities.
The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
1919 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202.912.1000 Fax: 202.912.1047
- Center for Social Innovation (CSI)
Stanford University's Center for Social Innovation promotes innovative, effective, and efficient solutions to social problems in the United States and around the world through research, teaching, and outreach. CSI pursues this mission in a number of ways: adapting business knowledge, experience, and skills to the challenges facing managers and organizations working to improve social conditions; bringing academic rigor to the generation of new knowledge that enhances our collective understanding of the social sector; and supporting and facilitating inquiry that illuminates the fundamental nature of important social problems.
Notable Feature(s): New in 2003 Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), a quarterly journal published by the business school presenting novel ideas at the intersection of the private and social sectors in nonprofit management, philanthropy, and corporate citizenship; SSIR's mission: To provide the best in research and practice-based knowledge to help the people who do the important work of improvind society do it even better. For more information write email@example.com .
The Center for Social Innovation
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Stanford, CA 94305-5015
Telephone: 650-725-5399 Fax: 650.723.0516
- Centre for Social Markets (CSM)
The Centre for Social Markets (CSM) is an independent non-profit organization, with offices in India and the UK, dedicated to making markets work for the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit. CSM promotes leadership for responsible entrepreneurship and accountability in commercial and public life. Its key target groups include business, investors, workers, consumers and legislators, particularly in developing and transition countries.
CSM is a values-based organisation committed to sustainable development and human rights. It provides a variety of on-line/ on-site awareness-raising, educational and technical referral services; conducts research; promotes innovation and partnerships; and engages in advocacy for corporate citizenship at major fora. CSM's mission is to fundamentally change the culture of market and other social institutions to advance social justice, human rights and sustainable development.
Notable Feature(s): Links to corporate social responsibility & social entrepreneurship in Asia; additional links to organizations involved with corporate social and environmental responsibility.
Centre for Social Markets
15 Stephen Court
18A, Park Street
Telephone: 91-33-229 4537 Fax: 91-33-229 0647
- Clarence Foundation
In some of the most impoverished areas of the world, remarkable groups of people have come together to touch the lives of others. They have formed small grassroots organizations that are achieving extraordinary results. These social entrepreneurs have the ideas, the experience and a deep cultural understanding to make a difference in their communities. What such groups often lack, however, are the financial resources that would allow them to reach their full potential. The mission of the Clarence Foundation is to seek out and make an investment in these innovative organizations. It enables successful groups to take the next step, so they may expand and reach more people in need.
The Clarence Foundation has five primary areas of interest that guide its funding decisions:
- human rights;
Notable Feature(s): The Clarence Foundation will launch a new engaged international philanthropy program in 2003. In partnership with Ashoka and other leading global philanthropic organizations, the foundation will create "philanthropy circles" where participants review proposals, communicate with prospective grantees via e-mail and make funding decisions in a supportive group context. In partnership with Grantmakers Without Borders, the Clarence Foundation will intersperse opportunities for peer learning into the program, including presentations on how to maximize the effectiveness of global grantmaking.
The Clarence Foundation
1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94707
- Committee to Democratize Information Technology (CDI)
Founded by Ashoka Fellow Rodrigo Baggio, the Committee to Democratize Information Technology (CDI) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization in Brazil that promotes educational and vocational training programs (Computer Science and Citizenship Schools). Its mission is to reintegrate the members of the poor communities, principally children and young people, and alleviate the social exclusion they are subjected to in Brazil and throughout the world. In addition to developing pioneer work in bringing information technology to the underpriviliged populations, CDI promotes citizenship, literacy, ecology, health, human rights and non-violence, through information technology.
Comitê para Democratização da Inform&aac
Rua Haddock Lobo #78, Estácio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20260-132
Telephone: (55-21) 273-6648 Fax: (55-21) 273-6647
- Common Cause
Common Cause was founded in 1970 by John Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. Gardner envisioned a movement propelled by the focused and concerted grassroots lobbying activities of Common Cause members and reinforced with professional lobbying on Capitol Hill. His nonpartisan, citizens' lobbying group made an immediate impact. Common Cause has more than 200,000 members nationwide, with active members and volunteers in every state. Common Cause works for open, accountable government and the right of all citizens to be involved in shaping U.S. public policies.
1250 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
- Common Futures Forum Program
The aim of the CFF program is to create a network of future leaders who will carry a major responsibility for improving the human condition in the 21st Century. One hundred social entrepreneurs will be nominated to join a four-year program of the Global Meeting of Generations in an intergenerational dialogue with current and past leaders in the international development community.
Global Meeting of Generations
c/o International Development Conference
1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 720
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: 202.884.8580 Fax: 202.884.8499
- Common Wealth
America is blessed with a rich sector of nonprofit organizations and philanthropies. Since Tocqueville, the institutions of our civil society have been celebrated -- and fought over -- by left, right, and center. As public services dwindle, the profit motive crowds out community institutions, and political participation declines, the health of America's third sector is vital to the revival of our democracy.
The Common Wealth site will allow interested users to access the archive of The American Prospect (TAP) articles from past issues, important reports on issues affecting nonprofits and philanthropies, original articles written just for the Common Wealth site, and links to the Web sites of other organizations. Common Wealth will be updated on a weekly basis.
Notable Feature(s): News; TAP articles; excellent links directory.
Robert Kuttner, Editor in Chief
Common Wealth, The American Prospect
5 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02109
- Community Wealth Ventures
CWV is a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength, a leading nonprofit anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization based in Washington, DC. SOS earns most of its budget through entrepreneurial ventures and corporate partnerships. SOS launched CWV on the premise that every organization can increase its social impact by building on its own internal assets, rather than relying on support from external organizations.
Notable Feature(s): Case studies of successful "for profit" enterprises undertaken by nonprofit organizations to ensure sustainable operations.
Alfred Wise, Director
Community Wealth Ventures, Inc.
733 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: 202.478.6570 Fax: 202.347.5868
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
MHC International presents here a collection of articles on corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investment, and the economics of corporate responsibility. The firm conducts corporate and social research around the world, reports on and evaluates human development programs, vocational education and training, and social funds analyses.
Notable Feature(s): On-line questionnaire for rating a company according to socially responsible criteria.
MHC International Ltd.
London SE1 1LB
Telephone: +44.207.691.7597 Fax: +44.207.691.7105
- Corporate Social Responsibility Forum
"Two in three citizens want companies to go beyond their historical role of making profit, paying taxes, employing people and obeying all laws; they want companies to contribute to broader societal goals." The Millennium Poll on Corporate Social Responsibility, September 1999
Every aspect of business has a social dimension. CSR – or Corporate Social Responsibility – means open and transparent business practices that are based on ethical values and respect for employees, communities and the environment. It is designed to deliver sustainable value to society at large, as well as to shareholders.
Notable Feature(s): What's New articles and reports; civil society and government key players in corporate social responsibility.
The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum
15-16 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7467 3600 Fax: +44 (0)20 7467 3610
- Corporate Social Responsibility Indicators: A Study from Brazil
Interest on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Brazil has grown considerably in recent years. The establishment of evaluation criteria regarding the outcome of Brazilian company actions is increasingly urgent and necessary. This monthly feature from MHC International summarises the results of an exploratory survey conducted in Brazil with the purpose of studying the applicability of corporate social responsibility indicators.
MHC International Ltd
2 Stanhope Place
St.Leonards-On-Sea , Sussex TN38 0ED
Telephone: 44.207.691.7597 Fax: 44.207.691.7105
- CThings - Change the World News
In a world that methodically tells us day in and day out that nothing ever really changes and nothing ever will, here CThings offers evidence of the opposite. Across all sectors and all in one place, CThings shows one the amazing things people are doing to alter life as we know it. From poverty to peace, from space to the environment, from obscure villages to world capitals, CThings brings change-the-world news to inspire and to use.
Notable Feature(s): CThings Blog; useful directory of links to the better world CThings has found.
- Development Marketplace (DM)
The DM mission is to create a marketplace of ideas, talent and resources that address development challenges. The Development Marketplace seeks to:
Bring people together to look for new solutions that address poverty and create growth
Encourage new partnerships across civil society, governments, private sector, and official agencies
Find champions for new ideas that are likely to have the best development impact
Build networks of innovators in development, both locally and globally
Leverage resources across organizations
Notable Feature(s): Information on submitting an application, past winners, including program descriptions, and DM program evolution and more.
Development Marketplace Team
Mail Stop MC8-802
The World Bank
1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433
USA Fax: 202.522.2042
- Digital Partners
Digital Partners, a Seattle-based nonprofit institute, taps the power of the digital economy to develop market-based solutions that benefit the world's poor. It does so by fostering a global leadership movement in which the market-development acumen of IT entrepreneurs is linked with the poverty-alleviation activities of social entrepreneurs, foundations, and development institutions. Digital Partners believes its ability to use IT and markets to address the needs of the wealthy can also be harnessed to address the needs of the poor.
Notable Feature(s): Programs and Social Enterprise Laboratory for strengthening the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
Digital Partners Institute
World Trade Center
2200 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
- Drum Beat
The Drum Beat provides excellent, path-breaking news and contact information on communications news, initiatives, and partnerships worldwide. Drum Beat is a project of THE COMMUNICATION INITIATIVE partnership, which includes The Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF, USAID [HIV/AIDS, CHANGE], WHO, BBC World Service, CIDA, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, The European Union, Soul City, The Panos Institute, UNAIDS.
Notable Feature(s): All back issues are archived at the site; a comprehensive collection of planning and strategy models for effective and sustainable communications programs; papers on different change theories; chat room; links.
- EBS International Documentary Festival
Documentary film festival gamble pays off again
By Park Soo-mee
JoongAng Daily 2005.08.30
It was an unparalleled risk the company took. Months before the EBS International Documentary Festival began, its organizer, Paul Jeongkie Kim, was close to airing an apology to its audience. The festival caused sensation in Korea last year for canceling 80 percent of the station's daily programs in order to broadcast documentaries for 17 hours a day, all week.
It was a radical decision for an organization that was originally established to provide educational programming for adults and high school students. The consequences of a failure could have harmed the company’s relationship with its advertisers and upset its main audience.
Luckily the festival received enough applause from viewers and critics last year to hold a second annual event.
Sandra Ruch, the director of the International Documentary Association dubbed the EBS festival as "one of the most innovative new festivals in the world." One local newspaper described it as "a cultural experiment."
The festival, which opened on Monday, titled “Peace and Life in Asia” is being shown on EBS TV while selected works are being shown at E-Space, a performance hall located at EBS headquarters in southern Seoul.
“We wanted to stress the importance of documentaries as a statement on the social conditions of our world," Mr. Kim says. “We thought the company should provide an alternative to the increasingly commercial content of Korean television programs.”
The festival began as a way to enhance the quality of increasingly commercial content on Korean television, and was inspired by producers who believed that a good documentary could change a person’s life and the world as well.
Of the 98 world documentaries being shown this year, the focus is on social justice and freedom in Southeast Asia.
The festival's "Best of the Best" section features an impressive program of contemporary documentaries, including “Shape of the Moon,” this year’s Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance. The film documents the religious conflict within an Indonesian family where the mother is Christian and the children are Muslim.
The opening film by Yoon Jung-Hyun, “Another Land for Survival, Mae Sot” chronicles the life of Burmese refugees in the Mae Sot camp. “Checkpoint” involves military checkpoints in the West Bank. ....
"In a sense, the festival reveals a Korean way of doing a business,” Mr. Kim says. “We weren’t sure about the outcome, but we started anyway. If we had thought about the outcome so carefully, we wouldn’t have done it.”
EBS International Documentary Festival
Telephone: 82-2-526-2122~3 Fax: 82-2-526-2059
- Echoing Green
The Echoing Green foundation in New York applies a venture capital approach to philanthropy. Through the "echoing green fellowship," the organization provides seed money and technical support to social entrepreneurs who want to start new public service ventures. Echoing Green invests in projects and organizations at an early stage before most other foundations are willing to do so. Echoing Green then provides its fellows with support and resources to help them develop their projects to the next stage.
Notable Feature(s): Fellows-in-the-News stories; bulletin board; the inaugural December 1997 edition of The Green Sheet, an on-line newsletter that includes features on social entrepreneurship.
echoing green foundation
198 Madison Avenue - 8th floor
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212.689.1165 Fax: 212.689.9010
- Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Van Jones, one of the inaugural group of U.S./Canada Ashoka Fellows, is bringing a higher standard of accountability to the criminal justice system at a time when the number of U.S. prisons is multiplying and police harassment is becoming an issue of increasing public concern. Through the Ella Baker Center he is leading an aggressive media campaign, creating civilian review boards, providing a police brutality hotline, and organizing young people - the largest client group of the criminal justice system.
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
1230 Market Street #409
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: 415.951.4844 Fax: 415.951.4813
- EMPRESA - Corporate Social Responsibility in the Americas
Forum EMPRESA is a hemispheric alliance of CSR-based business organizations and affiliated companies whose shared mission is to promote corporate social responsibility throughout the Americas. EMPRESA was created in 1997, when 150 leaders stemming from various regions of the Americas met in a congress in the United States. Their aim was to share ideas and discuss ways in which the private sector could assume a role richer in social responsibility within the borders of the countries it operates in.
Forum EMPRESA provides support to existing CSR-based business organizations and their member companies and assistance to create new CSR-based business organizations active in the Americas. EMPRESA works on a case-by-case basis with other types of organizations with the specific focus to promote corporate social responsibility in a specific country or regionally.
Notable Feature(s): News and program information; Spanish and Portuguese versions of the site; link to BSR Resources from one of EMPRESA's founding members, the Business for Social Responsibility organization headquartered in San Francisco. BSR is the global partner for responsible business leaders with more than 1,400 member and affiliated companies worldwide.
Rua Francisco Leitão, 469 - Conj. 1407
CEP: 05414-020 São Paul
SP - Brasil
Telephone: (55 11) 3061 5894 Fax: (55 11) 3068-8539
- Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector
This site provides a brief description of a course offered as part of the Harvard MBA program. Many societies are searching for innovative and efficient ways to provide socially important goods in health, education, social services, environment, and community development. Old approaches seem to be falling short, and traditional government and nonprofit service providers are encountering serious financial pressures. The course explores opportunities for social entrepreneurship through privately run enterprises (nonprofit and for-profit), with a particular emphasis on the benefits and limits of adapting business practices to the distinctive operating environments of the social sector.
Harvard Business School
Boston, MA 02163-1317
EntreWorld provides resources for entrepreneurs: information and insights about starting a business, growing it, and supporting entrepreneurship generally. The focus is primarily on for-profit businesses, but the articles and issues have broad applicability to the operations of any effective organization or social enterprise.
Notable Feature(s): E-mail newsletter; articles; counseling on business questions.
Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
- Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a grant-making foundation that works toward the vision of self-sufficient people in healthy communities. Its mission is to research and identify the unfulfilled needs of society and to develop, implement and/or fund breakthrough solutions that have an important, useful, and lasting impact. The Foundation's work focuses on two areas: Youth Development and Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Notable Feature(s): A series of reports on various aspects of entrepreneurship in relation to education, gender, class, and attitudes.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2046
- Fast Company
Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.
Notable Feature(s): Year 2003 winners of FC's second annual global readers' challenge: 50 Ways to Move Business Forward; previous winners' profiles archived; extensive collection of business development tips; discussion forums.
Fast Company World Headquarters
77 North Washington Street
Boston, MA 02114-1927
Telephone: 617.973.0300 Fax: 617.973.0373
- Fostering social entrepreneurship. Linklaters
Presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2005, this comparative study looks at the legal, regulatory, and tax barriers to social entrepreneurship in six selected countries across a broad georgraphical and economic spectrum: Brazil, Germany, India, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Telephone: +44 20 7456 3543 Fax: +44 20 7456 2222
- Give Foundation
The GIVE Foundation is a not-for-profit financial services organisation dedicated to professionalisation of the 'third sector.' The mission is to promote the act of "giving," by helping good NGOs raise funds, and promoting greater transparency and accountability in the 'third sector.'
Mr Venkat Krishnan N.
c/o ICICI, 9th Floor, JMC House
Ambavadi, Ahmedabad 380 006
The mission of GivingSpace is sow the seeds of a global self-organizing, self-propagating infrastructure which allows the creation, discovery, commitment, and fulfillment of meaningful giving opportunities within a trusted environment.
Notable Feature(s): GivingSpace founder Tom Munnecke's blog in which he discusses myriad topics, including the question: "What is simplest thing I can do which will have the maximum global impact?"
- Global Community Center
The Global Community Center on the Internet is a project of the nonprofit Global Development Center. It operates with a philosophy perhaps best expressed by Marion Wright Edelman, "Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time."
The Global Development Center is a non-religious, non-profit, non-political organization. It is a small humanitarian agency at work in partnership with people who need help in building a peaceful, economically secure life. GDC was formed by people who have been working with international donor agencies and non-governmental organizations for many years. The GDC established the Web site believing that the Internet is the best available tool for building a sense of global community. The GDC plan is to avoid the pitfall of so many global non-profits that use their Web sites as nothing more than "electronic brochures."
Notable Feature(s): Email newsletter; GDC at Work: descriptions of a number of activities GDC has undertaken or hopes to undertake, including the latest, the Private Donor Program, which lets one create a project. Some of these are relatively small micro-projects; others, like Wiring Guatemala and shelter in Iraq (y en Español), are like the current Fight AIDS at Home project, and the past Hurricane Mitch Relief campaign, and Quilts Over Kosovo project are good examples of the opportunities GDC provides to get directly involved.
Robert L. Adams, Executive Director
The Global Development Center
1250 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
- Global Envision
Global Envision believes that the more that we understand about the free market system, how it affects us and our neighbors all over the globe, and how it can benefit us all, the better our chances that the global economy will thrive for the prosperity of all. By featuring educational resources, articles, stories and opinions about how economic policy and development can be made more inclusive, Global Envision provides models of how free markets can be a positive force in creating a more fair, just, and stable future. The genesis of the organization began with William Early, Global Envision founder, who conceived the Global Envision partnership with Mercy Corps during a September 2001 meeting with Ells Culver, Co-Founder of Mercy Corps, in which they were planning a visit to Mercy Corps' micro-lending programs in China. The idea for the creation of Global Envision sparked an excitement in Culver and his associates that resulted in Mercy Corps and Early joining enterprises.
Notable Feature(s): Library of resources, articles on alleviating poverty through new capitalism, how property rights dictate freedom, globalization, carbon trading and community forestry, and much more.
Amy English, Managing Editor
c/o Mercy Corps
3015 SW 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Telephone: 503.796.6836 Fax: 503.796.6844
- Global Ideas Bank
The Global Ideas Bank hosts imaginative and feasible ideas and projects for improving the quality of life, more than 2719 schemes from different sources and publications organized in lists by category. The Ideas Bank is accessed over a million times a year at present and already contains several thousand best ideas submitted by members of the public worldwide. Readers can vote on the ideas. The Global Ideas Bank offers a total of 1,000 pounds (UK Sterling) in awards (annually, with a deadline of June 1st) for the best non-technological ideas or projects sent in. The Global Ideas Bank is an initiative of the Institute for Social Inventions.
Institute for Social Inventions
6 Blackstock Mews
LONDON N4 2BT
Telephone: + 020 7359 8391 Fax: + 020 7354 3831
- Gonoshasthaya Kendra, or People's Health Clinic - Bangladesh
Because of the high cost of imported medicine, Dr. Zafrullag Chowdhury founded Gonoshasthaya Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., to manufacture cheaper generic drugs. Although more than 4,000 commercial drugs were for sale in the country, including some that were unnecessary and others that were dangerous, some 150 of the most essential were in short supply. The government responded in April 1982 by establishing a committee of experts, including CHOWDHURY, to seek a countrywide solution. The committee recommended restricting manufacture and import to roughly the 225 essential drugs on the list compiled by the World Health Organization for developing countries. Despite protests from drug manufacturers abroad, this policy has been pursued. The result has been wider availability of essential drugs at lower prices, and less confusion among laymen.
P.O. Box Nayarhat
In 1976 when Professor Muhammad Yunus and his colleagues started giving out tiny loans under a system which later become known as the Grameen Bank, they never imagined that some day they would be reaching hundreds of thousands, let alone two million, borrowers.
After some initial successes in fisheries and irrigation projects, Grameen became interested in expanding its work by getting involved in other busines in various new sectors. By this time, carrying out all these initiatives under Grameen Bank became unwieldy, and from 1989 Grameen began to establish new organizations. The fisheries project became the Grameen Fisheries Foundation. The irrigation project became the Grameen Krishi Foundation. The international replication and health program were put under the Grameen Trust. More initiatives and organizations followed, in due course resulting in the Grameen Family of Organizations.
Notable Feature(s): Newsletter; Commonwealth speech for 2003.
Grameen Bank Bhaban
- Hands On Network
Hands On Network leads a national civic movement bringing people together to tackle tough community problems through service. It is a growing network of local nonprofit organizations that act as civic action centers—helping people "be the change" in their communities through effective volunteer action. The Hands On approach inspires volunteers, creates leaders, and changes lives. Hands On Network provides a starting point for individuals to join together for meaningful volunteer action and civic participation. Volunteers can choose projects based on their available time and interests—from a one-time wheelchair ramp building blitz to an ongoing commitment to tutor children, cultivate a community garden, or offer technical assistance to a nonprofit organization.
Notable Feature(s): Affiliates for getting involved; resource library; volunteer campaign opportunities.
Michelle Nunn, Co-Founder & CEO
Hands On Network
600 Means Street, Suite 110
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Telephone: 404.979.2900 Fax: 404.979.2901
Hope is a solutions-oriented journal focused on people addressing personal and societal challenges with uncommon courage and integrity. A magazine free of religious, political, or new age affiliation, Hope awakens the impulse we all have-however hidden or distant-to make our world more livable, humane, and genuinely loving. Hope's articles and essays are, like life itself, sometimes hard, sometimes tender, sometimes funny. They are also full of possibility and promise, exploring such matters of the heart as love, grief, and family, and such matters of the world as community, education, and ambition. Hope is an ever-expanding handbook of examples for people who want to make the world a better place, and for people trying to find their place in the world.
Notable Feature(s): On-line articles and contact information for like-minded organizations and initiatives.
Kimberly Ridley, editor
PO Box 160
Brooklin, Maine 04616
Telephone: 207.359.4651 Fax: 207.359.8920
- Hunger Site
The Hunger Site was founded to relieve world hunger using the Internet in an innovative way. Site visitors are greeted by a world map that shows an individual dying every 3.6 seconds by a darkening spot somewhere on that map. Clicking a button on the site provides a free donation of food through a program administered by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
More information is available from
Public Affairs Service, World Food Programme Via C.G.Viola 68, Parco dei Medici, 00148, Rome, Italy. Tel: (39-06) 6513 2623 Fax: (39-06) 6513 2840 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notable Feature(s): Hunger Facts & Resources; record of donations; press releases and reviews.
The Hunger Site
PO Box 3520
Bloomington, IN 47402
- Idealist: Action Without Borders
The Idealist enterprise is a program of Action Without Borders, a global coalition of individuals and organizations working to build a world where all people can live free, dignified and productive lives. Action Without Borders is independent of any government, political ideology or religious creed. Its work is guided by the common desire of its members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.
Notable Feature(s): Ideas in Action, an email newsletter that every month or two provides a brief selection of news and links to useful resources; newsletter archives; action opportunities; services for nonprofits; job, intern, and consultant classifieds; calendars; volunteer opportunities.
Action Without Borders, Inc.
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6614
New York, NY 10118
Telephone: 212.843.3973 Fax: 212.564.3377
- Independent Sector
INDEPENDENT SECTOR is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of more than 700 national nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in every state across the nation. Independent Sector works for a just and inclusive society of active citizens, vibrant communities, effective institutions, and a healthy democracy. Its mission is to promote, strengthen, and advance the nonprofit and philanthropic community to foster private initiative for the public good.
1200 Eighteenth Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202.467.6100 Fax: 202.467.6101
IndianNGOs.com was launched in January 1999 as a resource centre for all the NGO, Social, Developmental, Health, Environmental and key issues related to India. IndianNGOs.com is a powerful virtual and real medium that aims to bring together various under-privileged individuals/ communities in India, the NGOs working for them, the Funding Agencies, Corporates and Government Departments supporting the NGOs, the Social Workers and Volunteers devoting their time and energy, the Common Man, the Celebrities from all walks of life, the NRIs who would like to associate with their roots, the Global citizens interested in India...and just about every one concerned about the Social and Developmental scenario in India. Understanding the fact that more than 27 % of the people in India live below povery line and more than 50 % of the Indians might not use internet directly, IndianNGOs.com is taking the shape of a Click and Brick - that is virtual and physical - infrastructure that binds technology and humanity.
Notable Feature(s): All-India Directory of NGOs organized by social and developmental issues;
Sanjay Bapat, Founder
Prasad, Ghantali, Naupada
Thane 400 602
Telephone: 91 22 534 8905 Fax: 91 22 543 2379
- Instituto Ethos
The Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility is an association of companies of any size and/or sector that are interested in developing their activities in a socially responsible manner, in a permanent process of evaluation and improvement. Ethos' mission is to spread business social responsibility by helping businesses:
- Understand and incorporate in a progressive way the concept of socially responsible business behavior
- Implement policies and practices that meet high ethical criteria, contributing to the achievement of long-term, sustainable economic success
- Take on their responsibilities with respect to all those affected by their activities
- Show their shareholders the relevance of socially responsible behavior to their long-term return on investment
- Identify innovative and effective ways of acting in partnership with communities in the construction of a common welfare
- Prosper, contributing to socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development.
Notable Feature(s): Sugestões de Leitura; Manual "O que as Empresas podem fazer pela Educação"; links to other organizations, businesses, and institutions concerned with social responsibility, sustainable development and human rights.
Rua Francisco Leitão, 469 - Conj. 1407
São Paulo / SP
Telephone: (55 11) 3068 8539 Fax: (55 11) 3068 8539
InterConnection is a nonprofit group that donates Web sites and computers and provides Internet training to organizations dedicated to benefiting the local community or environment in developing countries.
Notable Feature(s): Directory of organizations' Web sites hosted by InterConnection; virtual and field volunteer Bulletin Board for global projects; resources on the Internet and developing countries, sustainable development, and ecotourism.
PO Box 3496
Eugene, OR 97401
- International Business and Human Rights
Human rights are increasingly being seen as a business issue. They are inextricably linked to corporate risk and reputation management, whether the company is operating in countries with repressive government, ethnic conflict, weak rule of law or poor labour standards. At issue are the company's core values. Is the company making a public commitment to respect and uphold universal human rights within its legitimate sphere of influence wherever it operates globally, or will it be judged by society at large to be undertaking damage limitation exercises once something has gone wrong? The International Business Leaders Forum sees human rights as an integral part of responsible business practice. This site includes resources on labour rights, business and peace, land rights and indigenous people, women's rights, the right to health, and freedom of information and expression.
The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum
15-16 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Telephone: 44 (0)20 7467 3600 Fax: 44 (0)20 7467 3610
- International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
The International Business Leaders Forum promotes responsible business practices internationally that benefit business and society. Its aim is to achieve social, economic and environmentally sustainable development, particularly in new and emerging market economies.
Notable Feature(s): Breaking news; events; comprehensive selection of publications; key players; corporate social responsiblity roadmap.
The International Business Leaders Forum
15-16 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Telephone: +44 (207) 467 3600 Fax: +44 (207) 467 3610
- International Development Enterprises (IDE)
International Development Enterprises (IDE) is a nonprofit organization that employs market principles to strike at the roots of rural poverty in the world's least developed countries. By taking advantage of market forces, IDE is able to have widespread impact using minimal resources. Founded in 1981 by Dr. Paul Polak, IDE has worked for decades helping rural farm families to increase their agricultural productivity, providing them with a basis for food security, income generation, integration with markets, and the beginnings of an upward spiral out of poverty.
Notable Feature(s): Details on IDE country programs; Out of Poverty brochure; Case studies; worldwide staff directory.
Dr. Paul Polak
10403 W. Colfax, Suite 500
Lakewood, Colorado 80215
Telephone: 303.232.4336 Fax: 303.232.8346
- International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education
The aim of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (IJEE) is to enhance (business and economics) entrepreneurship education worldwide through the publication of high quality refereed articles, case studies, teaching strategies and lectures on entrepreneurship, as well as theoretical and applied research on entrepreneurship education.
Senate Hall Academic Publishing Division specializes in the production of journals of lectures and customized textbooks for university business schools and economics departments worldwide.
Notable Feature(s): Forthcoming articles and selected abstracts for (Spring 2002) new journal in the field of entrepreneurship.
Senate Hall Academic Publishing
Journals Editorial Office
PO Box 8261
Telephone: 353 1 200 5066 Fax: 353 1 282 3701
- Leadership for a Changing World (LCW)
A program of the Ford Foundation in partnership with the Advocacy Institute and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, Leadership for a Changing World seeks to recognize, strengthen and support leaders, and to highlight the importance of leadership in improving peoples' lives. The program seeks to confirm that resourceful leaders are bringing about positive change in virtually every community. Through the inspiring stories of these leaders, our knowledge of how leadership of created and sustained will be deepened, and the variety of leadership that abounds in American communities will be demonstrated.
Notable Feature(s): Program profiles and contact information for first recipients of LCW awards; articles about leadership .
Leadership for a Changing World
1629 K St., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006-1629
Telephone: 202.777.7560 Fax: 202.777.7577
- Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
For 25 years, the Manhattan Institute (MI) has been an important force in shaping American political culture. It has supported and publicized research on the most challenging public policy issues: taxes, welfare, crime, the legal system, urban life, race, education, and many other topics. MI has won respect for market-oriented policies and helped make reform a reality. Combining intellectual seriousness and practical wisdom with intelligent marketing and focused advocacy, the Manhattan Institute has achieved a reputation for effectiveness far out of proportion to its resources.
Notable Feature(s): City Journal, described as the nation's premier urban-policy magazine, "the Bible of the new urbanism," as London's Daily Telegraph put it; the Manhattan Institute Award for Social Entrepreneurship, including documents detailing each year's winners and their programs.
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
52 Vanderbilt Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: 212.599.7000 Fax: 212.599.3494
- National Center for Nonprofit Boards (NCNB)
BoardSource, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, is the premier resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide. Through our highly acclaimed programs and services, BoardSource enables organizations to fulfill their missions by helping build strong and effective nonprofit boards.
1828 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5104
Telephone: 202.452.6262 Fax: 202.452.6299
- National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
120 Wall Street, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Telephone: 212-232-333 Fax: 212-232-2244
- Network for Good
Network for Good, an independent, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by the AOL Time Warner Foundation and AOL, Inc.; the Cisco Foundation and Cisco Systems, Inc.; and Yahoo! Inc., in partnership with over 20 nonprofit foundations and associations who share the desire to foster the informed use of the Internet for civic participation and philanthropy. The Website aggregates content and resources from these leaders, organizes them and makes them available in one comprehensive, easy-to-use destination, which also helps to expand the reach, effectiveness and pervasiveness of all of Network for Good's nonprofit partners.
Notable Feature(s): Excellent search engine to valuable resources on different aspects of social change and efforts to understand and better manage organizations involved in such change; online access to volunteer and philanthropic opportunities.
Network for Good
c/o The AOL Foundation
22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA 20166
Ode is an independent magazine about the people and ideas that are changing the world. Ode publishes "the stories that are different from the ones we are brainwashed to believe." (Arundhati Roy) Ode challenges readers and invites them to change. The editors realise that change starts with information and that people can only make a choice to change things for the better when they learn how it can be done. Similarly, they can only change their behavior when they understand the harmful effects of their actions. Ode teaches and inspires and helps to show how everyone can contribute to a more just and sustainable world.
Notable Feature(s): Many articles and features online; free newsletter.
Jay Walljasper, Executive Editor
Ode International Publishers
P.O. Box 2402
3000 CK Rotterdam
Telephone: + 31 (0) 10 4360995 Fax: + 31 (0) 10 4360871
- Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management
The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, founded in 1990, is named for and inspired by the acknowledged father of modern management. By providing educational opportunities and resources, the Foundation furthers its mission to lead social sector organizations toward excellence in performance. Since its founding, the Drucker Foundation's special expertise and role has been to serve as a broker of intellectual capital, bringing together the finest leaders, consultants, authors and social philosophers in the world with the leaders of social sector voluntary organizations.
Notable Feature(s): Nonprofit Innovation of the Week describes an especially innovative and successful program recognized by the Drucker Foundation; archives; Thought Leaders Forum; excellent links collection of resources; complete information of Frances Hesselbein Fellows Program that supports the professional development of social sector leaders who have a demonstrated record of leadership and entrepreneurial performance, and who are engaged in projects or programs that demonstrate community innovation.
The Peter F. Drucker Foundation
320 Park Avenue, 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10022
Telephone: 212.224.1174 Fax: 212.224.2508
- Pioneer Human Services (PHS)
Pioneer Human Services (PHS) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that improves the lives of its clients through employment and training, social services, and housing. Pioneer Human Services is recognized as an outstanding example of a private, nonprofit social enterprise organization that successfully integrates self-supporting businesses with an array of training, rehabilitative services and housing. Since 1962, PHS has offered a "Chance for Change" to a high risk population, including adults and juveniles who are former offenders and substance abusers.
Notable Feature(s): Program information, including enterprises, community corrections, and behavioral health services.
Larry M. Fehr, Senior Vice President
Pioneer Human Services
7440 W. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, Washington 98108
Telephone: (206) 768-1990 Fax: (206) 768-8910
- Purpose Prize
Each year, beginning in 2006, Civic Ventures will award The Purpose Prize: five $100,000 investments in exceptional individuals who are defying expectations by channeling their creativity and talent to address critical social problems at the local, regional, or national level. A larger group – "Sixty at Sixty+" – will be recognized through the program and honored at a national Experience Leadership Summit. The winners will be effective and action-oriented innovators who have launched this work after their 50th birthday. They may be working in nonprofits, government, or for-profit organizations devoted to tackling the hardest challenges of our time: homelessness, social justice and human rights, violence, poverty and hunger, health, education, and the environment, to name a few.
Notable Feature(s): Application and Nomination Form.
The Purpose Prize
c/o Civic Ventures
139 Townsend Street, Suite 505
San Francisco, CA 94107
Telephone: 415.430.0141 Fax: 415.430.0144
- Resource Centre for the Social Dimensions of Business Practice (RC)
Established in May 1999 by a consortium of nine UK-based organisations that between them have a wide range of leading edge experience in the social dimensions of business practice, as well as operational activities and networks throughout the world. the Resource Centre (RC) for the Social Dimensions of Business Practice is a one-stop shop that generates ideas as well as provides access to information, knowledge, contacts, tools and expertise. Its focus is on business activity in countries where poverty is a major issue. The Resource Centre is based in the London offices of, and managed by, The International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).
Notable Feature(s): Quarterly newsletter on-line full of valuable resources, links, events, and more; project descriptions of RC work around the world.
Information Officer, the Resource Centre
for the Social Dimensions of Business Practice
15-16 Cornwall Terrace
London NWI 4QP
Telephone: +44 207 467 3616 Fax: +44 207 467 3615
- Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America
The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America is an ongoing initiative of Professor Robert D. Putnam at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The project focuses on expanding what we know about our levels of trust and community engagement and on developing strategies and efforts to increase this engagement. A signature effort was the multi-year dialogue on how we can increasingly build bonds of civic trust among Americans and their communities. The Seminar strives to develop a handful of far-reaching, actionable ideas to significantly increase Americans' connectedness to one another and to community institutions.
In selecting this goal, the Saguaro Seminar is explicitly neither developing a civic engagement blueprint for the twenty-first century that specifies every action to be taken, nor producing a cookbook with thousands of potentially promising programs that may lead to civic engagement. The project seeks to publicize a few approaches, networks, organizations, or strategies that are working but need to be exploited more broadly both to build effective social trust and reciprocity in neighborhoods nationwide and to loosen America's hardened civic arteries. The central premise of social capital is that social networks have value. Social capital refers to the collective value of all "social networks" (who people know) and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other ("norms of reciprocity").
Notable Feature(s): Better Together stories of community initiative throughout the United States; social capital bibliography; the World Bank's related collection of social capital measurement tools and other resources; an Atlantic Monthly interview with Robert Putnam.
Thomas H. Sander, Executive Director
The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617.495.1148 Fax: 617.495.1589
- Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The foundation will offer annual prizes to promote social entrepreneurship. Building on the award, the foundation will also create a global network of social entrepreneurs starting with a Social Entrepreneurs' Summit in September 2001.
Pamela Hartigan, Managing Director
The Schwab Foundation
Route de la Capite 91-93
CH - 1223 Cologny, Geneva
Telephone: 41 22 869 1408 Fax: 41 22 786 2744
- SEEDS - Sri Lanka/Sarvodya Economic Enterprises Development Services
The origin of SEEDS lies in the 1950s Sarvodaya movement of Sri Lanka which empowered poor communities through a philosophy of sharing and mutual support. By the mid-1980s there was a feeling that the Sarvodaya societies should play a more active role in the economic lives of their members, and this in turn led to the birth of SEEDS in 1987. SEEDS' mission is to eradicate poverty by promoting economic empowerment for a sustainable livelihood.
SEEDS has a dual strategy for credit delivery through a national-level loan fund and through the development of society-level revolving funds. All societies also provide small, short-term consumption loans. For the provision of financial services, interested people form voluntary groups of five to seven; these in turn form societies of 100 members at the village level. Before financial services are provided, the groups and societies must pass through the Sarvodaya system which emphasizes community service. SEEDS has three programs:
- The Rural Enterprise Program (REP) which provides credit and savings facilities to the rural poor through 18 district offices, and over 2,100 societies with a membership drawn from over 5,000 villages;
- The Rural Enterprise Development Services Program (REDS) which provides business extension, agricultural advice, and commercial linkage services. The effectiveness of SEEDS' business development services has been instrumental in helping rural households diversify their economic activities into high value-added product groups including horticulture and tropical fish;
- The Management Training Institute (MTI) which provides training to field officers and society office bearers. Through a network of district-based trainers, MTI delivers credit awareness and accounts training directly to client members.
Notable Feature(s): Sarvodya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka.
Shakila Wijewardena, Managing Director
45 Rawatawatte Road
Telephone: (94) 1-75-558081 Fax: (94) 1-74-202393
- Social Action and Leadership School for Activists (SALSA)
The Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)in Washington, D.C., offers affordable classes on managament, communications, fundraising, direct action and career development to make individuals and organizations more effective. SALSA is:
- a skills training program that strengthens community activism and fosters engaged citizenship;
- a forum for discussion and development of progressive issues and agendas;
- a unique networking opportunity for social change activists.
Netfa Freeman, Director
The Institute for Policy Studies
733 Fifteenth St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: 202.234.9382 Fax: 202.387.7915
- Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE)
SEE is an organization of member groups whose purpose is to encourage and facilitate activism from both local and global perspectives. It is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing nonprofit status, start-up guidance, and other services (through what is called fiscal sponsorship) to member organizations and enterprises. In short, SEE frees up attention for the project work by taking over the third component and, thereby, improves a project's effectiveness. SEE is also an important network of social and environmental activists. Often, small efforts become isolated, with the work being done in relative obscurity. These groups benefit from the cross-pollination and mutual support that SEE provides. In a broader context, the SEE concept is a model to bridge the work of social justice and environmental projects. Each are components of an intimately intertwined global effort to improve the way humans relate to the living planet, to animals, to plants and habitat, and to each other.
Notable Feature(s): Directory of grassroots organizations; news; resources.
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
11948 W. Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Telephone: 310.737.9148 Fax: 310.737.9151
- Social Enterprise Alliance
The Social Enterprise Alliance is the only membership organization devoted exclusively to building sustainable nonprofits through earned income strategies. Our members are predominantly practitioners and grantmakers; the remainder are academics, technical consultants and for-profit businesses. Our practitioner members include both early stage entrepreneurs seeking the nuts and bolts knowledge to start and run a social purpose venture as well as established practitioners seeking an opportunity to exchange ideas with other pioneers of the field. The Social Enterprise Alliance links nonprofit executives who have operated in isolation with an ongoing forum for addressing the needs and concerns of the social entrepreneur.
Notable Feature(s): Resources on building sustainable nonprofits through earned income.
Beth Bubis, CEO/President
Social Enteprise Alliance
- Social Venture Network (SVN)
Founded in 1987 by some of the nation's most visionary leaders in socially responsible entrepreneurship and investment, Social Venture Network (SVN) is a nonprofit network committed to building a just and sustainable world through business. SVN promotes new models and leadership for socially and environmentally sustainable business in the 21st century. SVN champions this effort through initiatives, information services and forums that strengthen community and empower members to work together on behalf of their shared vision.
Notable Feature(s): SVN members' initiatives include the Social Venture Institute (SVI) , which, since 1996, has offered the leaders of socially responsible businesses and innovative nonprofits a forum in which to air their business problems and receive expert advice and mentoring by leading members of Social Venture Network. Founded by Gary Hirshberg, President and CEO of Stonyfield Farm, SVI was designed to provide an interactive and affordable way for socially conscious business ventures to explore ways to succeed.
Social Venture Network
P.O. Box 29221
San Francisco, CA 94129-0221
Telephone: 415.561.6501 Fax: 415.561.6435
Sohodojo is a nonprofit, independent, applied research and development laboratory supporting entrepreneurial free agents and de-jobbed small businesses – the building blocks of Small is Good Microenterprise Networks. Its domain of social action is helping solo entrepreneurs and working families in rural and distressed urban communities seeking sustainable participation in the so-called Network Economy.
The organization serves its constituents through the development of business models and associated Open Source software technologies consistent with Small is Good organizing principles. Sohodojo's most elementary constituency is the nanocorp, that is, the solo entrepreneurial free agent or entrepreneurial "working family."
Notable Feature(s): Newsletter archives and subscription service; links and numerous other articles of interest.
Jim Salmons and Timlynn Babitsky
P.O. Box 902
Havre, MT 59501
- Solutions Site
The HORIZON Solutions Site presents peer-reviewed answers to problems in environment, health, population, and development. People profit not only from the knowledge presented in the case studies that provide guidance for replication of the successful initiatives, but also from reading about the inspiration, courage, and dedication which brought these solutions into being. Submissions for possible inclusion are invited.
The site is a collaborative effort of HORIZON with several United Nations entities, UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, Unicef, the International Development Research Centre, Yale University, and HORIZON's colleagues at Harvard University.
Janine M. H. Selendy, Chairman and President
Yale University, Department of Biology
P.O. Box 208103
New Haven, CT 06520-8103
Telephone: 203.432.6266 Fax: 203.432.6161
- Synergos Institute - Global Philanthropy Program
Global Philanthropy is Synergos' program and Web site whose goal is to strengthen the role of organized philanthropy and foundations in social development. Synergos is an independent nonprofit institute that brings diverse sectors of society together to find new, more effective ways to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
Notable Feature(s): The Foundation Building Sourcebook: A Practitioners Guide Based upon Experience from Africa, Asia and Latin America presents diverse approaches and questions that grantmaking foundations around the world face. The Sourcebook contains first-hand material from some twenty-five grantmaking foundations, and it is a powerful tool for anyone interested in strengthening foundations. Ordering information for the Foundation Building Sourcebook, including online chapters on mobilizing resources, communications and outreach, best practices, training and civil society resources.
The Synergos Institute
9 East 69th Street
New York, New York 10021
Telephone: 212) 517-4900 Fax: (212) 517-4815
- The Grameen Bank Story
This site includes a biography of Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank. The Grameen newsletter Dialogue provides an excellent gateway to all the initiatives of the Grameen Trust and Bank of Bangladesh that has influenced the spread of microenterprise around the world.
Notable Feature(s): Grameen publications; news reports from many countries; technical reports; links; archives.
Grameen Foundation USA
1709 New York Ave., NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 628-3560 Fax: (202) 628-3880
- The Meaning of "Social Entrepreneurship" - by J. Gregory Dees
This is the (2001) revised and reformatted article originally published in 1998.
Professor J. Gregory Dees
The Fuqua School of Business
Durham, NC 27708-0120
Telephone: 919.660.7700 Fax: 919.684.2818
- The Pew Charitable Trusts
Notable Feature(s): Excellent set of publications, research and reports; descriptions of grantees' programs and innovative practices; Trust magazine; grant guidelines.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
2005 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077
- The School for Social Entrepreneurship
The School for Social Entrepreneurs
Institute of Community Studies
18 Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green
London E2 9PF
Telephone: + 020 8980 6263 Fax: + 020 8981 6719
- The State of Entrepreneurship Education in the United States: A Nationwide Survey and Analysis - by George T. Solomon, Susan Duffy and Ayman Tarabishy
- Three Guineas Fund
When Catherine Muther left her position as Senior Marketing Officer at Cisco Systems in 1994, she made a commitment to social equity and the civic sector. Muther decided to "bring what I learned from building new companies in new industries to creating an entrepreneurial foundation focused on change."
Notable Feature(s): Links to exceptional work of others in the field; Three Guineas Fund grantees' project profiles; news on corporate initiatives in philanthropy, social enterprise, entrepreneurship and change.
Three Guineas Fund
1207 Indiana Street, Suite #1
San Francisco, CA 94107
- Unleashing New Resources and Entrepreneurship for the Common Good - Thomas K. Reis / Stephanie J. Clohesy
This valuable report from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation focuses on a recent scan and synthesis of needs and opportunities emerging from a bubbling up of new resources and innovation devoted to social and economic development. The wellspring for this is an entrepreneurial focus on the common good, creating new partnerships among the commercial, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Social entrepreneurship is driven by two strong forces. First, the nature of the desired social change often benefits from an innovative, entrepreneurial or enterprise-based solution. Second, the sustainability of the organization and its services requires diversification of its funding streams, often including the creation of earned income streams or a partnership with a for-profit.
Notable Feature(s): Kellogg Foundation resources and background materials on its programming interests in leadership, health, youth and education, food systems and rural development, philanthropy and volunteerism, and social and economic community development; archives of International Journal featuring case studies and models of successful and sustainable development work around the world.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
One Michigan Avenue East
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-4058
- Using Business Skills in the Service of Social Entrepreneurship
The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures is a major initiative at the Yale School of Management focusing on social entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector. The Partnership was created to respond to a growing interest in income generation among nonprofit organizations. Many of these organizations seek to supplement their philanthropic activity with business income, but need assistance to do so. With major funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Partnership educates nonprofits about nonprofit enterprise, serves as a mechanism for capitalizing promising profit-making ventures with financial support, and provides intellectual capital to build the practice of social entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector at-large. It provides educational and financial support for nonprofit enterprise. The Partnership offers business planning assistance, cash awards, and access to the investment community through its National Business Plan Competition for Nonprofit Organizations. Information and guidance on launching nonprofit ventures are available through an online resource center. Nonprofit organizations receive networking and training opportunities at the Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony.
Notable Feature(s): Details about the national business plan competition for nonprofit organizations; Resource Center.
Yale School of Management - The Goldman Sachs Foundation
Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures
560 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Telephone: 201.894.8950 Fax: 201.894.8610
Utopies was created in 1993 by Catherine Gougnaud and Elisabeth Laville, in order to promote social responsibility and help companies become more socially responsible in their everyday business.
Notable Feature(s): Available only by subscription, a 20-page quarterly newsletter about corporate social responsibility, "La Lettre d'Utopies." It presents (in French) case-studies of socially committed companies, whose identity, mission, culture and everyday practices reveal an alternative vision of their activity and its impact on the community; French and English versions of site.
109 boulevard Beaumarchais
Telephone: 33 1 40 29 43 00 Fax: 33 1 40 29 43 05
- Venture Philanthropy Partners
An extraordinary opportunity exists to work in new and different ways to meet society's most vexing and longstanding social problems. The changing role and expectations of government, the explosive growth of the new economy, the deepening divide between the wealthiest and the poorest, and the slow but inexorable maturation of the nonprofit sector towards a built-to-last ambition have all combined to bring philanthropy to this new place.
In response to this opportunity and based on extensive research, the Morino Institute created Venture Philanthropy Partners, Inc. in partnership with Community Wealth Ventures, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and with a group of New Economy business leaders led by Raul Fernandez, Mario Morino and Mark Warner. Its purpose is to demonstrate venture philanthropy as a new approach to bringing resources to the nonprofit sector.
Notable Feature(s): Investment selection will focus on children's learning; online text of the research report Venture Philanthropy 2001: The Changing Landscape; a series of articles on venture philanthropy, its expectations, promise, and strategies; other relevant readings.
Venture Philanthropy Partners
11600 Sunrise Vally Dr. Ste. 300
Reston, Virginia 20191
- WorkingAbroad/VWIS (Voluntary Work Information Service)
WorkingAbroad - VWIS (Voluntary Work Information Service) is an international networking service for volunteers, workers and travellers on volunteer projects in over 150 countries worldwide. Projects can be short term, long term, paid, unpaid, skilled, unskilled - it all depends on an individual's needs, qualifications and personal interests. VWIS provides a personalised service - by which one can select a particular field of work (environmental, farming, archaeological, cultural or social, teaching, or health care), individual countries, and time periods.
2nd Floor Office Suite
59 Lansdowne Place
Hove BN3 1FL, East Sussex
Telephone: 44 1273 711 406 Fax: 44 1273 711 406
- Youth Enterprise and Small Business Establishers (YESBE)
YESBE's mission is to mobilize, connect, develop, and support young people in communities to achieve self-reliance and deliver environmental and social solutions for a sustainable Australia. Over an 18-month period focused on Brisbane, the project will pilot procedures, process and structures for youth enterprise creation and youth empowerment, initiate relationships and partnerships, and develop case success stories towards the creation of a national youth-led and owned self-sustaining social enterprise. The emergent social enterprise will, through local community nodes, enable and catalyse young people to create sustainable futures for themselves and their communities. The current YESBE design is the product of synergising the experience, learning, and values of an outstanding coalition of Brisbane community, business and ex-government leaders.
The youth project is part of the broader initiative of the Social Entrepreneurs Network (SEN) that links social entrepreneurs in Australia and New Zealand and enables them to participate in the international social entrepreneurship movement. SEN is developing relationships with like-minded networks around the world, including a founding partnership with the Community Action Network in the UK.
Notable Feature(s): SEN project descriptions of work with families, housing, youth, the environment, and health care.
- Youth Venture
Youth Venture's mission is to mobilize young people to develop their own opportunities for leadership through the creation and operation of organizations that meet their needs. These organizations fall into three categories: community service organizations, such as student-run tutoring, teen hotlines, or park cleanups; small business ventures, such as a coloring book company or local landscaping operation; or after-school clubs, such as athletic, dance, music or computer clubs. What turns these diverse activities into Youth Ventures is that the young people themselves come up with the ideas and control the initiatives.
Notable Feature(s): The Youth Venture Launch Pad allows one to communicate with other venturers, Youth Venture staff, and other interested supporters to help get a venture started. Use the launch pad to post an idea and ask for help, to find ideas for new ventures, or to offer help to other venturers; profiles of successful projects started by young people.
1700 North Moore Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: 703.527.8300 Fax: 703.527.8383
- Youth Venture's Quick-Start Guide for Young Entrepreneurs
This guide from Youth Venture is designed to help one launch a successful new venture in improving social conditions. It starts by presenting all the important issues involved in starting and growing an organization. It then profiles young people who are already changing their communities by initiating and leading their own enterprises.
Ellen S. Miller, President & CEO
Leigh Seligman, Deputy Director
1700 N. Moore Street, Suite 2000
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: 703.527.4126 Fax: 703.527.8383
Around the world youth are working to preserve the natural environment, fighting for human rights, leading movements to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, and raising their voices for democracy. Locally and globally, young people are galvanizing positive change on a wide range of important issues. YouthActionNet seeks to connect, inspire and nurture present and future young leaders. The aim is to provide a virtual space where young people can share lessons, stories, information and advice on how to lead effective change. It is a space where youth can get up-to-date information, resources and tools to strengthen their work.
The International Youth Foundation (IYF) developed YouthActionNet in consultation with a task force of eight young leaders from Australia, Germany, Kosovo, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Uganda, and the United States.
Sponsored by the Nokia Corporation, YouthActionNet is part of the global Make a Connection program that promotes positive youth development by giving young people an opportunity to "make a connection" to their communities, to their peers, and to themselves. YouthActionNet offers awards of $500 to young people from around the world who are making a positive impact in their communities. To apply, visit the minigrants information pages. Nokia and IYF have developed a global, as well as a country-by-country, program that improves young people's educational opportunities and helps them to make a positive contribution to their societies. In 2000, country programs were launched in Brazil, China, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
Notable Feature(s): Youth Profiles of young leaders working around the world for positive change; Library.
Ashok Regmi, Program Coordinator
International Youth Foundation
32 South Street, Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21202
Telephone: 410.951.1500 Fax: 410.347.1188