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Social Entrepreneurship/Nonprofit Enterprise

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public: A global not-for-profit organization that finds and supports outstanding individuals with ideas for far-reaching social change.

Community Wealth Ventures: An online home for leading nonprofits and businesses creating community wealth – resources generated through profitable enterprise to promote social change.

CompassPoint include*//*s some outstanding resources including G.E.N.I.E.. G.E.N.I.E. has /a section with answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on the subject of  Social Entrepreneurism.

Corporate Alternatives Inc. Business Development Resources: Peter Brinckerhoff provides basic and sophisticated free tools for not-for-profits who are considering starting a new business, expanding an existing service, or even buying a business.

Employee Ownership Concepts in Nonprofits and Government - This book published by the National Center for Employee Ownership offers interesting insights into how the concept of employee ownership can apply to the public and nonprofit sector.

entreWorld - This web site is supported by the Kaufman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and is geared towards the for-profit world but contains many resources that would be of interest to any entrepreneurial organization. EntreWorld is designed to increase your productivity by getting you essential information as quickly and easily as possible. Recognized by USA Today, Forbes, Inc. and Fast Company as a premier online resource for small business owners, the EntreWorld search engine delivers the best and most useful information, guidance and contacts for you, the entrepreneur.

Global Social Venture Competition - A partnership of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia Business School, London Business School and The Goldman Sachs Foundation, is a global business plan competition that promotes the creation of social ventures. Each year, entrant teams from around the world compete for over $45,000 in cash and travel prizes.  Prizes are awarded to the plan that achieves the best blended value (high economic and social returns). 

The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs - The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs provides education and training for social entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad and draws upon a virtual community of social entrepreneurs and others to collaborate on specific projects. The founder and executive director, Jerr Boschee, is a faculty member of the Learning Institute.

Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership - The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in 1992 to: stimulate entrepreneurial leadership in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors; search, identify, teach and disseminate the critical skills and values that enable entrepreneurs to succeed; and to introduce young people to the excitement and opportunity of entrepreneurship; and encourage others to support entrepreneurship.

National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise -  Helps nonprofit organizations make wise economic decisions to efficiently and effectively pursue their social missions.

Nonprofit Solutions Inc. - This organization is directed by Jim Thalhuber who used to direct the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs.

The Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures - 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.

Roberts Enterprise Development Fund - A philanthropic venture of the Roberts Foundation. The REDF portfolio consists of eight nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area currently operating 25 enterprises providing transitional and permanent employment to very low income and formerly homeless individuals. The goal of the Fund is to assist these groups in achieving both increased scale and full sustainability in the marketplace. Check out the "other resources" section for social entrepreneurship.

Social Enterprise Alliance - A membership organization devoted exclusively to building sustainable nonprofits through earned income strategies. If you are looking for examples of social enterprises, check out their "directory of social enterprises".

The Yale School of Management - The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures - 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. As its signature event, The Partnership runs the National Business Plan Competition for Nonprofit Organizations. The Partnership maintains a comprehensive online Resource Center with current research, articles, and discussion boards on the subject of nonprofit enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

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