Social Enterprise- Is it for your organization?

A global economic crisis. Rising social challenges. Increased concerns about the environment. As a result we are seeing many people and organizations turn to social enterprise or social entrepreneurship as a means to address these issues. What is social enterprise? According to the Social Enterprise Alliance, a social enterprise is an organization or venture that achieves its primary social or environmental mission using business methods. Many nonprofits are seeing social enterprise as a way to fulfill mission while decreasing their dependency on grants and charitable donations. So is social enterprise right for you or your organization? There are several resources available that provide more information and help you weigh the pros and cons.

Social Enterprise Alliance provides resources for nonprofit, for profit or hybrid corporate organizations.
http://www.se-alliance.org/index.cfm

Social Edge is a cooperative site for social entrepreneurs.
www.socialedge.org

The Free Management Library published an article about social enterprise discussing different models and structures.
http://www.managementhelp.org/soc_entr/soc_entr.htm

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