Social Entrepreneurs and The Social Return on Investment (SROI) Model – The Movement

Social Entrepreneur is a relatively new term that helps to define individuals and groups who are innovating solutions to poverty, hunger, homelessness, education and so much more. They are the founders of Method who create products that are better for the environment, the philanthropists establishing nonprofit corporations or foundations, and investors who provide microfinance loans…

Measuring CSR Success

Measuring CSR Success

Measuring Corporate Social Responsibility Success Can you imagine your quarterly company meeting where you report on your social impact before you report on your financial results? What if you gave awards to employees who were standout corporate citizens, who managed to excel in their job while excelling at volunteerism or raising money for their cause…

Social Enterprise: The Convergence of Mission Driven & For Profit Business By Betsy Densmore

Academies for Social Entrepreneurship (ASE) defines a social enterprise as a venture that combines the best features of mission-oriented nonprofit organizations and sustainably-driven for-profit businesses to solve complex social problems.  From the non-profit sector, these features include a clear and well-defined mission, programs that improve the quality of human life and the environment, an engaged…

Grant Making Due Diligence – Improving Your Social Impact

Due Diligence is a critical function of grantmaking organizations, yet too often funders seek to know everything. With appropriate due diligence, a grantmaker ensures their funding choices align with their mission. Without it, grantmakers overburden charities and selection committees during the proposal process. While due diligence doesn’t prevent failure, it will improve confidence that the…