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Here’s how faith leaders can help rebuild a better post-pandemic world

COVID-19 has highlighted the interdependence of all people and the natural world. The pandemic's disruption presents an opportunity to rebuild a world in which markets work for the whole of society. The COVID-19 Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs will help faith-based organizations and social entrepreneurs enact radical change and rebuild a better future. In recent

Why social entrepreneurs are critical to our response to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

Social entrepreneurs solve market and government failures by serving excluded and vulnerable populations, which are most at risk to impacts of COVID-19. Decades of work in the impact sector are at stake during the economic crisis. A new alliance of 40 organizations aims to coordinate response to support social entrepreneurs. The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Increase Their Investment Impact

Both impact investingSocial Entrepreneurs and traditional philanthropy are on the rise after the decade-long economic boom following the Great Recession. But when does an impact investment make a bigger difference than a grant? The question is far more complicated than simply evaluating whether an impact investment can be profitable while doing good, suggests new research from

Why the right investment terms are essential for healthy social ventures

Social entrepreneurs and investors often need alternative investment structures to match their needs, but it's not always easy to understand the options available. Toniic's John Berger digs into revenue-based financing, steward ownership and blended finance as potential solutions – and explains how the Impact Terms Project, a free library of innovative deal structures, can help. Imagine a young

Social enterprises help out with coronavirus across Asia

Handing out soap to street cleaners in Hong Kong might sound like piecemeal work in the battle against coronavirus. But with schools and offices shut in the Chinese-ruled city and across Asia, social enterprises — businesses that seek to do good while making a profit — are rushing to tackle problems from a shortage of face

Righting the power imbalance between funders and NGOs

There is a dramatic imbalance of power and lack of real dialogue between funders and social entrepreneurs. Funders’ exertion of power manifests in compromises, ethical knots and budgetary jeopardy. Some funders are showing a willingness to grapple with the power dynamic. In September, five major US foundations pledged to do more to help grantees cover

37 Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020

This will mark the 7th edition of our Social Entrepreneurs to watch for list. If you want to check out the previous years of social entrepreneurs you can see them here. 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 Over the past six years I have had the great pleasure of speaking with over 500 social entrepreneurs around the world while running Causeartist. It

This is what is still holding social entrepreneurs back

In an increasingly polarised world, obtaining 100% agreement for anything seems impossible. Yet, in our survey of leading social entrepreneurs across the world, 100% of respondents agreed on one point. Every social entrepreneur said they would do it all over again, despite: • 75% reporting use of personal funds to support their social enterprise •

Social Entrepreneurs, Create A Startup Then Do Good Like These Four Companies.

For years, it seemed that people who wanted to do good in the world thought they needed to create a non-profit. Now we are seeing a change as for-profit businesses tackle what were traditionally non-profit goals. Social entrepreneurship is the growing realm of mission driven business enterprises that view financial success as a way to

Social enterprises need a business brain

The idea of running a business that has a strong social mission, is launched from a solid ethical platform, and proudly commits to reinvest profits for the greater good is an attractive proposition. But is it a model for a sustainable business? You can’t actually add social value if you don’t have a sustainable business

Cool but confused: Social entrepreneurs find it harder to explain their work

As businesses with a mission to do good become increasingly trendy, social entrepreneurs said they were finding it harder than ever to tackle one of their major problems - explaining what they do. For years social entrepreneurs trying to solve a wide range of issues from affordable healthcare to homelessness have faced the same question:

Social Entrepreneurs are Changing the Business Model

The most common form of not-for-profit is the social enterprise. The model has been around for decades and has been a common reference for charities, but it’s a misnomer. A social enterprise has never been part of the charity system. It’s a real business with its primary goal of using surpluses of the operation to

From purpose to personal, social entrepreneurs struggle to strike a balance

From tackling pollution to improving access to healthcare, social entrepreneurs try to use businesses to help solve some of the world’s greatest problems but many agree the magnitude of doing so with limited means can take a personal toll. At the Skoll World Forum, Britain’s leading conference on social entrepreneurship, about 1,200 leaders from social

How social entrepreneurs made an impact at Davos 2019

Over 3,000 leaders, including more than 50 heads of state, last month descended on the mountain town of Davos for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2019, under the theme Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Among them were a delegation of 20 pioneering Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs, coming

Endgame Strategy Recognizes That What Got Us Here Won’t Get Us To Our Goal

Social entrepreneurs can learn from the global effort to fight polio. In the first decade of this century, efforts to vanquish the disease once and for all stalled. With an injection of capital and insight from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative or GPEI launched an “end game strategy” near the

To Build A Sustainable Future, Impact Investing Needs To Be Brought Into The Forefront

Impact investing is a term that is being thrown around globally, as a notion that one needs to become responsible through all waves of life. For many years, however, the idea of being philanthropic and the world of investments were seen as two separate disciplines. As noted by Rockefeller Foundation, “one champions social change, the other

Nurturing the next generation of social entrepreneurs

It is not easy to start a social enterprise. In addition to keeping the enterprise afloat financially, the entrepreneurs have to find buyers who are aligned with their vision. To help nurture the next generation of social entrepreneurs, Alliance Bank has organised the Eco-Biz Dream Project for university students. The programme, which is now in

Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned Out

Can entrepreneurs help address the society’s biggest challenges — without burning out? These are pressing questions. According to Deloitte, private businesses are increasingly expected to help solve the most challenging social problems of our times — health, poverty, and the promotion of sustainable development — in the absence of, or in conjunction with, government action. And

How Do We Create A More Diverse Community Of Social Entrepreneurs

Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social purpose that reinvest or donate over half their profits to further this social or environmental mission. They are an increasingly important part of the U.K. economy contributing £60 billion ($77 billion) and employing 2 million people. Estimates are there are 100,000 in the U.K.. SEUK’s State of Social Enterprise

Social vs. Traditional Enterprise Is A False Dichotomy

A couple of weeks ago, former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas published Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Giridharadas deconstructs the role of the rich and powerful in modern society, and scrutinizes the activities of high-profile philanthropists. The book has the potential to radically change how we as a society think about social