Featured Resource

Title: Knowledge Card: Networks

Networks are often formed between social enterprises which have something in common, whether they are from the same region, all start-ups, or more established enterprises looking to scale-up, or a network of advisors to social enterprises.

This resource explores how such networks are developed and provides links to existing social enterprise networks.

This month's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

 

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Archived Resources

Impact Investing: A Framework for Policy Design and Analysis, represents a framework for thinking about the role government policy can play in creating an enabling environment for impact investing. This report answers the question, "How can policy policymakers, investors, and civil society better develop and analyze impact investing policies?" This report presents three tools in order to lay the groundwork for future research: a model for locating the role of government in impact investing markets; a set of criteria that offer a practical starting point for the design and evaluation of policy; and sixteen case studies that provide detailed insight into a range of policies around the world.

Title: Impact Investing: A Framework for Policy Design and Analysis

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This month's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

One of the biggest challenges facing nonprofits today is their dearth of strong leaders – a problem that’s only going to get worse as the sector expands and baby boom executives retire. Over the next decade nonprofits will need to find some 640,000 new executives, nearly two and a half times the number currently employed. To meet the growing demand for talent, the author offers creative ways of finding and recruiting new leaders from a wide range of groups, including business, the military, and the growing pool of retirees.

Title: The Leadership Defecit

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This month's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

 

 

A round up of all the best advice on capital provided by an expert panel.

Title: Best Bits - Raising Capital

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This month's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

A “sales funnel” is a tool to help break down the process of moving people from complete ignorance of your existence to complete customer satisfaction. Initially it serves as a guide for the steps needed to move people along the sales process. It also is used in the contact management function to track actual leads and prospects through the process to make sure business is not falling through the cracks.

Use this as a guide to think through the creation of a sales funnel for your own social enterprise's product and/or service.

Title: Creating Your Sales Funnel

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This month's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

The idea for this guidebook arose from the various planning sessions that took place prior to the implementation of Global Knowledge Partnership’s program – Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI). The authors, who are also founders of the program, saw the need for a guidebook that could serve as an aid for young and emerging social entrepreneurs who wanted to start innovative and sustainable ventures.

Title: Startup and Change the World: Guide for Young Social Entrepreneurs

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This month's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

The Social Enterprise Builder is a step-by-step guide on how to build a social enterprise. This guide is written for anyone wishing to understand more about social enterprise and how to start one. The Builder is an online, interactive tool that guides you through a rigorous business planning process, which underpins the future success of a social enterprise.

This resource requires registration to access, which provides you with a personal roadmap that shows you the sections and activities you have started and completed.

Title: The Builder: Social Enterprise Business Planning Tool by Social Traders

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February's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

This article builds on the literature to define social entrepreneurship, discusses the boundaries of socially-oriented entrepreneurial activities, and positions the social entrepreneur in the spectrum of entrepreneurship.

Title: Social Entrepreneurship: Definition and Boundaries

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January's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

Five years of promotion and support of social entrepreneurship in Russia – what are the lessons learned? Natalia Zvereva, the Director of the regional social programs fund Our Future tells about the first steps of social entrepreneurship development in this country.

Title: Social Entrepreneurship in Russia: Our Future Or Already Our Present?

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December's resource comes from our Knowledge Center.

Lots of people are asking about social enterprise. Social Enterprise UK produced this guide for people who are just getting interested in social enterprise. It’s aimed at getting all the right information in one place for anyone who might want to start, buy from, invest in, commission from, or support social enterprises.

The guide offers a definition and outlines opportunities for social enterprise, provides examples of social enterprises operating in the UK, and offers next steps for anyone interested in learning more about social enterprise.

Title: Social Enterprise Explained: For beginners, wonderers and people with ideas, big and small

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November's resource comes from our  Knowledge Center, and from our friends in the UK!

A plethora of investments is emerging across multiple asset classes that provide investors with market-rate investments, or for more altruistic investors, substantial social impact, while still generating positive financial returns. The old binary system - the widely-held belief that for-profit investment could only maximize financial return while social purpose could only be pursued through charity - is breaking down.

Title: Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes

Stage 7: HEFCE / UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Awards Toolkit

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October's resource comes from our Knowledge Center!

The final stage in the HEFCE / UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Awards Toolkit looks at implications of long term growth and replication, including:

  • Extending and replicating your social model
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
  • Replication and growth strategies
  • Managing the organisational challenges of replication
  • Marketing during growth and replication
  • Legal structuring considerations when seeking external investment
  • Valuation and investor dialogue
  • Funding for long term growth

Title: Long Term Growth and Replication

Stage 7: HEFCE / UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Awards Toolkit

 

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September's resource comes from our Knowledge Center!

With the best of intentions, many funders and other commentators encourage nonprofits to merge, arguing that their integration will help reduce duplication of services, difficulties going to scale, and competition for scarce funding. All too often, however, no one is prepared for the costs and challenges of merging – in part because they do not have enough information about it.

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August's resource comes from SSIR and our Knowledge Center!

In this article Greg Dees argues from both a practical and theoretical perspective for an innovation-based, rather than nonprofit income generation-focused, definition of social entrepreneurship.

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July's resource comes from our Knowledge Center!

 

"Social Enterprises can borrow the best techniques from the corporate world to create loyalty and build relationships with customers. . . Knowing who your best customers are and how to get your message in front of them is the key to being heard. Balancing the "mission" values of your product or service with the "business" benefits your audience needs to hear is the key to building sustainable relationships."

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June's resource comes to us from our friends at Enterprising Non Profits in Canada! 

Create a meaningful business plan to identify your goals, document your direction, and engage your stakeholders.

This outline was adapted from the Non Profit Assistance Fund, a U.S. technical assistance provider. It is particularly helpful for mission oriented businesses and non-profits.

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May's resource comes to us by way of our friends at Social Enterprise Associates
Finding new sources of capital can be difficult in a down economy, but there is an avenue which may offer an additional option for your business, initiative or non-profit cause. Crowd funding is an online sales platform used to raise money from numerous people in small amounts. Business, individuals or non-profit organizations can establish a campaign with their story and a target amount for funds raised. 
 
 
April's resource comes to us by way of our friends at Social Enterprise Associates
Many entrepreneurs - social, triple bottom line or otherwise - do not avail themselves of all potential capital sources when seeking funding to grow or scale, limiting prospects to cash flow their initiatives. This paper explores a range of options for funding: external in the marketplace, internal within an organization, new ideas and classics not to overlook.
 
 
March's resource comes to us by way of our friends at Social Enterprise Associates
Good financial monitoring systems support successful financial management. This involves getting the information that can provide you with the most insight into your operations and financial position. In other words, getting the right "financial intelligence."

This guide introduces some of the financial management fundamentals that you will need to successfully measure financial performance and grow your social enterprise.

Click here to download from seToolbelt.org.

 

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