The Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange (The Exchange)—a project of interSector Partners, L3C and JVoyles Nonprofit Consulting—is pleased to share that all eight organizations participating in first Social Enterprise Cohort will graduate with businesses well into development. Participating organizations include: Care and Share Food Bank, Children’s Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Youth for a Change, Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, Girls Inc., Plains Conservation Center, The Gathering Place and Youth on Record (formerly flobots.org).
The businesses being launched are as diverse as the nonprofits themselves and include:
Ø Luxury camping designed to connect people to the beauty and importance of the Colorado Plains
Ø Children’s party business where kids and their friends learn the ins and outs of recording from area musicians and disadvantaged youth working for the business
Ø High-end reproductions of original art created by women who are homeless and marketed as corporate greeting cards for businesses wishing to demonstrate their community responsibility
Ø Trauma-informed training curriculum for teachers, schools, law enforcement and others working with children who have experienced abuse and neglect
“We could not be more proud and excited by the businesses created by the nonprofits in our first cohort,” says program co-founder Rick Zwetsch. “These are our innovators, our risk-takers, our community nonprofits that believe there are better ways to build a sustainable nonprofit while creating jobs for low-income members of our communities. They dedicated an incredible amount of time to developing their new social enterprises, and we’re eager to help them show off their progress at graduation.”
Joining the nonprofits at graduation will be funders and partners of The Exchange including the Third Generation of the Hunt Alternatives Fund, Rose Community Foundation, The Denver Foundation, The Bright Mountain Foundation, Longmont Community Foundation, Vectra Bank Colorado and Syntrinsic Investment Counsel. Area impact investors, community enterprise funders, foundations and nonprofit leaders will also be on hand to hear the pitches and consider investing in the new social enterprises.
For a schedule of graduation presentations, photos and/or to interview Exchange participants, funders or founders during the April 9th graduation, please contact Caryn Capriccioso at 303.596.7112. To learn more about The Exchange, its funding, participating nonprofits or partners, visit http://www.interSectorL3C.com/