Social Enterprise Examples

The following organizations are all members of SEA. They come from across the country, and serve a wide variety of communities. Some are national organizations whose names you will recognize; others are smaller, local ventures. They are all successful social enterprises. 


PARC is proud to provide over 40 services to over 700 children and adults with developmental disabilities. While we are just called PARC, it stands for Providing Advocacy and Recognizing Capabilities!

The purpose of Social Enterprise within PARC is the shaping and marketing of existing programs as well as the exploration of new endeavors that are not only consistent with the agency’s charitable mission and vision, but that can also enhance agency revenues therefore reducing dependence on traditional sources of funding.

Located in St. Petersburg, FL.


Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

Housing Works pioneered the concept of social enterprise–businesses whose profits fund the mission of a parent not-for-profit organization. This self-sustaining model provides employment opportunities to the community in addition to fundraising. Our acclaimed Housing Works Thrift Shops, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and The Works Catering account for approximately 25% of our $43 million annual operating budget.

Located in Brooklyn, NY.


Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Offering a hand up, rather than a hand out, Chrysalis empowers its clients to complete a self-directed job search. For individuals with the greatest barriers to employment, Chrysalis provides transitional jobs through its social enterprise business–Chrysalis Enterprises. Housing two specialized divisions, Chrysalis Works, a professional street-maintenance and cleaning service, and Chrysalis Staffing, a full-service staffing agency, Chrysalis Enterprises offers its workers valuable work experience and the skills needed to re-enter the job market.

Located in Los Angeles, CA.


Network for Good is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers nonprofits and corporate partners to unleash generosity and advance good causes through its SaaS platform for digital donations. Network for Good helps nonprofits raise funds for their missions through simple, affordable and effective online fundraising services and offers free training through our online learning center (www.Fundraising123.org), interactive online community (www.TheNetworkforGood.org) and webinar series (www.Nonprofit911.org). We also work with companies to help refine a cause strategy perfectly suited to business and philanthropic goals and implement effective cause initiatives powered by our proven donation platform. Network for Good has processed more than $650 million in donations for more than 83,000 nonprofits since our 2001 founding by AOL, Cisco and Yahoo!

Located in Bethesda, MD.


The mission of Rebuild Resources is to help addicts and alcoholics be sober, self-sufficient and of service by providing meaningful, transitional employment in business enterprises we own and operate. These enterprises provide a safe, sober, secure, supportive, but non-enabling environment for recovery, and serve as the economic engines which sustain our work.

Rebuild Resources carries out its mission by directly employing recovering addicts and alcoholics in two business enterprises located in St. Paul, MN. They also receive transition-to-work training and job search coaching within a sober work environment. Rebuild Resources aims to fund eighty percent of the budget from a Contract Manufacturing business and a Custom Apparel and Promotions enterprise, and the remainder from community support.

Located in St. Paul, MN
 


TROSA, the largest residential therapeutic community in North Carolina, provides comprehensive services for more than 300 people at any give time, over 50% of whom are serving probation and many more with past criminal records. Last year, this nonprofit organization generated revenue of $11 million from its six affirmative businesses (including $3.7 million from its independent moving company alone) plus philanthropy. Revenue from the social enterprises covers approximately 60% of TROSA's operational costs. TROSA's program successfully returns recovering substance abusers to mainstream society while employing an entrepreneurial model.

Located in Durham, NC.



The Women's Bean Project is a non-profit business dedicated to helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. Our goal is to provide each program participant with a safe, accepting work environment where she can learn to identify and build upon her talents while building the skills necessary to get and keep mainstream employment. We do this by providing employment training in our gourmet food production business.

Located in Denver, CO.



We're a company of diverse businesses committed to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and others who have barriers to employment.

We hold the view that work is inherently dignified and fulfilling, and that individuals with barriers to employment deserve the opportunity to work and to achieve their fullest potential. We are committed to providing training, work and supportive services for those with obstacles to employment, and to providing counseling and clinical services for those seeking to improve the overall quality of their lives.

Together, HTC and its customers — whether they’re businesses or individuals — share in a mutual success that makes a difference.

Located in Utica, NY



Founded in 1991, The Cara Program is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive training, quality job placement and critical support services to individuals who are homeless and/ or struggling with poverty.

In 2005, The Cara Program created Cleanslate, a neighborhood beautification business that provides 250 transitional jobs per year to individuals with significant obstacles to employment, including recent incarceration. Cleanslate generates $2.0 mil. in annual revenue by providing litter abatement, snow removal and light landscaping services for businesses and public entities.
 

AspenPointe is an Innovative company that solves social problems through behavioral healthcare, telephonic healthcare and Social Enterprise.  By using business strategies to achieve change, we are building healthy communities for Colorado. Since 1875 we have served the Colorado Springs region to pursue our mission of Empowering Clients, Enriching Lives and Embracing Purpose.

We serve our community through social enterprise business lines such as our café, furniture services, custodial, career services, education and GED programs to facilitate the health of our community. AspenPointe provides innovative solutions in order to address the needs of our community's disabled and disenfranchised populations. Each year we touch the lives of thousands of individuals such as at-risk youth, adults, seniors and our military men and women. AspenPointe removes barriers to opportunities by providing training, education and employment opportunities.

 

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