What is a Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is a for-profit, cooperative or nonprofit organization with two goals: to achieve social or environmental outcomes and maximize revenue. Social Enterprises…

  • Have a social or environmental impact

  • Earn income that directly supports that impact

  • Seek to maximize revenue to grow impact

 

Incorporating both mission- and market-driven values, Social Enterprise can be seen as the “middle” of the spectrum between traditional for-profit and nonprofit/charity enterprises.

 
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Benefits to Social Enterprise:

  • Bring in money to pay yourself and staff

  • Reduce reliance on funding and donations

  • Create lasting community impact


Hear success stories of social enterprises from our region


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