Tear Down This Wall: What are “True” Social Enterprises?

By Rolfe Larson, Joining Vision and Action What constitutes “true” social enterprises? Thousands of nonprofits that use the marketplace to accomplish their social goals call themselves social enterprises (SEs). Thousands of for-profit companies with social goals also use that term. Yet these two groups barely talk with each other. Why is that? Benefit corporations and […]

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Data: SEs improve self-sufficiency, stability

When most people hear about social enterprises that provide training and employment to disadvantaged individuals, they think it’s a good idea. But when they ask what data we have on whether SE’s actually “work,” whether they improve the lives of the people they serve, over the long term, there’s been precious little of it. Fortunately, […]

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