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Social Entrepreneurship

Guide to resources dealing with Social Entrepreneurship.

Funding Directories

Funding Directories

RISE: Double Bottom Line Investor Directory

This directory, maintained by the RISE Project at Columbia Business School, includes information about institutional investors that invest through equity vehicles in for profit ventures with the aim of achieving social or environmental impacts.

http://www.riseproject.org/cgi/rise_build_search.pl

 

Affordable Loans

Calvert Foundation

The Calvert Foundation invests in revenue-generating ventures that combine public and social good with positive financial results. The exclusive focus of this program is affordable-rate loans, not grants.

http://www.calvertfoundation.org/lending/criteria

 

Partners for the Common Good

Partners for the Common Good (PCG) is a non-profit, community investment fund that provides access to capital to community based organizations building strong and healthy communities.

http://pcgloanfund.org/

Additional Resources

Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) promotes use of the tools of venture capital to create jobs, entrepreneurial capacity and wealth in advancing the livelihoods of low-income people and the economies of distressed communities. http://www.cdvca.org/

 

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) promotes learning and encourages dialog among funders committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations http://www.geofunders.org/

 

Investors' Circle is a national network of individual and institutional investors supporting entrepreneurs work in solving major social and environmental problems. http://www.investorscircle.net/

 

New Profit Inc. ("NPI") is a non-profit venture philanthropy fund created to maximize the impact of philanthropic dollars in effecting large-scale social change. http://www.newprofit.com/

 

The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) REDF uses a social venture capital approach to support social purpose enterprise development. Visit their website for publications, job listings and FAQ. http://www.redf.org/

 

Social Capital Partners supports, invests in, and incubates revenue generating social enterprises employing at-risk youth and other populations outside the economic mainstream in Canada. http://www.socialcapitalpartners.ca/

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