We are in an incredible era of innovation. Antony Bugg-Levine and Nonprofit Finance Fund write: We envision a world where capital and expertise come together to create a more just and vibrant society. We unlock the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investments, strategic advice, and accessible insights.
Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone. It takes vision, guts, dedication, and luck according to the experts below. Harvard professor Allen Grossman defines entrepreneurship as “an activity or behavior” that involves “the pursuit of opportunity regardless of the resources you currently control.” Social entrepreneurship takes that one step further by including the objective of creating “pattern-breaking social change.”
From San Francisco to Brooklyn: if you love food and want to support your local eating establishment, you might be able to do so with “Credibles:” purchasing power that gives you Groupon-like discounts by essentially pre-paying for food products at your favorite eateries. In return, small businesses get to offer services and products in exchange for much needed operating capital.
At a recent soiree complete with locally sourced wine and healthy treats, Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Director, Eban Goodstein and social entrepreneurship expert, Diana Ayton-Shenker teamed up to discuss the landscape of raising capital for social enterprises.
Doing Good and Making a Living are repeatedly the call from the growing Social Enterprise movement. This is also the focus that we embrace and embody here at Good-b. Yet how to do it is the question? How do you become financially sustainable and have direct positive social impact as a social enterprise? Here are some tips from other Social Entrepreneurs who launched successful Crowd funding campaigns.These five entrepreneurs share some of their strategies for how to get the word out about your social impact initiative!
These days America is at war with itself. The fight within our borders is played out most clearly in the halls of our legislature. The debates on human rights, gun control, climate change, gay marriage, “entitlement” programs, job initiatives, bank regulations, and tax reform reveal the great cultural and ideological chasm widening among America’s citizenry.
Four years ago an election was won with two popular slogans: “Change” and “Yes We Can!” Whether or not anyone alone can change the world is a timeless philosophical question. Change is constant like waves that can be surfed or that can pull us down.
Crowdfunding raised $1.5 billion in 2011, funding over one million projects. That number is set to double this year, according to The Crowdfunding Industry Report. By year’s end, there are expected to be more than 530 crowdfunding platforms (CFPs), up 60% since 2011. One of the most interesting facts about crowdfunding is how successful the philanthropic, of [...]
Throughout the world women are stepping up and assuming more leadership roles in NGOs. In many cases, it may be the first time a woman has served in this kind of a role. Whether these new roles for women are at high organizational, or grassroots levels, they come with their own challenges and opportunities.
Good-b Invites our Readers to an exciting program in New York with our friends at NowStreetNews! NowStreet was founded by Dara Albright former Wall Street investment banker and the co-founder of Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA). Discussions will include: “Crowdfunding: Changing the Path of Capital Formation” Event Speakers will include Good Business Leading Women for 2012: [...]
Jackie Vanderbrug, former director at Criterion Ventures and innovator of Gender Lens Investing, speaks at October 2012 SOCAP Conference on the importance of the economic empowerment of women. Access to capital and freeing up investment for women, to women, by women is Gender Lens Investing.