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.
BULL BY THE HORNS: Fighting To Save Main Street From Wall Street And Wall Street From Itself by Sheila Bair (Free Press, 2012) Reviewed by Economist Hazel Henderson- Founder of Ethical Markets. This book presents a brilliant, in-depth analysis of global finance, wonderful insights and vignettes and a positive view of how reforming markets, metrics and rule-making can steer toward a sounder financial future worldwide.
Amy Cortese is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers across the U.S. including the New York Times, Business Week, Portfolio and Wired. She is the author of the ground-breaking book on local captial sourcing entitled: “Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It.” She is also a Good-b friend and supporter. The following piece first appeared on the Op Ed page of the New York Times.
By Chris Fici As most of you probably know, the corporate entity is the most dominant “person” in the world today. Since an1866 decision by the United States Supreme Court gave corporations the same rights of personhood as natural persons under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the corporation has come to dominate [...]