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Nov 24, 2017
Lessons Learned Prompt Re-Launch

Double Comfort Restaurant was a popular spot in the Short North for great southern comfort food and a great drink. Founded in 2014 as a social enterprise, its Buy a Meal, Give a Meal® concept provided over 95,000 meals through local food pantries before it closed in Spring 2017. Social entrepreneur and founder Mary Lyski […]

Nov 20, 2017
Bridging Volunteer Passion with Important Needs in the Community

In September 2017, BESA celebrated its fifth anniversary of connecting individual and corporate volunteers to productive projects that help nonprofits. BESA’s website shows the joy and energy that hundreds of individuals and companies bring to address a host of needs in the community. From organizing volunteers to coordinating in-kind and cash donations, BESA creates a […]

Oct 25, 2017
Nonprofits Demonstrate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Last night Central Ohio celebrated innovation and entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector at SocialVentures’ Nonprofit Sustainability Showcase.  Five nonprofits presented their plans for new social enterprises and joined nine other nonprofit-owned social enterprises in a Showcase for 140 members of the community to learn about their products and services and how every purchase they make can create social impact.

Oct 18, 2017
See How Nonprofit Innovation Supports Mission

Nonprofits who start social enterprises are smart.  They recognize the reality that philanthropy has been at capacity for years. The Nonprofit Sustainability Showcase will highlight pitches by five newly-launching nonprofit-owned social enterprises: Center for Balanced Living, Equality Ohio, Rebuilding Together, US Together, and YMCA.

Oct 16, 2017
WOSU Productions Generates Earned Revenue to Further Engage, Inform & Inspire the Community

From its two public radio stations (89.7 NPR News and Classical 101) and public TV station that spans across four channels (WOSU TV, WOSU Plus, WOSU Ohio and WOSU Kids), a mobile app and two websites, WOSU Public Media has a reach that covers a quarter of individuals throughout the state and has nearly 25,000 […]

Oct 4, 2017
Don’t Wait for the Headlines

For all of our progress as a species, recent events have demonstrated just how vulnerable we all are. It only takes one individual, a single catastrophic event, to shatter the lives of thousands. In these moments, the universal truths of our human condition reveal themselves. They require no words; they are self-evident. When disaster strikes, […]

Sep 20, 2017
Transparency and Advocacy Win Awards

The judges for our recent social enterprise awards program were drawn to those social enterprises that excelled in the transparency and public representation of their social impact. This facet of their work merits recognition because too many social enterprises tell a very weak story about their social impact or fail to tell the impact story at all.

Sep 14, 2017
Why Big Business Should Support Social Enterprise

I believe there is a case to be made for well-established businesses to view supporting social enterprises as an effective complement to their existing civic engagement.

Sep 12, 2017
Alvis’ Transitions Commercial Cleaning Focused on Job Training & Building Diverse Teams

When Alvis’ Transitions first launched in 2010, the focus was initially to provide opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities with job training and experience in commercial cleaning. When Alvis moved to its current Stella Court location, the organization prioritized the expansion of Transitions, currently one of two social enterprises housed within Alvis. “We realized that […]

Sep 1, 2017
Social Enterprise and Human Virtue

As everyone prepares for a well-deserved Labor Day weekend break, I am truly grateful for all the remarkably good businesses that intentionally integrate social impact as a non-negotiable component of their business model.  They embody the positive virtues of business. In that vein I would like to repeat Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue in hopes they may […]