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May 15, 2018
Glass Axis Gears Up to Host Kids Summer Camps & Visiting Artist Workshop Series

Founded in 1987, Glass Axis has been Columbus’ long-standing hub for creating opportunities through advancing glass art education. Launched by a handful of alumni of The Ohio State University who were in need of a studio to hone their craft, the intent was to create a space where the community could engage with artists and […]

May 4, 2018
Fairhaven Lawn Care social enterprise helping to end homelessness through employment

Eddie Rapp founded Fairhaven Lawn Care in 2008 to provide jobs and housing to the homeless in Lancaster. Four years later he launched Patriot Pride Painting Co. to do the same for homeless veterans. Fairhaven provides residential and commercial lawn care throughout Central Ohio and Patriot Pride provides residential and commercial interior and exterior painting […]

Apr 13, 2018
Zero Waste Event Productions Poised to Capitalize on Capacity-Building Efforts

In 2011, Zero Waste Event Productions (ZWEP) first emerged as a project housed within the nonprofit Rural Action. Based in Athens, Ohio, the project initially focused solely on the Nelsonville Music Festival, and has since expanded into a fully operational social enterprise. Rural Action is a membership-based nonprofit working in the southeast and central eastern […]

Mar 17, 2018
A Community of Caring: Q&A with Kenny Sipes, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Kenny Sipes is Founder of The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, a social enterprise dedicated to alleviating hunger, unclean water, and human trafficking. 300 East Long Street, Columbus. SocialVentures’ President & CEO, Allen Proctor, interviewed Kenny last fall, and a version of this Q&A first appeared in Columbus Business First.  Roosevelt Coffeehouse opened in 2015. Initially next door […]

Mar 6, 2018
Using Social Enterprise to Amplify Nonprofit Mission

Alvis Inc., a nonprofit recognized in 2017 by The Columbus Foundation as a “nonprofit to watch,” provides programs and services to help those who have become involved in the justice system, care for those in need of substance abuse treatment, and enhance the independence of those with challenging developmental disabilities.  Knowing that job training means […]

Feb 13, 2018
Freedom a la Cart’s Next Big Moves to Combat Human Trafficking

Prior to becoming a volunteer with social enterprise Freedom a la Cart (Freedom), Paula Haines had heard about CATCH Court and Freedom from some friends. She attended a course presented by Freedom called Abolition U, which helped educate local citizens on the state of human trafficking in Central Ohio. She was stunned to learn the […]

Dec 11, 2017
Fairhaven Lawn Care Provides Employment Opportunities for Individuals on the Path to Sobriety

Fairhaven Lawn Care, LLC was the first of two social enterprises launched by Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Faith Mission of Fairfield County office. Based in Lancaster, OH, Fairhaven Lawn Care was founded in 2008 to support LSS’ mission of creating a better world by serving people in need. Fairhaven Lawn Care employs clients of Faith […]

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.