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Aug 17, 2017
A New Way to Connect Your Purchases to Social Impact

Our new website has dozens of new features, including training opportunities and information to connect experts and investors to social enterprises.  One especially valuable new service on our website is the Marketplace.  At the Marketplace you can search for local social enterprises.

Jun 21, 2017
Investing for Impact Needs to Mean Something

Impact investing is not a new term, but it has been expropriated by the general investment community as a marketing term that sounds more appealing than ESG and more specific than sustainable investing. This trend is making it more difficult to distinguish investment in companies that are committed to creating social impact, which we call social enterprises.

Apr 17, 2017
Social Impact Feature: Urban Farms Launches Veggie Box Program; Aims to Surpass 40,000 Pounds of Produce in 2017

In 2012, Mid-Ohio Foodbank started exploring social enterprise opportunities with community partners. Among the mission-aligned opportunities they identified, they landed on transforming vacant land into thriving, chemical-free farm operations. Today, Urban Farms of Central Ohio is a key initiative of Mid-Ohio Foodbank. In 2016, the venture produced more than 40,000 pounds of fresh vegetables. Fresh food is a key part of Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s work – nearly half of the food they distribute is fresh.

Mar 10, 2017
Social Impact Feature: Global Gallery Fair Trade Coffee, Art & Gifts Offers Local Haven for International Impact

In 1991, four churches joined forces with a common vision of bringing Fair Trade products from around the world to the Columbus market. These groups created Global Gallery, a nonprofit gift shop which first debuted in Columbus’ Short North Arts District. Since that time, Global Gallery has provided opportunities for more than 1,500 international artisans […]

Feb 24, 2017
Social Impact Feature: Furniture Bank launches second social enterprise to help seniors downsize

The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio recently launched its second social enterprise, Downsize with a Heart, a full-service business designed to help seniors and their loved ones plan for and implement a transition strategy. Whether their client  simply needs to relocate or is moving into an assisted living situation, Downsize with a Heart provides a […]

Feb 10, 2017
February’s Social Impact Feature: Deaf Initiatives’ Keepsake Theme Quilts Strives for Sustainable, Responsible Growth

Founded in 1998, the nonprofit Deaf Initiatives works to strengthen the potential of youth who are deaf and or hard of hearing. Deaf Initiatives’ Executive Director Meredith Crane foresaw the need to build and grow a social enterprise to support and sustain the nonprofit’s initiatives. In 1999, Deaf Initiatives launched its social enterprise, Keepsake Theme […]

Nov 14, 2016
November’s Social Impact Feature: Furniture Bank Increases Self-Sufficiency Through Social Enterprise Thrift Store

Two years ago, the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio faced a reduction in half of its revenue. Due to a change in a long-time sponsor’s giving structure, the Furniture Bank had three years to identify how to replace $1 million in lost revenue. “To ensure a smooth transition, the Furniture Bank board created a Strategic […]

Nov 2, 2016
Nonprofits Again Demonstrate They Can Innovate

On October 25 nonprofits in Central Ohio demonstrated that they know how to innovate. The Center for Social Enterprise Development hosted its first Nonprofit Sustainability Showcase which featured 9 Central Ohio nonprofits and one from Nashville, TN which are using social enterprise to advance their missions.

Oct 21, 2016
October’s Social Impact Feature: More Than Scholarships, Flora Stationery Funds Futures

When Ashley VanBuskirk was pursuing a degree in international studies and journalism from Miami University (Ohio), she took a summer-long internship at a national news agency based in Kosovo. Her assignments, typically human interest stories, led her to a woman named Ema, who couldn’t afford a college education because her father had died a few […]

Sep 9, 2016
September’s Social Impact Feature: Alvis’ Social Enterprise, Nature’s Touch Landscaping & Lawn Care

Individuals who have recently been released from prison face a multitude of challenges. From housing and employment to transportation, multi-offenders struggle to access the necessary resources for day-to-day survival, let alone self-sufficiency, outside prison walls. While this narrative rings true throughout the United States, Columbus’ Alvis, Inc. has been dedicated to this sector for nearly […]