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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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]