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Nov 25, 2015

A lot to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving upon us, it is a good time to appreciate all the social good that is occurring in our community.

There are so many more companies which place social impact or social good at the top of their list.  Our own online directory of social enterprises has grown over four-fold since we began identifying these businesses.  And people are paying more attention to steering their business toward social enterprises.  As the holiday shopping season arrives, the Center has compiled its own Holiday Gift Guide 2015 on our Facebook page that lists gifts you can buy from a social enterprise and, by doing so, create a social impact in our community. Help us expand this Gift Guide by encouraging more social enterprises to send us their gift ideas!

The December issue of Columbus Monthly magazine lists gifts from area museums where your purchase will help support their programs:  Museum Store at the Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts Store, Botanica the gift shop at the Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Ohio History Store at the Ohio History Center.

At the Center, we are grateful for the enormous number of grass roots organizations that are collaborating with us to build a stronger ecosystem for socially-focused businesses.  And a special thank you to those who  send us  good thoughts:

Thanks for all you’re doing to help Social Enterprises get attention and support.  Mary Lyski, Double Comfort Restaurant

The Social Enterprise Development series is the best program I’ve experienced in over ten years designed to help service organizations think strategically about new enterprises as well as thinking critically about current offerings.  Tom Goodney, Ed.D., Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Central Ohio

You have your chance to send your thanks to our socially-focused nonprofits by buying your gifts from their social enterprises and by donating to them on Giving Tuesday December 1.  Go to our Facebook feature to learn more about it.

Yours in Linking Mission to Money,

Allen Proctor, President & CEO

Center for Social Enterprise Development