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Oct 13, 2020
Fashion with Compassion: How this Handmade Line is Making an Impact Abroad

In 2018, Amber Hammond arrived to Colombia on a girl’s trip with a close friend who is native to the region of La Guajira, where they would be staying. It was there where Hammond had her first experience with Colombian fashion, culture, and the socioeconomic inequity that makes up much of the country. During a […]

Sep 11, 2020
How a Conversation Over Dinner Turned Into a “Hub” for Social Awareness – and Coffee

In 2017, the doors to Third Way Café opened in the Greater Hilltop area at 3058 W. Broad St., its owner blissfully unaware of the booming social enterprise it would soon become.  “It’s a coffee shop with a different outlook on things,” Owner Tim Rush explains. The café, which was named to represent a “third […]

Sep 4, 2020
A New Way For Business: The Sixth Annual SocialVentures Report

SocialVentures is proud to announce the 2020 Annual Report: The State of Social Enterprise in Central Ohio. Every year, we showcase the amazing social enterprises that have gone above and beyond to serve their community. This year, we celebrate the resiliency and dispatch of social enterprises and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. For most, […]

Aug 14, 2020
From Plastic to PPE: How this Social Enterprise Pivoted During a Pandemic

Tyler Bonner never thought he’d be making face shields when he first founded Zero Waste Event Productions in 2011. After working with Rural Action, where Bonner spent two years cleaning illegal dump sites and working with local events to reduce waste sent to the landfill, he eventually took over operations. It was then that the […]

Aug 10, 2020
OhioHealth to sponsor 2020 RePositioned to Prosper: PtP Reimagined series.

SocialVentures is excited to announce our Series Sponsor for the 2020 RePositioned to Prosper: PtP ReImagined virtual event.  For the last five years, we hosted our annual Positioned to Prosper event in person, celebrating the incredible work of our 104+ social enterprises. This year, we’ve decided to pivot, due to the now uncertain foreseeable future […]

Aug 4, 2020
RePositioned to Prosper: Our annual event, reimagined.

This time last year, we gathered together at the Columbus Museum of Art for Positioned to Prosper 2019 to celebrate the 98+ social enterprises that encompass the SocialVentures family. This year, we’re doing things a little differently.  Just as many of you have had to adjust to new challenges and obstacles, SocialVentures has also had […]

Jul 20, 2020
‘Zombie philanthropy’- how donor advised funds might actually harm organizations during a pandemic.

Donor-advised funding, also known as DAFs, is the process by which the money and assets that is intended to go to a non-profit someday, has no payout requirements, and can virtually sit in a “fund” for decades. The controversial method of charitable giving, also known as “zombie philanthropy,” is also one of the most booming, […]

Jul 9, 2020
Cova Owners Navigate Hurdles & Virus Complications to Nurture Coworking Community

Perhaps you could call Meghan and Josh Boone’s social enterprise startup a co-labor of love. The couple opened Cova Cowork at Gravity in Franklinton in late 2019, fueled by their experiences visiting and working in shared spaces, and finding a need for that same kind of environment to foster remote work-life balance in Central Ohio. The […]

Jun 29, 2020
Azoti Evolves to Find New Ways to Connect Local Produce with Consumers

In 2012, David Ranallo learned that the food space needed his help. After working with direct-to-consumer programs in several industries and learning about the power of decentralization, he discovered that the same could be applied in the food and farming sector.  “With the meat processors, the big farms, there are very few middle-class farms; everything’s […]

Jun 29, 2020
‘Digital Imaginary Friend’ Helps Kids Process Their Emotions Through Chronic Illness—and a Pandemic

French for “to improve,” Bonifier was developed to do just that. Founder Ryan Scott came up with the idea for a web-based app— a virtual sidekick called Pip—two years ago to improve the pediatric-patient experience. Scott’s goal is for Pip to help alleviate the fear, anxiety and loneliness experienced by sick children. “1.7 million kids receive inpatient treatment (every […]