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Dec 17, 2015

Still time to make your holiday gifts be ones that benefit your community

As many of us are still looking for ideas for gifts for our friends and family, we are reminded that we can multiply that gift by buying from a social enterprise, which will use your purchase to create social impact.

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.

For even more ideas, go to our online social enterprise directory and look for ideas by clicking on the businesses in these categories:

Children/Toys                      Clothing/Jewelry                         Education

                           Food/Drink                          Other                                                Health/Medicine

                           Home/Lawn                         Recreation                                      Financial/Mortgages

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.

And don’t forget, sometimes the greatest gift you can give is to connect a friend or family member to a cause they support:

  • Women of means may want to learn how their investment activities can create social benefit – let them know about Pipeline Angels, a program that introduces women accredited investors to the world of angel investment in women-led social enterprises.
  • Nonprofits you know may want to learn about how they can strengthen their mission by developing new sources of revenue – let them know about the Center’s workshops.
  • Businesses you support may want to know how they can create social benefit with their activities – let them know about the B-celerator program to lead to certification as a benefit-creating company.
  • Friends may want to know more about this emerging sector of businesses that create social impact – sign them up for the Center’s blog to get weekly insights into doing good while doing well.
  • Have a college-age friend or relative that wants to learn how their peers are engaging in social impact – let them know about the APTE Summit in Columbus in February 2016.

So not all the best gifts come with a bow.  Let the holidays be your opportunity to make social impact a routine component of your shopping, volunteering, learning, and work.

With best wishes for a prosperous new year that expands the social impact we can bring to our communities,

Allen Proctor, President & CEO

Center for Social Enterprise Development


Yours in Linking Mission to Money,

Allen Proctor, President & CEO

Center for Social Enterprise Development