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Social Capitalism

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Social Enterprise, Social Capitalism, Social Entreprenuers


Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative

The Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS generates and shares knowledge that helps individuals and organizations create social value in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Social Enterprise plays a critical role in supporting the School's mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world by integrating social enterprise-related research, teaching, and activities into the daily life of HBS.


Social Enterprise's strategic objectives range from building the world's best faculty dedicated to social enterprise research and teaching to providing learning experiences that not only increase the effectiveness of social-sector executives, but also tap into the potential for social value creation among our entire community of students and alumni.

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Center of the Advancement of Social Entreprenuership

A research and education center based at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.read more




Social Enterprise

is an organization or venture that advances its social mission through entrepreneurial, earned income strategies. "What we are about is the business of changing the entire paradigm by which not-for-profits operate and generate the capital they need to carry out their mission -- a new paradigm based on sustainability and social entrepreneurship." — Charles King, Social Enterprise Alliance founding Chairman

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Social Capitalism

In 2004, we launched the Fast Company / Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards, an assessment of leading social entrepreneurial organizations and an explicit effort to further performance measurement and accountability in the social sector with a highly rigorous, data driven, comparative approach. With each passing year we enhance our understanding of the challenges of measuring social impact and organizational performance.

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Social Entreprenuers

One of the buzzwords in philanthropy is “social entrepreneurship”, a fuzzy term that has influential proponents, including the Skoll Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

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For guidance in this new realm, business is looking to social entrepreneurs.

Not because they excel at that do-gooder thing, but because they have sophisticated, tested theories of change. They know their markets. They understand systems and levers of action as few others do. And, as many clever companies are learning, they can be great partners in endeavors that are good for the world and good for the bottom line.

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Foundation Support

The vision of the Kauffman Foundation is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founder’s wishes, the Foundation focuses its grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is the 26th largest foundation in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.

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The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the country, regional and global levels that highlight social entrepreneurship as a key element to advance societies and address social problems in an innovative and effective manner.

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The Skoll Foundation’s mission is to advance systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs are proven leaders whose approaches and solutions to social problems are helping to better the lives and circumstances of countless underserved or disadvantaged individuals. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive changes to communities throughout the world, the Skoll Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society.

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Fast Company List of 43 Best Social Capitalists 2007

This special section builds on the article in the December/January 2006 issue and includes details about our methodology, profiles of our various advisers, position statements contributed by the winning organizations, an interactive slideshow focusing on business lessons, audio interviews with winning leaders -- and ways to donate to the organizations involved. The winners

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Enterprising Social Innovation:

Editors Note: This is an edited excerpt from a longer paper by the same authors entitled “Framing a Theory of Social Entrepreneurship: Building on Two Schools of Practice and Thought.” The original paper was published in Research on Social Entrepreneurship: Understanding and Contributing to an Emerging Field, ARNOVA Occasional Paper Series, vol. 1 no. 3, edited by Rachel Mosher-Williams, 2006. See Jerr Boschee’s column “Social Entrepreneurs on Common Ground” in this issue for a reaction from a long-time spokesperson for the "social enterprise" school. Read more

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