SOCIAL ENTERPRISE RESOURCES
WHAT IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
The Social Enterprise Alliance suggests the following basic working definition:
"Organizations that address a basic unmet need or solve a social or environmental problem through market-driven approach."
" Social enterprises span the spectrum of non-profit to for-profit entities. The Social Enterprise Alliance recognizes three general social enterprise models:
Opportunity Employment: organizations that employ people who have significant barriers to mainstream employment.
Transformative Products or Services: organizations that create social or environmental impact through innovative products and services.
Donate Back: organizations that contribute a portion of their profits to nonprofits that address basic unmet needs."