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America Forward
The America Forward is a coalition that aims to advance a policy agenda to create an infrastructure for social enterprise. The group includes more than 60 nonprofit organizations with programs operating in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Together, these groups serve more than 10 million people a year and have a collective budget of more than $400 million.

Institute for Social Entrepreneurs
The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs is a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage entrepreneurship throughout the non-profit sector through education and consulting services.

National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise
NCNE connects academic researchers, business leaders, consultants and nonprofit practitioners to provide educational activities and services that address economic and business decision-making issues facing the nonprofit sector.

National Center for Social Entrepreneurs
Since 1983, the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs has aimed to increase the effectiveness and financial self-sufficiency of the nonprofit sector by helping nonprofits to develop social enterprise strategies that enable them to earn more income from fees, contracts and product sales.

New Profit, Inc.
Since 1998, New Profit has helped a portfolio of social entrepreneurs build world-class organizations and scale their social impact. With the support of individual investors and its lead backer, the Monitor Group, New Profit provides multi-year financial and strategic support to a portfolio of social entrepreneurs working in education, youth development, workforce development, and other areas.

New Sector Alliance
New Sector Alliance works with leading academic institutions and businesses to deliver high quality, affordable consulting services to nonprofit organizations and other social enterprises.

Origo Fourth Sector Network
Origo does consulting work with business, foundations, government agencies, and others to assist clients to develop social enterprise strategies and cross-sector partnerships. Since 2000, Origo has published Fourth Sector News, a biweekly on-line newsletter on social enterprise.

Rolfe Larson Associates
Rolfe Larson Associates is a consulting firm that helps nonprofits generate more earned income by increasing profits from current activities, launching a new venture, or something in between. Areas of consulting work include: assessing organizational readiness, brainstorming and screening venture ideas, feasibility analysis, developing business plans, and plan implementation.

Social Edge (Skoll Foundation)
Social Edge is a project of the Skoll Foundation that aims to connect social entrepreneurs and allies to discuss issues shaping the field. Social Edge's web site has a number of articles on social enterprise, publishes a monthly electronic newsletter, and hosts issue-based web discussion groups.

Social Enterprise Alliance
The Social Enterprise Alliance is a trade association in the United States of non-profits engaged in mission-oriented business. It has hosted a number of “national gathering” conferences and maintains a listserv of over 1,000 non-profit social enterprise practitioners.

Social Enterprise Ventures
Social Enterprise Ventures provides nonprofit consulting and training in earned income and best practices to help organizations transition away from traditional funding sources (e.g. grants) to unrestricted renewable income sources. Over a period of six to nine months, their Expedition training helps organizations develop a business plan for increasing earned income.

Changemakers.net publishes an electronic journal highlighting social enterprise practices. Previous issues are available on line going back to 1998. Articles are also organized by topic.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a leading journal in the non-profit world, tracking both developments in social enterprise as well as broader issues affecting non-profits in the United States today.

REDF (Roberts Enterprise Development Fund)
The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund provides technical assistance and philanthropic investments to help nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco area attain marketplace sustainability in their enterprise ventures. REDF also works with organizations across the U.S. that use nonprofit enterprise strategies.

Root Cause
Root Cause addresses social problems through strategy consulting, knowledge sharing, social impact research, and the building of sustainable social enterprises. The website contains a wide range of articles regarding social enterprise and related public policy, as well as samples of the group's consulting work with social enterprises.

Social Enterprise Reporter
Founded in the fall of 2004, Social Enterprise Reporter is an on-line monthly journal tracking issues of interest to social entrepreneurs and non-profit enterprise directors.

Community Wealth Ventures
Community Wealth Ventures is a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength dedicated to expanding the resources generated by profitable enterprise for the purpose of promoting social change, especially by assisting and documenting the efforts of nonprofit organizations to create businesses. Community Wealth Ventures maintains with the Social Enterprise Alliance a database of hundreds of social enterprises throughout the United States.

BTW Consultants, Inc.
Founded in 1998, BTW is a consulting firm that has done program evaluations of a number of social enterprises around the country, with a focus on developing effective measures for “double bottom line” ventures of social returns. A number of reports regarding social enterprises the firm has evaluated are available for free download on its website.

Community Wealth Vanguard
http://www.communitywealth.com/CW Vanguard.htm
Published by the consulting firm Community Wealth Ventures, Community Wealth Vanguard is a quarterly electronic newsletter that provides a forum for sharing ideas, best practices, and new concepts among social enterprise movement participants.

Directory of Social Enterprises
The Directory of Social Enterprises, cosponsored by Community Wealth Ventures and the Social Enterprise Alliance is a database with information on more than 500 social enterprises located throughout the country.

Origo Fourth Sector News
Origo Fourth Sector News is a new clipping service that documents the latest thinking and events relating to social enterprise.

Social Returns.Org
Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Yale-Goldman Sachs Partnership for Nonprofit Ventures, SocialReturns aims to grow the practice of social entrepreneurship among nonprofits throughout the world. Programs include a social enterprise business plan competition, a university network of faculty and students teaching and studying social enterprise, a website of resources, and an annual conference and awards ceremony.

National Business Incubation Association
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The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) advances business incubation and entrepreneurship. While incubator managers and developers make up a large share of NBIA’s membership base, the association also represents other interested individuals and groups. NBIA provides professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to assist early-stage companies. NBIA serves as a clearinghouse of information on incubator management and development issues. The association engages in many activities that support members’ professional development, including organizing conferences and specialized trainings; conducting research and compiling statistics on the incubation industry; producing publications that describe practical approaches to business incubation; and consulting with governments and corporations on incubator development.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
ARNOVA is an international academic organization that is dedicated to the study of social enterprise worldwide.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Founded in 2003, Stanford's Social Innovation Review provides a host of articles regarding developments in social enterprise and the non-profit world.

Harvard Business School, Working Knowledge: Social Enterprise
This web site provides an overview of Harvard's “Social Enterprise Initiative,” which began in 1993 and which aims to encourage further growth of social enterprise in the United States over the next decade.

University Network for Social Entrepreneurship
The University Network for Social Entrepreneurship is designed to be a resource clearinghouse and an action-oriented discussion forum, which enables the expansion of social entrepreneurship education and participation around the world. Through support of nascent & current social enterprise educators, and close engagement with social entrepreneurs themselves, the network aims to increase the number of students exposed to social enterprise principles.

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE, Duke)
Founded in 2002, and led by Greg Dees, a pioneer in the field, CASE is one of a select number of university programs dedicated to conducting teaching, education, and research about social enterprise.

CASE Studies Database—Scaling Social Impact
With this website, CASE aims to help catalogue, coordinate, and contribute to the body of knowledge around scaling social impact, with a special focus to the social entrepreneurs and social enterprise funding communities. The site includes a case study database that lists over 160 studies and is designed to help social entrepreneurs, practitioners, researchers, educators, and students find and access case studies about scaling social impact

Research Initiative on Social Enterprise (Columbia)
RISE is a research project at Columbia University that has issued a number of reports, available on its web site, concerning impact measurement and the “double bottom line” of social and economic returns sought by practitioners in the social enterprise sector. The web site also maintains a directory of social venture funders that make equity investments in social ventures.

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