End of the Rainbow introduces social enterprise as an opportunity for some Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender/Transexual (LGBT) organizations to diversify their funding base, contribute to their financial sustainability and increase their social impact. The book explores the growing interest in LGBT social enterprise around the world and the myriad of social enterprise models LGBT organizations are undertaking. We also explore the lessons learned by LGBT organizations — and the challenges they face — in developing and managing social enterprises.
End of the Rainbow is divided into five chapters:
Chapter 1 examines the current challenge that exists in philanthropic financing for LGBT organizations and the growing interest in entrepreneurship;
Chapter 2 presents a veritable “yellow pages” of LGBT social enterprise, examining hundreds of examples from around the world and the lessons learned from LGBT organizations selling products and services, investing in and utilizing real estate, as well as the growing interest in LGBT income-generating activities to extend economic benefits to marginalized LGBT communities.
Chapter 3 explores the key challenges LGBT organizations face in developing and implementing social enterprises.
Chapter 4 includes perspectives of LGBT donors on social enterprise and examines the role they can or should play in helping their grantees and partners to diversify their funding through social enterprise;
Chapter 5 concludes with key recommendations for fostering LGBT social enterprise and opportunities for further developing the field.
“End of the Rainbow is a pioneering book, the first of its kind … Kudos to NESsT for once again pointing us to the future of civil society finance mechanisms.”
- Dr. Salvatore LaSpada, Chief Executive, Institute for Philanthropy (London, UK)
(144 pages, A4)
Available online in eBook format in the following languages:
For more information about End of the Rainbow visit Galeforce Capital, our NESsT initiative to support LGBT social enterprises.