social enterprise

Decent Work: Adding Dignity to the Numbers

Decent Work: Adding Dignity to the Numbers

Social enterprises use innovative business models that connect vulnerable groups to formal labor market jobs. Despite the importance of this work, the majority of these enterprises are only measuring outputs such as number of jobs, and not the quality of these jobs and whether they are truly “decent” and moving these groups out of poverty and toward a path of social mobility.

Building a Self-Financing Venture into Your Organization’s Fundraising Strategy

Building a Self-Financing Venture into Your Organization’s Fundraising Strategy

Generating new sources of revenues is the primary concern of nonprofit executives and boards, with 24% to 36% of nonprofits operating deficits (Nonprofit Finance Fund). If a self-financing venture is carefully developed with the right process and tools, it can allow a nonprofit not only to diversify its funding sources and reach financial revenue goals, but also to dramatically improve organizational capacity and strengthen its mission and impact outcomes.

Kiva Lenders Fund $50,000 in Loans to Suritex

Kiva Lenders Fund $50,000 in Loans to Suritex

Through the NESsT-Kiva partnership, Suritex has obtained a total of $50,000 of financing as credit that will allow the company to expand its operations and include more smallholders who can sell their alpaca fiber at a fair price. This was achieved over the course of two Kiva campaigns in September and December.

A Gift that Gives More

A Gift that Gives More

What if every purchase we made always had a higher positive return? The holiday season is a perfect time to make a gift that will provide a pathway out of poverty for low-income and marginalized individuals. Join us in celebrating our enterprises in their efforts to promote fair trade between consumers and local producers, and preserve local traditional culture

Engaged Philanthropy Offers Innovative Solution for Investing in Social Change

Engaged Philanthropy Offers Innovative Solution for Investing in Social Change

Venture philanthropy recognizes that a great program – one that teaches kids to read, helps lift people out of poverty, or improves health outcomes – is no stronger than the organization underpinning its delivery. It’s crucial to invest in the organization and its capacity. If you want to have effective, sustainable programs that really make a difference, you must have a strong, stable organizational infrastructure supporting it. You have to go beyond writing a check and take a long-term view of what it means to invest in solutions to global or local problems.