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360 Degree Solutions - Weingart Center Association
With a mission to combat homelessness and break the cycle of poverty, the Weingart Center provides homeless individuals in Los Angeles with the basic skills necessary to stabilize their lives, earn income, and find permanent housing.
3 Worlds Cafe
Choi — best known for his popular Kogi food trucks that feature mash-ups of Mexican and Korean cuisine — began working with students at Jefferson High School two years ago. Together, they developed a menu of healthy drinks teenagers would want to buy.
Academies for Social Entrepreneurship (ASE)
ASE promotes the development of social enterprises, business ventures which address social problems.
Alma Backyard Farms
Alma Backyard Farms creates dynamic opportunities in urban farming for the empowerment and reintegration of the formerly incarcerated.
Black Zen is a movement to improve the health and well-being of various ethnic groups using meditation. We leverage technology to adjust for cultural differences to make meditation accessible, relatable and effective across a dynamic range of individuals. The three impact pillars of Black Zen on a community will be - calm, joy and empowerment. We welcome those who are curious and those ready to change their lives exponentially.
Blue Garnet is a social impact consulting firm for California foundations and nonprofits seeking lasting social impact. As a certified B Corp dedicated to creating a better Southern California, our mission is to work with organizations to create lasting social change by harnessing the combined power of business acumen and social impact. We offer a suite of services focused on strategy, performance, and results for foundations and nonprofits who seek the exceptional.
Channel Islands Outfitters
Santa Barbara locals may remember us as Paddle Sports of Santa Barbara, selling kayaks and gear, renting kayaks, and guiding trips on the islands. In 2010 the current owner Mark Hyatt relinquished ownership to three of his employees, Garrett Kababik, Fraser Kersey, and Johnny Dresser (all island guides at the time), who collectively established Channel Islands Outfitters. Upon realizing that a revised and modern plan needed to be realized to carry Paddle Sports into the new economy, the three island guides got to work brainstorming.
B Corp Profile: http://www.bcorporation.net/community/channel-islands-outfitters
Chrysalis Enterprises - Chrysalis
Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.
CRCD Enterprises - The Coalition for Responsible Community Development
CRCD’s mission is to better sustain, coordinate, and improve local planning, development, and community services that address the needs of low-income residents and small businesses in South Los Angeles. CRCD provides housing, education, and jobs for transitional age youth.
DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase women and girls’ interest in technology, engineering and making by providing hands-on educational experiences. DIY Girls develops and implements educational programs and events designed to encourage exploration with technology, promote self-confidence and support aspiration to technical careers.
Do Good Bus
On a Do Good Bus Ride, our first goal is awareness. There are hundreds of causes that help our city, our neighbors and our friends and the mission is to show people how to support these causes.
Doing Good Works
Do Good LA is the go-to resource for those interested in knowing about or supporting social entrepreneurism in Los Angeles and Southern California. It is an online directory, a community, and a facilitator. Look at it as the traffic director that leads you to your next avenue or destination.
Ecovations is a “for good” company. We provide Solutions and Inspire Industry through smart, healthy, valuable building and lifestyle “best” practices for the benefit of all. We strive to impart Ecological stewardship in lifestyle and industry.
Filmmaker For Change
Filmmaker Holly Mosher tackles tough issues through entertainment. She realized she was a social entrepreneur filmmaker while making a film on Muhammad Yunus called Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus.
Found Animals is a privately-funded nonprofit dedicated to reversing the outcome for the three to four million animals euthanized each year in the United States. We work alongside the animal well-being community to achieve one goal: find the big ideas that advance the safety of animals in our homes, our shelters, and everywhere in between.
As a nonprofit social enterprise, FVO Solutions, Inc. serves our community by customizing employment opportunities for those with disabilities and other disadvantages. For businesses and government agencies nationwide we offer customized solutions in manufacturing, staffing and third party logistics.
Creative Solutions for Living Well and Doing Good.
Goodlinks is a digital outreach service with the mission of providing training and creating high-quality jobs in the evolving global economy for the unemployed and underemployed
Goodwill Southern California
Since 1916, Goodwill Southern California’s mission has been to Transform Lives Through the Power of Work. We serve individuals with disabilities and disadvantages, as well as businesses, by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services.
Our job is to help private and public nonprofits make better communities. And we do that by offering training and publications to help organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant proposals and create earned income opportunities.
Green Lab Design Studio
Green Lab Design Studio is a full service, environmentally friendly event and design agency that prides itself on providing services customized to meet our client’s needs. They offer a unique service by bringing the aesthetic of interior design to the event industry while incorporating eco-conscious choices throughout the fabrication and production process. They use the latest materials and processes to ensure our clients get the most cutting edge, eco-friendly event and/or product available.
Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs, and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.
The Hub started in London in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise with the mission to connect, empower, and resource individuals working to create positive change in the world, and believed access to a physical gathering place would be the catalyst.
We want to create a market where simple mobile tools and intelligent data can change perceptions and circumstances, and thereby open new channels where buyers and sellers can connect and create new models in which to transact.
Isidore Electronics Recycling
To make recycling electronics easy and accessible, while creating employment opportunities for people exiting California’s broken correctional system.
Jovenes is a place of personal transformation for homeless youth. Their Mission is to help homeless youth and at-risk families become productive and integrated members of the community.
LA + Acumen
Since 2012, LA+Acumen has been committed to supporting Acumen’s mission to create a world beyond poverty. We are a self-organized, volunteer-led group by individuals who are working to educate our local community about social enterprise and patient capital that emphasize both social and financial returns.
LA Conservation Corps
Our primary mission is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.
L.A. Kitchen’s mission is to reclaim healthy, local food that would otherwise go to waste, and use it to empower, nourish, and engage the community.
Leibowitz Photography, Inc.
Mark Leibowitz Photography, Inc. practices and creatively develops sustainable photography services for advertising, commercial and private clients. Their photographs are a blend of portrait, fashion, lifestyle and travel images from around the world. They strive to create images that capture the emotions and experiences of our subjects while resonating with our audience and enriching the human experience.
LSTN Sound Co
LSTN's mission is to create a company that could create global change by providing high quality products that help fund hearing restoration and spread awareness for the global problem of hearing loss and hearing impairment. They create headphones company and give back hearing aids for those who are hard of hearing around the globe.
MADE by DWC - Downtown Women's Center
The mission of the Downtown Women’s Center is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women.
Mama's Hot Tamales
Mama's International Tamales Association is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization fostering entrepreneurship by providing existing and future business owners with the tools needed to organize and manage a business successfully, hence creating jobs and making its community a better place to live and work.
MōD - Meaningful Organizational Design
MōD helps organizations envision or revision their future to improve the status quo and move positively and strategically forward. With envisioning, we start with a blank slate. Revisioning refers to changes both small–a small tweak to create a better flow–and large–completely reimagining the mission, vision, and roles.
We spread happines by our commitment to connect, empower and preserve. We connect artisans to a global marketplace of socially conscious customers. We empower artisans to build a sustainable business from their craft. We preserve ancient artistic traditions for future generations to enjoy.
Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
Place of the Future
Place of the Future is an organizational consultancy that transforms businesses through impact driven work and partners with companies & organizations to co-create logic models to achieve short- and long-term business outcomes that matter.
Pledgeling's mission is to power the revolution for good by aligning businesses and nonprofits to connect with their audiences in engaging ways and make giving back as easy as possible. We serve non-profit and for profit clients who believe they can change the world and our technology is being used by some of the largest organizations.
We are based on Abbot Kinney in Venice – the heart of Silicon Beach. Our team is a mix of experienced techies, mobile veterans, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Our leadership team has, amongst other things, built and sold two tech startups and developed philanthropic strategy for one of the most well-known social enterprises
We provide schools from inner city troubled areas with a Sports Based Youth Development program. The focus of this program is the development of the child, not the athlete. In other words, we create a safe environment where children can explore their gifts and talents through various sports activities. By not focusing on the sport itself we are able to engage more children and build their confidence and self-esteem through the power of positive words and encouragement. This brings hope to the children we serve, and it is this hope that serves as a catalyst for change. This change shows up in the lives of the children through better school engagement and positive life choices at home and in their community. We believe every child needs and deserves a champion, someone who can shine a light into his or her future, and that’s what we provide.
Since 1997, REDF, a California-based nonprofit, has led the pioneering effort to create jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work—like young people who’ve dropped out of school, people who’ve been in prison or homeless, and those who live with mental health disabilities.
reDiscover is a nexus for environmental sustainability and creativity using recycled materials. reDiscover promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. Our vision is for all Angelenos to have an outlet for acquiring and donating reusable material.
REthink Development is an innovative real estate development and consulting company focused on leveraging green building practices and high performance building technologies to build higher value, healthier, and more environmentally sound communities and workplaces for the future. They advance real estate development by mixing the right technology, design, innovation, and market positioning to deliver a product that smartly differentiates itself in the marketplace.
SABEResPODER™ (SEP) is a targeted multi-media platform reaching Hispanic immigrants at key transition points in their lives when actively seeking resources to further establish themselves in the U.S. SEP distributes educational video programming and educational booklets in trusted and easily accessible community locations, providing comprehensive and practical educational solutions on topics such as financial literacy, healthcare, healthy living, and education, to assist Spanish-speaking consumers become more informed, confident, and active participants in American society.
B Corp Profile: http://www.bcorporation.net/saberespoder
Soc Ent LA
SocEnt.LA is all things social enterprise in Los Angeles. We put on killer events that bring together all players in the for profit, for good space from established national organizations to individuals just looking to get involved.
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) creates working relationships with activists that facilitate projects that are charitable in nature.
Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)
The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA), is a Los Angeles based Impact Media Agency that celebrates social-documentary storytelling of excellence, connects international audiences, educators and organizations with the best global impact cinema, and screens films in communities and classrooms worldwide. SIMA’s mission and driving force is to advance global awareness, social justice, human rights, and humanitarian development by catalyzing creative works of visual storytelling that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation.
Sports & Social Change
At SportsandSocialChange.org we see sports as a dynamic platform to unite a broad range of audiences and focus their time, energy and resources to address critical social issues. This site offers a comprehensive guide to nonprofits, foundations, NGOs and philanthropic organizations around the world that are affiliated with the teams, athletes and personnel of the amateur and professional sports community and utilize sports as the primary vehicle to empower change.
Stone + Cloth
"Carry an education." Your purchase helps provide scholarships for students in need.
Support Group Central
Support Groups Central is at the leading edge of bringing people together from all over the world for mutual aid and support. We believe that over time, greater numbers of individuals will comfortably find others who can help and support each other using our service
Sustainable Law Group
Sustainable Law Group, P.C. is a Certified B Corp social enterprise law firm that provides corporate and transactional legal counsel to nonprofit organizations, hybrid entities, green businesses and other small businesses, with an emphasis on serving social mission organizations.
The Help Group
Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges. The Help Group's Silverlining Resale Boutique, located on the Westside of Los Angeles in Culver City, offers a wide selection of new, vintage, and gently used fashionable and designer clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children. The store serves as a student vocational training center that enables students to learn and develop valuable job-related skills that contribute to their knowledge, self-confidence, employability, and future independence.
One for One. When you buy a pair of TOMS Shoes, you're also helping improve the health, education and well-being of a child. When you buy TOMS Eyewear, you're helping restore sight — which in turn restores independence, economic potential and educational opportunity. With every bag of coffee you purchase, TOMS will provide one week of clean water to a person in need.
United We Ship
United We Ship is a Minority Certified Enterprise that provides shipping, logistics and transportation services. These opportunities fall in line with UWS commitment to social responsibility and our partnership with Urban Social Entrepreneurs to make employment and business opportunities in the Transportation and Logistics industry available to urban communities across America.
Urban Social Entrepreneurs
Urban Social Entrepreneurs is an organization dedicated to the uplifting of urban communities trough the philosophy, theories and practices of Social Entrepreneurship. We strive to rebuild communities by training and supporting a new generation of social entrepreneurs; that build businesses that measure success by profits, people, and purpose.
VeeV is The World's First Açaí Spirit and is simply a better way to drink. Açaí (pronounced ah-SIGH-ee) is the exotic-tasting Brazilian national fruit popularized by surfers and sports enthusiasts, and is thought to be the healthiest fruit on the planet by the likes of Oprah Winfrey who recently named Açaí her #1 super food. Açaí contains 57% more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries, and 30 times more heart-healthy anthocyanins than red wine.
B Corp Profile: http://www.bcorporation.net/veevspirits
Youth Speak Media Solutions - Youth Speak Collective
Youth Speak’s mission is to empower low-income, at-risk youth and their families with the skills necessary to pursue higher education and create strong communities.