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LOCAL

LA Social Venture Partners : Los Angeles Social Venture Partners (LASVP) is a diverse network of professionals who are pioneering a new model of giving -- Venture Philanthropy. We bring our collective expertise and resources to innovative nonprofits in Los Angeles, collaborating with them to strengthen their organizations and expand their capacity to transform local communities.

StartingBloc LA : StartingBloc educates, inspires and connects emerging leaders to create new solutions to global challenges. Our goal is to grow the social innovation community here in Los Angeles and tell people about the Los Angeles based Institute for Social Innovation coming in 2011!

Urban Social Entrepreneurs : A nonprofit organization based on the ideas and principles of social entrepreneurism. It was created to make urban communities economically and socially stronger, through the development of a new generation of social entrepreneurs. Its work begins in Los Angeles, and will spread across America.

USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab: The USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) provides opportunities for USC students, faculty, and other individuals to use business principles to alleviate poverty. Through education, programs, events, and career development, we inspire the next generation of enlightened business leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Los Angeles : Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Los Angeles (YNPNla) provides social and professional resources to promote success in career development and retention for young professionals and emerging leaders of all ages involved with nonprofits in the Los Angeles, CA area.

Young Women Social Entrepreneurs of Los Angeles (YWSE-LA) : YWSE serves women with a socially conscious agenda who are founders and leaders within businesses, non-profits, and government organizations. We use 'young' to describe our target audience of women who are 'young' in their ventures – professionals in development stages of any aspect of their entrepreneurial careers – i.e. everyone is welcome! Hundreds of women are currently participating in the network.

Impact Hub - Los Angeles : Members come to Impact Hub LA to collaborate, build community, access resources, and scale ideas. It is a place-based and online community of entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, artists, funders, students, mentors, community leaders… amazing people, doing incredible things. The physical spaces borrow the best of a member’s club, business incubator, idea lab, and the comforts of home to create a different kind of space. A habitat for innovators.

 

THOUGHT LEADERS

Ashoka : Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, we have elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries.

B Lab : The mission of B Lab is to support B Corporations and this emerging sector by 1) certifying and rating B Corporations through the B Ratings System; 2) developing and disseminating a legal framework to institutionalize stakeholder interests within existing corporate law; 3) recruiting and promoting B Corporations; and 4) helping B Corporations access purpose-driven capital markets.

Skoll Foundation : The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are proven leaders whose approaches and solutions to social problems are helping to better the lives and circumstances of countless underserved or disadvantaged individuals.

 

TRAINING

StartingBloc : Our signature Program, the Institute for Social Innovation is a four day fellowship program focused on corporate social innovation, social entrepreneurship, cross-sector partnerships and sustainability. Fellows work with corporate executives, non profit leaders, as well as MBA and graduate school professors on cutting edge innovations.

Unreasonable Institute : At our Summer Institutes, Unreasonable Fellows receive personal & entrepreneurial skill training and gain access to world class mentors, free legal consultations, free web hosting & development, seed capital opportunities, and a global network of professionals and social entrepreneurs!

 

PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS

Americans for Community Development : ACD is the professional organization comprised of the individuals and organizations participating in the movement to create L3Cs (Low-profit Limited Liability Companies). ACD provides professional training, support, educational materials, certification and assistance to those who have formed L3Cs, those considering their formation, professionals working in the field, economic development officials, educators and students, government officials, and anyone else interested in L3Cs. In addition, ACD is the prime moving force behind state legislation facilitating L3Cs and federal legislation encouraging their use. ACD also is creating suggested standards and best practices for use of L3Cs.

Impact Hub - Worldwide : We've been working across four continents, and 12 cities to create places for people who change things. This is the ambition. We set out to create places that borrow from the best of a member's club, an innovation agency, a serviced office and a think-tank to create a very different kind of innovation environment. Places with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop new ventures. Places to access experience, knowledge, finance and markets. And above all, places for experience and encounter, full of diverse people doing amazing things. We call these places Hubs. In many ways we're just getting started. And we'd like you to be part of it.

Net Impact : Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Spanning six continents, our membership makes up one of the most influential networks of professionals and students in existence today. Net Impact members are current and emerging leaders in CSR, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability who are actively improving the world.

Social Venture Partners International : Social Venture Partners (SVP) brings together worlds that typically do not overlap: grant making, volunteerism, nonprofit capacity building, and philanthropic education. Every SVP is a network of engaged philanthropists who believe that they can have a positive impact on their communities and who use innovative strategies to address complex social issues.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network : YNPN is a national 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization that engages and supports future nonprofit leaders through professional development, networking, and social opportunities. Beginning in 1997 as a small gathering of peers in San Francisco, YNPN has since grown from word-of-mouth and local volunteer leadership teams, to a nearly 15,000-member network composed of five affiliate chapters, including San Francisco; New York City; Washington, DC; Chicago; Denver; and dozens of emerging chapters in other cities across the country.

 

ACADEMIC/RESEARCH

CASE @ Duke University : A research and education center based at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.

Center for Social Innovation @ Stanford University : We cultivate leaders who can solve the world's toughest social and environmental problems.

Program on Social Enterprise @ Yale University : The Program on Social Enterprise (PSE) supports scholars, students, alumni, and practitioners interested in exploring the ways in which business skills and disciplines can be harnessed to most effectively and efficiently achieve social objectives.

RISE @ Columbia University : Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship (RISE) is a research project at Columbia Business School whose mission is to study and disseminate knowledge about the markets, metrics and management of for-profit and nonprofit social enterprise and social venturing.

Social Enterprise Initiative @ Harvard Business School : Grounded in Harvard Business School's mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, the Social Enterprise Initiative aims to generate knowledge and to inspire, educate, and support current and emerging leaders in all sectors to apply management skills to create social value.

USC Marshall Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship: With a Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship (MSSE), you will experience a business education geared to the unique aspects of social impact. You will be prepared uniquely to become a leader in the field. You will balance your head and heart as you embark on a career with meaning and attack the most pressing global challenges. The MSSE will give you the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to launch a social enterprise or play a key leadership role in an existing one.
 

 

INCUBATORS

Community Partners : What we provide enables social innovators and entrepreneurs to do what they do best - make change happen. Since 1992, we have supported, trained, and invested in more than 500 social innovators and entrepreneurs tackling every imaginable social issue. They have come from the core of our vibrant communities and from every station of civic life: government, foundations, business, the social sector, and neighborhoods everywhere.

Criterion Ventures : Criterion launches social ventures that create a better world, either for clients or by taking an equity position with internally developed ideas. Founded in 2002 by Joy Anderson, Criterion boasts the experience, the team, the methodology and the network to achieve dramatic good for the world and the track record to prove it. We achieve large scale results by focusing on deep and impactful partnerships with a few ventures at a time.

GoodCompany Ventures : GoodCompany Ventures catalyzes start-ups with innovative solutions to big, unmet social needs. GoodCompany entrepreneurs are offered a great place to work in Philadelphia, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and access to a network of capital sources and expert advisors. We champion models that offer investors financial return and social impact.

 

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