Back to School CSR Initiatives: Does Mega Brand Cause Marketing always = Sustainable Social Change?

As reported by Cone, Inc., in late August, this year’s Back to School, included a bevy of cause related initiatives from Corp’s ranging from Target to JC Penney.   The Give with Target, campaign allowed Facebook users to ask for votes for their favorite school on a Cause page; for every 25 votes, the Company donated a $25 gift certificate to the school for up to $10,000 per school. This is part of Target’s commitment to raise $1 billion for K-12 education by 2015. So far they have raised $2.5 million for American Schools.     The large reach potential of … Continue reading Back to School CSR Initiatives: Does Mega Brand Cause Marketing always = Sustainable Social Change?

Beyond CSR to the new ‘PPP’: Public+Private+Philanthropy…”How Companies Can Move Beyond Philanthropy in Developing Countries?”

                        More from Kay’s article: “For years the developed world’s standard M.O. has been to fund philanthropic projects in poorer countries across the globe. The results overall are mixed and have certainly been controversial. But despite one’s views of the “donor community” and whether one believes that charity and aid are effective, the stubborn fact is that needs have become greater, costs more expensive and for philanthropies and foundations, the funds must be stretched even further.”     DWBDG asks: Can companies move beyond brand pumping CSR initiatives to … Continue reading Beyond CSR to the new ‘PPP’: Public+Private+Philanthropy…”How Companies Can Move Beyond Philanthropy in Developing Countries?”

New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

“The findings are detailed in Fightback Britain, a report based on the largest analysis of the social enterprise sector in the UK, supported by the Co-operative Bank.  It reveals that social enterprises, which exist to benefit society and reinvest their profits, are twice as likely as mainstream businesses to have reported growth in the last year. They are also more likely to be led by women, young people, and those from minority ethnic groups. Research uncovers ‘start-up explosion’ in Britain’s most deprived communities – highlights from the report include: 39% of all social enterprises are based and working in the most deprived communities … Continue reading New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

Social Enterprise + the World Wide Web = An Incubator for Disadvantaged Youth, Women, & Minorities

Don’t think an organization can “Really” make the world a better place and change the landscape of business? We create student-driven local websites that help reduce poverty and promote diversity. We help: Students experience the web startup culture and low-risk ownership Local businesses & promising aspiring talent reach their full marketing potential Local residents connect with each other & save $ on their purchases Disadvantaged youth become successful Web Social Entrepreneurs Create and keep wealth in local communities (The niche, grassroots based websites that we create are started without any traditional institutional venture capital.) The act of a person who … Continue reading Social Enterprise + the World Wide Web = An Incubator for Disadvantaged Youth, Women, & Minorities

New Door’s At-Risk Youth Print and Pedal in Social Enterprise

Opening a New Door for At-risk Youth in San Fransisco New Door Ventures helps at-risk youth get ready for work and life. We provide assistance to young people ages 16-21 who need support in making the increasingly difficult transition from youth to adulthood. Our Clients: At New Door Ventures, we serve at-risk youth, ages 16-21. The youth we work with tend to have many risk factors that can compromise their ability to make a successful transition from youth to adulthood. A typical youth in New Door’s programs would have several of the following characteristics: Living in poverty, A minority, A child of immigrants … Continue reading New Door’s At-Risk Youth Print and Pedal in Social Enterprise

Women’s Bean Project – Sometimes a Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen

More than a hill of beans… Since 1989 we have been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. We are a nonprofit organization that teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in our gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self sufficiency. Our Mission: To change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. Our Vision: Women’s Bean Project strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills … Continue reading Women’s Bean Project – Sometimes a Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen