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    Welcome to the Enterprising VOICE! We hope you find this bi-weekly bulletin from the Social Enterprise Alliance to be a quick and easy way to stay in touch
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2004
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      Welcome to the Enterprising VOICE! We hope you find this bi-weekly
      bulletin from the Social Enterprise Alliance to be a quick and easy way
      to stay in touch with the people, products, news and trends from the
      field. Please feel to incorporate any of this information in your own
      association correspondence along with an attribution of source.

      If you would like to post news, content, events or have feedback
      regarding any part of this bulletin, please contact
      mcclurg@....


      This Week 5.5.04


      QuikPoll
      1. Does competition from for-profit firms play a major role in the
      success of your earned income venture?
      2. Must a social enterprise generate a profit or is breakeven financial
      performance sufficient?

      News
      1. Charitable Giving for Operations Goes Up
      2. Ten Emerging Principles of Governance of Nonprofit Corporations

      Enterprise Calendar
      1. Susten8 London Networking Event
      2. N-TEN (Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network) Regional Conference
      4. Complete calendar of Social Enterprise Events

      Resources & Opportunities
      1. Social Enterprise Alliance Member Discount
      2. Social Innovators Program
      3. Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool
      4. The Board Café ™
      5. The Work of a Social Entrepreneur
      6. Job Announcement: Ben & Jerry's Partnershop Franchise Specialist



      QuikPoll

      How do your views and experience compare to your peers? Take 30 seconds
      (or less) to answer the question below, then view poll results in the
      next edition of the Enterprising Voice.
      Today’s question: Does competition from for-profit firms play a major
      role in the success of your earned income venture?

      To answer, click: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=51041477686

      QuikPoll Feedback: Must a social enterprise generate a profit or is
      breakeven financial performance sufficient?

      This question drew a heavy – and split – response. Our readers believe:

      - Every social enterprise should make a profit. 37.5%
      - Breakeven financial performance is good enough. 40.6%
      - It doesn't matter as long as social objectives are met. 21.9%


      Advocates of profitability were adamant in their position, in large part
      because most are using social enterprise profits to subsidize other
      social services: “If a social enterprise doesn't strive for excellence,
      it won't be around long; being profitable is one part of excellence.”
      “Aim for breakeven and you'll probably make a loss.” “If a social
      enterprise just breaks even, then the social value created must be
      greater or equal to start-up and working capital; otherwise, the
      enterprise actually failed.” “Not to generate a profit that can act as
      an operating surplus/reserve would be irresponsible.”

      However, the majority (combining the two other options) felt it was
      unfair to evaluate a social enterprise on financial performance given
      its inherent social benefit. “If the enterprise was created to teach
      job skills then profit is not a factor.” “The social return makes a
      breakeven scenario ‘profitable’ by default."

      In the end, one respondent put it best: “Any earned revenue from a
      social enterprise is that much less money that needs to be raised from
      other sources.”

      If you have a QuikPoll question that you’d like to pose to others in the
      field, please send it to mcclurg@... for future posting.


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      Now Available: Previous QuikPolls
      For a quick and easy reference to opinions and plans from the field of
      social enterprise,
      check out: http://www.se-alliance.org/resources_quikpoll.cfm
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      News

      1. Charitable Giving for Operations Goes Up
      According to a study by the Foundation Center in NYC: grant support by
      the largest 1000 foundations fell in 2002 for the first time since 1990,
      but giving for direct operations increased from 15.9% to 18.8%, the
      largest proportion ever. From the Philanthropy Journal:
      http://www.philanthropyjournal.com/newsarticle.cfm?articleID=61119&PTSid
      ebarOptID=7541&returnTo=page15174.cfm&returntoname=Giving%20&SiteID=1664
      &pageid=15174&sidepageid=15174

      2. Ten Emerging Principles of Governance of Nonprofit Corporations
      Higher levels of public expectation and media scrutiny lie ahead for the
      nonprofit sector according to this article by Thomas Silk, principal of
      Silk, Adler & Colvin; originally published in The Exempt Organization
      Tax Review 35 (2004): http://www.silklaw.com/


      Enterprise Calendar

      1. Susten8 London Networking Event
      The Atrium, PricewaterhouseCoopers, London; presented in partnership
      with New Economics Foundation, Social Venture Network & UK Social
      Investment Forum, May 17, 2004. http://www.susten8.com

      2. N-TEN (Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network) Regional Conference
      National University, San Diego; May 13th. $50 Scholarships available!
      http://www.nten.org/conferences-san

      3. Complete calendar of social enterprise events at
      http://www.se-alliance.org/events.cfm


      Enterprise Resources & Opportunities

      1. Social Enterprise Alliance Member Discount
      Subscribe to the Stanford Social Innovation Review at a discounted rate!
      For details go to www.se-alliance.org and sign in. All of the
      information is available on our member homepage.

      2. Social Innovators Program
      The latest edition of an informative newsletter from the Social
      Innovators Program of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization:
      http://www.yeo.org/programs/extra/Quarter_2_2004.pdf

      3. Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool
      Originally created by McKinsey and Venture Philanthropy Partners, this
      spreadsheet has been modified by Social Venture Partners to assist
      nonprofits assess their organizational capacity. Click on successive
      tabs to rate components and create a summary score.
      http://www.svpseattle.org/key_documents/SVP%20Org.%20Capacity%20Assessme
      nt%20Tool.xls

      4. The Board Café ™
      A menu of ideas, opinion, news and resources to help board members give
      and get the most out of board service. From CompassPoint Nonprofit
      Services & Jan Masaoka. http://www.boardcafe.org

      5. The Work of a Social Entrepreneur
      If you haven’t checked this out before, take a look at this Hauser
      Center working paper by Sarah Alvord, L. David Brown and Christine
      Letts, “Social Entrepreneurship and Social Transformation” (November
      2002):
      http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/hauser/active_backup/PDF_XLS/workingpaper_15.
      pdf

      6. Job Announcement: Ben & Jerry's Partnershop Franchise Specialist
      (Central Support Offices - South Burlington)
      We are looking for someone to join our team to support and help develop
      one of Ben & Jerry's innovative social mission programs, The PartnerShop
      Program. The PartnerShop Specialist works in conjunction with the
      PartnerShop Program Manager and Retail Operations team to provide
      support and consultation to our nonprofit scoop shop operators around
      the country. For the full job description go to
      http://www.benjerry.com/our_company/jobs/PartnerFranSpec65.html
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