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Supporting Enterprise Development that drives entrepreneurship and provides ownership, jobs, and training opportunities to people who have been denied them in the past.

From the Blog

November 10, 2016 | What We Can Learn from the Foundation’s Social Enterprise Grantees

Convenings go beyond grant dollars to support social enterprise grantees. We at the...

October 27, 2016 | Explore the Findings of our 2016 Messaging Survey

Survey respondents share their ideas for how they would like NWAF to engage with them...

September 29, 2016 | Our Annual Report Explores Enterprise Development and Neighborhood Development Center

How do you build good jobs and improve financial know-how and skills for hardworking...

June 17, 2016 | Get Funding and Support for Social Enterprise from One of Our Grantees: Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Last month, we announced 13 grants to organizations doing work in the social enterprise...

May 22, 2016 | 13 new grantees are teaching us and the field how to innovate through social enterprise

We just awarded nearly $3.5 million in grants to 13 proven and promising nonprofits to...

Enterprise Development is a proven way to empower people to pursue their dreams of opening a business so they can thrive on their own terms.

Enterprise Development also means community investment. Locally owned small businesses understand that their own success depends on the well-being of their communities, economic and otherwise. They offer better jobs and care more about the financial capability of their employees.


Our Enterprise Development funding is focused on social enterprises and microenterprises.

  • Social enterprise strategies—like a youth-run garden and café, or a technology recycling program operated by adults facing barriers to employment—raise revenue to further their own mission and have a greater impact for the people they serve.

  • Microenterprises and the people who run them are the lifeblood of thriving local economies. Small businesses and microenterprises—locally owned and operated by five or fewer employees, including the owner who draws his or her primary source of income from the business—extend and expand key economic opportunities, especially for people who face limited job prospects where they live.
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From the Blog

November 10, 2016 | What We Can Learn from the Foundation’s Social Enterprise Grantees

Convenings go beyond grant dollars to support social enterprise grantees. We at the...

October 27, 2016 | Explore the Findings of our 2016 Messaging Survey

Survey respondents share their ideas for how they would like NWAF to engage with them...

September 29, 2016 | Our Annual Report Explores Enterprise Development and Neighborhood Development Center

How do you build good jobs and improve financial know-how and skills for hardworking...

June 17, 2016 | Get Funding and Support for Social Enterprise from One of Our Grantees: Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Last month, we announced 13 grants to organizations doing work in the social enterprise...

May 22, 2016 | 13 new grantees are teaching us and the field how to innovate through social enterprise

We just awarded nearly $3.5 million in grants to 13 proven and promising nonprofits to...

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