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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...
Neighborhood Development Center supports microenterprise as a means to build ownership and income for low-income communities, especially in communities of color, where ownership opportunities have been profoundly limited.
Neighborworks Umpqua creates opportunities for microenterprises and small-business enterprises that benefit Native and local communities in rural southwest Oregon.
First Peoples Fund emphasizes cultural values and entrepreneurial qualities in the journey from amateur artisan to professional culture bearer making a living off artwork.
Tools & Info
Describes social enterprise and how to be effective. An informative jumping-off point to learn about social enterprise’s history, facts, figures, and supportive resources.
Learn about microbusiness owners and their needs. Funders and others looking to support microbusiness can gain deeper insight into the challenges from a 2013 study of 714 microbusiness owners.
A report from The Aspen Institute that makes the case for microenterprise as an economic development strategy.
A one-stop shop for all things social enterprise. Whether you support, engage, or are thinking about getting involved in social enterprise, this webpage features tools and information useful for any stage of your exploration.
How social enterprise generates jobs and social returns. Multiple evaluations of REDF’s 19 years of investments in social enterprise reveal how the return on investment for communities more than doubles.
Dig deep into the economic impact of microbusiness. Get the details of how microenterprise can be a source of impact for low-income communities and the whole economy.
How to lend to small businesses equitably. This site lays out six rights for small business borrowers that should be fundamental for any loan.
Follow what’s happening in social enterprise. This is a hub for people to learn and network about social enterprise.
This paper from Asset Funders Network (AFN) makes the case for how ownership of microenterprises and small businesses is allowing black and Latino families to build financial assets.
A social enterprise treasure chest. Geared toward social entrepreneurs, this site offers content resources on planning, launching, managing, and growing successful social enterprises.