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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

July 3, 2017 | Social Enterprise Can Change Your Life? Three Grantees Tell Us How (Part 3 of 3)

Last May, we awarded grants to 13 amazing nonprofits running social enterprises. These...

June 29, 2017 | Social Enterprise Can Change Your Life? Three Grantees Tell Us How (Part 2 of 3)

Last May, we awarded grants to 13 amazing nonprofits running social enterprises. These...

June 26, 2017 | Social Enterprise Can Change Your Life? Three Grantees Tell Us How (Part 1 of 3)

Last May, we awarded grants to 13 amazing nonprofits running social enterprises. These...

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...

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

July 3, 2017 | Social Enterprise Can Change Your Life? Three Grantees Tell Us How (Part 3 of 3)

Last May, we awarded grants to 13 amazing nonprofits running social enterprises. These...

June 29, 2017 | Social Enterprise Can Change Your Life? Three Grantees Tell Us How (Part 2 of 3)

Last May, we awarded grants to 13 amazing nonprofits running social enterprises. These...

June 26, 2017 | Social Enterprise Can Change Your Life? Three Grantees Tell Us How (Part 1 of 3)

Last May, we awarded grants to 13 amazing nonprofits running social enterprises. These...

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...

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