Board member Zach Ducheneaux speaks out on better policies to support Native agriculture
5 Keys for Social Enterprise Success from MACC
See our microenterprise profile on Neighborhood Development Center
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November 11, 2019 | NEW VIDEO: Ventures Kicks Off Our Learning Video Series on How Grantees Respond to Culture and Community
Watch this short video that highlights Ventures, a Seattle–based service organization...
December 17, 2018 | Let’s Use Business as a Tool for Good: Grantee Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC) Shares Five Things You Need to Know About Social Enterprise
Our Enterprise Development portfolio invests in communities to drive entrepreneurship...
September 27, 2018 | Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Publication Features a Conversation with NWAF Board Member Zach Ducheneaux: Reservation-Based Agricultural Economies Poised to Thrive
Zach Ducheneaux; photo by Dawnee LeBeau, courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of...
June 29, 2018 | Raise Your Understanding About What Creates Opportunity in Rural America: Check Out the Aspen Institute’s Series, America’s Rural Opportunity
America’s Rural Opportunity is a series that invites dialogue among leaders from...
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...
In an interview filmed during NWAF’s May 2019 board learning retreat in Seattle, Ventures staff shares how they foster entrepreneurship and small-business ownership among communities with few resources but unlimited potential.
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.
Tips from the collective expertise of Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities’ 50-member network of nonprofit social enterprises.
NWAF Board Member Zach Ducheneaux talks about agricultural banking and investment policies in Indian Country, and how to improve them.
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.