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Benefit Chicago - launched in 2016 aims to provide $100m in social sector investment in Chicago region
From the web site: "Benefit Chicago is a new collaboration (of The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Calvert Foundation, that aims to mobilize $100 million in impact investments for nonprofits and social enterprises working throughout the Chicago region." Visit the web site and read more.

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Chicago Beyond - aims to improve the lives of Chicago’s young people
From the web site: "Chicago Beyond works in close partnership with UChicago Urban Labs in its efforts invests in innovative ideas and scalable programs to amplify impact while addressing two urgent issues that are flip sides of the same coin –youth safety and educational attainment."

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First Round - a knowledge base for start-ups and entrepreneurs
If you're starting a business, or even a non profit, you should get to know the First Round web site. It has draws upon an extensive web library to answer questions site users might have, and to organize events and services that support entrepreneurs.

Note: If the Tutor/Mentor Connection were starting over, and had capital and tech talent, it would look much like this First Round web site.

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Making Sense of Impact Investing
This article addresses the fact that "not everyone agrees on what impact investing is".

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A Better Place - Germany's largest on-line donation platform
This is "a platform which would give people the chance to present their work to a global audience and to find people who wanted to see what concrete difference their support was making. The betterplace lab emerged alongside the platform. The betterplace lab researches where social and digital innovation meets, analysing trends in how people are changing the world and showcases inspiring examples of the internet and mobile phones improving lives."

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Article: Hybrid Model for Non Profits Not working - 2010 article
ThisNew York Times article is worth reading for any on profit that thinks creating a business model is easy, or that it always works.

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Aura's House
From the web site: "Aura’s House is a grassroots online project that raises funds for housing, health, income generation, and education projects for needy children in developing countries.

It was originally created to raise $4500 to build a safe, sturdy brick home for Aura Hernandez and her family in Guatemala. Since our goal was met in November of 2004, we decided to launch other small projects that bring big changes to the lives of families in developing countries. Aura’s House At A Glance."

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Busniness Plan Competitions - Mentor Capital Network
From the web site: "Our Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration supports the entrepreneurs behind mission driven, for-profit social enterprises, no matter where they are in the world. Over the years, we’ve supported over 950 ventures with over $6mm worth of intellectual “mentor” capital, giving entrepreneurial teams customized feedback on their business plans and access to a network of over 1,000 of the world’s best industry and regional experts who have given their time to support these startup teams. We seek to create and accelerate opportunities for these teams to make a serious, innovative, and scalable difference in the world."

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Crowdfunding sites - Forbes 2014 list
If you're interested in crowdfunding this list offers some options. Browse the magazine web site for other stories on this topic.

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Ecological Economics - innovative thinking on funding
This writer has done in-depth thinking focused on finding ways to generate and distribute revenue to participants involved in collective action. For instance, in Facebook, many gather in Social Enterprise forums and talk of their ideas and projects, but most don't have the money/capital to hire others to help them do work they can't do on their own to develop their projects. Few have time to go beyond "talk" because they need to generate revenue to cover their own personal/business expenses. Finding a way to bring revenue into such groups and distribute it fairly to those who participate in a project, would be a breakthrough.

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Enable Impact - on-line investment platform
From the web site: "Enable Impact is the funding platform for impact investors, where accredited investors find and fund vetted social venture deals. We bring impact investors and social entrepreneurs together, combining capital and enterprise, to solve global issues, in a sustainable, scalable way."

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Ethical Markets
This is how this organization describes its philosophy.: "ETHICAL MARKETS’ mission is to foster the evolution of capitalism beyond current models based on materialism, maximizing self-interest and profit, competition and fear of scarcity. As we move further into the Information Age, we learn that information and knowledge are not scarce, and our economic models can move toward sharing, cooperating and a new abundance. We believe capitalism combined with humanity’s growing knowledge of the interdependence of all life on Planet Earth, can evolve to serve today’s new needs and our common future—-beyond maximizing profits for shareholders and management, to benefiting all stakeholders. We deliver this message to our global market by featuring stories of success."

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Impact Investing - an new form of philanthropic support
For social entrepreneurs who have been seeking new forms of investment, "impact investments" from traditional foundations offers some hope. This article offers some understanding of this opportunity.

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Kiva - Loans that Change Lives
From the web site: "Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities."

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Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation - Free Legal Services for Social Entrepreneurs
From the web site: "The Foundation’s mission is to engage Lex Mundi’s global network of leading independent law firms to support and empower those working to bring about high impact and sustainable social change that improves communities and lives. The Foundation achieves its mission through working with Lex Mundi lawyers to provide critical pro bono legal services to the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Visit this link to learn how to apply for pro bono legal support.

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Open Business Models - call for participation
How do you create content and give it away for free, and still make a living and cover your expenses. Great question. Visit this article and learn more.

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Partnership for Change - Norway
From the web site: "Partnership for Change (PfC) is a Norwegian NGO that works to secure economic independence for women and youth. We currently have operations in Ethiopia and Myanmar. PfC develops and applies new tools, methods and forms of cooperation to address societal problems. We seek cooperation across a variety of sectors in order to build solutions that are sustainable – financially, socially and environmentally.
PfC always works through local partners and employs business methods to create enduring results. Together with partners at the local and national levels we identify needs and arrive at the best solutions. We believe in local responsibility and ownership. We have developed an operational model (see web site) which integrates financial aid among its components." Visit the site to learn more

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SBA Learning Center
From the web site: "The SBA offers a variety of resources to help small businesses start and grow."

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Searching for better practices in SE investing - 2011 HBR article
From the web site: "Social change requires innovation, not just in organizational practices but in funding practices, as well. This was a key message at "Social Investing: Emerging Trends in a Changing Landscape," a recent panel discussion at Harvard Business School in which several professional philanthropists explored how best to support social change." Read the article. What's changed since this was written?

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Short Guide to Impact Investing (2015) - pdf
This PDF on the CASE Foundation web site intends to provide a short introduction and guide to what impact investing is and how business can apply the strategy to influence social change.

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Social Innovator - Help for start-up Social Entrepreneurs
This is comprehensive list of social innovation intermediaries and resources. Take a look.

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Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund
From the web site: "The Small-Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund (S3IDF), Inc. is an international nonprofit organization that builds inclusive market systems to benefit poor and disadvantaged communities.

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The Rockefeller Foundation - Impact Investing
From the web site: Among many other initiatives, "The Foundation has also contributed to the evolution of the investing landscape, pioneering the field of impact investing, through which investors can make investments with the intent of generating both profit and social and/or environmental impact. Through our grantmaking over the last nine years, we have invested more than $40 million in building the networks, measurements, and standards that have enabled impact investing to mature into a tool for investors. In a signal of its growth, in 2015, at the behest of clients, the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, launched its own impact investing portfolio."

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