Are Social Enterprises Viable Models for Funding Nonprofits?

ASU Lodestar Center

Social enterprise models may well offer an answer. Should nonprofits become more aggressive in adopting new business models that can add needed revenue? What are the downsides and dangers in pursuing new models? One answer to these questions may be the social enterprise model, which has the potential to revolutionize both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. These social enterprise efforts can add a business model by creating sustainable revenue.

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Notes on Structure Lab: Legal and Financial Models for Social Entrepeneurship

Museum 2.0

Like many people in the arts, I'm interested in new models that help people combine mission-driven work with an entrepreneurial spirit. The idea is that you specify your values, relationships, and assets, and then match those up with potentially fruitful legal structures, financing models, and growth potential. A company in which employees are co-owners might translate well to a coop model. Tags: business models


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From Gartner: Five Laws for Exploring Virtual Worlds

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

develop appropriate and relevant business models. Gartner's five laws for exploring virtual worlds at the enterprise level. First Law: Virtual worlds are not games, but neither are they a parallel universe (yet). Second Law: Behind every avatar is a real person Third Law: Be relevant and add value. Fourth Law: Understand and contain the downside. Fifth Law: This is a long haul.

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

law--positions that would be hard for me to imagine passing our Congress. One of the most powerful industries on the planet, which already has loads of treaties and laws protecting its interests, needs to find balance against some of the most economically and information disadvantaged people on the planet? Especially since the Treaty for the Blind, if it were written to actually help the blind, would comply with all of those treaties and laws. Conflicts with American Law.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Santa Fe Institute Research Topics - Physics of Complex Systems: Network Resources

Network-Centric Advocacy

Is there a 3 dimensional structure equivalent to the power law? What mathematical and statistical models accurately capture the important aspects of a network’s structure? And, can these models predict a network’s future behavior? Is there a 3 dimensional structure equivalent to the power law? What mathematical and statistical models accurately capture the important aspects of a network’s structure? And, can these models predict a network’s future behavior?

3 Common Nonprofit Board Myths

NonProfit Hub

Myth #2 Roberts Rules is the Law. We’ve all found ourselves in unwieldy committee meetings where no procedure model was in place. Your board is one of your most important assets. Don’t get bogged down by those who don’t have your cause in mind.

What You Need to Do to Get CCPA Compliant?

Byte Technology

There is also a lot of confusion regarding how the law can be enforced and how it will affect consumerism on a daily basis. For businesses like Google and Facebook who collect data for targeted advertising, this could pose a serious threat to their business model. Companies that refuse to comply with the law could be facing fines of up to $7500. Cybersecurity is an issue that’s on everyone’s mind.

What You Need to Do to Get CCPA Compliant?

Byte Technology

There is also a lot of confusion regarding how the law can be enforced and how it will affect consumerism on a daily basis. For businesses like Google and Facebook who collect data for targeted advertising, this could pose a serious threat to their business model.

3 Ways to Support the Asian American Community

Saleforce Nonprofit

Because the model minority myth created a false pecking order of identities. Anti-Defamation League : ADL is a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education, and is a leading organization in training law enforcement.

Predictions for a Post-Pandemic Future for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

The laws of economics say that having less ticket supply available will actually rebalance the equation, or even create demand because the supply of seats will be more limited.

Congressional Testimony Statement before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

In my prepared statement, I explained why well-balanced intellectual property laws inspire technology innovation and social good, and described how our Bookshare initiative models the good that copyright exceptions can create. And new technology and new operational models are needed to do far more good with the same or fewer resources.

COVID-19 and the nonprofit response: Social enterprise?

ASU Lodestar Center

Charitable giving declined in 2018 due to tax law changes. Answer the question – What community need am I responding to, and how does a social enterprise approach meet the need versus a traditionally funded program model? Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

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The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I have previously written about the top issues addressed by the Treaty , but to recap, the Treaty is a wonderful instrument because it requires exceptions for people who are blind or have other print disabilities in national copyright laws. During the diplomatic conference, Bookshare was the most-cited model of what other countries could hope to achieve with the Treaty.

A Jargon-Free Guide to Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies (L3C)

NonProfit Hub

An L3C, though, is a hybrid of an LLC and nonprofit business model, which is where an organization operates to benefit the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive. Other examples have included farmers’ markets, newspapers, law groups and art centers. And now the million dollar question: is this business model right for my organization? This is one of the requirements for L3Cs the law puts forth for this business model.

Hannah Somers, CCChampions

Nonprofit Talent

After working at an immigration law firm for two years in Chicago, she is thrilled to make her return to Pittsburgh as a member of the CCChampions team! When I left my job at the law firm, I was really looking for something that would allow me to directly help others.

The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Such action, the Court decided, didn’t constitute copyright infringement because it was fair use , that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. It also underscores just how critical a balanced copyright law is for technology innovation. copyright law. Conclusion At their best, IP laws encourage technological advances, reward creativity, and benefit society.

4 bbcon Takeaways for Philanthropic Organizations to Power 2019 Planning

Connection Cafe

Taking the time to identify the most important information, and understanding privacy laws as we reviewed in “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy”, will result in an unprecedented understanding of your stakeholders and a strong relationship between each party. . If you’re just starting this process, consider the creation of a logic model. Once set, all future actions can be compared back to the model.

Making the Most Difficult Ask—Legacy Giving

NonProfit Hub

Know the Law. Understanding how the inheritance laws work in your state can make a big difference when talking to potential legacy donors. You don’t have to go to law school (please, save yourself the pain), but learn the basics about how estate law works on both the state and federal level and it will help your conversations. Be open about the financial model and what a legacy gift will mean to you. It’s a conversation that no one really wants to have.

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4 Types Of Business Strategies To Fast Forward Your Growth

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

In addition, you eliminate the need to understand foreign labor and tax laws. Lastly, you can develop other models for your products, like a mini or larger version of the product. 4 Types Of Business Strategies To Fast Forward Your Growth. How to Grow your Business?

Ratify Marrakesh!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The creation of Bookshare was made possible because of an enlightened copyright law exception. Because the Marrakesh Treaty was modeled after the Chafee Amendment, as the Section 121 copyright exception is widely known in honor of the senator who proposed it in 1996, only minor changes have been recommended to align U.S. law with the Treaty language.

Bookshare without Borders: #2/3

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Finally, we’re grateful to the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation for matching us with pro bono attorneys who drafted a very impressive agreement tailored to Spanish law concerning serving individuals with print disabilities. Special thanks go to Charles Coward and Xavier Domènech of the Barcelona law firm Uría Menéndez. The Lex Mundi Foundation is a nonprofit affiliate of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.

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Experts Offer Advice For How To Lead During 2021

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When leaders admit to their own challenges instead of portraying a strong and stoic model of unshakability (on the outside), teams grow together, not apart. Today, the following expert business and leadership book authors shared their advice for how to effectively lead during 2021.

#AI4Good: Artificial Intelligence & Wellbeing, Ethical Dilemmas, and More

Beth Kanter

It envisions this as an ethical guiding compass and a global normative bedrock allowing to build a strong respect for the rule of law in the digital world. Chronic Homelessness Artificial Intelligence model (CHAI) .

Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Reading a Bookshare-downloaded book on the BrailleNote portable device Launched in 2007 to replicate the proven Bookshare model internationally, our Bookshare International library has already grown to serve members in more than 40 countries , many of whom are in the developing world. We’re grateful to our socially responsible publishing partners who give us world rights to their titles, even though they are not required to do so under international copyright law.

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Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Answer : • Countries should provide for a copyright exception in their national laws to allow nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities to make accessible versions of inaccessible books and other content • Import and export of such accessible materials shall be permitted 2. One key point: it’s been the law of the land in the U.S.

Towards Global Access for the Print Disabled

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It is narrower than the Treaty, and is not binding as a treaty would be (some call it “soft law” compared to the “hard law” of a treaty). Its key points are: • A recommendation that import and export be permitted under national law in all WIPO-member countries between Trusted Intermediaries (“TIs”), a narrow class of nonprofits and government agencies with a primary mission to serve the print disabled, with the option of charging TIs for the privilege to do so. •

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I believe it is a combination of copyright exceptions and business model innovations. The second group of enablers of the brighter future are business model innovations. A virtual good, a non-rivalrous good, enables a far greater range of business models, options for sustainability, than a traditional industry based on exchanging physical goods. Technology advances have created the opportunity for many of us to experiment with one or more of these models.

Design for Community is Design for Strangers

Museum 2.0

Seating gets removed, streets are built for cars, and laws turn lingering into loitering into crime. We don''t have a business model for it. But I believe there is a business model. There are lots of places where we can come together with people we already know. Dinner tables. Coffee shops. School. Church. Ball fields. These places are important. The relationships they support are powerful. These places help us strengthen bonds with the people who matter most.

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The Importance of Nonprofit Workplace Culture: Learning to Move on from Your Mistakes

NonProfit Hub

It’s inevitably in our human nature (and we’re pretty sure a scientific law?). However, this model only works if your staff is learning from their mistakes. I think that even the atmosphere in the interview process is really focusing on what is motivating—what motivated the person to go to law school, what motivates them to try to do this sort of work, and would they sort of push themselves to come up with the creative solutions for our client.”. We’ve all been there.

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

federal law supports braille instruction. Community concerns have grown so strong that on June 19, the first day of the Braille Summit, the Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued new guidance to States and public agencies to reaffirm the importance of braille instruction and to clarify the circumstances and evaluation requirements under the law.

Board Recruiting Best Practices – What do you REALLY want from me?


Though many in the nonprofit community have used these two models for years, board candidates typically do not like the ambiguity associated with these policies. Those working in the nonprofit community can give a different number than someone working at a law firm. There is no reason a lawyer at one law firm should be asked to generate something different than a similarly situated attorney at another firm. .

Geek Heresy

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

His “Law of Amplification” was particularly insightful: “technology’s primary effect is to amplify human forces.” He seems to define social entrepreneurs as rapacious for-profit businesspeople who are modeling “themselves on the Steve Jobses and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world.” I just finished reading Kentaro Toyama’s new book, Geek Heresy, tackling the cult of technology as a cure-all for society’s ills.

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AI for Nonprofits and Social Good: Link Roundup

Beth Kanter

Facilitated by Lucy Bernholz, the panelists discussed how data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models affect poor and working-class people in America. California Passes New Law That Bans Bots From Pretending to Real People: California Gov. More on the new law here. Allison Fine and I have been actively researching and writing about AI for Social Good and Nonprofits with an eye towards our next book.

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Benetech: the Equilibrium Change Machine

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The team laid out the figure below: Benetech's Equilibrium Change Model Looking at this summary of how Benetech operates, it was clear to me that our theory of change matched the framework from Osberg and Martin. We can just blow up the old model while striving for the next phase of equilibrium change. As a result, we have lots of opportunities to borrow technology and business model breakthroughs and apply them to social change.

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Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

exception model works well here. But, this is a poor model for fully addressing the book famine and one that shouldn’t be emulated, especially in the international context of the Marrakesh Treaty. Conclusion The language a few publishers and other intellectual property lobbyists are pushing for in the laws being devised to implement the Treaty—including the “if you can buy a book, you can’t borrow it” concept—could mean the end to libraries as we know them.

Vinod Sena in memoriam

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Visually impaired his entire life, he was a tireless advocate for the blind and visually impaired as well as a shining role model. He has been described as the pioneer of Talking Books in India, and had been campaigning for a copyright law change to make it easier to provide access to accessible books. Vinod Sena in memoriam I had a very unfortunate reminder of the fragile state of each human being this week.

How To Fundraise For Corporate Donations Using Passive Income Practices

NonProfit Hub

Your existing fundraising efforts can be structured into a model that attracts donors. See this post by a law firm , and this post by the National Council of Nonprofits for more info on staying within the limitations of the IRS. When seeking corporate sponsorship, nonprofits often split up into two camps. Some go all in – developing programs and sponsorship opportunities to fit any brand or budget. Others only bring a few options to the table.

Bookshare and the Power of We

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

copyright law. Our lower cost model allowed us to invert the power structure. With technology, you can do incredible things, but with a galvanized community of supporters who work together toward a greater good, we can do anything. Benetech’s Bookshare library is living proof that real, transformative change happens through partnerships and by helping people unleash their talents and energies. It is the Power of We that changes the way we create transformative positive change.

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How To Foster User Adoption In Your New Learning Management System?


Our rigorous client feedback model has allowed us to incorporate…… International – Gyrus – Learning Management System (LMS). GyrusAim provides an effective and efficient platform that helps you overcome the challenges of managing global training: deliver…… Law Enforcement: Web-Based, Enterprise Training Management System. How To Foster User Adoption In Your New Learning Management System?

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Community Building begins with Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

But both the community and your organization want to see certain laws passed, things improved, programs created or groups supported. You can model behavior all you want but if no one can tell what tools you are using to be so successful, there’s no way they can jump in and help man the ship. Yesterday, I had a very fun time presenting with my friend and colleague Debra Askanase at the 2 011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

It’s Not Slowing Down! Data Trends For Social Sector Organizations To Track In 2019

Global Giving

Similarly, companies like Amazon are making it easy for anyone to create powerful natural language processing or computer vision models without needing to build their own complex deep learning infrastructure. 2018 has been a busy year in the data world, especially in the social sector.

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Lucy Bernholz Named Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation

Beth Kanter

A thought leader in the intersection of philanthropy, law, policy, and technology, Bernholz writes about the business of giving in books, articles, and her award-winning blog, She is working on her second book, tentatively titled, The Future of Good. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced today that Lucy Bernholz will join the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar effective fall 2013 and through 2014.

Why Nonprofits Are Needed in the Sharing Economy

Tech Soup Blog

Despite having modeled institutionalized sharing for literally centuries ( hello, public libraries! ) In some models, it's not sharing that's taking place at all; it's renting a commodity owned by the community, rather than owned by the company. But, they're not all good, and that's where the nonprofit and library sectors needs to lead, model, advocate, fill the gaps, and "keep us honest."

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