Social Enterprise for Nonprofits
Fresh, Sustainable Income Streams
To secure your nonprofit’s future and demonstrate sustainability to grantmakers you have to grow beyond the “let’s get a grant” box. This two-day training helps participants establish a plan for building a steady, reliable earned income stream that aligns with their organization’s mission.
This training is only offered as a sponsored option. The workshop’s content and duration are customized for the specific audience. The most common format is two days.
What You Learn
During this training, you identify and assess an earned income opportunity; practice market research, pricing strategies, operational plans, and financial analysis. Work with a small team to develop a mini-business plan. The curriculum includes:
How to approach social enterprise while supporting your organization’s mission:
Build on current activities, existing capabilities and established stakeholder relationships
Turn your agency’s strengths into business opportunities
Guard against “mission drift”
Understand tax implications and protecting IRS status
Support and capitalize on your organization’s culture and capabilities
How to evaluate a social enterprise opportunity:
Analyze your organization’s current customers
Perform preliminary market research
Do feasibility testing
Determine your competitive advantage
How to develop, grow, and diversify an earned income program:
Focus staff time and resources
Develop your customer base
Develop new or related products
Diversify into entirely new areas
Preclude concerns of unfair competition from existing businesses
Prepare an implementation plan
How You Learn
Social Enterprise for Nonprofits uses our Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum — the most effective approach for adult learners. Our training uses exercises with plenty of opportunity for questions so that you retain what you learn. You leave the training with a mini business plan to implement your idea, a network of colleagues to contact and six months of follow-up support from the Center via our Alumni Membership Program.
You’re Not Alone When Class Is Over
As a graduate of Social Enterprise for Nonprofits, you receive our Associate Alumni Membership for six months. This helps you:
Find funders through GrantDomain, our database of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers
Upgrade your own skills with tuition discounts on other training programs, publications, and consulting services
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BRING THIS WORKSHOP TO YOUR COMMUNITY
This training is offered as a private sponsored option. Only rarely is it open to the public. Please let us know if you'd like to discuss bringing this training to your community.
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