Social Enterprise for Nonprofits

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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 only as a sponsored option. Let us know if you'd like to bring this training to your community.

Email Cathleen Kiritiz, President,, or Gail Brauner, Program Manager, call (800) 421-9512. Ext 6

You may also want to visit Partner With Us page.