Reports and Publications

A collection of reports, publications, and useful information related to social enterprise.
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1 The Analysis of Humanization of Social Enterprise
Recently, the term of social enterprise has been becoming a prevalent and controversial topic in China. Most scholars focus on the study of social enterprise from the perspective of law, economy, politics, etc. And a series of topics have been involved in the heated debate, such as the definition of social enterprise, the boundaries between public interests and profit. However, there is little discussion concerning social enterprise from the perspective of “Humanization”.
2 Social Enterprise Marketing Toolkit
This toolkit, developed by Enterprising Non-Profits (enp), has been designed to help you understand the fundamentals of marketing, and to apply them in your social enterprise.
3 Social Entrepreneurship: Legislative innovations
This white paper is part of a series that explores the opportunities and challenges supporting the growth of social ventures in Ontario. One identified challenge is the lack of a hybrid legal structure for social ventures in Ontario similar to structures introduced in the UK and the US to promote the growth of social ventures in those market places.
4 Redefining Returns – Social Finance Awareness and Opportunities in the Canadian Financial Sector
A nation-wide study that provides insight into the issues and opportunities for social finance as perceived by the Canadian financial sector. This report identifies several key themes related to the level of awareness of social finance, as well as the challenges faced by financial institutions, asset managers, financial advisors, and investors. The report proposes strategies to build awareness across the financial sector, and provides recommendations to help advance social finance in Canada.
5 Social Entrepreneurship: Social venture finance
This introduction to social venture financing, published by MaRS, is the first in a series discussing the opportunities and challenges in the social finance ecosystem.
6 npEnterprise Forum
The global, moderated, free listserv of ~7500 subscribers who discuss practical ways social enterprises (SEs) can advance their social or environmental missions through entrepreneurial strategies.
7 No More Business as Usual – A Social Enterprise Manifesto
Developed in collaboration with social enterprises across the UK, [this manifesto] aims to raise the profile of social enterprise and promote them as a more accountable and sustainable business model.
8 A Snapshot of Social Enterprise in Canada
To develop this guide, enp sought the insights of nonprofit leaders – Canadian social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated outstanding creativity, commitment, and persistence in pursuing their visions.
9 Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSERJ)
ANSERJ is the official journal of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER). It is dedicated to providing a stimulating and vibrant forum for the open dissemination of contemporary high-quality, peer-reviewed research on nonprofits and the social economy.
10 Firstport publications for social entrepreneurs
Firstport, the business support and advice service for social entrepreneurs in Scotland, has published a series of six publications online. They cover What is a social enterprise?, Getting started, Managing money, Understanding customers, Being legal, and Scaling up.
11 Social Enterprise’s Expanding Position in the Nonprofit Landscape
The report examines what a social enterprise is, why there is a need for social enterprise, the benefits of earned income, and potential challenges and ways to minimize risk.
12 Social Innovation in Canada: An Update
In preparing this report, the authors examined a number of questions, including: How has social innovation evolved over the last few years? What factors have driven or contributed to this evolution? Is there a clear and widely shared definition of social innovation? Are there new models and approaches for public support to encourage social innovation?
13 The Unofficial Student Guide to Social Entrepreneurship at Harvard and Beyond
This guide was written by students, for students. It discusses what social entrepreneurship is, what social entrepreneurs do, and how you can get involved. And it includes career opportunities, organizations supporting social entrepreneurs, and lists of websites, books, and useful articles.
14 A Theory of Social Business
“A Theory of Social Business (Society Changing Model)” aims to clarify the important subject of social business and bring all different opinions to one platform regarding social business.

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