The Social Impact Blog

The Social Impact Blog covers the latest research, thinking, and developments in social enterprise and in improving the sustainability of the social sector.  Posted approximately once per week, by reading this blog you will become better informed about the challenges facing nonprofits and social enterprises and find ideas on how you can make a difference in our society through the impact of for-profit and nonprofit socially-focused organizations.

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Social Enterprise Making Major Advances

While businesses that create social impact are still a minor part of the Central Ohio economy, the amount of activity and engagement in this business sector expanded significantly in the past year. Summarized in the recently released report State of Social Enterprise in Central Ohio (available by download at, progress occurred in three areas.

Center for Social Enterprise Development Celebrates Year Two

On August 2, 2016, the Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED), joined by social entrepreneurs, funders and community partners, came together for its second annual Positioned to Prosper event at the Columbus Museum of Art. Since CSED’s inception, more than 85...

Cardinal Health Support Goes Beyond the Checkbook

We are partnering with Cardinal Health’s management development program called LEAD to evaluate the community’s need and desire to address this problem and to assess the technical challenges and demands of such an undertaking before we start fundraising for the project.

Taking Time to Celebrate

Next week I hope many will join us in celebrating our many steps. Those who register will receive an advance copy of our second annual State of Social Enterprise in Central Ohio.

July’s Social Impact Feature: Blendoor and Pipeline Angels

Pipeline Angels Invest in Blendoor, an App that Focuses on Merit-based Hiring Practices Stephanie Lampkin launched her first startup during her years in business school. She spent two years of her life to put her concept to the test. When it became clear that the...

Early Results on Social Impact in Central Ohio

Working with the social enterprises we have identified in Central Ohio, the Center for Social Enterprise Development has begun to collect data on their economic and social impact. The effort remains at an early stage and we have assembled impact data for one-third of the enterprises.

A Clear Story is Essential for Social Entrepreneurs

There has been a movement away from 85 page business plans toward leaner descriptions of a business, often called a “pitch”. A pitch is also an excellent way for an entrepreneur to maintain focus on vision and strategy while living in the “weeds” of daily operations. For a social entrepreneur, the pitch can also be the best way to stay anchored on social impact while promoting the product and its value to the customer.

June’s Social Impact Feature: THRIV3 LLC

Social enterprise THRIV3 LLC launches its first probiotic product, activechange™ Each month, the Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) publishes an article about a local social enterprise, showcasing its social impact within a specific focus area. June’s...

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