7 tips for funders when investing in a social enterprise

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Supporting a social enterprise can be an appealing option for donors looking to stretch their philanthropic dollars a little further, but this kind of financing often looks different to traditional grant funding, and that is something entrepreneurs want would-be funders to be aware of.

According to the Harvard Business Review, social enterprises are “entrepreneurial organizations that innovate to solve problems” and they include nonprofit and for-profit ventures whose “returns blend social benefit and financial revenues.”  

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    Sophie Edwards

    Sophie Edwards is a reporter for Devex based in London covering global development news including global education, water and sanitation, innovative financing, the environment along with other topics. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.