Social Enterprise can address these issues and be a significant complement to your present organization’s activities. The national Social Enterprise Alliance defines Social Enterprise as:
Social Enterprises promise to realize profits, social impact, and environmental sustainability, creating an authentic “triple-bottom-line” organization. Sometimes referred to as mission-driven, earned income program or socially innovative, they are a business whose primary purpose is the common good.
They fit categorically between a purely philanthropic organization on one end of the continuum and a purely commercial organization on the other end: