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Get Involved

Do you want to know what you can do to help organizations like those profiled on Enterprising Ideas? From volunteering to in-kind donations to financial contributions, these innovative efforts to improve our world welcome outside help. Use the resources here to get involved with existing social entrepreneurial projects:

Use directories and databases below to contribute time, energy, or money to a worthy social entrepreneurial mission.

Check out Enterprising Ideas' "Entrepreneurs In Depth" to find more enterprises around the world and how you can get involved.

1) Find a Social Entrepreneur

Directory of Social Enterprises

This searchable directory is a project of the Social Enterprise and Community Wealth Projects.

A Growing List of Social Entrepreneurs
This directory of "social entrepreneurs around the world" is maintained by REDF, a nonprofit organization that uses market approaches to ending poverty.

2) Invest in a Social Entrepreneur

Accion International Bridge Funds
Bridge Funds are vehicles by which socially responsible investors can help strengthen the small businesses of the working poor in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and other regions of the world.

Global Giving
Global Giving is an online marketplace for international giving.

Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world.

3) Spread the word about Social Entrepreneurs

Start Your Own Project

Okay, so you've got an idea, inspiration, and plenty of desire to make a difference, but what do you do next? An idea has to be championed, fostered and nurtured to evolve into a full-fledged (and fully funded) project.

This section of Enterprising Ideas contains some helpful tips and tools, courtesy of NOW and some of the best resources on the Internet. In all cases, what you get out of them is linked to how much you put into them.

1) Find Funding
2) Network with Others
3) Publicize Your Project

Good Luck!


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