Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a unifying association formed in 2004 to advance the common interests of more than 20,000 nonprofits in the Grand Canyon State. We are a statewide organization of, by, and for all of Arizona’s nonprofits. The name “Alliance” is strategic. More than a mere “coalition” or an “association,” an “alliance” involves collective action for a purpose: “an association to further the common interests of the members.” The Alliance is an action-oriented group of partners across the state – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofits.
GDRC – The Global Development Research Center
The Global Development Research Center is an independent nonprofit think tank that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information, and at scales that are effective. They strive to contribute to broad-based global development by facilitating the creation and use of knowledge. The GDRC aims to bring together disparate knowledge resources on a global, regional and local level. GDRC’s agenda for intervention is concerned with broad sustainable development in developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Its fifteen programs represent a broad spectrum of priorities faced by individuals, communities and governments, particularly those related to environmental management and sustainable development.
GEO – Grassroots Economic Organizing
Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) is a decentralized collective of educators, researchers and grassroots activists working to promote an economy based on democratic participation, worker and community ownership, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability–a “solidarity economy”–through grassroots journalism, organizing support, cross-sector networking and movement-building and the publication of educational and organizational resources. Since 1991, GEO has edited and printed a bi-monthly publication called GEO Newsletter, providing news, analysis and an open forum on grassroots organizing to build and finance worker- and community-owned, democratically run, solidarity-based, ecologically sustainable enterprises and organizations. In 2007, due to the increasing challenges of print publication and our desire to reach a wider audience, we shifted to an all web-based publication here at www.geo.coop.
ITSR – International Third Sector Research
Founded in 1992, the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. ISTR is an organization committed to building a global community of scholars and interested others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge pertaining to the Third Sector and its impact on human and planetary well-being and development internationally. As an organization, ISTR is recognized and respected for its global vision, its commitment to excellence, its collaborative approach, and the values of diversity and pluralism with which it pursues its mission.
LFA – LocalFirstAZ
Local First Arizona (LFA) is a non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. They educate citizens, stakeholders, business leaders, and legislators about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of strong local economies. They build vibrant communities that make residents proud to call home. Local First Arizona was founded in 2003 under the name Arizona Chain Reaction. In 2007, the organization expanded, applied for 501©3 non profit status, and changed the name to Local First Arizona. The name was changed in order to better define the positive messages of buying locally and community building, which better fit the mission of the organization.
The Microfinance Gateway is one of the most comprehensive online resource for the global microfinance community. The website features research and publications, original articles, organization and consultant profiles, and the latest industry announcements, news, events, and job opportunities. Their mission is to advance knowledge and encourage innovation within the microfinance industry. They seek to create an interactive platform for knowledge exchange and engagement among their diverse user base, which includes microfinance practitioners, donors, networks, consultants, service providers, academics and policy makers.
Social Capital Gateway
Social Capital Gateway (SCG) is a web site that publishes materials for the study of social capital and related topics in a multidisciplinary perspective. It is mainly targeted at: 1) scholars who want to keep themselves posted on the frontier of the scientific debate in the field, 2) researchers needing references and hints for their work, and 3) graduate and undergraduate students who are dealing with social capital for the purposes of writing their dissertation. SCG is a personal, non-profit, initiative. It is funded neither by academic nor by private for profit institutions. Topics of interest include cooperative development, strategic planning, capital formation and involvement, membership governance etc. Other related issues can also be discussed.
ASU Office of University Initiatives – ASU Ashoka Changemaker Campus
ASU was selected to join the Ashoka Changemaker Campus Consortium in August 2010 based on our commitment to advancing the field of social entrepreneurship education. The ASU Ashoka Advisory Board is a group of faculty, staff, administrators and students whose courses, programs, student groups and initiatives embrace ASU’s and Ashoka’s vision to utilize social entrepreneurship to tackle society’s most pressing challenges. The Board meets monthly and participates in educational and professional development webinars hosted by Ashoka. Changemakers from all ten Ashoka Changemaker Campuses participate in the webinars together. Meeting notes and announcements about the Ashoka Changemaker Campus initiative will be posted on this blog using the tag changemaker.
Audeamus covers the world of social entrepreneurship, international development, global philanthropy, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility. On this website social entrepreneurs can find blog posts dictating advice on a range of topics from setting up conference calls to how to stay out of bankruptcy.
Capital Ideas is a blog devoted to helping social entrepreneurs access financial information through a combined offering of basic finance knowledge, practical advice and case studies. Capital Ideas covers topics such as financing alternatives (debt, equity and grants), determining financing strategy, identifying potential sources of capital, the elements of a successful pitch for finance, and more. The authors, Kylie Charlton and Eric Savage, are founding members of Unitus Capital (www.unituscapital.com) and between them have more than 30 years investment banking experience.
To accelerate social change, Echoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, they help their network of visionaries develop new solutions to society’s most difficult problems. These social entrepreneurs and their organizations work to solve deeply-rooted social, environmental, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach their potential. To date, Echoing Green has invested nearly $30 million in seed funding to almost 500 social entrepreneurs and their innovative organizations. In addition, their blog provides articles with information for entrepreneurs in regards to technology, leadership and much more.
Ecopreneurist provides news and advice on sustainable social entrepreneurship. One can learn about new green products and services and get marketing and branding assistance for a green start-up business. In an ever changing world, this site looks to provide people with ecologically sustainable entrepreneurial ideas for the future.
Social Edge is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources. Social Edge launched in June 2003 with the mission to connect social entrepreneurs, their partners and allies to discuss cutting-edge issues shaping the field, foster frank dialogue, mutual respect and a sense of community among all in the sector and promote learning from the best, promising and disastrous practices.
Social Entrepreneurship – Change.org
Change.org is a social entrepreneurship venture whose blog aims to serve as the central platform informing and empowering movements for social change around the most important issues of our time. This website provides up to date information on a plethora of topics around the world including animal rights, criminal justice, GLBT rights, women’s rights and others.
Social ROI is a blog about how social entrepreneurship is making this world a better place. Their goal is to enable social entrepreneurship and to spread the word about some of the good stuff that’s happening in the space. If you have any stories, organizations, or businesses that you would like them to cover they encourage you to contact them with your ideas.