A social enterprise is a business that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders. They may use a commercial model which pursues social responsibility directly, or aim to raise funds for charitable purposes through their business activities.

In recent years there has been a rise in the number and diversity of social enterprises in Australia and globally. This page is a repository of news and information on social enterprise.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information on the topic of social enterprise.

Below you can read some elements from the guide to social enteprise that was developed by the Australian Centre for Philanthropic and Non-Profit Studies. You can also download the guide in its entirety.

 

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On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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Presented by Social Traders, the SE Masters Conference 2015 provides a unique opportunity for people interested in, operating or supporting social enterprises to benefit from sessions with Australian social enterprise award winners and local and international guest speakers. Program features:...
The Queensland Social Enterprise Council is running a series of six workshops covering what you need to know to get started or increase your capacity. This series responds to the demand QSEC has experienced both from their members and those starting out in social enterprise for advice and support...
Social Traders is a specialist social enterprise development organisation. They are dedicated to supporting the development of sustainable social enterprises that are driven to solve social, cultural, economic and environmental problems. They provide social enterprises with access to the know-how,...
Social Ventures Au s tralia runs Social Enterprise Hubs in Logan, Ipswich and Brisbane, as well as other Australian locations. These are an initiative supported by government and business to provide business services to social enterprises, as well as opportunities to network and access resources...
Social Firms Australia offers the skills of business professionals to social enterprises wanting to create accessible workplaces for people with a mental illness or disability. Their Business Development Team can help social enterprises assess their business opportunities, develop business plans,...
Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) has been established to provide tailored finance to social enterprises on commercial terms together with targeted business advice and support. Fundamental to this is a commitment to helping clients build their capacity to manage debt and become financially...
Foresters Community Finance is a non-profit organisation that has been delivering community finance and social investment products in Australia for the past 20 years. It is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). CDFI’s are socially focused organisations that use community finance and...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
In March 2014, QCOSS produced the Rethinking Resources: Case Studies of Financial Resilience from Community Services report, in which community organisations from Queensland share how they are working to increase their financial sustainability. The strategies they employ include social enterprise,...
The decision to start a social enterprises is a beginning of challenging and potentially rewarding journey. First, It is important to be obsolutely clear on your social mission, which drives the design of your social enterprise. At the end of day, a successful social enterprise is a successful...
If you're looking to start a social enterprises or you want a deeper understanding of social enterprise, this PDF will be very helpful. This resource helps you understand what is a social enterprise, why engage in the social enterprise model, and how to be successful.
Many not-for-profit organisations are now developing income-generating activities to reduce the reliance on government and philanthropic funding, and others are establishing social enterprises to respond to client needs in a sustainable way. The development of business skills and systems is very...
Social Traders offer two exciting tools The Social Enterprise Builder is a free step by step guide to setting up a social enterprise. It includes checklists and planning exercises to help you through the process. The Social Enterprise Finder is an online social enterprise directory, with over 5000...
The RE Ross Trust published this report in 2007: Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise: A Prospectus Framework for the Social Sector The Trust acknowledges that most not-for-profit organisations must seek their funding from a diverse range of sources - government and philanthropic grants,...
Finding seed capital for a start-up social enterprise is often not an easy process and the supply of this form of capital in Australia is still as yet underdeveloped. Listed below are several avenues that social enterprises can pursue: Business Grants Australia NAB Micro-enterprise Loans NSW Office...
The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) improves access to finance and support for social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities. The Australian Government is providing seed funding to Social Enterprise Finance...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...

Authored by: Mindy Leow, Social Traders

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