Center for Responsible Business

Founded in 2003 and housed at the Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley, the Center for Responsible Business strives to be a leader in corporate social responsibility research, both in the academic and practitioner arenas. This site contains a series of working papers on stakeholder engagement, with a focus on developing quantitative measures.

Calvert Foundation: Community Investment Profiles

Investing in a professionally managed portfolio of loans to more than 240 nonprofits and social enterprises working in over 100 countries to alleviate poverty, the Calvert Foundation provides a searchable database of these different organizations. These investments are clustered in four principle impact sectors: housing, microlending, small business, and community development. The site also provides a tool for individuals to calculate the impact their investment will have based on the amount, duration, and sector of the investment.

Business Ethics

Founded in 1987, Business Ethics magazine is the only U.S.-based business magazine focused on ethics and corporate social responsibility. Published exclusively online since 2006, it is read by leaders in business, investing, academia, government and civil society organizations interested in corporate social responsibility issues.

Launched in 2006, Accountability Central aims to serve as a clearinghouse for news, intelligence, insight, perspective, opinion, and advice on issues concerning corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, shareholder activism, and socially responsible investing and related issues.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Founded in 2003, Stanford's Social Innovation Review provides a host of articles regarding developments in social enterprise and the non-profit world.

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship identifies social entrepreneurs and engages them in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum. To date, over 190 social entrepreneuers form a part of the Schwab Foundation community.

Root Cause

Root Cause addresses social problems through strategy consulting, knowledge sharing, social impact research, and the building of sustainable social enterprises. The website contains a wide range of articles regarding social enterprise and related public policy, as well as samples of the group's consulting work with social enterprises.

REDF (Roberts Enterprise Development Fund)

The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund provides technical assistance and philanthropic investments to help nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco area attain marketplace sustainability in their enterprise ventures. REDF also works with organizations across the U.S. that use nonprofit enterprise strategies.

Research Initiative on Social Enterpreneurship (Columbia)

RISE is a research project at Columbia University that has issued a number of reports, available on its web site, concerning impact measurement and the “double bottom line” of social and economic returns sought by practitioners in the social enterprise sector. The web site also maintains a directory of social venture funders that make equity investments in social ventures.

Origo Fourth Sector News

Origo Fourth Sector News is a new clipping service that documents the latest thinking and events relating to social enterprise.

Harvard Business School, Working Knowledge: Social Enterprise

This web site provides an overview of Harvard's “Social Enterprise Initiative,” which began in 1993 and which aims to encourage further growth of social enterprise in the United States over the next decade.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a leading journal in the non-profit world, tracking both developments in social enterprise as well as broader issues affecting non-profits in the United States today. publishes an electronic journal highlighting social enterprise practices. Previous issues are available on line going back to 1998. Articles are also organized by topic.

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE, Duke)

Founded in 2002, and led by Greg Dees, a pioneer in the field, CASE is one of a select number of university programs dedicated to conducting teaching, education, and research about social enterprise.

CASE Studies Database—Scaling Social Impact

With this website, CASE aims to help catalogue, coordinate, and contribute to the body of knowledge around scaling social impact, with a special focus on the social entrepreneurs and social enterprise funding communities. The site includes a case study database that lists over 160 studies and is designed to help social entrepreneurs, practitioners, researchers, educators, and students find and access case studies about scaling social impact.

BTW Consultants, Inc.

Founded in 1998, BTW is a consulting firm that has done program evaluations of a number of social enterprises around the country, with a focus on developing effective measures for “double bottom line” ventures of social returns. A number of reports regarding social enterprises the firm has evaluated are available for free download on its website.

Blended Value Map

Blended Value.Org is a web site that contains a research report that looks at a variety of different enterprises, including social enterprises that seek to “blend,” in one form or another, social, financial and sometimes also environmental benefits in their work.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

ARNOVA is an international academic organization that is dedicated to the study of social enterprise worldwide.

Yes! Magazine—Reclaiming the Commons issue (summer 2001)

This issue explores the commons from a variety of perspectives. As one of the articles' authors, Jonathan Rowe, notes, “It is the vast realm that is the shared heritage of all of us that we typically use without toll or price. The atmosphere and oceans, languages and cultures, the stores of human knowledge and wisdom, the informal support systems of community, the peace and quiet that we crave, the genetic building blocks of life — these are all aspects of the commons.”

Who Owns Native Culture?

This website, designed as a supplement to the book of the same name (published by Harvard Press, 2003), also provides a wide range of resources for understanding current debates about the legal status of indigenous art, music, folklore, biological knowledge, and sacred places, as well as the ways those issues intersect with current debates regarding the commons, the public domain and intellectual property.