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Social Enterprises: Nonprofit-led Social Enterprise Community in IL

About the Report

In 2015, with support from the Dunham Fund, Delta Institute, in partnership with Forefront, conducted research on the social enterprise sector in Illinois which led to the following key findings:

  • Social enterprises seek a community of practice with their peers to share sector-based knowledge concerning evaluation, finances, funding and sponsors, hiring and diversity, and mentorship from those enterprises that have achieved scale.
  • Social enterprises seek reliable, multi-year sources of funding, matching grants, and/or low interest loans.
  • Social enterprises seek funds for securing consulting sources, such as strategic planning assistance, market research, feasibility studies, critical strategy decisions, accounting, financial planning, and branding, marketing and administrative structure.

Report: Current Conditions for the Nonprofit-led Social Enterprise Community in-Illinois