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  • Mission Mexico: Time to say good-bye…

    After almost 5 years of being a trustee in a small and amazing charity like Misión México UK, the time has come for me to say good-bye. Being a trustee is an amazing and challenging experience at the same time. Even more so if the charity you are involved with is run by volunteers and […]...

  • Are social enterprises a better choice for doing good than NGOs

    As per definition: “A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monito...

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a Not-for-Profit & a for-profit as a hybrid organization?

    Social Enterprise: What are the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a Not-for-Profit & a for-profit as a hybrid organization? Answer by Maurizio Gioli: First of all it depends very much from how the social sector is regulated in your country. Secondly it really depends from your vision. According to this initial points you can build [&...

  • Career as a Social Entrepreneur – Dreams and Reality (5 of 5)

    For many people social entrepreneurship seems to be kind of revolutionary, combining social intentions with daily business. It is often considered as the ideal business, where you reinvest at least 50% of the profit in to social activities. In fact, there are two main motivations to do that: To create a better future for the […]...

  • 5 reasons why social entrepreneurship matters (4 of 5)

    A social mission to make the world a better place Going by the motto “do well by doing good”, social value and social change are at the heart of any social enterprise operation. Money profit becomes just a tool for entrepreneurs to accomplish people-centred goals. Certainly, social entrepreneurship is more than an economic activity –it [&hell...

  • Is social enterprising the new economic engine? (3 of 5)

    Though the concept of social entrepreneurship goes back to medieval guilds, we have not experienced its renaissance since the past few decades. Mainly due to the lack of an agreed definition, the sector has taken its time to become established. Finally, however, it seems social enterprises can start being considered the new economic engine –or [&...

  • 5 steps to become a successful entrepreneur (2 of 5)

      Figuring yourself out Before you dive into the big adventure of entrepreneurship you need to know several things about yourself and your future idea. Soul-searching is essential to understand your strengths, weaknesses, values and beliefs. But more importantly you need to know what you are passionate about as it is key to making your […]...

  • The growing influence of social media on Charities and Social Enterprises (1 of 5)

    With the expansion of social media, communicating has never been easier but it has also never been as perilous. With social networks such as twitter and Facebook used worldwide by billions of people and organisations, it is very easy for a message to reach a large number of people.  The benefits of these channels are […]...

  • We are back…

    So it’s been a while! We are halfway through 2015 and a lot has been happening at StexFGiving. We have been working day and night on developing a lot of new and exciting things for you guys. I thought it would be a good idea to focus on small charities in this week’s post. These […]...

  • I’m in favour of working from home, here’s why…

    Some of the clients we have been working with this week have team members who work from home on a regular or part time basis. They see this as cost effective, and report that it works really well for them. I’ve always been focused on the positive side of remote working, but it seems some […]...

  • Innovate, innovate, innovate – and social business

    I am writing from Italy this week, mostly for business but also a little pleasure. I’m originally from Elba, associated in most people’s minds with Napoleon because he was exiled there. It’s my home, even though I’m mostly in Florence and Parma this visit. One of the reasons for my visit is that StexFGiving has […]...

  • Some more thoughts on Social Business

    Last week I blogged about why I think social business is the future. This week (and probably next week as well) I’d like to enlarge a little bit on the same theme. In my last blog, I asked this: How do you use ‘social business’ in context? Is it something you, or you business, becomes? […]...

  • Social Business, and the life of a charity dollar (or pound)

    It’s 2014 and there are many things about life today that would have been unrecognisable even 10 years ago, then again there are so many things that have stayed constant. I am always amused by the way we still say ‘dial a number’, when keypads have been around for years. Change is interesting and as […]...

  • The responsibilities and rewards of being a charity trustee

    It’s been a week of back-to-back meetings, but in the back of my mind is the weekend. The UK has a long hours working culture, so the focus on Friday night shenanigans and recovery on Saturday is part of the working week mind-set. However, the reason I’m looking forward to Saturday is I’m heading to […]...

  • CSR: corporate self interest or giving back?

    I’m thinking this week about CSR, a term that has apparently been around for about 50 years now. It’s a broad idea and sometimes people express some cynicism at what’s perceived to be a bit of a whitewash, or a way for big companies to put on a friendly face for the purposes of PR. […]...