ABILITY Corps is part of the ABILITY Collective, a multifaceted Social Enterprise collaborative with a mission to positively impact people with disabilities.
What is Social Enterprise?
Social enterprise can be challenging to define, in large part because the concept has been evolving rapidly in recent years and increasingly blurs the lines of the traditional business, government and non-profit sectors.
Social Enterprise Alliance suggests the following basic working definition:
Organizations that address a basic unmet need or solve a social or environmental problem through a market-driven approach.
Social enterprises span the spectrum of nonprofit to for-profit entities. SEA recognizes three general social enterprise models:
- Opportunity Employment: organizations that employ people who have significant barriers to mainstream employment.
- Examples include Goodwill Industries, Greyston Bakery, Nisolo & abilityJOBS
- Transformative Products or Services: organizations that create social or environmental impact through innovative products and services.
- Examples include Benetech, Growing Sound, Soles4Souls, ABILITY Job Fair & abilityE
- Donate Back: organizations that contribute a portion of their profits to nonprofits that address basic unmet needs.
- Examples include Everly, The Thx Co. Songs Against Slavery & ABILITY Magazine