Make an impact. And make money to scale your impact. Any organization moving into the social enterprise space works hard to make these two things happen. Learning how to marry the two is the driving force behind the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) – Chicago’s new Social Enterprise Certificate program. […]
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a bold, living document that states we all have inherent worth, dignity, and inalienable rights to live in a world of justice, freedom, and peace. Now, more than ever, we are reminded of the need to turn to the articles of the Declaration […]
This week we’re reminded of the connection between our core company values and gratitude. Here at CiTTA, a foundational company value is that of cultivating mindfulness. We’re intentional in our mission to catalyze sustainable growth for social changemakers, and we do so with a mind of gratitude for our clients – the purpose-driven organizations and […]
Today (November 15) is “Social Enterprise Day” – a day dedicated to raising the profile of social enterprises worldwide. It’s all part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration of startups, innovation, and economic growth. Social enterprises encompass all that and more. And what makes them unique is that they exist to solve social problems, improve […]
Are you a nonprofit professional, grantmaker, or advisor searching for ways to diversify your revenue streams? CiTTA’s CEO and Chief Consultant Belinda Li invites you to join her and a panel of social enterprise experts at Forefront on Friday, September 28th, to explore whether social enterprise may be a way to provide new funds for […]
The CLIENT No matter the sport, one thing is constant. Behind each competitive match-up stand Athletic Equipment Managers ensuring the quality of all the athletes’ gear. And that gear ranges from items like knee pads and helmets to uniforms, balls, and bats – the list goes on. With nothing less than the entire physical well-being […]
We know a social enterprise is a business whose purpose it is to do good. But what kind of ecosystem does it take to support social enterprises? And where do they actually thrive? Find out in our latest video!
Many of us are aware of the dire environmental problems that the planet (and all of its inhabitants) face today. Many organizations and individuals do their best to combat those problems, fighting climate change with initiatives such as: pushing for increased use of renewable energy, hybrid vehicles, recycling, and so on. But did you know […]
Today we are all things “social” – social media, social networking, and more. But what if the word social can actually mean so much more? Find out how some businesses, known as social enterprises, take the word “social” to a whole new level in our latest video!
When I tell people our consulting firm has a passion for helping social enterprises, I’m sometimes met with the question, “what do you mean by social enterprise?” Or I might get a knowing look, yet the response is, “oh, so you do social media!” or “oh, so it’s about social networking!” Hmm… I suppose that’s […]
“It’s time for strategic planning again.” If you’re anything like the Board members at a nonprofit where I serve as an officer, you can probably relate to the collective sighs this announcement elicited. I found this reaction amusing…and a little troubling. Because I do value-added strategic planning for my clients, I know it isn’t just […]
We tend to think businesses are driven solely by making money. But have you ever asked yourself, is it possible to do well and do good? The answer is you can – through the power of social enterprise. How can business save the world? Check out our latest video to find out!
CiTTA is proud to announce that our founder and Chief Consultant Belinda Li will be providing expert guidance at the Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago‘s Speed Coaching event on June 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. Join Belinda and a team of well-seasoned professionals for insights into the legal, strategic, and programmatic challenges you face […]
How can we work together for businesses that encourage equality? That was the question on everyone’s mind this week at the Illinois LGBT Chamber of Commerce informational luncheon featuring alumni of the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program. CiTTA’s CEO and Chief Consultant Belinda Li served as a panelist at the May 15 event, speaking to […]
You’ve got back-to-back meetings on your calendar, deadlines to meet, and people whose lives you want to change for the better. When daily life is pushing you to go, go, go, it may be hard to imagine the benefits of what meditation asks you to do: stop for a while. Sit still. Yet there is […]
The slogan on the wall at Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory says it all. When a child in need receives the essential items she needs to thrive, a new life becomes possible and everyone benefits. Cradles to Crayons (C2C) serves over 30,000 children in need and wants to double that in the coming year. That’s why […]
It’s no secret. When it comes to defining social enterprise, things can get confusing quickly. For starters, are we defining social enterprise as a mega non-profit that’s been around for 100 years, like Goodwill? Or a new tech start-up selling a life-altering soccer ball that can generate energy for an entire rural village? What about […]
Don’t just spring clean – spring green! Did you know Americans throw out an average of 70 pounds of clothes each year? Now you can help a child in need and support environmental sustainability. CiTTA Partnership is partnering with Cradles to Crayons to collect new and gently used children’s clothing and shoes, as well as toys and […]
Emerging social entrepreneurs need an ecosystem of support to test their big ideas for social change. This was put into action this week at the ’72 John Edwardson Social New Venture Challenge 2018, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. CiTTA Partnership’s Founder and Chief Consultant Belinda Li was honored to serve as […]
How do changemakers build their social enterprise models, keeping their beneficiaries in mind? And how can they distinguish their products from competitors? These were just two of the pressing questions addressed by CiTTA CEO and Founder Belinda Li on April 2, when she appeared as a panelist for the course Social Enterprise at Loyola University Chicago’s […]