Since its inception as The National Gathering for Social Entrepreneurs in 1998, the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) has been a champion and key catalyst for the development of the social enterprise sector in the United States. Our vision is for social enterprise to reach its potential as a force for more effective and sustainable social impact. We empower social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive.
We carry out our work through four strategies:
- We convene the field – SEA has been bringing leaders, practitioners, and newcomers in the field together at our national conference since 1998. SEA’s annual Summit is the original and most prominent social enterprise conference in the US.
- We distribute knowledge and build capacity – Through a variety of offerings including SEA’s Knowledge Center of 20,000+ publications, the most widely-read social enterprise newsletter, monthly expert webinars, and npEnterprise, a 7500-subscriber listserve group, the Alliance is the go-to source for the intellectual capital which fuels social enterprise.
- We build regional, and local social enterprise communities and networks – SEA’s chapter network is now 17 regions strong, and the pace of chapter growth is accelerating.
- We develop the ecosystem – Practitioners of social enterprise, who have always been the core of the Alliance’s membership, need access to capital, supportive public policy, world-class talent, corporate engagement, and conscious consumers in order to succeed and grow. SEA makes the case for social enterprise and works to create an ecosystem in which social enterprises can thrive.