Social Entrepreneurship: Resources for 'Patient' Capital

Here's a sampler of organizations and funds that back social entrepreneurs seeking debt and equity financing

During the past two decades social entrepreneurship has gained popularity, and a growing array of specialized funding sources now exist, from angels to venture capitalists to foundations. Some of these investors look for mission-driven businesses that don't sacrifice financial returns at all, while others provide capital for ventures that may trade some profit for nonfinancial returns. Individual models vary, but "patient" capital shares one goal: to fund sustainable organizations that can leverage the investments for big impacts. Take a look at this sampler of resources for social entrepreneurs seeking funding, then read our in-depth story on the rise in potential backers. More elements of this special report are available in the related-items box on the upper right side of this page.

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