There is no one definition of social enterprises. We generally define social enterprises as organisations that:

  • have a social, cultural, or environmental mission with a public or community benefit;
  • derive a substantial portion of their income from trading revenue (as opposed to grants/donations); and
  • use the majority of their profits to work towards their social mission.

They may be legally structured as not-for-profit or for-profit businesses.

Skoll Foundation have created a great video called ‘Social Entrepreneurs: Pioneering Social Change

A number of organisations support the growth of Australian social enterprises:

If you are interested in learning more about social enterprise, here are our top picks:

Jessica RothSocial entrepreneurship and social innovation