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General Purposes

Social Enterprise Alliance, Inc.

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $30,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2002–June 30, 2003
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Recent philanthropy, spurred on by the Internet and the dot com boom, has resulted in new language and terminology for the nonprofit sector. New terms include "social investors" — businessmen, individual philanthropists, philanthropic advisors and foundation staff who are interested in easier, more efficient grantmaking — and "social entrepreneurs" — nonprofit leaders focusing on the root causes of social problems. In 1998 and 1999, several foundations sponsored a Wingspread conference and a research program to address these constituencies. SeaChange was created as a result of the conference.Funding will enable SeaChange to focus on supporting organizations that provide systemic responses, not just relief services, to individuals affected by the New York City disaster on September 11. To accomplish this, SeaChange is profiling smaller, lesser-known organizations and making these profiles available to social investors looking for different responses to the tragedy.