Social Enterprise Seminar to Discuss How For- and Non-Profits Can Work Together to Create New Opportunities for Funding Opportunities and Social Change

The Long Island Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance (LI-SEA) has initiated a new program set for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at 8 am that will feature representatives of successful non- profit and for-profit social enterprises. Titled “Social Enterprise: A Nuts and Bolts Discussion,” the seminar will address the importance of social enterprises and how connectivity between for- and non-profit enterprises can provide both arenas with new opportunities for financial gain, mission enhancement and social good.

Panelists for the event, which will occur in Melville at the Citibank Building, 68 South Service Rd., lower level, include:

  • Mike Brady, CEO of the Non-profit Greystone Bakery of Yonkers
  • April DeSimone, Co-Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance, NYC Chapter
  • Bill Tymann, CEO, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island
  • Joe Hunt, Managing Director, Workforce Enterprises of NYC
  • Les Scheinfeld, Director of Development, Habitat for Humanity

“This exciting group of for- and non-profit leaders promises to offer an important snapshot about how for-profits can become more socially conscious and how it can positively affect their bottom line; and how non-profits can continue to evolve and seek out creative ways to raise additional funding in this challenging economy,” explained SEA-LI Board Chairman Paul Arfin.

The Long Island Chapter of SEA is a membership organization that will be holding regular meetings and workshops geared toward exposing its members to the value of social entrepreneurship. LI-SEA helps nonprofits elevate their social initiatives beyond moral obligations; to generate real business value through positive social change.

The Social Enterprise Alliance is the nation’s largest social enterprise membership organization with 13 chapters across North America. The organization provides access to a vast and growing network of game changing entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations that are demonstrating how social ventures are catalysts for change. Social enterprises use earned revenue strategies to pursue double or triple bottom line results.

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Newsday Article about SEA – Long Island

Many nonprofit organizations depend on fundraisers, government grants and private donations for money. A new Long Island organization thinks they should try being more like companies that find ways of making money on their own.

Paul Arfin, an early Peace Corps volunteer who has spent his career working with nonprofits, has started a Long Island chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, which has 11 chapters across the country. His first meeting will be at Woodbury Country Club at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“We all know that government and traditional fundraising is just not enough these days,” said Arfin. “And we have a growing need for more social services on Long Island” due to the weak economy. “If we’re going to wait for the government or for people to buy tickets to golf tournaments, we’re not going to meet the demand.” Nonprofits could open retail stores, as some have done, as an example, Arfin said.

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Social Enterprise: A Nuts & Bolts Discussion

Featuring representatives of successful nonprofit and for-profit social enterprises.


Mike Brady: CEO, Nonprofit Greyston Bakery of Yonkers, operates a profitable bakery of high quality gourmet products that produces revenue for its community development work and good wages/benefits for its employees, ex-drug and alcohol abusers and ex-offenders.

April DeSimone: Co-Chair of The Social Enterprise Alliance – NYC Chapter, will discuss a number of social enterprise models she has formed in NYC.

Bill Tymann: CEO, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island, has operated a successful used clothing business for 15 years in partnership with a for-profit company.

Joe Hunt: Managing Director, Workforce Enterprises of NYC, trains and places individuals with barriers to employment in sustainable careers in the printing and document management industries.

Les Scheinfeld: Director of Development, Habitat for Humanity partners with The Electrical Training Center to build affordable homes for low-income families while providing career training for its students.

Event Details

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:00AM-10:30AM
Location: Citibank, Lower Level. 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY 11747
SEA Members: $20
Non-Members: $35

Registration payable by check only. Checks should be made out to The Social Enterprise Alliance and sent to Cerini & Associates, LLP 3340 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Bohemia, NY 11716. Please include a copy of this event page, along with the name of guests attending.

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Times Have Changed

It’s no longer business as usual in any segment of society. Americans have made it clear that they’re looking for well-organized efforts that make significant changes in the current economic climate. The time is ripe to do that which government can no longer effectively do – namely dramatically alleviate some of the social and economic ills that we face. It is up to nonprofits and the business community to join forces with government to help ameliorate these conditions. The lines between the business and nonprofit worlds must change, whereby businesses become more social minded and nonprofits incorporate business concepts to increase their efficiencies and effectiveness. We need to embrace collaboration and the sharing of ideas; create infrastructure and open communication; and enhance transparency and societal impact, in an effort to generate a ‘we economy.’ This does not mean businesses and organizations should not be profit driven, profits without conscience hurt everyone.

Types of Social Innovation

Social enterprises create positive social change and breakthrough business results. Many ventures involve employment of hard-to-employ individuals in the production of goods such as non-for-profit Greystone Bakery, a Yonkers NY bakery that produces confectionary products for high-end restaurants and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stores while also providing jobs for the formerly homeless and pouring its profits into the organization’s social programs.

Community Mainstreaming Associates, a Long Island disabilities’ service agency operates the Sweet Comfort Bakery & Café, offering employment for people with developmental disabilities while also reducing the agency’s reliance on government. Other ventures serve unmet needs in ignored or hard-to-reach markets such as urban food desserts bringing healthy foods to communities that lack supermarkets.

For-profit Seventh Generation in Burlington VT , produces household and personal care products that protect human health and the environment while also donating 10% of profits to its environmental and health programs.

Nuestras Raices, a Holyoke MA nonprofit, operates Energia LLC, a socially-responsible for-profit energy service company, providing energy efficiency upgrades for residential and commercial clients. Story Pirates, a nonprofit writing and drama program in New York and Los Angeles owns a for-profit company that produces profitable stage shows.

For fifteen years, nonprofit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island has operated another highly-profitable nonprofit business selling used clothing, dramatically reducing its reliance on traditional fund raising efforts.