Charity, social enterprise and for-profit
With the launch of this year’s selection process we are already getting a few questions from potential applicants asking whether we support for-profit organisations, whether we just support charities and what our take on social enterprise is. Having pulled together some brief answers on this in our FAQs, we thought it might be good to explain some of our reasoning and thinking here in more detail.
Our current offerings for this are based on our latest strategy (full details of which will be revealed shortly!).
Ultimately at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland what we care about is that the best ideas for social change get the right support to help them to succeed. That is our vision. And in that context it doesn’t really matter to us whether the organisation is a charity, a social enterprise or a for-profit. Each of these models have different advantages and disadvantages associated with them, but all three models have the potential to make a positive social impact in Ireland.
2012 award winner Hireland are going from strength to strength with their new campaign. Here, Sybil Cope project manager with Hireland tells us about their recent success and how to get involved.
A recent brush with social media mania reminded Hireland of the overwhelming people-power that exists in Ireland
Our 2014 Hireland campaign started with a flurry of positivity from our social media blast. Within a few hours we were ‘trending’ in Dublin and then in Ireland. This brought a huge volume of traffic to our website, creating greater awareness of Hireland and more jobs being created. We were reminded of the overwhelming people-power that exists in Ireland. Indeed this collective positive spirit is being repeatedly demonstrated to us.
Jenny and Beatriz
With our awards application opening date fast approaching 19th March (closing date 28th April), we decided to ask some previous awardees to share with us a few words. The aim of this is to hopefully inspire,and provide you with a better understanding of the type of work we support in Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. Here Peter Johnson of Jobnet, Elevator winner 2013, speaks about the satisfaction he gets from his work.
Through the Glass Window and The Power of One
Jobnet is a programme that helps professionals and graduates market themselves effectively and network confidently to find employment. Helping people find work can be an immensely satisfying experience – something we would like to see more of here in Jobnet as 2014 progresses. It’s hard to beat the feeling when someone phones you to tell you they’ve found work or, better still, calls in to our offices to share their good news. Working really matters to people. It brings income, structure to the day and brings physical, mental and emotional satisfaction. Working positively impacts family life, friends, neighbours, and community acquaintances. Working contributes financially to the overall economy. Working matters.
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