Helpful Links:

reSET – Social Enterprise Trust: reSET is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, preserve and protect social enterprise as a viable concept and a business reality. reSET’s strategic goal is to make Connecticut a hub of social enterprise, defined as businesses structured to solve social or environmental problems.

B Lab: B Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through three interrelated initiatives (Certified B Corps, Legislative Advocacy, & B Analytics) that provide them the legal infrastructure and resources, and help to attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale.

LawForChange: LawForChange is a unique legal resource for people and organizations dedicated to improving lives and bringing about positive social change. The site offers a broad menu of legal information prepared by leading law firms and lawyers, specifically tailored to the needs of social sector organizations in the United States.

SocentLaw.com: Is a blog managed by legal scholars across the U.S. that covers the latest developments in social enterprise law. 

Which Legal Structure is Right for my Social Enterprise? A Guide to Establishing a Social Enterprise in the United States: The Thomson Reuters Foundation has partnered with Morrison & Foerster to produce this Guide which is intended to help social entrepreneurs navigate through the array of legal structures that are available for them in the United States.

 

Scholarly Articles:

 Corporate Forms of Social Enterprise: Comparing the State Statutes – J. Haskell Murray, Belmont University – College of Business Administration

  • This chart covers all of the major differences between corporate social enterprise statutes across the country in one place.

 Choose Your Own Master: Social Enterprise, Certifications and Benefit Corporation Statutes  – J. Haskell Murray, Belmont University – College of Business Administration

  • Focusing primarily on the benefit corporation form, this article examines three main issues: (1) whether social enterprise statutes are potentially useful, (2) how social enterprise law can be improved, and (3) whether social enterprises will be sustainable.

 Social Enterprise: Choice of Legal Entity – Dirk Sampselle, Pepperdine University

  • The purpose of this paper is to compare competing legal entities to determine which legal form is optimal for organizations seeking to conduct profit-generating activities while simultaneously being dedicated to solving social and environmental problems.