Innovative Southern California Businesses Address Homelessness

According to a 2019 point-in-time count, there are more than 612 unsheltered homeless individuals in the Coachella Valley. A Southern California company, Renova Energy, has handed out a few dozen cell phone solar chargers to homeless individuals living in Sunrise Park in downtown Palm Springs to power their phones while living unsheltered so they can reach public safety, caseworkers, family members, doctors and friends.

Renova Energy CEO Vincent Battaglia believes that any business no matter how large or small has the responsibility to give back. And he's not alone.

Companies around the country are doing more to tackle homelessness. Some companies, like Microsoft, are providing loans for affordable housing in Seattle. Others are small start-ups like The Giving Keys, an L.A. jewelry company that hires homeless individuals, or Detroit's Empowerment Plan, which hires homeless women to sew jackets for people on the streets.

According to experts, there are several ways businesses can work toward being socially responsible: philanthropy, volunteering, using company skills to create human-centered products or services, or providing innovative opportunities for community members.

For any business wanting to be sustainable and mission-based, it needs to be innovative. Abby Fifer Mandell, a University of Southern California business professor and the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab director, requires the need for business models that are "financially sustainable, which means they have to be clever, creative and innovative, and are also digging deep on pressing problems by addressing long-term solutions." Read the Entire Article


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In an NPR (Nonprofit Quarterly) essay based on a talk delivered to the 2018 fellowship class of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) at Penn Center in St. Helena Island, South...more

Community Land Trust Movement Imagines Its Future

An article being co-published by NPQ and Shelterforce addresses the support for civil rights, community land ownership through land trusts and public land banks as well as the shift in leadership to...more

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Foundation: Knight Foundation

Niantic Inc. shared the outcomes of the first ever symposium, "Augmenting Cities: A Playful Path to Community," hosted in partnership with the Knight Foundation to leverage the latest Augmented...more

The Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Equity in the Arts
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Bush Foundation, New York Community Trust

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LISC Invests $1M in SustainVC Impact Investing Fund

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The Role of Entrepreneurship In Ending Poverty And Homelessness

Devin Thorpe, author, educator and speaker, writes about the role of entrepreneurship in ending poverty and homelessness in-line with his 80-minute hosted podcast. Thorpe points out that The idea...more

New Census Data Shows Widening Gap Between Income and Rents

Alicia Mazzara, senior research analyst, discusses a new Census data that shows the widening gap between median renter income and median rent where the data underscores the continued need for...more

Skoll Randomised Coffee Trials

Oxford's Said Business School (SBS) is launching Skoll Randomised Coffee Trials, which is aimed at helping people meet a potential co-founder, mentor or life-long friend within the Oxford...more

This Fashion Entrepreneur Moved From L.A. to a Navajo Reservation

Fashion entrepreneur Amy Yeung moved her LA-based online apparel business Orenda Tribe to live on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, among the indigenous sewers, jewelry makers, and artisans who...more







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