The Foundation’s TrustLaw news service started to cover social enterprise and innovation in 2012, subjects that combine many of the other themes we report about as social entrepreneurs work to alleviate some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Our coverage is focused on solutions provided by these entrepreneurs to help advance development, end poverty and empower women.
TrustLaw Connect, the Foundation’s pro bono marketplace, supports hundreds of social entrepreneurs with innovative approaches to solving social and environmental challenges. When these organisations launch their projects and as they grow, they need guidance on the legal and tax frameworks that guide their work. Legal structure can greatly influence the types of capital available and how the organisation can operate and evolve in the coming years.
At an event in London, social entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a panel of legal and investment experts, who critiqued their business plans and offered advice on appropriate legal structures. The first guide in a series on social innovation, “Which Legal Structure Is Right for My Social Enterprise?” was also launched at the event. Forthcoming publications include guides to structuring social enterprises in the US and in India.