Goodnik is an organization dedicated to helping social entrepreneurs access the resources they need to be successful. We do this in several ways; first, we offer regular workshops on business skills and using technology in non-profit and socially responsible for-proft companies. Second we offer online resources to our members, who have access to webinars and other resources provided by our sponsors. Third, we help pair social entrepreneurs with professionals working in the private sector to provide free assistance in the areas of marketing, finance, software & web development, organizational planning, and other critical business skills necessary to launch a socially responsible enterprise. We partner with companies who are dedicated to socially responsible, sustainable business practices and encourage them to offer their resources to other organizations who do the same.
Building on the success of last-year’s Goodnik in Residence program, we’ve teamed up with AlleyNYC to launch a new program in support of social entrepreneurs! The program now supports 20 or more people in teams up to three to work out of Alley’s coworking space at 500 7th Ave in Manhattan. We’ll be accepting applications from now until the end of the month for acceptance in this program, and on a rolling basis from then on, depending on availability of space. Check out the full details on the program page and then fill out the application!
In addition to supporting entrepreneurs, Goodnik also promotes social responsibility in the private sector by asking partner companies to commit to a code of conduct to encourage companies to become a positive influence. This code of conduct includes topics such as environmental impact, social welfare, corporate philanthropy, labor, and civil and political rights. As part of that commitment, we encourage our partner companies to encourage employees to give at least 1% of their time to non-profit and charitable organizations, and to donate 1% of the company’s product or services. In the long term, Goodnik promotes the adoption by private companies of Benefit corporate (aka B-Corp) status and even higher standards of corporate social responsibility.
Social entrepreneurs who benefit from Goodnik’s programs agree to abide by the 1% For Good promise, and agree to act as mentors to future social entrepreneurs through Goodnik.
There’s lots going on at Goodnik – new programs launching, special events, workshops and hackathons, and much more to come in the next few months. To keep up to date with it all in one quick digest, just sign up for the newsletter below.