Photo By: Jonathon Fong

Can A For-Profit Business Be Socially Responsible?

In this insightful article, LeaderSpring Advisory Council Chair and Class 5 Alumna Holly Gold explores the relationship between social responsibility and entrepreneurship, and discusses LeaderSpring's role in helping her achieve her vision of starting a social enterprise.

While at LeaderSpring, one of Gold’s mentors introduced her to the concept of social enterprise, where ownership, as well as the broader funding streams from a business, provide what Gold saw as a sustainable model for transforming communities.
 Student exploration at Holly Gold's Rockridge Little School, Oakland CA

Student exploration at Holly Gold's Rockridge Little School, Oakland CA


National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) Report: 

NCRP released a report titled "Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity," featuring LeaderSpring and three other leadership development programs across the country.

LeaderSpring also builds communities
of leaders, providing the space needed for creative
idea exchanges and forging relationships
across issue silos for transformational change.

Case Study: A Bolder Form of Leadership

LeaderSpring is proud to share A Bolder Form of Leadership, a case study of how Jennifer Lyle of Building Blocks for Kids accelerated change in Richmond's Iron Triangle community with the help of her LeaderSpring Fellowship.

“Many decisions were being made on behalf of people who lived in the community. Much of the work being done was grounded in the perspective that people are broken and need to be fixed, rather than that the systems are broken.”
— Jennifer Lyle, Founder, Building Blocks for Kids
 Left to right: Mariana Moore (Former Council Chair), Jennifer Lyle (Alumni '12), and Cynthia Chavez (Former Executive Director).  Photo by: Jonathon Fong

Left to right: Mariana Moore (Former Council Chair), Jennifer Lyle (Alumni '12), and Cynthia Chavez (Former Executive Director).

Photo by: Jonathon Fong