I am a firm believer in the triple bottom line. What does that mean in basic terms? I believe that a business should consider PEOPLE, PLANET, PROFITS in everything they do. My philosophy is that we have a corporate responsibility to the people in the community that we serve, the planet that houses us and to make a little change in the end.
For a good read on the triple bottom line check out : The Triple Bottom Line: How Today's Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success - and How You Can Too By: Andrew Savitz, Karl Weber
I love to hear stories of entrepreneurs who are socially responsible BUT I dread hearing "I want to start a non-profit". SORRY- not sorry
Non-profits should not be entered into lightly. Currently, there are more than 1.5 million non-profits in the US. That means there is likely an organization that is already active in the area that you are interested in making an impact in. Before you jump head first into a non-profit consider these things.
from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Dr. Shante Williams is a serial entrepreneur who started slow and in the shallow end of the business pool. She has worked in Biotech, Big Pharma, Green Energy, and Academia