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The Top 8 California Social Enterprises [Infographic]

California has always been the home of innovation, from Walt Disney to Apple Computers. Since the beginning of the new century, it’s also been an incubator for social enterprises, thanks in part to two legally-sanctioned types of social enterprise structure.

Here are a few of the most exciting social enterprises in California, making a difference in the fight against poverty, to improve access to health care, and in protecting the environment.

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Top 8 CA Social Enterprises

The Top 8 California Social Enterprises

Chrysalis Network

Revolution Foods

  • Founded: 2006
  • Mission: Promote healthier eating through providing better school lunches, ready-to-eat home meal kits, and nutrition education programs. Invests 1% of profit in equipping schools to provide better meals.
  • Successes: Serves food to schools in 17 states and Safeway, Publix, and Wal-Mart stores
  • Website: http://revolutionfoods.com/


TOMS Shoes

  • Founded: 2006
  • Mission: Contribute to poverty alleviation through reinvestment and donation – began with the “One for One” campaign that donated a pair of shoes to the poor for each pair purchased
  • Successes: Hit 10 million shoes given away by 2013. Now provides shoes, eye care, access to clean water, and health care through reinvestment and support of its Giving Partners.
  • Website: http://www.toms.com/


Abacus Wealth Partners

SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine)

  • Founded: 2009
  • Mission: Rescue unused medicines from healthcare systems and redistribute to clinics that serve low-income patients, reducing waste.
  • Successes: 200 partners working with the program in California and Colorado, plus funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (among others)
  • Website: http://www.sirum.org/

Delancey Street Foundation

Anita Leffel

Anita Leffel

Dr. Anita Leffel is the Dean of the Social Impact program at Claremont Lincoln University. She received her Ph.D. in educational human resource development at Texas A&M and a master's in education from the University of Houston. Dr. Leffel received the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship Education in 2007.

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