BWB Solutions

BWB Solutions is a consulting firm that helps foundations and corporations make social investments and program-related investments in the form of loans, equity investments and recoverable grants to nonprofits or businesses committed to social change. The website contains a number of publications on these themes.

UK Worker Co-operatives Blog (Manchester, UK)

UK Worker Co-operatives is a blog by Co-operatives UK aimed at promoting and uniting co-operative enterprises. This blog for worker co-operative issues and activities in the UK was started in 2008. The blog provides resources to start a co-operative, while highlighting interesting co-ops and their projects.

Social and Enterprise Development Innovations

Based in Toronto, Canada and founded in 1986 with a mission to promote self-employment as a pathway out of poverty, Social and Enterprise Development Innovations has grown to become a leading research and policy advocacy organization in the asset building field in Canada.

Power Cube

Seeking to provide a better understanding of power relations in organizations and wider social and political spaces, presents practical and conceptual materials on power relations in efforts to bring about social change.  A collective effort, offers practical guides for workshops and resources for how to turn strategies into action, and encourages individuals to contribute and share content.


New Economics Foundation

The new economics foundation (nef) is a London-based “think-and-do tank” that promotes economic well-being by innovating the intersection of economic, environmental, and social issues. Founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) to promote issues like green taxes, alternative economic indicators, ethical investment, and social auditing, nef conducts original research and provides consulting and training services. Key projects include The Happy Planet Index and alternative measurement tools like Social Return on Investment.

Microfinance Gateway

Managed by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), the Microfinance Gateway is a public forum for the microfinance industry at large that includes resource centers on specific topics in microfinance, a searchable library of electronic documents, a consultant database, a jobs listing service, a news bulletin board, and specialized discussion groups. The Gateway features more than 3,000 online documents and over 900 listings of microfinance institutions.

International Society for Third Sector Research

Founded in 1992, the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) promotes research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. The organization publishes a number of working papers that are available on this web site, as are abstracts of articles published in the organization's official journal, Voluntas.

International Co-operative Information Centre

This site contains links to reports, documents, and studies of international cooperative organizations and case studies of cooperatives and cooperative sectors in many individual countries.

Institute of Development Studies

The Institute of Development Studies, based at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, conducts research, teaching and communications on international development. Founded in 1966, in addition to its considerable alumni base, the Institute is home to approximately 100 researchers, 70 knowledge services staff, 65 support staff and about 200 students at any one time.

Global Development Research Center

GDRC aims to consolidate disparate issues, themes and topics into one umbrella to highlight their interconnectedness and interdisciplinary nature. It started as a 'homepage' focusing on just one issue - Informal Credit Markets (ICM) - in April 1995. Since then many more sections have been added, and the Informal Credit Markets section itself has been greatly expanded, including many country links and case studies.

Enterprise Web, “Microfinance and Microcredit”

ENTERWeb is an annotated meta-index and information clearinghouse on enterprise development, business, finance, international trade and the economy. The main focus is on micro, small and medium scale enterprises, cooperatives, and community economic development, both in developed and developing countries. ENTERWeb lists and rates Internet resources in these areas, and complements search engines by providing shortcuts in identifying important sources of information.

Coady International institute

Established by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, the Coady International Institute is world-renowned as a center of excellence in community-based development. The Institute was named in honor of Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, a prominent founder of the Antigonish Movement—a people's movement for economic and social justice that began in Nova Scotia, Canada, during the 1920s.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is committed to strengthening the research community in the emerging field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. ARNOVA publishes the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Abstracts of published articles are available on line.

National Consumer Law Center

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is the nation's leading expert on consumer law and advocates on behalf of low-income Americans who are particularly vulnerable to fraud and predatory lending. NCLC pays special attention to such vulnerable groups as the elderly, immigrants, homeowners, former welfare recipients, victims of domestic violence, and military personnel. NCLC's legal work has accomplished numerous policy milestones; for example, NCLC helped end discriminatory car loan practices that persisted for 75 years.

Global Assets Project

The Global Assets Project, launched in 2006, is a collaborative effort of the Center for Social Development and the New America Foundation. Its ultimate goal is poverty alleviation through asset accumulation. The Global Assets Project strives to influence public policy and implement new asset-building programs through research, and attempts to integrate the key elements of microfinance, financial education, social policy and commercial financial services. There are currently asset-building initiatives in 5 continents and 14 countries around the world.

Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive financial education curriculum to K-12 schools. The Council's programs include the basics of entrepreneurship, teacher resources, and assessment standards—reaching over 15 million students in the U.S. and more than 30 other countries each year. Its mission is to advocate better personal finance education in primary and secondary schools, as well as to empower young people through financial literacy.

Center for Financial Services Innovation

An affiliate of the nonprofit CDFI ShoreBank, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) is a national expert on financial services for the unbanked and under-banked. Its goals include improving the quality of existing services and better tailoring financial services to meet the needs and desires of the under-banked community. The ultimate goal is to facilitate savings and asset-building through financial services. Founded in 2004, CFSI focuses on 6 main areas in order to assist service providers, expand the literature, and influence public policy: Research & Strategy, Investment, Networking, Roundtables, Communication, and Public Policy.

Institute on Assets and Social Policy (Brandeis University)

The Institute on Assets and Social Policy was established in 1999 to promote and advance individual asset-building policy choices that promise to reduce hunger and poverty in the nation by addressing their root causes. Its mission is to broaden and redefine the asset development concept and familiarize the public, media, and policy leaders with the asset development approach.

Economic Success Clearinghouse/WIN, "Individual Development Accounts"

Formerly known as the Welfare Information Network, this website has a large selection of research papers written on Individual Development Accounts, as well as a good overview of innovative state and local programs.

IDA-Pays, USC Rossier School of Education

The Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA) at USC conducted a three-year study to determine the impact, potential, and pitfalls of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) in helping low-income students gain access to and find success in higher education. This website is dedicated to their findings and provides various other resources and publications for policy stakeholders. In addition to research, the website offers information on how to start an education IDA and best practices.