IdeaEncore was referred to me by Gavin, who is the CTO/CIO of a “large private foundation”. (I would tell you which foundation he works for, but then I’d be violating a client privacy agreement which I signed while working for my last employer.) What intrigued me about IdeaEncore was its “Certified B Corporation” Status. As a certified B Corp, the firm belongs to a network of social-benefit corporations which share resources and collaborate to create a better world.
B Corps are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps are unlike traditional responsible businesses because they:
- Meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards.
- Institutionalize stakeholder interests.
- Build collective voice through the power of a unifying brand.
IdeaEncore itself is an excellent resource for non-profit documents. I have signed up for an account, and although I don’t log on daily, I do get a digest in my email which shows me that new documents are added all the time. Here’s a sampling of the documents from the last email:
Here are just a few examples of the quality ready-to-use tools / templates / training content that are available on IdeaEncore Network.
What Makes an Effective Advocacy Organization?
Shared by TCC Group, Free
Preparing the Path to Leadership
Shared by EDA Consulting, LLC, $10
Your Board and Fundraising: An Introductory Class
Shared by Foundation Center, Free
Volunteer Handbook and Employee Handbook on Volunteer Engagement
Shared by Vantage Point, $25
Mission, Message, and Damage Control
Shared by The Nonprofit Quarterly, Free
As you notice, not all IdeaEncore’s documents are free. The paid documents are uploaded by users like you and me – so that means that there is an opportunity for you to create documents and generate revenue. IdeaEncore has a revenue-sharing model similar to iTunes. Essentially, IdeaEncore is an excellent knowledge hub, similar to DocStoc, SlideShare or ScribD. If you are in the non-profit or social benefit industry, you should consider creating an account, reading up and possibly contributing your own whitepapers and documents to help out others.