"Best for Community Impact" - B Corporation Honor

Best for the World Community Impact 2014

PhilanTech is honored to have been named to the "Best for the World - Community Impact" list again for 2014.  We joined 85 other companies in 60 countries in being recognized as companies doing the most to improve the lives of our customers, suppliers, and neighbors.

Read the full press release here.

Receiving this honor for the second time, along with also being named to the "Best for the World - Overall Impact" list for the second time this year, means a lot to us.  We exist to help social sector organizations maximize the social impact of their programs by helping them redirect resources from grants administration to service delivery.  We care deeply about supporting organizations doing good work.  But we also care deeply about being an organization that does good work, and we believe in the power of businesses, not only nonprofits, to create positive social impact.  Our mission and our values align with those of our clients, and we're honored to have those values recognized through our inclusion in these "Best for the World" lists.

Learn more about how PhilanTech can help your organization increase its social impact through grantmaking or grantseeking.

Author: Dahna Goldstein
July 23, 2014, 04:15 PM

Best for the World - Grants Management Software

PhilanTech is honored to have been named a "Best for the World" company again in 2014 for scoring in the top 10% of B Corporations and creating overall social and environmental impact.

PhilanTech Best for the World 2014

This matters a lot to us, and we hope it does to you, too.  As the for-profit and nonprofit sectors are becoming more aligned, with more for-profits thinking about how their operations can positively impact the world, and as the B Corporation movement recently hit a major milestone, PhilanTech continues to live the values that have been in place since the company started.  Early on, we described ourselves as a "nice for-profit" -- an organization that is not structured as a 501(c)(3) but is nevertheless committed to being mission-driven and values-driven.  A company that has social and environmental responsibility baked into our DNA. 

We think this is right way to do business, and are humbled to be in the company of great businesses like Seventh Generation, Patagonia, King Arthur Flour and over 1,000 other certified B Corporations.

So why does this matter to you? Our values align with yours. We want to help you be successful in pursuing your own social mission. And we have the right tools to help.

Does your organization give grants? Learn more about how PhilanTrack can help you achieve your grantmaking goals.

Does your organization seek grants? Learn more about how PhilanTrack can help you achieve your grantseeking goals.


Author: Dahna Goldstein
May 29, 2014, 04:35 PM

PhilanTech - Best for the World - Community Impact

Best for the World Community

PhilanTech is honored to have been named to the "Best for the World - Community Impact" list for 2013.  We joined 60 other companies in 35 industries and 13 countries in being recognized for the impact our businesses have on our communities.

Read the full press release here.

PhilanTech has been a mission-driven company since its inception, and we've built our products and our company in a way that aligns with our values, and the values of our customers.  We were also in very good company when we were named a "Best for the World - Overall" company earlier this year by the nonprofit B Lab, which publishes the Best for the World lists.

Learn more about how PhilanTech can help your organization meet its grantmaking or grantseeking goals.

Author: Dahna Goldstein
November 19, 2013, 06:25 PM

PhilanTech - Best for the World

PhilanTech Best for the World

PhilanTech is honored to have been named "Best for the World" for creating the most overall social and environmental impact.

67 companies worldwide were recognized by the nonprofit B Lab, with the release of the second annual 'Best for the World' list. The B Corp Best for the World List honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment.   Read the full press release, or articles about the Best for the World companies in BusinessWeek or FastCompany.

So why does this matter to you?  Our values align with yours.  We want to help you be successful in pursuing your own social mission.  And we have the right tools to help.

Does your organization give grants?  Learn more about how PhilanTrack can help you achieve your grantmaking goals.

Does your organization seek grants?  Learn more about how PhilanTrack can help you achieve your grantseeking goals.

Author: Dahna Goldstein
April 17, 2013, 10:45 AM

Nine B Corporations Named Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

In its third annual recognition of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs, BusinessWeek has named nine B Corporations as among the top 25 social entrepreneurs in the country.  I think this is meaningful for two reasons:

  • BusinessWeek, a traditional business publication, is actively tracking and evaluating social entrepreneurs.  This suggests the increasing recognition of the importance of social entrepreneurship and the notion that “business as usual” is evolving to include social and environmental bottom lines, in addition to a financial bottom line;
  • For each of the years that BusinessWeek has chosen its 25 top social entrepreneurs, B Corporations have been a significant component, representing 31% of all of the companies selected by BusinessWeek (including PhilanTech in 2009).  I’ve written previously about why I think B Corporations are important for the nonprofit sector, and I think they’re important to the business community in general.  The representation of B Corps in this list speaks to the emergence of the B Corp certification as a standard among entrepreneurial companies that are leading the business community in social and environmental responsibility. 

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Here are the B Corporations that have been named to the BusinessWeek Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs list:

2011

  • Azavea - Azavea provides GIS and Mapping Software Development and Geospatial Analysis Services.
  • Change.org - Change.org is the leading site for social change, providing daily news and information about important social issues and empowering people to take action.
  • Dimagi - Dimagi is an award-winning, socially-conscious technology company that helps organizations deliver quality health care to urban and rural communities across the world.
  • Emory Knoll Farms - Emory Knoll Farms' nursery is the only one in the U.S. entirely devoted to growing plants used in the green roof industry.
  • Freelancers Insurance Company - Freelancers Insurance Company provides health insurance to independent workers. They're owned by the Freelancers Union, whose members are their only customers.
  • Greyston Bakery - The Greyston Bakery is a for-profit enterprise owned by the non-profit Greyston Foundation that has been producing the finest brownies, cakes and tarts for 25 years.
  • Nest Collective - A company of consumer products brands focused on nourishing babies, toddlers and kids with healthy, organic foods.
  • Re:Vision Architecture - Re:Vision Architecture (RVA) is an architecture, planning, and consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and development.
  • World Centric - World Centric provides high quality compostable food service disposables and food packaging products for use in schools, corporate cafeterias, restaurants, hospitals, parties etc.

2010

  • Eleek - Eleek is a sustainable design and manufacturing business specializing in high-style lighting and other decorative building parts. They also offer custom design and manufacturing, as well as lighting restoration and retrofitting services.
  • Napo Phramaceuticals - CAP Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Napo Pharmaceuticals, develops and commercializes novel, branded pharmaceuticals to global populations through the establishment of local partnerships.
  • DripTech - Driptech Inc. designs and manufactures low cost, drip irrigation for small farmers in developing countries.
  • Mobis (Bikestation) - Bikestation plans, designs, builds, and operates bike-transit centers and other multi-modal facilities.
  • The Redwoods Group - The Redwoods Group, a privately held socially conscious company, is a commercial specialty insurance provider.
  • Source 44 - Source 44 provides data services to help companies evaluate and monitor their environment impact.
  • Sustainable Harvest - Sustainable Harvest is one of the highest volume importers of organic and fair-trade coffee in North America.

2009

  • Better World Books - Better World Books is an online book retailer and social enterprise.
  • CleanFish - CleanFish specializes in providing top quality seafood that is delicious, safe & sustainable - fish you can trust™.
  • Fair Trade Sports - Fair Trade Sports, Inc sells Fair Trade, FSC Certified sports balls for soccer, football, basketball, rugby, volleyball, and more.
  • IceStone - IceStone LLC manufactures high-design durable surfaces from 100% recycled glass and cement that are used in kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and flooring.
  • Impact Makers - Impact Makers delivers IT and management consulting professional services, focused on the healthcare industry.
  • PhilanTech - PhilanTech provides online grants management systems that enhance accountability, transparency, and efficiency in the social sector.
  • SVT Group - SVT Group is a strategic impact advisory firm that helps investors and organizations manage impact.

Congratulations to the B Corporations – and the other social entrepreneurs – selected by BusinessWeek this year!

Author: Dahna Goldstein
June 27, 2011, 10:56 AM

B Corporations Help Nonprofits Align Spending with Mission

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Note: this post originally appeared on GuideStar's Trust Blog on January 18th, 2011.

Nonprofits in the U.S. spent $1.3 trillion in 2007, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics.  That money was spent delivering needed services, providing salaries and benefits to employees, and paying for tools and professional services.  

Nonprofits now have a way to align their spending with their missions: B Corporations for Nonprofits.

B Corporations are a new kind of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.  Certified by a nonprofit called B Lab, B Corporations must achieve a passing score in a comprehensive survey that evaluates social and environmental responsibility.  There are over 365 B Corporations in 30 industries, and several of them are specifically dedicated to serving the needs of nonprofit organizations.

A group of B Corporations has joined together to raise awareness among nonprofits of the services that B Corporations can offer and the benefits of working with suppliers that, while structured as for-profit businesses, are dedicated to social and environmental responsibility.  

At a press conference at Busboys and Poets (also a B Corporation) in Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 18, representatives from Care2, PhilanTech, PICnet and Better World Telecom announced the formation of B Corps for Nonprofits and the launch of the www.bcorpsfornonprofits.com website.

B Corporations for Nonprofits are Certified B Corporations that earn more than 50 percent of their revenue from nonprofit clients, and/or that have a client base that is at least nonprofit organizations.

In addition to Care2, PhilanTech, PICnet, and Better World Telecom, B Corps for Nonprofits includes Mal Warwick | Donordigital, Free Range Studios, Green Retirement Plans, The Soap Group and Social K.

There are three things that make B Corporations that serve the nonprofit sector different:

  1. B Corps are not like other companies. They are social entrepreneurs with "do-gooder missions" similar to – and complementary with – the vital missions of nonprofit organizations.
  2. B Corps for Nonprofits proudly focus on serving nonprofits as their primary clients. Nonprofits are not a "sideshow" to these organizations – they are the "Main Event!"
  3. B Corps have committed to "walk the walk," not just "talk the talk," of social responsibility. They do this by meeting or exceeding a set of specific, measurable B Corporation standards, including workplace diversity, carbon neutrality, recycling and waste reduction, donating a portion of profits to good causes, etc.

Nonprofits frequently want to know that their vendors are “good” companies.  B Corporations are values-driven companies.  They are dedicated to pursuing social and environmental bottom lines while also being sustainable businesses. They have been independently vetted and verified by a third party as beneficial companies.  As such, nonprofits can feel confident that the money they spend with B Corporations has positive social and environmental impacts.

Next time you’re looking for a new website, social action network, grant management system, phone network, benefits plan, or a number of other services, remember that the company you choose can be one that is aligned with your organization’s mission and values.

Author: Dahna Goldstein
January 18, 2011, 05:26 PM

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