MissionWise® Addresses Power of Public Policy Partnerships at Social Enterprise Summit

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MissionWise®, the consulting division of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) that helps health and human service organizations become stronger and more sustainable in their efforts to eliminate health inequities, will lead a public policy workshop at the Ninth Annual Social Enterprise Summit 2008 to be held today in Boston, Massachusetts.

MissionWise®, the consulting division of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) that helps health and human service organizations become stronger and more sustainable in their efforts to eliminate health inequities, will lead a public policy workshop at the Ninth Annual Social Enterprise Summit 2008 to be held today in Boston, Massachusetts. Considered one of the premier conferences in the United States on topics related to social enterprise, MissionWise joins an esteemed group of organizations presenting at this event, including Ashoka, Caplin & Drysdale, Community Wealth Ventures, and Alliance for Nonprofit Management, among many others.

Presenting on the topic for the first time at this event, MissionWise will conduct its workshop entitled "Public Policy: Powerful Partnerships for Critical Issues", led by co-presenters, Julie Peterson, Senior Director of Public Affairs, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, and Melissa Ransdell, Trainer / Consultant for MissionWise, a division of C.H.E.F. The session will focus on how advocacy and other forms of public policy participation can unite organizations and give voice to the perspectives and aspirations of social enterprise now missing from public policy debates.

Marc Fine, Director of MissionWise, said "We are delighted to be presenting at this year's Social Enterprise Summit on the topic of public policy. As social enterprises become established today, there is a significant and largely untapped need that exists for building partnerships through advocacy and public policy strategy." Fine and his team at MissionWise are uniquely qualified to address the topic of public policy for the Social Enterprise Summit's attendees because their own organization, C.H.E.F., has not only been operating as a successful social enterprise for more than thirty years, but has also been helping to shape public policy in health education for almost as many years.    

The Social Enterprise Summit will attract hundreds of leaders from enterprising nonprofits, for-benefit companies and capital providers to help accelerate a new sector of the economy focused on realizing social benefit through earned income strategies. The conference features dozens of distinguished speakers and panelists, including this year's keynote speakers Robert Chambers, Founder and President of Bonnie CLAC; Robert L.E. Egger, Founder and President of DC Central Kitchen, Inc.; Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, Co-authors of "Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits"; and Ronald L. Phillips, President and CEO of Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

About MissionWise

MissionWise® is the consulting division of Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®), the nationally known nonprofit that is focused on helping health and human service organizations eliminate health inequities through its unique blend of philanthropy and advocacy, as well as training, mentoring, and consulting. Established as part of an organization with more than thirty years of history operating as a successful social enterprise, MissionWise offers its clients expertise in building capacity so they can become stronger, more sustainable, and better achieve their missions. Its diverse roster of clients include foundations, grantees, and other health and human service organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), Treatment Research Institute (TRI), Denver Harbor Clinic, Collaborative to Advance Funding in Palliative Care (CAFPAC), In SHAPE Program of Monadnock Family Services, and Presidio YMCA, among others. For information about MissionWise and C.H.E.F., please visit http://www.missionwise.org and http://www.chef.org or call 1.800.323.2433.

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