Critical to growing a successful social enterprise is understanding and navigating the legal framework governing nonprofit organizations and businesses
Washington, DC (Vocus) September 28, 2010
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of Lex Mundi, is dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs, innovators, and enterprises by calling upon Lex Mundi's unique global network of 160 top-tier commercial law firms to provide legal assistance on a pro bono basis. The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is dedicated to supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector in North America by providing start-up, capacity-building and scaling support for social enterprises. Legal advice is one of the most critical elements of support that social enterprises need to achieve lasting and scalable success. A partnership between the Foundation and the SEA will effectively match legal needs with legal experts, supporting the growth of a vibrant social enterprise sector in North America.
"Our philosophy at the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is to support innovative leaders for change who are using entrepreneurial approaches to solve problems in their communities," said Chloe Holderness, Managing Director of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation. "As such, we see a common goal with the Social Enterprise Alliance. We are thrilled to form this partnership that will allow us to utilize our access to legal resources to support SEA member enterprises that are having a clear and positive social and environmental impact."
"Critical to growing a successful social enterprise is understanding and navigating the legal framework governing nonprofit organizations and businesses," said Lisa Nitze, Social Enterprise Alliance President and CEO. "The Social Enterprise Alliance is committed to providing its members with legal expertise from the nation's top law firms. Our emerging partnership with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation will offer first-class legal assistance to social enterprises that will enable them to carry out their vision."
About the Social Enterprise Alliance
The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the only member organization in North America to bring together the diverse field of social enterprise, defined as any organization or venture that achieves its primary social or environmental mission using business methods. SEA serves as advocate for the field, hub of information and education, and builder of a vibrant and growing community of social enterprises. For more information, please visit http://www.se-alliance.org/.
About the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms. Utilizing the talents and resources of Lex Mundi's powerful global network of 160 top-tier commercial law firms around the world, the Foundation matches experienced lawyers who provide first-class legal services to social entrepreneurs and enterprises on a pro bono basis, enabling them to carry out their missions of positive social change and to improve lives and communities. The Foundation has recently launched LawForChange, an innovative online legal resource designed to support and strengthen the U.S. social sector.
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