September 13, 2005 08:05 ET

"Shopping Here Can Make a Difference" at

Social Enterprise Alliance Members First to Be Featured in New Ecommerce Mall That Enables People to Support Their Favorite Causes Through Their Purchases

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 -- Billions of dollars are spent every day on products and services for homes and businesses; now by making these purchases through social enterprises and socially responsible businesses, people can provide support for their favorite causes at the same time. (, a worldwide community of volunteers and professional fundraisers, today announced the launch of the "Shopping Here Can Make a Difference" section of its web site -- an aggregation of vendors and service providers that enables shoppers to search by product or service category or by the causes they support. The first organizations showcased in this new, ecommerce mall are members of the Social Enterprise Alliance, the leading authority in the social enterprise movement. Many more organizations from around the world will be added in the coming weeks and months.

"Purchases from the businesses showcased will make a difference by providing dollars for the worthwhile causes they support," said Annie Van Bebber, founder of "We're providing an online home to both socially responsible businesses and consumers who would like to make their purchases count for something. Partnering with organizations like the Social Enterprise Alliance gives your visitors greater selection while enabling SEA members to reach a wider marketplace."

"This strategic alliance with is a terrific opportunity for our members to increase their sales while spreading the message about the good work they are doing," said Beth Bubis, CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance. "This movement has seen tremendous growth the past five years, and with resources such as, the growth will continue and in the process organizations that promote social causes will be able to expand on their missions, too."

Socially responsible businesses that manage their business processes to produce an overall positive impact that gives back to society have been around for a long time. But Social enterprises -- organizations that have created revenue-generating programs to help drive their missions -- are among the fastest growing sectors in American business today. These nonprofit organizations identify market needs that often dovetail with services they provide and fund their missions to lessen their dependency on donor dollars and fundraising.

According to a recent Nielsen / NetRating survey, in conjunction with its AdRelevance service, online spending on goods and services surpassed 72 Million Dollars in June of 2005, a 77% increase in year-over-year growth. The online mall serves as a marketing and distribution channel that will greatly expand social enterprises' opportunity to sell.

About's Community of Giving™ unites both volunteers and professional fundraisers working for the greater good, regardless of the size of their organization, by pooling resources to create a nationwide and worldwide community at the grass roots level. provides a marketplace for products, services, alliances and strategies for achieving organizational goals. will help further the common goal of fundraisers by raising awareness of worthwhile causes, and by reporting on the people who dedicate their lives to Giving.

About Social Enterprise Alliance

With over 1000 global members, Social Enterprise Alliance is the leading membership organization of nonprofit organizations, grant-makers and others committed to advancing nonprofit sustainability through earned income strategies. The SEA network connects entrepreneurial nonprofits with learning opportunities, technical assistance and resources to further their efforts. For more information about Social Enterprise Alliance, please visit

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