Social Entrepreneurs Club is a club of social entrepreneurs and organizations, enterprises, individuals collaborating and supporting social entrepreneurship movement in Vietnam.
A social entrepreneur (SE) is someone who uses their entrepreneurial qualities and skills to organize and manage an enterprise or organization to address a specific social or environmental problem. Unlike business entrepreneurs, who measure their success by returns and profits, social entrepreneurs measure their success by the social changes they make possible.
Social enterprises are businesses whose purpose is to bring solutions to unmet needs in society as well as to advance the balance of social, environmental and economic benefits. These businesses are at the forefront in addressing key challenges such as poverty reduction, climate change, children’s rights, women’s rights, health care and education for disadvantaged communities and many others.
The Club is a meeting place of people enthusiastic about addressing social issues aiming to create a better society in Vietnam.
The Club was initiated by Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP), and is organized and operated on a voluntary basis, following this regulation, as well as the Constitution and contemporary laws and regulations of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
ARTICLE 1: GENERAL INFORMATION
- Official name: Social Entrepreneurs Club
- Name for transactions in Vietnamese: Cau lac bo Doanh nhan Xa hoi
- Name for international transactions: Social Entrepreneurs Club
- Name in abbreviation: S.E.Club
- Office: Room 1202, tower B, Ha Thanh Plaza, 102 Thai Thinh st., Dong Da dist., Hanoi, Vietnam (changeable when necessary)
1.3 Contact information
- Tel: (+84) 435378746; Hotline: (+84) 913113199
- Fax: (+84) 435378992
- Forum: www.doanhnhanxahoi.org/forum
ARTICLE 2: OBJECTIVES - FUNCTIONS - ACTIVITIES
- To be a forum for social entrepreneurs (SEs) and organizations, individuals who support SEs in Vietnam for capacity building, experience sharing and connecting local SEs with partners and SEs in other countries;
- To promote social support for and protect legitimate rights of S.E. Club members.
2.2 Operating modes:
S.E.Club operates through:
- Thematic discussion at events, seminars, training courses, outdoor activities,
- Online (forum);
2.3 Major activities:
- To develop member database;
- To develop an online information center in collaboration with CSIP (based on website: www.doanhnhanxahoi.org) about topics regarding social entrepreneurship;
- To develop topics for online discussion (experience sharing, consulting, Q&A)
- To select topics for discussion; organize timely networking events (every 3 months) in the form of dinner/cocktail party/picnics or integrating into conferences, training,…
- To facilitate above mentioned activities, members of the S.E. Club agree to keep updating through a regular survey of their needs and expectations regarding specific topics for discussion and support required from the S.E. Club.
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERS OF THE CLUB
3.1 Potential members:
Potential members of the S.E. Club include:
- Representatives of organizations and individuals directly involved in management and production activities of social enterprises;
- Representatives of organizations and individuals applying business administration in the operation of social organizations;
- Representatives of organizations, enterprises and individuals taking part in supporting activities for the development of social enterprises (consultants, donors, investors,…)
Potential members mentioned in article 3.1 can register to join S.E.Club in 2 steps:
1. Fill in a registration form
3.3 Member’s rights and benefits:
- To be introduced on club’s forum;
- To share and discuss with experts and other specialists about developing social enterprises;
- To receive priority when taking part in Club's events (networking gala, seminars, training sessions, outdoor activities,…);
- To receive birthday greeting cards [Note: this idea needs to be further discussed among S.E.Club members as it may not be easy and convenient to follow at the beginning];
- To withdraw from the Club by sending an email to Executive Board.
3.4 Member’s responsibilities:
- To strictly respect and abide by the Club’s regulations;
- To actively in activities/events and to perform S.E. Club assignments if assigned;
- To actively promote and develope the Club;
- To preserve and enhance Club’s prestige;
- To be united, supportive and helpful to other members.
ARTICLE 4: OPERATIONAL ISSUES
4.1 Operating principles:
All activities of the Club are coordinated by an Executive Board and based on the following principles:
- Voluntary principle
- Self-management principle
- Coordination and collaboration
- The Club actively implements its own activities under legal sponsorship of CSIP.
4.2 Organizational structure:
The functions of the Executive Board and supporting Teams are reflected in respective parts of section 4.6 below (via the responsibilities and rights of the Director and Coordinators).
4.3 Standing Committee:
A Standing Committee is composed of 3-5 people representing rights of all members of the Club. The Standing Committee is elected on a yearly basis and has the highest right in defining strategies, directions and adopting activities of the Club within its term.
4.4 Executive Board:
An Executive Board is elected by the Standing Committee, including:
- 01 Executive Director
- 01 Project and Resources Manager
- 01 Communication & Fund-raising Coordinator
- 01 Forum Administrator
(See Organizational Structure in 4.2)
4.5 Calendar of the S.E.Club's activities/events:
- All members of the S.E.Club meet once a year at an annual Congress to review current year's operation, adopt next year’s plan and to elect a Standing Committee;
- The Executive Board will lead the S.E.Club's off-line events on a quarterly basis to review on-going operation, consider new membership applicants, as well as to facilitate any thermatic discussion, seminars, training courses, outdoor activities for Club's members.
4.6 Responsibilities and Rights of the Executive Board:
4.6.1 Responsibilities – Rights of the Executive Director:
- To represent the Club in all communication, internal and external activities;
- To plan and coordinate supporting Teams to implement of the Club’s activities after being adopted by the Standing Committee.
- To report to the Standing Committee and all Club members at the annual Congress, and direct all activities of the Executive Board.
4.6.2 Responsibilities – Rights of Project and Resources Manager:
- To support the Executive Director in project development and resource coordination for the Club’s activities;
- To take the lead in execution of events, networking parties and other activities with support from the other Teams;
- To take care of financial management.
4.6.3 Responsibilities – Rights of Communication & Fund-raising Coordinator:
- To support the Executive Director in all communication and fund-raising efforts for the Club’s activities;
- To take the lead in all internal and external communication as assigned by the Executive Director, including media relations.
- To initiate ideas for events, networking parties and other activities and providing communicational support to the Project & Resources Manager in execution of such activities;
4.6.4 Responsibilities – Rights of the Online Administrator
- To support the Executive Director in managing the online tools to facilitate the Club’s activities, particularly managing the forum, information sharing, discussions and documentation, and networking with other relevant online fora
- To manage members’ list and dossiers;
- To post announcements of the Club on the Forum.