Missions must be entrepreneurial. Typically this means that you have been inspired with an innovative solution and that you have lead the charge to fill the need. You must be a leader or a co-leader, a founder or co-founder, of a solution. You must be more creative than volunteering for another Mission or existing charity.
Missions must be philanthropic. They must benefit people or a community or society or the planet.
Fundraising alone does not constitute a Mission. The many popular and easy-to-use crowdfunding sites are a great way to fund a Mission but this effort alone is not adequately entrepreneurial. It is not necessary to raise money as part of a Mission.
Yes. Missions can be for-profit as long as they clearly also deliver social benefits. Profits enable an institution to be self-sustaining.
There are a variety of definitions of social entrepreneurship but here is one that is commonly accepted: https://centers.fuqua.duke.edu/case/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2015/03/Article_Dees_MeaningofSocialEntrepreneurship_2001.pdf
There are two types of donations on the SErtified platform, donations directly to a specific Mission and donations to the SErtified Fund.
Donations directly to a Mission are made to a fund established by the Social Entrepreneur and they are not held by SErtified. Because these Social Entrepreneur Missionaries are individuals that are typically not registered with the IRS as a non-profit 501c organization you probably cannot deduct your donation but you should check with your tax adviser.
Donations to the SErtified Fund, which does not yet accept public donations, will be deductible because the SErtified Fund is applying for 501c status but individual donors cannot control which mission receives their funding.
We are working on putting agreements in place with various academic institutions but until this is available please work directly with your school leadership.
We hope so. Please ask your employer and we will enthusiastically support you. Please let us know how we can help. Your boss won’t need to validate that you have an approved plan and that you executed well because that is what we do.