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NC Fourth Sector Resource Project
A fourth sector business is one that has the social or environmental mission of a non-profit, while getting a significant portion of its revenue through earned income. Goodwill Industries is a commonly-recognized example. TROSA, Piedmont Biofuels, Redwoods Group, Bark House, PTA Thrift Shop, Bountiful Backyards, Triangle Ecycling and DERC are just a few of the many great North Carolina fourth sector businesses.
Fourth Sector Network
The defining characteristic of all Fourth Sector organizations is that they integrate social and environmental aims with business approaches. Some Fourth Sector organizations go further by embodying features like inclusive governance, transparent reporting, fair compensation, environmental responsibility, community service, and contribution of profits to the common good.
North Carolina Fourth Sector Cluster Initiative
The North Carolina Fourth Sector Cluster Initiative strives to advance a cluster-based strategy for promoting economic growth, job creation, and community problem solving throughout the state.