On a day when social enterprise businesses will gather in Hartford, the foundation connected with Connecticut’s bellwether social enterprise, Newman’s Own, said it will give almost $4 million to 40 groups connected with nutrition, mostly for children.
Newman’s Own Foundation said in a Courant story earlier this year it will give away $30 million in 2012, 30 years after the actor first sold salad dressing at Stew Leonard’s.
Newman’s Own isn’t the only Connecticut firm founded on principles other than profit for its owner. The group called reSET, the Social Enterprise Trust, will have its annual awards event tonight at the Society Room on Pratt Street in downtown Hartford.
Several companies will be recognized for innovative ways of combining business structure with product and services for broader social good. Last year’s top winner was GG2G, a Milford firm that makes handbags and other accessories out of salvaged billboard and restaurant seating materials.
Featured tonight will be Warby Parker Eyewear, which joins with nonprofits to distribute a pair of glasses to someone in need for every one it sells. TheNew York firm, named for Jack Kerouac characters, will headline a fashion show of apparel and accessories from socially responsible firms around the country.
The event starts at 6:30 after a reception for patrons at 5:30.