Geri Stengel

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What is a social impact organization?
Social impact organizations are nonprofits and for-profits that make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. For some that means growing a nonprofit, a social enterprise, or a profit-making business with a social mission (e.g., improving poverty, education, heath, etc.) at the core. For others, it is not based on organizational purpose, but in the ways in which they do business such as valuing and fostering employee satisfaction, sourcing ethical suppliers and maintaining sustainability practices.

What is formal vs. informal learning?

  • Informal learning is self-directed, observational, and collaborative. It includes reading; casual conversation at lunch, via email or chatting around the water cooler; and watching and modeling others in a work environment. Some studies suggest that only 20 percent of what is done on the job is learned formally. The remaining 80 percent is learned socially, informally or through on-the-job experience.
  • Workshops, courses and classes are all examples of formal learning experiences. Basically, any structured form of studying in which a teacher directs students falls under this category.
  • What makes Ventureneer work so well for entrepreneurs is that it offers both. Ventureneer offers webinars and online courses as well as peer coaching, forums and other opportunities to share knowledge in an informalized way. You can also combine the two to create a customized learning experience – a personalized curriculum to get the information you need to grow and prosper.

What do I get for free on the website?
Articles, blogs, podcasts and videocasts from the most authoritative sources on the Web on entrepreneurship, social enterprise and nonprofit management are selected for relevance by Ventureneer editors. Ventureneer experts provide additional content. In addition we will offer one-hour webinars on timely topics, RSS feeds are available from an extensive array of publications and websites and a weekly e-newsletter.

What do I get with my membership?

  • SPIRALS (Sharing Peer-Influenced Resources and Learning for Success) The member portion of Ventureneer has a sophisticated rank-and-comment system that recognizes what content is on the money and what is less relevant. It’s ensures you read only the best quality content without having to take the time to sift through it all.
  • Lessons Learned Database: Members build a database of content, based on their own experiences, to share knowledge and benefit others leaders. Even better, as a member, you’ll have the chance to view the insights and counsel of others. Imagine having your own specialized library of best practices at your fingertips. 
  • Private Messaging and Online Discussion Rooms:  Network like crazy. Get a solid recommendation for a resource with specific expertise. Hold an online discussion to sort out an opportunity or challenge — and help others do the same. It’s a close-knit community of leaders like yourself, ready and willing to share knowledge. And don’t worry: confidentiality’s not an issue . The person requesting help remains anonymous (people offering help must identify themselves). 
  • Mutual Coaching: Not a mentor relationship, which behaves more like a teacher-to-pupil relationship, nor a coaching relationship, for which you pay someone for advice. This is a peer-to-peer relationship – leader to leader – between collaborative partners who share expertise and insights and face similar opportunities and challenges together. 
  • Discounts on Classes: Members receive $50 off their first class. Other discounts for products and services may be available as well.

How much does a membership cost?

Annual membership is $50. Virtual classes are priced separately. Members receive $50 off their first class.


What if I want to cancel my membership?

You can try the service risk free for the first 30 days. If you’re not completely satisfied, Ventureneer will refund your $50 membership fee in full. Should you wish to cancel after your first 30 days, the annual fee will be pro-rated based on the number of months you have been a member.


What’s a virtual class like?

Ventureneer’s e-courses are designed to mimic an in-person classroom experience using both the web and phone. Live courses create a community dynamic that is impossible to develop with typical self-study. Classes are 10-20 students in size. Instructors present courses using video, PowerPoint or other computer-based programs and utilize interactive features such as polling, testing, hands-on experience through screen sharing and breakouts for team projects. You can "raise your hand" to ask questions and send notes privately to the instructor or other students. Instructors encourage students to get to know each other using Connect For Good (online profiles) and participating in blogs and chats.


How much do virtual classes cost?

Virtual classes range in price from $300 (1 hour once a week for 4 weeks) to $575 (1 hour once a week for 12 weeks) depending on the number of weeks specified for the course. You must be a member to take a class. Members receive $50 off their first class.


I'm having technical problems. Who do I contact?

Should you have any problem with the service, please email Ventureneer at We will try to resolve the issue within 24 hours.



Can I advertise on or partner with Ventureneer?

Ventureneer does not currently accept advertising. Should you wish to explore a partnership, please send an email to with a brief description of the concept.



Can I submit an article?

We welcome hearing from you and are always interested in what leaders have to share. However, we can only accept those submissions that will resonate with our membership.  Please get to know our site, our mission and our style before submitting an article or query. Then, forward queries or submissions to our editor at We will respond to your submission within a week.



Can I post any of your articles on my website? Can I link to your articles?

Please contact our reprints at for permission to reprint materials or link to this site. We will get back to you within 48 hours.



How do I reach Geri?

You can email Geri at