A not-for profit pub in Portland is just one example of a new worldwide trend toward businesses that exist to donate their profits to charity, supporting local economic development, while running a profit-making business at the same time. The Oregon Public House and other business nationally and beyond have developed models that serve not only customers, but larger missions as well. As a side benefit, they may also circumvent some of the difficulties that plague young businesses.

Article excerpt: “Through grants from the city and private donations — about 30 people have given between $1,500 to $2,500, support levels that come with a free beer a day, or a week, for life, and their own mug — the bar will also open with no loans or capital to pay back, Mr. Saari said.”

Full article at the New York Times here.