Building a strong and engaged board of advisors is key to ensuring a social enterprise's success, says Little. In this video, he talks about the important strategic role qualified advisors can play in asking the hard questions about focus, fundraising and execution that gives social entrepreneurs a macro-level perspective and helps them keep an eye of their ultimate goals. Ever heard of the "grandmother test"? Learn all about it in this video.

Ryan Little is a seasoned social and environmental entrepreneur, Project Manager at the BMW Foundation, and co-founder of the Canadian charitable giving platform, CanadaHelps, the country’s national resource for online giving, capacity building, and social media best practices. The organization has facilitated over $600 million in donations since its establishment in 2000. At the BMW Foundation, Little heads the venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship initiatives, does extensive across-organization advising, and coordinates for social startups at the German Startups Association.

These videos are presented in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

Originally published June 15, 2015