I want to take some of the revenue that I generate with the for-profit business I'm starting, and use it to provide start-up social enterprises that I think are interesting with some funding to help them get off of their feet.
Legally/tax-wise, what's the best way to do this? Should I write these start-ups a check directly from my business account? Should I create a trust that I keep the money in and then distribute from when I find a company I'd like to invest in?
Also, what kind of regulations would be under if I asked for equity in return? Would it be better/easier to simply provide these businesses with low interest or forgivable loans?