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Resilient Capital Program to Build Social Enterprise Sector

Save-on-Meats, Corporate Knights and Atira Property Management first recipients

VANCOUVER - When restaurateur Mark Brand was offered an opportunity to take over Save-on-Meats, a butcher shop and diner that served as an anchor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, he’d been an entrepreneur long enough to know what his biggest challenge would be: accessing capital.

New Curriculum Promotes Co-ops in the Classroom

All for Each an accessible resource for high school teachers

When the Ontario Co-operative Association launched a new co-operative curriculum at the spring Ontario Business Educators Association conference they were “flooded” by interested teachers, says Kerr Smith.

Social Finance Forum Attracts Diverse Group

Event provides opportunities for networking, brainstorming and exploring new ideas

TORONTO – At last week’s Social Finance Forum, attendees from different sectors and places dug into conversation about moving forward impact investing in Canada.

Canadian Task Force on Social Finance: A Year Later

An update on the seven recommendations to mobilize private capital for public good

TORONTO – A year after the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance launched its report and seven recommendations to mobilize private capital for public good, chair Ilse Treurnicht provided an update to 400 people gathered for its anniversary event Dec. 13.

Reflecting on the Social Finance Landscape in 2011

‘All hands on deck’ needed for success in Canada, says task force chair

TORONTO - Ilse Treurnicht provided an update and overview of social finance in Canada during the past year at the Dec. 13 opening of the Social Finance Forum hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.

Belgium Appreciative Inquiry Network Surprised by Outcomes

There are many stories like this, we need to lift them up, learn from them: World Appreciative Inquiry Conference co-organizer

An Appreciative Inquiry (AI) learning network launched in 2008 with 80 people from diverse organizations sprang outcomes co-organizer Luc Verheijen says he never envisioned.

Collabetition to Catalyze Social Innovation Spirit in B.C.

Province-wide initiative asks citizens, nonprofit and business to submit new ideas to social, economic and environmental issues

It’s already happening, and the “collabetition” hasn’t even launched.

Social Finance Forum to Connect Entrepreneurs and Investors

Expert speakers, pitch clinics and interactive workshops featured at Dec. 13-14 event

A year after the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance released its report and seven recommendations to mobilize private capital for public good, a Dec. 13-14 Social Finance Forum in Toronto will forward the conversation and bring together entrepreneurs and investors.

Co-ops Provide Services from ‘Cradle to Grave’

Sector offers a different economic system, local capacity: Denyse Guy

During her adult life, Denyse Guy says she has been able to access services for all her basic needs through the co-operative sector.

Fonkoze’s Double Bottom Line in Haiti

From the rubble of devastation comes new protection for microfinance clients

Natalie Domond refers to the importance of working towards a double bottom line in business with Haiti’s largest microfinance organization, Fonkoze. There’s the financial line and the line drawn based on social impact — something she saw clearly in the rubble of the country in early 2010.

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