Social enterprise is attracting a lot of attention around

the world – as a great way to make the world a better place.


Although certainly not new, (think of the co-operative movement in the 1840s, or the first thrift shop in the 1890s), the power of social impact investing has captured the imagination of those seeking to meet a wide range of social, environmental and cultural challenges.

The Canadian Task Force on Social Finance has defined social enterprise as “any organization or business that uses market oriented production and sale of goods and/or services to pursue a public benefit mission.” Social entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, but are united in their passion for change, using business to power that change, and a desire to be more self-reliant in creating the change they seek in the community.

The Social Enterprise Fund was established to provide financial support in the form of loans to organizations in Edmonton that are launching or growing a social enterprise. We now lend across the province of Alberta, to clients with any corporate structure.  One of our friends described SEF as being “like Dragons’ Den, but for good.” Basically, we can provide patient capital to make social enterprise a reality.

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New edition of Portfolio now in the Library

Yes, it has been a while, but you can find a new Spring 2016 edition of Portfolio in The Library on this site.  Check out some of SEF’s newest investments — more than $25 million to over forty enterprises since we launched in 2008.  And stay tuned for more great impact investments to be finalized in […]

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SEF looks forward to a busy 2015! 2014 was an important year of growth for the Social Enterprise Fund, as we passed total investments of $19m, to more than thirty clients doing good in communities across Alberta.  We are grateful to all our partners for the work they do, including the City of Edmonton, the United Way, and […]

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Welcome SEF’s newest staff member!

I am delighted to welcome Gail Yakemchuk to the SEF team as our Administrative Associate.  You can read Gail’s bio on the About us page, and I hope many of you have the opportunity to meet her in person soon. I know you will give Gail the same warm welcome to the social enterprise world […]

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SEF is like "like Dragons' Den, but for good." Basically, we can provide patient capital to make social enterprise a reality.

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