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 imaginations 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. 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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CHRA Congress support

With keynote speakers, workshops on a diversity of housing and homelessness topics, off-site tours of housing projects and plenty of networking opportunities, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) National Congress on Housing and Homelessness is the must-attend event for affordable housing and homelessness practitioners.  The event is scheduled for Edmonton, April 30 to May [...]

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SEF holiday closure

The SEF office will be closed for the Holidays from 17 December 2013, reopening on 6th January 2014.  We hope you and yours will enjoy a wonderful and restful time, as we look forward to great things in 2014. Merry Christmas! Jane Bisbee

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National prize for impact investing

SEF was delighted to celebrate an early Christmas present this year, with the recent announcement from Toronto of a national award for the Edmonton Community Foundation. ECF was recognized for Excellence in Mission Investing for its role in the creation an ongoing commitment to the work of the Social Enterprise Fund.  The award was part [...]

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Inspire, Learn, Connect...

Are you intrigued by the idea of social enterprise? Wondering if it might work for you? Then we've got the workshop just for you.

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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