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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A few simple basics

There are a number of ideas I find myself returning to over and over again in my work with SEF’s clients – a few simple basics that may help in your thinking about working in the world of social enterprise. Income must be bigger than outgo, or you don’t get to play. No matter what […]

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Psst…want to know a secret?

Just over a year ago, I was asked to speak on the topic “The Secret of Financing for Social Entrepreneurs.”  I recently came across the notes for that talk, and realized they’re still relevant – and thought I should share them here. If you have ever tried to launch any kind of enterprise or business, […]

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Changing the world can start in your own back yard

SEF has always believed that big impact can be created if you look at the opportunities in your own community.  Lately, we have partnered in several interesting conversations and projects using  community economic development to improve the lives of Albertans. If you would like to read more about community economic development and what it can do, […]

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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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