How We Help


Put simply, the Social Enterprise Fund is a loan fund.  We lend money to social enterprises that want to make things better in the community, and in the world.

SEF was established in 2008 through a unique collaboration between the Edmonton Community Foundation and the City of Edmonton.  Other contributors to the fund have included the United Way, the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and several private contributors.

Social enterprises, like any small businesses, require access to capital in order to grow.  Given their sometimes unusual structure or business sphere, they can have challenges finding the financing they need to grow through traditional sources.  SEF acts as a patient lender working with these enterprises to meet their financing needs, whether through a big loan or small.  Loans are repayable with interest – and in this way, the funds can go on to assist other social entrepreneurs.

SEF also plays a role in the larger community interested in the concept of social enterprise.  We work with partners across the province and the country to expand the practical understanding of how social enterprise works ‘on the ground’, as well as contributing to the training opportunities available to social entrepreneurs.



Edmonton social enterprise seeks General Manager

FIND is a unique retail social enterprise of Homeward Trust, playing an important role in their mission to end homelessness in Edmonton.  The search is now on for a new General Manager for FIND, and you can find the details here.  

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New look, new stories

Our latest edition of Portfolio sports a whole new look, as SEF updates our brand after ten years.  Take a look and find out more about the great work being done by our clients across Alberta.   And stay tuned for a whole new website very soon!   SEF_Portfolio_SUMMER2018-14934-pages-F (3)

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SVI Alberta registration now open!

Are you a social entrepreneur with a gnarly business challenge?  Do you want the chance to pick the brain of a peer who has faced the same puzzle?  Or just the opportunity to meet others who are working day-to-day in the social venture trenches?  Then Social Venture Institute Alberta is for you! Join us at […]

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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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