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.



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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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.

Contact Us