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.

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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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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