SVI Alberta is back! And we won’t need to lock the door.

Entrepreneurs, and in particular social entrepreneurs are usually moving pretty fast. Too fast, it would seem to sit (or even stand) and reflect on what they are doing. And often, too busy to look for and find their “tribe.” For a few years at SEF, as I worked with ever increasing numbers of social entrepreneurs, I began to think we needed to get all these incredible people in a room together.

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SEF is hiring!

Outcomes Associate The Social Enterprise Fund is adding a new member to our team!   The Outcomes Associate will have experience in gathering, managing and presenting many kinds of information across a range of platforms, and the capacity to work with many kinds of organizations and sectors. 

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Trico steps up as SVI Alberta sponsor

SVI Alberta’s lead organizers, the Social Enterprise Fund and Thrive (an initiative of Momentum) and SVI Hollyhock are deeply grateful for our generous sponsors who have stepped up to make the first SVI Alberta possible. SVI Alberta will take place at the Banff Centre October 15/16.

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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 Summer 2018

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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.

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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, you will know that access to money at the right time can be key to your success.

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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, take a look at two new publications in The Library on this site.

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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 the coming weeks.

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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 our biggest investor, the Edmonton Community Foundation.

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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 that you gave to me.

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