It’s fall, and so back to school!

With the cool fall weather comes lots of new learning opportunities for social entrepreneurs.  Here’s a few that caught our eye. enp-ab is teaming up with Innoweave.ca to present an “Introduction to Social Enterprise” workshop in Calgary on 18 September 2014, plus a “Social Enterprise Feasibility Workshop” on 16 October 2014, also in Calgary.  

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Social entrepreneurs front and centre at Edmonton event

Make Something Edmonton is launching a new breakfast series, and the first topic on offer is social entrepreneurship.  On 14 July 2014, you can hear three great Edmonton social entrepreneurs tell their stories.  Featured are Meghan Dear of Localize, Kyle Dubé of Verto Labour Services, and Antoine Palmer of Sustainival. 

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Check out the summer Portfolio

If you want to see the latest about SEF’s current clients, check out the newest edition of Portfolio in The Library on this site.  You will find descriptions about all our newest loans, along with updates on the great projects already underway!

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SEF is hiring!

We have an opening for an Administrative Associate — and it might be you. Reporting to the Executive Director, the part-time Administrative Associate (17.5 hours per week) will provide a range of administrative, operations and loan servicing duties. Primary duties include record-keeping, recording loan disbursements and payments, general book-keeping and operation logistics. 

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CHRA Congress support

With keynote speakers, workshops on a diversity of housing and homelessness topics, off-site tours of housing projects and plenty of networking opportunities, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) National Congress on Housing and Homelessness is the must-attend event for affordable housing and homelessness practitioners.  The event is scheduled for Edmonton, April 30 to May 2 2014.

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SEF holiday closure

The SEF office will be closed for the Holidays from 17 December 2013, reopening on 6thJanuary 2014.  We hope you and yours will enjoy a wonderful and restful time, as we look forward to great things in 2014. Merry Christmas! Jane Bisbee

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National prize for impact investing

SEF was delighted to celebrate an early Christmas present this year, with the recent announcement from Toronto of a national award for the Edmonton Community Foundation. ECF was recognized for Excellence in Mission Investingfor its role in the creation an ongoing commitment to the work of the Social Enterprise Fund. 

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ECF expands its social impact lending reach

Edmonton Community Foundation CEO Martin Garber-Conrad has announced ECF’s  expanded commitment to social impact investing through the creation of the Alberta Social Enterprise Venture Fund.  He made the announcement on 4 October at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary. This investment structure will strengthen ECF’s response to the challenge from the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance to Canadian foundations to invest at least ten percent of their capital in mission-related investments by 2020. 

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