Financing Social Enterprises

Financing Social Enterprises

We’re excited to be working once again with Ottawa’s Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED).   Our current engagement is focused on implementing CSED’s new UNCAPPED program.  This partnership with the Province’s Social Enterprise Development Fund ((SEDF), Alterna Savings, Ottawa Community Foundation and United Way Ottawa Centraide is designed to overcome funding barriers and gaps faced by social enterprises at...

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Financing Food Enterprises

Financing Food Enterprises

Client types and projects seem to come in waves. We’ve just completed one project in Vermont and are working with two land/food-related enterprises in Ottawa after a bit of a hiatus in that sector. Vermont’s Working Lands Enterprise Board hired us to prepare a blueprint for financing tools that could allow them to use their funding to leverage additional investment in the working lands businesses they seek to support. In Ottawa,...

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Money, Mission and Strategy

Money, Mission and Strategy

Sleeping Lion’s principal, Nancy Wasserman, is working with Community Forward Fund to deliver Money, Mission and Strategy. This innovative peer-based clinic is designed to equip nonprofits with the knowledge and skills they need to assess their financial health and incorporate practical financial planning tools into day-to-day communications and management. Over a day and a half, participants learn about the distinctive aspects of...

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Community Foundations and Impact Investing

Forbes reports that a growing number of community foundations are using impact investing to achieve their mission. The article is based on findings in   A New Anchor Mission for a New Century, a new report issued by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative.  The authors studied and report on 30 innovative community foundations  (29 in the States and one from Edmonton) that are doing much more than grant-making to effect change in their...

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Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Social Impact

How do we know if we’re succeeding?  We’re currently working with a US-based CDFI to refine and implement a usable and informative set of financial and impact metrics. As part of the process, we’ve uncovered some great examples from other funds.   Here are some of the best: SJF Ventures Impact Report – documents the impact of this 15-year old venture capital partnership The Reinvestment Fund – Impact Report from...

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