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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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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Impact Investment Due Diligence

Impact Investment Due Diligence

We recently provided due diligence reports on impact investments for charitable foundations in the US.  Due diligence clients have included the Vermont Community Foundation, High Meadows Fund and the Castanea Foundation.  All three foundations are leaders in using impact investments to further advance their public-purpose missions.  The Vermont Community Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and...

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Best Practices – Policies to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Best Practices – Policies to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Nancy Wasserman of Sleeping Lion Consulting collaborated with Chris Neme of Energy Futures Group to create a summary of the most effective policies than can be adopted by local to national governments to promote energy efficiency.  The Manual, published by the Regulatory Assistance Program identifies foundational mechanisms, implementation mechanisms, and supporting mechanisms. The foundational mechanisms include Integrated Resource Planning,...

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Mobilizing Capital to Transform a State’s Energy/Economy

Mobilizing Capital to Transform a State’s Energy/Economy

Sleeping Lion collaborated with Catalyst Financial Group to prepare a guidance document (2MB) outlining the financial requirements for how Vermont can achieve 80% renewable energy by 2030.  The document was prepared for the Energy Action Network (EAN), an active network of nonprofit, business and government leaders working to transform Vermont’s energy economy by focusing on capital mobilization, technological innovation, regulatory...

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