Resources for Charities and Non-Profits

There’s a range of great resources that Sleeping Lion regularly uses to assist US and Canadian charities and non-profits. Some of our favorites include Blue Avocado – a great blog authored by Jan Masaoka concerning all things of interest to non-profits.  US focus, but some relevance to Canadian organizations Free Management Library – an incredible easy-to-use resource of online  management tools, documents, policies, etc.  ...

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Canadian Impact Investing Resources

Canadian Impact Investing Resources

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) has taken a leadership role in encouraging its members to consider implementing the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance recommendation that foundations invest at least 10% of their capital in mission-related investments (MRI) by 2020. CFC currently provides a number of resources for and about impact investing and Canadian community foundations including information about the range of approaches,...

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US CDFIs – Oportunity Finance Network

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is the leading US network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities.   OFN Members have originated more than $30 billion in financing across rural, urban and Native communities particularly in markets that are often overlooked by conventional financial institutions,  with cumulative charge-off rates...

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Tools for Co-operatives

Tools for Co-operatives

In the US – the University of Wisconsin Center for Co-operatives provides start-up resources, events, training, research, and publications about all aspects of co-operatives including economic impact.  Their chart outlining the difference of various types of US corporations is one of the best summaries available. In Canada – the newly formed Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada is a national, bilingual association that represents more...

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Resource for Foundations – Mission Investors Exchange

Resource for Foundations – Mission Investors Exchange

Great Tools for Foundations interested in Impact Investing A member organization and web site offering great resources for foundations and other charitable funders (generally US-based) thinking about mission-related, program-related or impact investments. Publisher of the Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing, now used across the...

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Tools – Social Enterprise Council and Guide

Tools – Social Enterprise Council and Guide

A great resource for social enterprises across Canada – the Social Enterprise Council of Canada web site has industry news, tools and the free downloads of the Canadian Social Enterprise Guide, a great resource for non-profit organizations or charities that want to start a social enterprise. Regional support organizations include: The Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) (ON-Toronto) The Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) ...

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