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20 Questions Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations Should Ask About Social Enterprise – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
This 2014 publication will help directors of an NFP considering or already conducting activities through a social enterprise, address common issues and questions regarding such operations. https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/20-questions-directors-not-profit-organizations-should-ask
Social Enterprises in Canada: Structural Options – MaRS
This 2012 article considers various structural options for social enterprise including the pros and cons of each. http://www.marsdd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/MaRSReport-Social-Enterprise_2012.pdf
The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide, 2nd Edition – Enterprising Non Profits
This comprehensive guide is for nonprofit organizations who are thinking about creating or already developing a new social enterprise, as well as those who are looking to expand their business. Chapters cover organizational readiness, idea identification and feasibility analysis, business planning, performance measurement, and the legal context.http://www.socialenterprisecanada.ca/en/plan/service.prt?svcid=enp_download_form1
Success Themes in Supportive Employment: How Social Enterprise Connects People with Jobs & Jobs with People – Enterprising Non Profits
This 2014 report describes the key practices of employment social enterprises that have been highly successful employing people who face multiple barriers to employment.http://www.socialenterprisecanada.ca/webconcepteurcontent63/000024540000/upload/Toolkits/StrengtheingToolkit/SucceessThemes_FULLReport_06-12-14a.pdf
Enp Canada Storybook
The Axiom News team of Generative Journalists joined with enp Canada to provide frequent, ongoing news about the emerging social enterprise ecosystem in Canada and beyond.
In April 2015, this special edition storybook was produced highlighting impact stories from the past 2 years of reporting.http://www.socialenterprisecanada.ca/webconcepteurcontent63/000024540000/upload/Learn/ENP_Storybook_2015_Web_.pdf
THRIVING OR SURVIVING: Social Enterprises in the GTA – Social Enterprise Toronto
This 2014 publication examines several issues relating to and affecting growth for social enterprises in the Social Enterprise Toronto network. The research focuses on three distinct areas including: marketing practices and needs; food-based social enterprises; and start-up stories.http://static1.squarespace.com/static/56a00c05a128e61e3e092cec/t/56e0b0ea9f726647eea1c574/1457565957328/SET-Research-Report-2014_Thriving-or-Surviving_Fulll-report.pdf
Impact to Last: Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Enterprise by REDF
REDF commissioned Impact to Last to inform and inspire entrepreneurial employers by examining the instructive lessons and scaled success of a number of 10 high-performing social enterprises across the U.S. By investigating and then sharing the experiences and practices of these innovative businesses, Impact to Last provides uniques into the range of factors that have contributed to their success, both individually and collectively.https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/sites/ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/impact_to_last-7_lessons_from_the_front_lines_of_social_enterprise.pdf
From Social Enterprise to Social Franchise: An Introductory Guide to Achieving Scale Through Replication – Centre for Social Innovation
In this 2016 publication, CSI shares what they’ve learned in their exploration of scaling, licensing, and franchising.https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/social-enterprise-social-franchise-introductory-guide
REDF Jobs Report: Social Enterprises, Economic Self-Sufficiency, and Life Stability – REDF
This 2015 study by REDF in the U.S. was undertaken to evaluate the impact of social enterprise for people facing barriers to work and its benefits for society.https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/redf-jobs-report-social-enterprises-economic-self
Growing social enterprise: research into social replication – Social Enterprise Coalition
This 2011 report from the UK examines the various replication journeys open to social enterprises and sheds light on the critical obstacles and success factors, and assesses the value of each replication model for different forms of social enterprise.http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/uploads/editor/files/Publications/Growing_Social_Enterprise_report.pdf
Exploring Social Procurement – Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd.
This 2014 report examines an innovative market-based opportunity to create social impact through existing purchasing.https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/exploring-social-procurement
Social Procurement: The Olympic, Commonwealth & Pan Am Games, and the growing case for Social Procurement Policy in Canada – Sandra Hamilton
This 2014 report looks at opportunities for social procurement within the public sector.https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/sites/ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/sandra_hamilton_social_procurement_july_2014_web_59814.pdf
The Social Procurement Intermediary: The State of the Art and its Development within the GTHA – Revington, Hoogendam, Holeton
This paper investigates the potential of social purchasing in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and that role that a social procurement intermediary – a broker or matchmaker between suppliers and purchasers – could play.http://lefca.org/documents/Social-Procurement-Intermediary-LEF-2015.pdf
Social Impact Purchasing Guidelines – BC Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation
This 2014 book of guidelines will help readers to understand social impact procurement, identify potential suppliers in the community, and develop a procurement process that assesses both the financial and social value.http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/employment-business-and-economic-development/business-management/social-innovation/si-purchasing-guidelines.pdf
Social Enterprise Directory
Buying Social Goods
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Social Enterprise Toolkits
These resources are from enp-Canada and provide valuable context for assessing organizational readiness, identifying market opportunities, feasibility, creating a business plan, measuring success, and legal structures.http://www.socialenterprisecanada.ca/en/toolkits/devtoolkit
The Social Enterprise Guide
This is courtesy of enp-Canada and is the 2nd edition of the Social Enterprise Guide. It includes reflections on over 10 years of enp-Canada’s operations and provides unique perspectives from practitioners across Canada.http://www.socialenterprisecanada.ca/en/learn/nav/canadiansocialenterpriseguide.html
Social Enterprise Business Model Canvas
The Business Model Canvas adapted and repurposed to include elements all social enterprises should consider.http://www.socialbusinessmodelcanvas.com/
CSED’s UNCAPPED Social Financing Program
Uncapped is a social financing program led by Ottawa’s Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) that seeks to provide social enterprises with the appropriate grant, debt and hybrid financing options to support their growth. Uncapped is designed to overcome funding barriers and gaps faced by social enterprises at various stages of development and with diverse legal structures.Learn More!
Ottawa Community Loan Fund
Ottawa’s first micro-finance project to support entrepreneurs with access to small loans. Throughout its history, OCLF has also worked to further the community economic development capacity of the region and has contributed to CED activities at the provincial and national level.http://www.oclf.org
Community Foundation of Ottawa
The Community Foundation of Ottawa works together with community philanthropists to positively influence social change in Ottawa.http://www.cfo-fco.ca
United Way Ottawa
UWO partners with community organizations across Ottawa to make grants and investments into programs and projects to support marginalized populations.http://www.unitedwayottawa.ca
Community Forward Fund
The CFF makes loans and can arrange for financing for non-profits and charities providing vital patient capital, working capital and bridge capital to support the sector.http://www.communityforwardfund.ca
MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
MaRS is a global thought leader in impact investing and social finance and the following link provides relevant information to potential sources of funding and financing options.http://impactinvesting.marsdd.com/knowledge-hub/funds