World Vision Canada Social Innovation Challenge creates long-term global impact

There’s a proverb in the Philippines that says: while the blanket is short, learn to bend. The saying teaches its listeners to make use of what they have. Such is the case with World Vision Canada. Founded in 1957 and...

Six steps to conquer The Evolution™: Social enterprise replacing charity

Social enterprise is replacing charity and that is great news! Given the space TACK10 Strategy works in and the audience reading this right now, I know that statement ruffles more than just a few feathers. Before getting too alarmed, understand...

Making a difference while making a dollar: Social innovation and entrepreneurship for the nonprofit sector

In the Liberal government’s 2015 mandate letter to the Ministry of Revenue after the elections, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to acknowledge a need for more dialogue and better interaction with the nation’s charitable sector. The letter, addressed to Minister...

Investing in the nonprofit sector: The Social Impact Bond makes its Canadian debut

This past May, Saskatoon became the first city in Canada to embark on an innovative project between government, investors and a nonprofit organization. As pioneers of the country’s social impact bond, all eyes are now on Saskatchewan’s largest city to...

Community building on the coasts: BC and Nova Scotia introduce new social venture legislation

They may be Canada’s two coastal bookends, but two provinces, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, have recently taken almost identical measures to increase the power and reach of social venture organizations in each region. On December 4, 2012, Nova Scotia...

Yes Virginia, there is an Upside: New foundation aims to fund the charitable sector through stocks

Canadian charities: ready yourselves. In late November a new, potentially game-changing foundation launched that could spell financial windfall for many charitable sector organizations over the coming years. Toronto-based Upside Foundation has set itself up as a national vehicle through which...

Governance Q&A: Governance considerations in social enterprises

This column was written with the assistance of Ryan Turnbull, Director of Ethics and CSR, Eco-Ethonomics. Our charity needs to start a social enterprise to fund programs operating at a deficit. Do we need to replace the board with business...

Making it happen: Exploring the nature of successful co-operatives

In naming 2012 as the United Nations’ Year of Co-operatives, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Co-operatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.” In recognition of the Year...

A funny thing happened on the way to the (Social Finance) Forum

Editor’s Note: CharityVillage is pleased to be a media sponsor for the Social Finance Forum taking place in Toronto this month. Benita Aalto will be attending and sharing her thoughts and insights with CharityVillage readers. Below are her initial musings...