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Social Enterprise

Rise of the hybrid: Legal headaches and multibillion bonanzas

Written By: David Evans
August 8, 2011

Will new legal structures lend clarity to social enterprise organizations and their role in society?

The rise of the hybrid: Colliding sectors

Written By: David Evans
August 2, 2011

The nonprofit and business worlds have collided. New types of organizations increasingly mix and match the characteristics of both sectors, which can collectively be referred to as hybrids.

Spotlight: Potluck Café and Catering

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
March 29, 2010

A profile of a Vancouver social enterprise cafe that provides nutritious meals to residents of the downtown eastside, as well as employs residents to provide catering to local business clients.

Aboriginal social enterprise: Hopeful alternatives

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
January 11, 2010

Manon Barbeau has a simple dream: giving young people from First Nations communities an opportunity to express themselves using video and music, promoting a sense of healing, empowerment, and community engagement.

VANOC – Setting the gold standard for a social enterprise games

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 16, 2009

Despite much of the rumbling heard around Canada and BC about the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games preparations, one thing is clear to many who work in the charity world on the west coast: the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) is going out of its way to make these games one of the most socially sustainable events ever put together.

Change-making 101

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
September 28, 2009

If you're thinking about launching a social enterprise, you may want to give Tal Dehtiar a call. Having successfully launched MBAs Without Borders (MWB) in 2004 - supporting small businesses in Africa, Asia and Latin America - he recently sold that venture and started another.

The emerging importance of social finance in today’s society

Written By: Karl Noseworthy
September 17, 2009

Many people believe that there are better approaches to running an organization that can benefit more than just their own pocket and the pockets of their investors.

The Print Shop: A case study in sustainability

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 4, 2009

A case study of the Phoenix Print Shop, a social enterprise supporting Eva's Initiative.

Social entrepreneur: The nonprofit oxymoron

Written By: Buzz Harris
May 4, 2009

The conflicting issues within social entrepreneurship.

Business as an agent for world benefit

Written By: Louisa Jewell
February 16, 2009

An introduction to a few Canadian businesses that have implemented simple community-enhancing innovations that are making a difference in the world.

Social Finance: A hopeful alternative for mission success

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 20, 2008

According to a new report, few nonprofits really understand the concept of social finance. We break it down for you in this article.

The Social Entrepreneurial Mindset: You, too, can think like an innovator

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
March 17, 2008

What are the unique qualities, if any, that are commonly associated with those who’ve introduced entrepreneurial buzzwords into the not-for-profit vernacular? And what can any organization, regardless of its model, learn from these entrepreneurs to help it succeed?

The charitable effect: How a nonprofit is influencing for-profit sustainability

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 12, 2007

A profile of Bell Canada's partnership with the Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

Nonprofits mean business: Social ventures flourishing in for-profit world

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
January 15, 2007

Nonprofit organizations play an integral role in our lives and infuse our world with a conscience. But their impact on our well-being notwithstanding, they also comprise a significant economic force, providing services and products, and achieving success on the same playing field as those in the private sector. But with limited resources, staff and finances, can nonprofits really compete?

Al Etmanski and the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

Written By: Nicole Zummach
March 20, 2006

An interview with Ashoka fellow Al Etmanski, founder of PLAN Canada, an organization that helps parents of disabled children.

Adventures in social enterprise: Attaining sustainability and self-reliance through business

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
June 20, 2005

A look at a growing trend toward social enterprises among Canadian nonprofits, as they find new and innovative ways to diversify their revenue streams and lessen their reliance on government and other funding sources.

Selling services to survive in the social sector

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
May 24, 2005

Government cutbacks and restructured funding practices are creating additional challenges in the sector. That's why some innovative organizations are taking a second look at what they are good at and finding new ways to generate revenue.

SPP Canada: The gateway to a new way of doing business

Written By: Nicole Zummach
January 31, 2005

A look at Social Purchasing Portal, a promising new initiative that helps connect businesses, nonprofits, and government with suppliers that provide a social impact along with their goods and services.

Governance Q&A: Serving businesses and helping nonprofits in the community

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 30, 2004

An independent consultant asks about ethical ways to help nonprofits and businesses in their community.

The Picasso Cafe and Other Examples of Social Entrepreneurship

Written By: Michael McCarthy
November 25, 2002

Originally appearing in the Vancouver Courier, this article provides an overview of some of the first social enterprises, particularly on the west coast of Canada, and explains the model.