SESS AB 2014

2014 Alberta Social Enterprise Sector Survey

“Social enterprise plays an important role in Alberta. Not only does the revenue generated contribute to economic performance, social enterprise also engages and provides services to Albertans within the communities in which they reside.”

Dr. Peter R. Elson, Dr. Peter Hall, Dr. Catherine ML Pearl, Dr. Pricilla Wamucii, and Trico Charitable Foundation,

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This report presents the third survey of social enterprises in the province of Alberta and is part of a national study conducted by Simon Fraser and Mount Royal Universities in partnership with Enterprising Non-Profits Canada, the Trico Charitable Foundation and the Federal Government’s Employment and Social Development Canada.  A special thank you to the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies for their partnership on the Alberta survey.

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We see the value of social + financial.

At its core, social entrepreneurship uses markets and new ideas to solve social problems. Regardless of whether it’s an individual or an organization, regardless of their choice of incorporation- non-profit or for-profit, these elements are the driving force.

We support social entrepreneurship.

We are a private foundation that believes in supporting social entrepreneurship through programmatic, grant making, and partnership approaches. We take a systems view to every decision we make and foster social entrepreneurship by supporting the ecosystem and providing social entrepreneurs with capacity building resources.

We are entrepreneurial.

We believe in making social entrepreneurship mainstream. We know we can’t do it alone. Which is why we don’t just fund organizations; we work with them and learn with them to move the sector forward, taking risks along the way.

ENP Alberta

Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta

Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta (enp-ab) began in 2011 and is a collaborative program that provides matching grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations to support the development or growth of their social enterprises (i.e., revenue generating businesses). Enp holds social enterprise workshops in the spring and fall for non-profit organizations wanting to learn more about social enterprise and how to gain access to enp grants from Trico Charitable Foundation for business planning projects.
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Social EnterPrize

Social EnterPrize

The Social EnterPrize awards were created to recognize and celebrate leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship across Canada.  The awards look for the best practices, social impact and innovation of organizations and their social entrepreneurial strategies.The awards are presented bi-annually and provide organizations with award funds that can be used to take their social enterprise to the next level.  The awards were last presented in 2013 at the Social Enterprise World Forum and will be awarded in 2015.

Presented @ Social Finance Forum 2015

Social Enterprise World Forum 2013

We were honoured to host SEWF 2013. It made history in a number of ways- it was a first for Canada and attracted a record number of speakers and attendees (1,000 individuals from more than 30 countries and over 100 speakers from 20 countries)- but we are most proud of the quality of the discussions on Skills Building, Social Finance, Indigenous Social Enterprise, Collaboration, Policy and Research, and Social Innovation.
Post-Conference Reports
Liam Black A to Z: Author Runs Gamut in Calgary

Liam Black A to Z: Author Runs Gamut in Calgary

In Liam Black’s book The Social Entrepreneur’s A to Z, he states “never believe what is said or written about you”. It was 2010 and we wandered over from the Skoll World Forum to check out the happenings at this small, new, funky Oxford Jam event.  Wandering between... read more

Alberta's Resilient Communities 2014 AB Social Enterprise Sector Survey
Enterprising Non-Profits Canada Stories of Canadian Social Enterprises
Revisit the coverage and videos from the Social Enterprise World Forum 2013