The Trico Charitable Foundation and Enterprising Non Profits-Alberta (enp-ab) recently celebrated our one year anniversary. During the last year we granted $92, 500 in funding to ten non-profit organizations in Alberta. To raise awareness of these organizations and their social enterprise endeavors we will be featuring them on our blog.
Our first feature grantee is the Association for the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW). This organization was founded in 1986 and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. ANIW focuses on researching issues that impact the settlement of immigrant women in Alberta. This research is used to develop programs that support and empower these women.
ANIW like many not for profit organizations is considering pursuing a social enterprise. They understand and appreciate the value of diversifying their revenue sources to ensure the continuity of their programs. The Executive Director, Kamal Seghal, is familiar with social enterprise and has thought about it as a possible opportunity for ANIW. She has seen examples of social enterprise working in Calgary but was unsure of how to start developing a plan for her organization.
In 2011, a representative from ANIW attended the Trico Charitable Foundation and enp-ab’s Building Your Social Enterprise Workshop. ANIW realized that many of the social enterprise endeavors they had been contemplating for their organization were possible and that there was support for organizations pursuing social enterprise. Kamal Seghal said that “The stimulus for us to move forward was the support”.
(This Photograph features ANIW‘s staff, from left to right: Nizar Allidina, Chido Samantha Mbavarira, Rooh Khan, Rosa Martinez-Suarez).