Social Enterprise as a Coral Reef: Insights into the Evolution of Social Impact

 

To mix metaphors, seeing successful social enterprises as coral reefs may be the tip of the iceberg in a new understanding of how social enterprises grow and affect social change, and how we can help them do so. These themes will be explored more fully at our EconoUs2017 event Doing Business Differently: An evening of celebration and insight on September 14, 2017.

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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.
Women in Need Society (WINS): Social EnterPrize Case Study

Women in Need Society (WINS): Social EnterPrize Case Study

We are excited to announce that the The WINS case study is the first of its kind to have three local post-secondary institutions collaborate on a case study! It’s a testament to Calgary’s growth as a social enterprise hub and the cooperative spirit of that hub that a) three local post-secondary institutions wanted to do a case study on social enterprise and b) they were happy to work together.

The WINS case study demonstrates a social enterprise committed to working with women and their families facing a range of challenges – financial, in the process of leaving shelters, outfitting a home, adapting to a new city or country, or single parents caring for their children. WINS’ balance of delivery of a quality product and service along with profits for re-investment in business operations confirm that it is a deserving recipient of the Social EnterPrize.

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Ingredients to Entrepreneurial Success

Ingredients to Entrepreneurial Success

An entrepreneur is always learning, going through ups and downs while trying to navigate new approaches to attain success. The recipe for innovation and running your own venture involves four key ingredients: ideas, leadership, a great team, and planning.

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The End of Summer

The End of Summer

Now, at 24, I’m in the process of becoming a social entrepreneur. To me, that means learning to use business as a force for good to tackle some of the more complicated problems I see around me.

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OUT AND ABOUT (July-mid August/17)

OUT AND ABOUT (July-mid August/17)

There are a growing number of events connected to social entrepreneurship. Many of them happen in our home city, demonstrating what an incredible hub of activity Calgary is. The Trico Foundation team is pleased to attend many of them and wish we could attend more.

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