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Trico Charitable Foundation and Mount Royal University partner to serve YYC Social Enterprises

Trico Foundation Charitable Foundation has made a three-year commitment totaling $15,000, to help Calgary’s social enterprises while spotlighting the talents and resources of Mount Royal University.

Each year for the next three years the foundation will hire one Mount Royal student to provide services to a variety of social enterprises in Calgary. The student will be selected in consultation with Mount Royal and will have skills identified as needed by a number of social enterprises in Calgary.

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Financial Analyst, Impact Investing Opportunity

New Market Funds Society (NMFS) is a new foundation-sponsored registered charity established to develop impact investment opportunities for foundations and other investors and to provide strong community based non-profits and blended value businesses with access to investment capital. This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a new impact investment management firm.

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Lysol Wipes

Our first stop was our Community Center. We asked, “what is needed?”

Lysol wipes.

Also, food for volunteers on New Street.

Load baby in car, head to store. Done. That was within the realm of how we could help right then.

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2013 Social EnterPrize Call for Applications

“We were so delighted to be awarded the Best Emerging Social EnterPrize award by the Trico Foundation. The greatest effect was that we had our name out there, people started looking at us, and respecting the work that we did” said Brian Postlewait of Mission Possible of their 2011 award.”

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Three Valentine’s Days later…

The first day I started Trico Charitable Foundation I looked around the office and thought, where’s the phone?

Two short weeks later, on Valentine’s Day, the Foundation officially kicked off its commitment to advance social entrepreneurship. The strategy for our first year included support for non-profit social enterprises through the launch of Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta (enp Alberta) and the Social EnterPrize, support for for-profit social business through a partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, and the production of the Enterprising Spirit conference….and finding a phone.

Today is Valentine’s Day, and it’s amazing to me that the Foundation is already heading into its third year.

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Government of Canada Investment Supports Social Enterprise

Trico Charitable Foundation is receiving over $1.5 million in federal government funding for its Enterprising Non-Profits Canada project. This project will test the ability of not-for-profit organizations to leverage non-federal government funding to address social challenges. Trico Charitable Foundation will support the development of the social enterprise sector by coordinating and pooling ideas and resources across the country.

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We’ve Been Listening

Performance measurement is truly important to ensure that you are on the right track to achieving your goal.  Like any business or organization, at Trico

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Spotlight on Canada

In honour of Canada Day, I thought it would be interesting to focus on a Canadian social enterprise that has gained international attention. You may

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