Federal Government lends support for launch of Enterprising Non-Profits Canada, enp-Canada, a network of social enterprise in communities across the country…
CALGARY, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ – In a historic collaboration, seven
regional non-profit organizations have come together to launch
Enterprising Non-Profits Canada / enp-Canada. In the past, local enp
sites have offered business planning and technical assistance to
non-profit organizations wishing to develop, launch and grow social
enterprises. enp-Canada will now provide a platform for synthesizing
those efforts, collecting insights and promoting further partnerships
in the advancement of social enterprise in Canada. Social enterprises
are businesses operated by non-profit organizations for the blended
purpose of creating social value and generating income from sales.
enp-Canada’s launch coincided with the news that the Federal Government,
through Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), will provide
$1.5 million over three years to support the creation of enp-Canada
through matching funds for technical assistance and education for enp
affiliates. This funding adds a welcomed role from the federal
government to the current mix of enp funders. The funding will be
managed through the Trico Charitable Foundation in Calgary. In addition
to the more than 15 local funders, HRSDC will join Capital One as the
only other national funder of the project.
To view the announcement from The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development click here: http://youtube/j6eAU96CW5I
The initial sites participating include British Columbia, Alberta,
Manitoba, Toronto, Ottawa, Nova Scotia and Quebec through a partnership
with Chantier de L’Economie Sociale. More sites are in planning stages
as the program shares resources and creates more local partnerships
with non-profit, private sector and government partners.
With support from HRSDC enp-Canada will expand local learning and
technical assistance for non-profits to engage in business planning,
expand social impact research and documentation, and launch a Social
Enterprise Canada website.
The Enterprising Non-Profits Program, enp, began 15 years ago in
Vancouver in response to a small group of non-profit organizations
seeking information and training on how to use business models, social
enterprise, to improve their program delivery and support their
financial sustainability. That initial project became Enterprising
Non-Profits Program or enp. enp supports non-profits to learn about, do
business planning, launch and grow social enterprises.
12 years ago Atira Women’s Resources received a $10,000 grant from enp
to do a business plan that has grown into a multi-million dollar
property management company employing hundreds of inner city residents
and supporting the needs of women and children.
Trico Charitable Foundation, established in 2008, seeks to provoke
innovation and build capacity in social entrepreneurship. Its programs,
initiatives and partnerships are dedicated to growing a community of
sustainable, entrepreneurial organizations. For more information please
SOURCE Trico Charitable Foundation