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August 17, 2010
If you're a non-profit organization thinking about creating or already developing a new enterprise, or if you are expanding/formalizing your existing revenue-generating programs, then this Guide is for you. As a social enterprise development and planning tool the Guide is invaluable for project managers, executive directors, Board members, and staff of a wide range of non-profit organizations. The Guide is also useful for business classes, students, corporate social responsibility businesses, government, industry, consultants/trainers and funders.
A FREE PDF version of the Guide is available for download at http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/projects/the_guide
Social enterprise is a business model used by non-profits to achieve their mission and to contribute to their financial sustainability. A Social enterprise is a business that blends financial and social success.
Across product lines, including catering, janitorial services, recycling, arts, theatre, moving services, temporary workers, manufacturing, fulfillment, landscaping, sewing and more, non-profit operated businesses are emerging and growing as a strong business sector and significant employer.
The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide was originally published by enp in 2006 and was the first extensive and comprehensive published resource, tool kit, and collection of social enterprise stories in Canada. The revised 2nd Edition of the Guide reflects the learning of Enterprising Non-Profits program and its 10 years of supporting the development and success of social enterprise through technical assistance and resource development. The Guide includes chapters written by enp staff, social enterprise practitioners, professional trainers, funders and organizational development professionals.
We'd like to thank the funders of the 2nd Edition of the Guide: Edmonton Community Foundation, The Cooperators, Vancity, the Toronto Enterprise Fund, and Vancity Community Foundation. We'd also like to extend our appreciation to the numerous individuals & social enterprises who provided us with their insight into launching or expanding a social enterprise.
Enterprising Non-Profits Program, enp, a collaboration of funders that supports the development and growth of social enterprise through technical assistance, grants, resources, training, and public policy initiatives.
The funders of the enp Program are: Coast Capital Savings, Vancouver Foundation, Vancity Community Foundation, Columbia Basin Trust, Northern Development Initiative Trust, Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust and Vancity.
enp Funding Partners