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Aspire Calgary creates change for Calgarians on low income

What do you get when you combine more than 25 organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty through financial empowerment? You get Aspire Calgary.  Aspire Calgary is a multi-sector collaborative founded in 2015 originally as the Financial Empowerment Collaborative by The United Way of Calgary and Area, the City of Calgary, Vibrant Communities Calgary, The Province of Alberta, Bow […]

Opening the door for social venture leaders at SVI

This blog has been reposted with permission from the Social Enterprise Fund, with our sincere thanks to Jane Bisbee. Entrepreneurs, and in particular social entrepreneurs are usually moving pretty fast. Too fast, it would seem to sit (or even stand) and reflect on what they are doing. And often, too busy to look for and find their […]
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Colouring it Forward shares Indigenous pride through colouring books

Diana Frost was looking for meaningful ways to support her Indigenous community when she founded Colouring it Forward – a publishing and colouring book company, working directly with Indigenous elders, artists and authors. The idea came to her one night in a dream.  “Isn’t that perfect?” she says, “It’s a very Indigenous way to decide what you’re going […]
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Following the call for co-ops: a Q & A with Jared Blustein

Jared Blustein is a passionate social entrepreneur and advocate for cooperative business models. On May 11, he will be leading a workshop at the New Central Library — Worker Co-ops: Workplace Democracy for a Solidarity Economy — to spread awareness for worker co-ops specifically. We sat down with Blustein to get the skinny on how […]

Trico Charitable Foundation leads social innovators at SVI

As the lead sponsor of Social Venture Institute Alberta, Trico Charitable Foundation is furthering its mission to form a “pipeline” for Alberta’s social innovators, says Executive Director Dan Overall.  Established in 2008 by Trico Homes founders Wayne and Eleanor Chiu, the Trico Charitable Foundation seeks to close gaps in society by provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship. The Foundation’s focus on […]