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Social Finance for Calgary


Written by Thrive


What is the return on your investments? The value of an investment is typically looked at from a purely financial perspective with the social return often overlooked or not considered at all. Social Finance has been around for a number of years, but it is quickly gaining traction as it has the potential to solve some of society’s social and environmental challenges while generating a financial return. Investment options to date have existed for only the for-profit sector. Social finance options offer both for-profits and non-profits access to needed funds and can provide investors with the option to invest in work that improves society and generates a positive financial return.

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Social Enterprise After-hours: Bringing Gurus and Newbies Together!

Written by Thrive

You’ve spoken. We’ve listened.

Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta, Thrive (Calgary’s Community Economic Development Network) and Servants Anonymous Society have joined up to create a mentorship and learning space for new, emerging and established social enterprises. Our goal is to come together, as thinkers and practioners, to support the growth of this business model as it takes off in Calgary.

Some of the things we’ve heard that you want to chat about include:

  • What is social enterprise?  What types of social enterprises exist in our community?
  • What do we mean by ‘blended value’? How do social entrepreneurs create this?
  • Is the ‘mainstream market’ ready for social enterprise? Will people buy from my social enterprise?  Would you invest in a social enterprise?

Join us as we get these conversations (and others) rolling in order to build a movement around social entrepreneurship in Calgary!

The event is free & is generously sponsored by the Trico Charitable Foundation.

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Neighbourhood Revitilization

RiverWalk in East Village

Calgary’s East Village is being transformed. What was once a neglected inner-city neighbourhood is becoming a hub for creativity, recreation and community. RiverWalk officially opened on the August long weekend, is central to the revitalized look of the East Village and means a better quality of life for all Calgarians.

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Meaningful Employment

Green Collar Job Initiative

A meaningful job that pays a living wage, helps the environment and strengthens the economy? That’s a green collar job. Thrive and its partners launched the Green Collar Jobs initiative with the release of the report Green Collar Jobs: New Workforce Development Opportunities for Alberta. The report provides a strong foundation from which to stimulate a green economy in our city.

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Innovative Social Finance

Community Capital Networks

Passionate about supporting a sustainable local economy, REAP and its partners host a monthly webinar series called Community Capital Networks. If you are interested in unleashing the flow of capital to support a greener local economy, join the conversation to learn about promising practices across North America and to discuss how to bring them to Calgary.

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Local Business Development

Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta

With the launch of Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta, Calgarians can expect to shop from more and more socially conscious businesses. ENP-AB is providing grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations engaged in social enterprise, the kind that brings both financial and social returns.

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