Social Innovation Media Scan – April 3 through 10, 2015, Compliments of Joel Casselman

Information on social innovation that I thought you would find useful!


Clare Organization Representing Persons with Disabilities (CORD)<> was one of four social enterprises in the province chosen in the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s social enterprise innovation competition for 2014-15.

The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing announced the launch of a new Place-Based Social Finance Network<>. This network brings together leaders in cities and towns across Canada who are creating new social finance funds, financial products or strategies to mobilize capital to meet the challenges their communities face.

The Trico Foundation announced that there would be over $200,000 in prizes (in both cash and consultation services) available to the four winners of Canada’s 2015 Social EnterPrize<> recipients.  The deadline for applications is May 29, 2015.

The Province of Ontario announced that it would be providing $50 million to the Local Poverty Reduction Fund<> that will be used to support innovative local solutions and help community organizations demonstrate their progress, evaluate their programs and build a collective body of evidence of effective poverty reduction initiatives.

Le budget du Québec 2015-2016<> inclut 100 million $ pour soutenir diverses activités de l’économie sociale.

International News

(UK) Social Enterprise UK is in the last two weeks of its 2015 State of Social Enterprise Survey<>.  The survey is conducted every two years and is used by government, academics, sector bodies, and social enterprises themselves to better understand the sector: its size, its characteristics, its barriers to growth.  The last day of the survey is April 10, 2015.

(USA) Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) honored fifteen local professionals as Millennials on a Mission in Middle Tennessee<> as part of the university’s second annual Nonprofit & Social Innovation Week.  The event was created to provide MTSU students with entrepreneurial skills as well as opportunities to network with established professionals in the nonprofit arena.

(New Zealand) The Canterbury Community Trust’s social enterprise fund (set up after the previous earthquakes to support innovation and employment) provided $300,000 to WikiHouseNZ<>.  The fund was used to create an open hardware project, where experts design houses, or parts of them, and share their creations online for any house builder who wants to use them.

(USA) The Global Impact Investing Network and Dalberg Global Development Advisors, published The Landscape for Impact Investing in South Asia<>, a market analysis of the impact investing industry in the region of South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).

(UK) The Real Lettings Property Fund, (reportedly the largest impact investment fund in the UK) raised £56.8m<> for the lettings arm of the homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway<> to house homeless people and families in London.

Events & Conferences

The Centre for Social Innovation will be hosting, Visual Business Planning for Micro-Entrepreneurs<>, a five week course that will be offered every Monday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm from April 13 through May 11 at the Centre for Social Innovation Spadina (215 Spadina Avenue) in Toronto, ON.

Innoweave will be hosting a Developmental Evaluation Workshop<> at the Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto, Ontario on April 14, 2015.  This workshop will be facilitated by Jamie Gamble, who has extensive experience in delivered consulting projects in evaluation, strategy, and organizational change.

Simon Fraser University will be hosting a presentation on Social Enterprise<> on April 14th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the university’s Surrey Campus, 13450 102 Avenue, Surrey BC.  The event is part of an ongoing series of employment dialogues hosted by the university.

The Ontario Nonprofit Network will be holding a webinar on Ontario’s proposed social enterprise hybrid legislation<> and ways to participate in the consultation process.  The webinar will take place on April 15, 2015 at 12-1 pm (EST)

The School for Social Entrepreneurs, London will be hosting a one day course Unlocking Social Finance<>, on April 15, 2015.  Attendees will hear from a panel of speakers from different areas of social investment and learn about case studies presented by both investors and investees on specific types of social investment.

Tamarack Institute and the Collective Impact Forum will be hosting Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact<> in Calgary, AB on April 15-17, 2015.  The event will be a multi-day interactive workshop designed for staff and steering committee members of initiatives demonstrating or working to implement collective impact.

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