Social Innovation Media Scan, Compliments of Joel Casselman

 The following information covers March 21 through March 27, 2015, inclusively.


HUB Ottawa announced that it was the recipient of a one-time $225k grant<> from the Trillium Foundation.  The funds will be used to help HUB Ottawa expand its suite of learning and knowledge exchange services.

The Trico Charitable Foundation and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) announced a partnership that will increase the value of consulting services provided by BDC to the four 2015 Social EnterPrize Recipients<> to $5,000 each.  The call for the 2015 Social EnterPrize Award nominations and announcement of the full prize pack for the recipients will occur on March 31, 2015.

The Financial Sustainability Initiative announced a scholarship for the Best Research on Sustainable Investment<>, which will award $5,000 to the Quebec-based student who submits the best graduate-level research paper (master’s or doctorate) during the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s annual Responsible Investment Conference, which takes place in the fall.

La route des possibles cherche 20 jeunes entre 18 et 30 ans qui ont une idée de projet à impact social<> à participer à un tour de 12 jours (le 4 au 15 août 2015) à travers 5 villes du Québec pour les accompagner dans la concrétisation de leur projet.  La période de mise en candidature prendra fin le 16 mai, 2015.
The Ontario Nonprofit Network made a submission<> to the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, objecting to the creation of a hybrid corporate structure for the Province of Ontario (for the present time), and instead recommended enabling amendments to legislation and regulation for social enterprises operating as non-share capital organizations.

The Montreal Gazette carried an opinion piece<> saying how universities can improve the cities in which they are located through strengthening social entrepreneurship and service learning, aligning their activities with city priorities and leveraging their financial capacity to support the social economy.

International News

(UK) The UK Government announced the creation of a £2 million impact fund that will back social organisations via peer to peer lending and crowdfunding platforms<>.  The government found that access to finance is the single biggest barrier for social enterprise to grow and sustain operations, and hopes that the fund will encourage more people to get involved with the social investment market.

(Thailand) The National Reform Council approved the Social Enterprise Act<>, which will give registered social enterprises a favourable tax structure and give the private sector incentives to invest in social enterprises, along with pooled government funding.

(USA) Community Capital Management, a Florida-based fixed income investment adviser, announced that it will be floating $100 million in bonds<> that will be used to finance community development initiatives in rural counties throughout the United States.

(UK) The Cabinet Office has announced the launch of seven new social impact bonds (SIBs)<> which will help disadvantaged young people, children in care and those with long term health conditions and mental illness, bringing the current number of SIB funded endeavours in the UK up to 31.

(UN) The 2nd Annual Power of Collaboration Global Summit<> was held at the UN Headquarters on March 25, 2015.  This year’s theme was Women, Technology and Social Innovation: Creating the Future of Creative Sustainable Economies.

(USA) The Huffington Post carried an article highlighting the five trends defining social innovation<> (more innovation capital, solutions that are focused on individual empowerment, innovation being a priority for NGOs and international agencies, transformed social solutions design through collaboration on data analysis and corporations being more vested in addressing social problems) in 2015.

Events & Conferences

Unite for Sight will be hosting the Global Health and Innovation Conference<> at Yale University in New Haven, CT, on March 28-29, 2015.  The event is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries.

100in1Day Toronto will be holding a workshop on March 31, 2015 designed to help interested parties launch their interventions at the 2nd Annual 100in1Day<> event that will take place on June 6, 2016.  The event will be the second in a series of weekly workshops that will be held until May 2015.

The Canadian Club will be hosting a panel discussion, Social Innovation and Philanthropy<>, at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON at 12 pm on March 31, 2015.  The event will be moderated by the social entrepreneur Rudyard Griffiths.

Tonya Surman, founding CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation, will be speaking at the MaRS Global Leadership Series<> in Toronto ON, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on, March 31, 2015.

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia will be hosting Propelling Social Ventures 2015<> at the Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC on April 1, 2015.  The event will explore how social ventures are re-imagining business for impact, and how mature businesses are incorporate impact into their organizations.

(UK) The School for Social Entrepreneurs-London will be hosting a Writing Successful Bids<> workshop on April 2, 2015.  The workshop will cover the different types of funding applications, research into funding applications, realistic budgeting and successful bidding.

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