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Enterprising Non Profits

Anhart Foundation

Community Builders supports the development of Enterprising Non Profits (ENPs). Benefits include: social employment, better services for supportive housing, and a triple bottom line.

CleanStart

CleanStart's mission is to provide top quality professional junk removal services while also offering employment opportunities to people who have barriers to employment, such as poverty and disability. CleanStart hires, trains, and supports marginalized individuals, contributing to community economic development in the Downtown Eastside and other parts of Metro Vancouver. 

GreenFrog

Greenfrog pest control is a fully licensed and ensured pest management company provides services in all areas of Greater Vancouver and outlying areas, however we specialize in servicing the needs of the DTES community and we are able to tailor our services to meet the needs of DTES business owners and residents. 

Smart Ant Solutions

Smart Ant Solutions is an enterprising non-profit supporting innovative supportive housing services in Vancouver and community-based development services in areas of extreme poverty, internationally. Smart Ant Solutions is currently offering cowork space and monthly parking at 1060 Howe Street.

Dodson Hall

Part of a 100-year-old building, the Dodson Hall is a gorgeous, fully renovated heritage hall. Featuring a large stage, sky-high ceilings, exposed brick, cedar detailing, and A/V equipment, our space can be used for everything from a stylish conference to a spectacular wedding reception. All of the proceeds from Dodson Hall rentals go directly to funding housing projects run by Community Builders Foundation, an innovative charitable nonprofit operating in Vancouver and beyond.

 

Partners

CleanStart
WLH

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Smart Ant Solutions
WLH

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Social Enterprise Canada



What is Social Enterprise?

What do we really mean when we discuss social enterprise? We know for a fact that there is no legal business form that is called social enterprise. We also know, from scanning the major social enterprise sites, that there is no common international definition:

“Social enterprises are businesses owned by nonprofit organizations, that are directly involved in the production and/or selling of goods and services for the blended purpose of generating income and achieving social, cultural, and/or environmental aims. Social enterprises are one more tool for non-profits to use to meet their mission to contribute to healthy communities.” -Social Enterprise Council of Canada

...Social enterprises are much more a means to achieve value, they are a verb, not a noun

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Why Start a Social Enterprise?

'What is social enterprise' is only a part of the issue. Running a business is hard enough, now add on achieving a social value as well! The really essential part of the discussion is "Why use social enterprise?" Or, why would anyone want to start a social enterprise?

We've clarified three key reasons:

  •  To meet a need in the community or the local market not met through traditional business models
  •  Advance or achieve a specific social mission
  •  Contribute to the financial sustainability of a non-profit organization

A good social enterprise actually contains all three of these components. The really successful ones have all three, but really understand which is their priority.

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Read more about Social Enterprise Canada
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