Non-profit organizations will have the chance to learn from a provincial organization which is dedicated to providing grants and technical assistance to the groups. This is being done to support the development or growth of their social enterprises.
Enterprising Non-Profits will be at the Columbia Basin Trust on September 22, giving a workshop that teaches local groups about the benefits and opportunities associated with social enterprise.
“Social enterprise is basically a non-profit organization pursuing a business model with a blended value,” said Kimberly Buksa, social enterprise program specialist with ENP.
In other words, it is a business that works towards a social, environmental, or cultural goal, but also generates income by selling a product or service in the market place.
“They further their goal by feeding revenue back into the business,” said Buksa. “An example might be thrift stores, theatres or other cultural venues.”
The workshop aims to teach people and organizations how social enterprise can help advance their mission, ways to diversify the organizations’ revenue sources, how to apply for a social enterprise development grant, or how to improve the performance of a social enterprise already being run.
“It’s really an introduction to social enterprises, an overview of what it is at a foundational level,” said Buksa. It will go over feasibility, business plans and organizational readiness. There will also be a component about resources including grants of up to $10,000 supported by eight different funders throughout the province.
ENP, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, does 24 workshops a year all over B.C. They have been to Golden twice in the past, and have had more than 20 local groups attend. “We’re out there just trying to serve the community,” said Buksa, adding that any organization who wants to apply for one of the ENP grants is required to attend the workshop. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 22, and costs $45, which includes breakfast, lunch, a copy of the Canadian Social Enterprise Guide and other workshop materials. To register contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.enterprisingnonproits.ca/projects/grant_program/orientation_sessions.