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Canadian Organizations

Canadian Social Entrepreneurs Network: The Canadian Social Entrepreneurs Network was developed in response to the growing awareness and activity in the area of social enterprise in Canada. Founded by Susan Bazilli and Sonia Pouyat, two Canadians who are on the Board of Directors of the US based Social Enterprise Alliance, the CSEN hopes to provide support for existing social entrepreneurs and upcoming social entrepreneurs in Canada.

Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship: A pioneer in encouraging social entrepreneurship, the Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship will be a recognized leader in strengthening community capability through strategic alliances, creative thinking and innovative practices.

Global Organizations

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
: Ashoka’s mission is to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Ashoka has invested in more than 1,400 Ashoka Fellows in 48 countries.

Blended Value Map: Value is what gets created when investors invest and organizations act to pursue their mission. Traditionally, we have thought of value as being either economic (and created by for-profit companies) or social (and created by nonprofit or non-governmental organizations). Jed Emerson’s Blended Value Proposition states that all organizations, whether for-profit or not, create value that consists of economic, social and environmental value components—and that investors (whether market-rate, charitable or some mix of the two) simultaneously generate all three forms of value through providing capital to organizations. Thus, the outcome of all this activity is value creation and that value is itself non-divisible and, therefore, a blend of these three elements.

Draper-Richards Foundation: Provides funding and business mentoring to social entrepreneurs as they begin their nonprofit organizations.

Echoing Green: Echoing Green provides first-stage funding and support to visionary leaders with bold ideas for social change. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green helps passionate social entrepreneurs develop new solutions to some of society’s most difficult problems.

Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards: Recognizes entrepreneurial organizations that are using the disciplines of the corporate world to tackle daunting social problems.

The Manhattan Institute: The Manhattan Institute Award for Social Entrepreneurship honors non-profit leaders who have found innovative, private solutions for America’s most pressing social problems.

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship: Supports social entrepreneurs around the world.

• The Skoll Foundation: Provides support for social entrepreneurs, researchers, and efforts to build the capacity and infrastructure of the social sector. Also maintains the online community SocialEdge and a comprehensive list of social sector and technology resources related to social entrepreneurship.

Youth Venture: Encourages teens to start and lead their own organizations for the betterment of their communities

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