Our Case Studies

Good Nature Groundskeeping Case Study - Transitioning a program to a social enterprise, exploring the situation, challenges and approach.

Business Planning Resources & Toolkits

Social Enterprise Toolkits - These resources are from enp-Canada and provide valuable context for assessing organizational readiness, identifying market opportunities, feasibility, creating a business plan, measuring success, and legal structures.

The Social Enterprise Guide - This is courtesy of enp-Canada and is the 2nd edition of the Social Enterprise Guide.  It includes reflections on over 10 years of enp-Canada's operations and provides unique perspectives from practitioners across Canada.

Social Enterprise Business Model Canvas - The Business Model Canvas adapted and repurposed to include elements all social enterprises should consider.


Social Finance Resources:

Local Ottawa Resources:

Ottawa Community Loan Fund - Ottawa's first micro-finance project to support entrepreneurs with access to small loans.  Throughout its history, OCLF has also worked to further the community economic development capacity of the region and has contributed to CED activities at the provincial and national level.  

Community Foundation of Ottawa - The Community Foundation of Ottawa works together with community philanthropists to positively influence social change in Ottawa.

United Way Ottawa - Partners with community organizations across Ottawa to make grants and investments into programs and projects to support marginalized populations.

Canadian Resources:

Community Forward Fund - The CFF makes loans and can arrange for financing for non-profits and charities providing vital patient capital, working capital and bridge capital to support the sector.

MaRS Centre for Impact Investing - MaRS is a global thought leader in impact investing and social finance and the following link provides relevant information to potential sources of funding and financing options.