Cultivating Young Social Entrepreneurs

Change inc., co-led by Public Policy Forum and TakingITGlobal with lead support from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, seeks to expand and motivate youth in developing imaginative social change initiatives in their communities by building entrepreneurial skills among youth aged 16-25.


While traditional business and entrepreneurship programming is available to many high school and postsecondary students, there is little education on social entrepreneurship. As you know well, social entrepreneurship is occupying an increasingly significant place in Ontario’s economy, and therefore, there is an increasing need to address the gaps in learning and application.  Change inc. will focus on interactive learning experiences, skills development, group projects, dialogue, idea exchange and mentorship between aspiring and established social entrepreneurs as a means to encourage this development in Ontario.


Change inc. begins in September 2011 and is comprised of:

Speaker Series

Running a Social Purpose Business: Lessons from Furniture Bank

Wednesday September 28th

Noon - 1:30pm Room: 3-104

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, (St. George Subway Station)  Room 3-104

This event will also be webcast live on the Internet. For detailed instructions, please see 


Grant Opportunity

 The PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation has launched an eight-week call for submissions for its Leadership Grants Program. The program provides up to $200,000 in grants to leaders at small- or medium-sized registered charitable organizations in Canada looking to fund professional development opportunities. Submissions will be accepted until October 28, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Grants are available in two categories:

Individual Leadership Grants (value $2,500). To be used by individual staff members or volunteers for professional development opportunities of their own design. 

Team Leadership Grants (value $5,000). To be used by teams of two or more staff members and/or volunteers (including the applicant) for professional development opportunities of their own design.

The program's design gives charities the flexibility to take advantage of a development opportunity that best meets their needs. Examples could include anything from formal courses, conferences or training programs to informal learning experiences of the applicant’s own design that helps advance the applicant's professional development and the organization’s goals. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit:


TorontotheBetter serves the excluded (aka marginalized)

 In an online survey, 65% of responding Toronto the Better businesses report they provide services targeted to the marginalized, in whole or in part, and 38% of these earn a substantial (30%+) part of their income from such services.

Social Enterprises: Significant Employment Creator and Economic Generator

 New research shows that social enterprises, businesses operated by non-profit organizations for the dual purpose of generating income and creating a social, environmental, and cultural value, are significant contributors to both employment creation and economic generators.

The report, Strength, Size, Scope: A Survey of Social Enterprises in Alberta and British Columbia profiles data from 140 of 295 social enterprises in both provinces gathered in the spring and summer of 2010. These social enterprises are engaged in a wide variety of social, cultural, environmental and revenue raising market activities.

Of the total of 4,500 employees, 60 percent or 2,700 employees were members of a designated target group such as persons with a mental or physical handicap or a member of a marginalized population. In addition, the social enterprises that responded to the survey engaged 6,780 full- and part-time volunteers and 27,870 people as members. These social enterprises were responsible for training 11,670 people and providing services to an additional 678,000 people.

The sale of goods and services in the market generated $78 million in revenue across the two provinces and an aggregate net profit of $7.9 million, in the 2009 financial year.  Like other nonprofit organizations, social enterprises solicit non-market funds from a variety of funders, including foundations, government and individual donors.

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