Business with Ethics
Who’s heard of enterprising non-profits? Or how Non-Profits perform social enterprising activities?
Ya, I know, this lingo doesn’t seem to fit in with service oriented organizations. These days, though, there is a new element of business: social and environmental impact efforts that income streams for non profits in British Columbia. And that is what makes a social enterprise different. To be exact, The Enterprising Non-Profit Center defines them as are businesses operated by non-profits with the dual purpose of generating income by selling a product or service in the marketplace and creating a social, environmental or cultural value.
It’s because of this explosion into the triple bottom line (People, Planet, Profit) and social justice movements that O.U.R. Ecovillage was super proud today to host the first ever social enterprise gathering for some of our really great local non profits. Among the 27 folks who attended: Islands Folk Festival, Providence Farm, Cowichan Therapeutic Writing Association and the Cowichan Intercultural Society
The day was led by a man named David LePage, who is the Project Manager of The Enterprising Non-Profit Center. He recently spoke at the Building Leadership to Create Change Conference attended by a couple of our interns. His project is a collaborative funding project which involves Vancity, Vancouver Foundation, the Province, Coast Capital, and The Northern and Southern Development Initiative Trusts. David LePage is coming to the Cowichan to work with Non-Profit organizations in his role as Project Manager for the ENP Program.
So, you can Imagine the cross pollination of possibilities when this caliber of rockin’ creatives come together to collaborate on new and innovative social enterprise projects for the Cowichan, right? Ya. Stay Tuned!