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Bill Gates and Bill Drayton Make the Case for Empathy
by Verity Dimock
on July 22, 2014

Bill and Melinda Gates Stanford


It might have been pure coincidence, but last month, Bill Drayton, speaking at Toronto's MaRS Discovery District and Bill Gates, at Stanford University in California, made separate cases for why empathy is so important to the social change movement.

The Quadruple Bottom Line: Adding purpose to the mix
by Lauren Zahringer
on May 19, 2014

purpose sign

The conventional three bottom lines (people, planet, profit) are said to be “transparent”- they can be seen and seen through. The fourth bottom line, called purpose, is often expressed as spirituality or culture. So, what is it exactly and how does it promote social and environmental impact and business sustainability?


The Value of Ideation for an Enterprising Non-profit
by Jonathan Wade
on February 24, 2014

credit: ddpavumba @freedigitalphotos.net


“What business should we operate?”

Is your organization thinking about launching an enterprise? Jonathan Wade explains the importance of ideation in pursuing that goal - and shares some of the challenges and benefits every enterprising non-profit can expect.


The Social Impact Bond: Potential and pitfalls
by Jonathan Wade
on February 02, 2014

social Impact bonds diagram


Shifting the risk of social value creation to private investors


There is currently much discussion about the Social Impact Bond as an innovative tool to generate financing for social enterprises. Anyone who has tried to start a social enterprise—a business that exists for the primary purpose of addressing a social need—knows that it is challenging to find the financial resources to start operations.


This financing challenge is even more acute in nonprofit organizations, where there may be little collateral, nobody to guarantee a loan, and little, if any, operational reserves.


What’s all the Buzz about B Corps?
by Denise Deby
on December 15, 2013

B Corp B The Change logo

Ever since Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company began making craft beer seven years ago, they’ve used organic ingredients, followed eco-friendly practices and supported community causes. The Vankleek Hill, Ontario-based business announced in October that it had taken its commitment to sustainability further by becoming Canada’s first B Corp certified brewery.


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