Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society
The Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society offers 'The Haida Gwaii Semester Program,' a social enterprise, where students experience an immersion opportunity in a unique resource-dependent community in which the social, cultural, ecological, political and economic issues facing natural resource managers around the globe come together at a local scale.
My Sisters' Closet
A thriftstore operated by Vancouver's Battered Women's Support Services, revenue generated from sales of clothing at My Sisters' Closet go into funding violence prevention and intervention services supporting over 10,000 women every year.
Kootenay Carshare Cooperative
The Kootenay Carshare Cooperative (formerly the Nelson Carshare Cooperative) is a not-for-profit association legally incorporated to foster car sharing as an environmentally responsible transportation option.
North Vancouver Outdoors School
The North Vancouver Outdoor school offers environment education programs to about 5,000 school children each year, plus about 4,500 adults.
Potluck Café & Catering
Potluck Café Society operates Potluck Café & Catering to create jobs for neighborhood residents with barriers to traditional employment and to earn revenue to support its community programs.
Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa
The partnership between Spirit Ridge and the Osoyoos Indian Band creates a one of a kind cultural experience that offers endless possibilities for fun, adventure and a uniquely relaxing experience your vacation.
For a decade and a half, VCF has played a leading role in defining the province's field of social enterprise as a tool to build community and self-reliance. Social Enterprises — businesses operated by non-profit organizations for the dual purpose of generating income and achieving social, economic, or environmental goals — can be a creative vehicle for organizations to meet community needs in a financially sustainable way.
Not only have we helped leverage significant dollars, grown partnerships, and advocated for key policy changes, we've assisted hundreds of enterprises in creating positive impact in community. We're aware of the challenges of social enterprise models, but — at the end of the day —we believe in their value as a tool for enhancing sustainability.
Vancity Community Foundation invests in social enterprise planning, piloting, testing, and growth. In particular, we focus on social enterprises with high impact potential that create employment for people with barriers to employment, who provide needed products and services to underserved communities, or who offer innovative products or services that contribute to the development of sustainable local economies.