When the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable (OSER) first came into being a few years ago, it was to dream about the creation of a trust that would loan money to nonprofits and social enterprises. Today, the Community Forward Fund does just that. Having gathered experts from community finance groups, co-operatives and other individuals working in the social economy, the collective recognized the power of collaborating in provincial policy issues.
Which social enterprise has been running the longest? How many Ontario volunteers contribute their time to social enterprises? How many people do Ontario social enterprises actually employ? If you’re interested in the social enterprise space, you’ve likely heard a lot of fascinating stories about social enterprises (SE). Social enterprises that are hiring people who face barriers to employment. SEs which are helping farmers sell food...
Why should youth be involved in the non profit sector beyond front line service/management? Why should they be involved in policy shaping of the sector itself versus just working within the sector? Is youth representation even an issue? Why should youth care?
I find “leadership” to be a problematic concept at the best of times. It seems particularly beleaguered these days as a few of our formal “leaders” in the political realm seem dedicated to modelling its absence. Working in nonprofit social service organizations for over 25 years has taught me that leadership is an essential and powerful part of what makes our sector tick. In the...