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Initiatives

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Scale Collaborative convenes and supports initiatives to generate a stronger, more resilient and entrepreneurial social change sector, on Vancouver Island and elsewhere.
Survive & Recover

A partnership between Scale Collaborative, Community Futures, Coastal Community Credit Union, Regional District of Nanaimo, and Oceanside Initiatives to support social purpose organizations across Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast to plan, adapt, survive, and even thrive during the COVID-19 crisis.

Survive & Recover helps your organization navigate the day-to-day realities through these changing times and provides support to begin preparing for a recovery phase. The program combines group coaching, individualized support, peer support, webinars, and tools to help your organization understand and adapt your financial model to address this new reality.

Thriving Non Profits is a cohort program for non-profit boards, executives and senior staff to better understand their current financial reality and identify ‘what’s possible’. Using Scale’s model for financial diversification, organizations learn about and integrate new financial strategies and match need-to-vision-to-money. The result is more financially resilient and impactful organizations.

Thriving Non Profits combines homework, group sessions and coaching over six months to help organizations transform their finances and diversify revenue streams. The program is available to eight organizations at a time and is offered in various communities in 2020/2021. The program development and piloting has been supported by Victoria Foundation, and sponsored by Coast Capital Savings.

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CCSPI is a 2-year initiative to assist local governments and First Nations in the Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and coastal communities to implement social procurement assessments, policies, strategies and measurement.

Scale Collaborative and partners (Vancouver Island Construction Association, Buy Social Canada and Presentations Plus) are working together to build capacity and support the implementation of social procurement across the region.

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theDock Victoria is a social enterprise that fosters collaboration and innovation between segments in our community and beyond. At its heart it is a co-working space with members curated across sectors, that share an interest in social good. We foster informal connection, hosting events and making connections, with the aim of increasing the impact of our members through more efficient connection.

We offer a curated space full of like-minded community-builders, looking to collaborate and share expertise to enable each other’s projects and address community needs. We actively seek out groups and individuals from across sectors, and do our best to avoid collecting a group from any one paradigm. In short – our membership makes us unique, and the interactions they have are the fruit.

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Buy Social Vancouver Island

Scale Collaborative has partnered with Buy Social Canada to support the adoption of social procurement on Vancouver Island and rural BC. We do this through coaching, presentations, workshops and connection to tools, practices and procurement experts.

Social procurement integrates community benefits, such as inclusive employment and local food, into institutional purchasing. Social enterprises are well-positioned to bid on such contracts and provide significant benefits back to community.

According to our recent scan of the social procurement opportunity, Vancouver Island has approximately $300M that could integrate social and community benefits.

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seCatalyst is a network that hosts high impact events to support, showcase and inspire the social enterprise sector on Vancouver Island. Scale has been convening this network since 2014, and has hosted learning events, conferences, pitch galas, incubation bootcamps and networking. 2000+ people have attended an seCatalyst event to date.

Starting in 2014, seCatalyst has been hosting events, days of learning and an annual gala to showcase social enterprises from across Vancouver Island.

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Social Finance

There is a significant gap in the financing landscape for non-profit social enterprises. Social finance looks to fill that gap as well as find ways to make investments, funding and other financial instruments value both financial and social returns. Here is how Scale is supporting the growth of social finance on Vancouver Island:

  1. Understand what is happening and the gaps that exist.
  2. Explore how local social enterprises are financing their entrepreneurial activities. 
  3. Showcase local social enterprises and provide resources to help them grow. 
  4. Learn and innovate with new financial instruments that integrate social and financial capital. We participated in RSF’s Integrated Capital program as a 2018/19 Fellow
  5. Scale has been accepted into McConnell Foundation’s Solution Finance Accelerator for a Vancouver Island THRIVE Impact Investment Fund – more to come shortly!
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Business Legacies Initiative

72% of business owners are looking to transition in the next 5-10 years. Non Profits are increasingly operating social enterprises. What could a transition to social enterprise look like? The Business Legacies Initiative is looking to answer that question.

Scale Collaborative, in partnership with four BC communities, is exploring how non profit acquisition and ownership of businesses could achieve the following:

  • Address succession planning challenges, particularly for businesses in small and rural communities
  • Maintain key businesses within communities
  • Shift ownership to non profits, with business profits going back into programs and services
  • Build a model that is replicable, viable and scalable

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