Initiatives

to Thrive
Scale convenes and supports initiatives to generate a stronger, more resilient and entrepreneurial social change sector, on Vancouver Island and elsewhere.
Thriving (21 Century) Non Profits

Thriving 21 Century 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 21 Century Non Profits combines homework, group sessions and coaching over six months to help organizations transform their finances and diversify revenue streams:

  • The Homework is designed to ground and apply session content to each organization’s experience
  • Sessions include: The Shifting Non-Profit Landscape; Culture and Money; Fee For Service; Social Enterprise; Social Purpose Real Estate; Win-Win Corporate Partnerships; Social Procurement and Multi- Year Contracts; Leveraging Assets; and Scaling for Impact
  • Coaching is provided for each organization to develop a plan for testing and integrating financial diversification strategies

Intake for Thriving 21 Century Non Profits takes place each Fall and is available to eight organizations in the Greater Victoria region. Three organizational members commit to attending sessions and coaching: Board member, Executive Director and senior staff. The time commitment is approximately 10-15 hours/month in addition to sessions.

Delivered in partnership with Victoria Foundation.

 

Thriving Non Profits Program Overview 2018
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 $300 M that could integrate social and community benefits.

Social Procurement on Vancouver Island
Social Venture Bootcamp

Social Venture Bootcamp is an intensive program to help those with enterprising ideas to determine if there is a market for the idea, and if it will achieve the desired social and/or environmental impact.

Applications for the 2nd Annual SVB will be accepted in early 2019.

Cost: $750 for up to 2 people.

 Program Attendees Said:

“It is very impactful realizing all of the interesting ventures that are in the works! This was helpful in very motivating and a good intro into getting started.”

“SVB exceed my expectations. Interestingly, I felt personally validated through the material presented, the participants and the activities.”

“Thank you for all your work to make this event happen. I felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn these skills in such an accepting/receptive group of people.”

“I really appreciated having such a clear expectation of the various opportunities for how to structure a business.”

SVB 2018 Event Summary
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 are excited to join RSF’s Integrated Capital program as a 2018/19 Fellow!

Social Finance Scan Social Finance Case Studies