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

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 several 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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British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative

The British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) helps local governments and institutional purchasers turn their procurement dollars into achievable and measurable community benefits.

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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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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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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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- Thrive Impact Fund

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 participated in McConnell Foundation’s Solution Finance Accelerator for a Vancouver Island-focused Thrive Impact  Fund – launching August 2021
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Survive & Recover- Program Completed March 2021

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.