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Introducing 3 Social Enterprise Portfolio Groups

May 2, 2012

Using Demonstrating Value to Show Impact & Manage Performance

The Social Enterprise Portfolio Program, delivered by Vancity and Vancity Community Foundation, aims to ensure that promising social enterprises have access to the financial and technical resources required for both start-up and growth phases. The Program works with a portfolio of 8-10 social enterprises each year, providing a range of funding and other support depending on the needs and stage of the social enterprise. Social Enterprise Portfolio grant recipients use Demonstrating Value as a performance management and reporting tool.

In March, the most recent round of Portfolio grants were made to three deserving social enterprises in our community. Please join us in welcoming the following groups, who have already begun their work with Demonstrating Value as they deliver their grant objectives: EMBERS Green Renovations, Mobile Steam Car Wash and Museum of Vancouver! (more…)

Demonstrating Value featured on TechSoup!

April 25, 2012

Demonstrating Value is crossing borders, with a recent feature on both techsoup.org and techsoupcanada.ca that includes excerpts from the Demonstrating Value Workbook.

Take a look at the article (click on the TechSoup links above) to read more about how Demonstrating Value assists nonprofits, social enterprises, and community investors to ask the right questions about their work, and to develop systems to track and communicate their value.

A big thanks to the folks a TechSoup for also sharing these additional resources that will help you demonstrate your organization’s value through data: (more…)

Demonstrating Value featured as seToolbelt Resource of the Week!

February 6, 2012

seToolbelt.org is an open content resource hub that is committed to making free tools accessible to social entrepreneurs to help them plan, start, manage, and grow successful social enterprises. In this week’s seToolbelt Resource of the Week, Demonstrating Value is profiled. Take a look at this post to learn more about some key impact measurement tools developed by the Demonstrating Value initiative, including a Performance Snapshot webinar, the Organizational Sustainability Assessment Tool, and “Why You Matter”, a tool for mapping your social, environmental, and cultural impact.

The seToolbelt Resource of the Week is featured on Social Earth, a comprehensive news and information site for social entrepreneurs.

Check out the latest issue of The Value Herald!

February 2, 2012

In the Fall of 2011, Demonstrating Value launched its e-newsletter, The Value Herald. With this newsletter, Demonstrating Value shares quarterly updates on useful tips and tricks, inspiring ideas, and informative resources with you and your organization.

To read the latest Winter 2012 issue (and past issues), visit the newsletter archives.

Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Evaluating Quality of Life in Canada

October 27, 2011

We’ve all heard and used the term “Gross Domestic Product”, but how about “Index of Wellbeing”? This recently introduced index, based out of the University of Waterloo, has introduced a new way to understand Canada’s economic health. Let’s take a look…

Academics from Canada and around the world have complied research to develop the 64 indicators which are tracked by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, including indicators such as health, living standards and education. The index is intended to be a more comprehensive tool than GDP, tracking a diverse set of factors that affect communities and the Canadian population to ultimately paint a picture of our country’s quality of life.

What are people saying about this new index? Some comment on the fact that the launch of the index coincides quite appropriately with the messages behind the Occupy Wall Street protests, while others highlight the ability of the index to really examine the impact of government policies.

Learn more about the Canadian Index of Wellbeing in the Globe and Mail and by visiting the CIW website.