November 2020: SoCent Funding & Resources

Update: The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant no longer requires that the business be registered for PST.   Kelowna Active Living & Culture Grants This program aims to provide assistance to non-profit sport, event, social…

Analog Social Enterprise Goes Digital

In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic closed down many workplaces across Canada, Connect Counselling (which provides counselling for the community) faced much uncertainty. Connect Counselling (referred to as Connect) provides affordable and professional counselling…

October 2020: SoCent Funding & Resources

LEVEL BIPOC Grants Flexible, general operating grants of $50,000 for BIPOC-led organizations in BC to support their work in racial equity and racial justice. Who Should Apply These grants are for BIPOC-led organizations based in…

Kamloops Responds to Disruption with Social Enterprise

Periods of disruption can bring clarity for many organizations; helping them focus priorities and realign activities with their mission. In Kamloops, four social enterprises are responding to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing…

IndigenEYEZ Pilots New Revenue Stream to Increase Impact

We humbly acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) People. In an age of global capitalism, climate change and extractive economic models, we have a…

Globalization and the Emergence of Local Social Enterprise

As the pandemic continues to destabilize communities around the world, the importance of local social enterprise models is emerging. The Naramata Centre and Purppl hosted an interactive discussion about the topic and participants came together…

United Way and local partners announce Sustainable Recovery Grant recipients

July 13, 2020 – United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) announced today the recipients of a new grant stream designed to address the emerging and sustainability needs of charities dealing with COVID-19. United Way partnered with Interior Savings Credit Union, the Community…

Independence only a call away – Okanagan Charity pivots to open social enterprise despite pandemic

The Need Building on the need for vitamin D for the human race, CRIS Adaptive is going ahead with its launch of its Adaptive Rental social enterprise.  In partnership with RDCO, Adaptive Rentals is taking…

Funding Available for Kamloops Social Enterprise: Focus on Sustainability and Resilience

* Info Session: Resilient Recovery Program for Kamloops Social Enterprises – July 9 at 2:30 PM. Register here. Funding sponsors participation in a new Resilient Recovery program, a 6-12 month entrepreneurial coaching program, co-delivered by…

The Blinding Light of Privilege

It’s Happening Here The last two months have brought to the forefront just how ugly privilege can be. While many suffered, billionaires increased their wealth amid COVID-19. US police allowed white people to show up…

Survey Findings – COVID-19 Recovery Planning for SPO’s

On April 15th, Purppl launched a survey to understand the current state of social purpose organizations (SPOs) and how we, supporters of the social innovation movement, can move from response to recovery and emerge stronger….

New COVID-19 Grant Stream to Focus on Sustainability and Resilience for Charities

In response to COVID-19, a new funding stream is available to support sustainability and resilience for the charitable sector. This collaborative partnership, led by United Way, will fund entrepreneurial coaching and support for charities, focused…

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Social Enterprise Profiles

Social Enterprise Profile: Kamloops Music Collective

The Kamloops Music Collective is committed to building a vibrant and diverse music culture in Kamloops by offering music-based programs to youth in the community. Through their education and programs, the Kamloops Music Collective inspires…

Social Enterprise Profile: Trellis

Trellis is an online platform that enables charities and non profits to showcase their impact and raise funds from their donors. Their software allows fundraising professionals and their donors the ability to simply create and…

Social Enterprise Profile: Elevation Outdoors

Elevation Outdoors is focused on breaking down barriers and helping young people find a passion to help them lead a healthy, happier life. Since their inception they have expanded their program offering to include snowboarding,…

Social Enterprise Profile: OGO Car Share Co-op

OGO Car Share Co-op is a social enterprise that launched in 2013 that gives Okanagan drivers a more affordable and environmentally responsible transportation option. Take a look at what Executive Director Christian Brandt had to…

Social Enterprise Profile: Clubhouse

NAME OF COMPANY: The Clubhouse Child Care Center TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Registered Charity HEADQUARTERS: Kelowna NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 50 YEAR FOUNDED: 1996 THE PROBLEM: Children often do not get enough outside time for play and…