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Articles, tools, and resources for organizations working on some of our toughest community, social, and environmental challenges.

Settler Workshops Guided from an Indigenous Perspective

kinSHIFT is an Indigenous-led initiative supporting settlers who are committed to building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and places. Our experiential, arts-based workshops and programs allow participants to learn, practice, ask questions, and make mistakes…

September 2021: SoCent Funding & Resources

Thrive Impact Fund Thrive Impact Fund is a place-based fund that sees untapped potential in local communities and a desire for investors to see their money make both financial and impact returns. Who Should Apply…

August 2021: SoCent Funding & Resources

Kamloops Resilience and Recovery Grant The grant sponsors social enterprises to participate in the Resilience & Recovery Program, a 6-12 month entrepreneurial coaching program. The program helps organizations build sustainability and resilience in four key…

Credit Unions to Support Kamloops Social Enterprises as Demand for Social Services Grows

Interior Savings and Valley First have teamed up once again to support social enterprise in Kamloops and surrounding area. For the third year in a row, the credit unions will sponsor social enterprises to participate…

Seven Charities Building a Regenerative Economy to Receive a Boost with United Way’s Sustainable Recovery Grant

Seven charities in the BC Southern Interior who are helping to build a regenerative, just, sustainable economy are the 2021 recipients of the Sustainable Recovery Grant.  We are excited to announce the 2021 recipients of…

July 2021: SoCent Funding & Resources

Funding Update: Seven Charities Building a Regenerative Economy to Receive a Boost with United Way’s Sustainable Recovery Grant. Kamloops Resilience and Recovery Grant The grant sponsors social enterprises to participate in the Resilience & Recovery…

June 2021: SoCent Funding & Resources

Coming Soon: Funded entrepreneurial coaching engagements for Kamloops social enterprises.   Indigenous Growth Fund The Indigenous Growth Fund (IGF) is a new $150M investment fund that will provide access to the capital that Indigenous small-…

Elements of truth: before reconciliation

An experiential workshop series guided by Indigenous values: reciprocity, inclusion, curiosity, and humility. The four-part workshop series are designed in a way that you can learn, participate, and contribute in each workshop if you can’t…

May 2021: SoCent Funding & Resources

Sustainable Recovery Grant In response to COVID-19, a funding stream is available to support sustainability and resilience for the charitable sector. Successful applicants will receive one-time grant funding for 6-12 months of customized coaching on…

Grant to Support Sustainability in Charities as Demand for their Services Surge

The Sustainable Recovery Grant (SRG), a multi-year partnership from local funders, provides entrepreneurial coaching to charities to help them build sustainability and resilience in four key areas: revenue, operations, leadership, and impact. This focus of…

April 2021: SoCent Funding & Resources

Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant – New program criteria As of March 4, 2021: The program has been extended to August 31, 2021 or until funds are fully expended, whichever comes first Businesses…

March 2021: SoCent Funding & Resources

Rural Business and Community Recovery Rural communities in the Southern Interior of BC with populations under 25,000, and non-profit business support organizations serving those communities, can access funding to create up to 20 new Community…

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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…