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Insights and articles for social entrepreneurs

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

Blending Profit and Purpose: How Purppl Thrives as a Community Contribution Company

What is a Community Contribution Company (CCC) and why is Purppl one? Business has a critical role to play in shaping culture and communities. Since the industrial age, for-profit models of product and service delivery…

Impact and Social Enterprise Jobs & Opportunities

Are you looking to make a positive impact through your everyday work? Impact and social enterprise jobs provide meaningful work that contributes to the wellbeing of communities and the people...

Story of Impact: Working with the seasons to build a more sustainable social enterprise

Organization, Efficiency, Profitability: How Victory Gardens optimized their ability to work within a seasonal schedule Victory Gardens is a worker-owned co-op that designs, builds and maintains ecologically productive gardens in Vancouver, BC. The food-focused landscapes…

Purppl Is Hiring: Seeking an Operations & Client Success Lead

Purppl is growing. We’re past the scrappy startup years and into a period of sustained growth.  Purppl is ready to add a new, senior role called Operations & Client Success Lead. This position has an important…

Understanding Social Finance for Social Impact

Social finance leverages capital to achieve social, cultural, and environmental goals along with financial returns. It’s a way for social enterprises and impact organizations to add flexible capital where other funders may be unwilling to…

Story of Impact: Improving how one city measures and communicates the value of partnership

From Outputs to Outcomes: How the City of Kelowna is Improving Impact Measurement and Storytelling Like many municipalities, the City of Kelowna works with a network of community partners who play an important role in…

Attainable & Affordable Housing and Social Enterprise

Connect Money Impact: Attainable & Affordable Housing and Social Enterprise There are over 12 million empty bedrooms across Canada — space that could be used to accommodate everyone and foster a sense of belonging for…

Moving from Outputs to Outcomes: ESG and Impact Measurement

How do we measure impact? This is a difficult question to answer, and there is an increasing amount of pressure on organizations to do exactly that. Sue Manzuik, Community Engagement Specialist at Interior Savings; Peace…

Funding & Resources for Social Enterprises and Impact Organizations

ONGOING FUNDING TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund Telus provide flexible grants to Indigenous organizations, not-for-profits and community groups. Grants are available up to $50,000 and are to support Indigenous-led initiatives that support tangible positive outcomes. Requests…

Holding Hope – Insights from Purppl’s 2023 Impact Report

As we wind down the year, the Purppl team is thrilled to share our 2023 Impact Report. This report is not simply a summary of what we’ve done, but a celebration of the collective journey…

Emerging Patterns in Impact Investing

  “There’s enough money in the world. We don’t need more money. What we need more of is positive impact,” said Kristi Fairholm Mader, Managing Director of Thrive Impact Fund, at Connect Money Impact 2023…

Reigniting Hope and Cultivating Belonging Through the Social Enterprise Movement

“This is not a land acknowledgment. This is an acknowledgment of the work that needs to be done,” said Kelly Terbasket, Co-Founder and Program Director of IndigenEYEZ & kinSHIFT, reciting Heather George’s words as she…

Featured Client & Alumni Stories

Social Enterprise Profiles

Take 5 To Know Them, Our Spotlight on a Social Impact Leader

This month’s Purppl Partner is Naomi Woodland from the United Way British Columbia. Take a quick 5 to get to know this leader! Where do you consider “home”? Home is an interesting concept, my roots…

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…