To address the capital gap for social enterprises in British Columbia, the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria is in the midst of developing a Community Investment Fund (CIF), an initiative that won a BC Ideas Community Impact Investment Awards last year.
Recently, the winners of the much anticipated “BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities” competition were announced. This was an exciting event as over $270,000 in funding was allocated to a range of socially innovative organizations that are seeking solutions to the health, social and environmental challenges facing communities in British Columbia.
On November 7th and 8th, I had the pleasure of attending the first Social Impact Purchasing Summit, which offered a unique opportunity for the various players involved with social purchasing to share stories, learn about opportunities, and discuss and address the challenges of bringing social purchasing into the mainstream. Given the impressive turnout, as well as the range of organizations represented, it is safe to say that the event was a success and helped to further the discussion surrounding social purchasing.
Changemakers launched the “BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities” online competition five months ago, hoping to identify British Columbia’s best health, social, and environmental innovators. More than 460 changemakers from 82 communities in BC answered the call and entered their ideas to make the province better than ever.
Now, after careful deliberation by our panel of expert judges (more about them here), we’re proud to announce the 11 finalists—and it’s up to you to pick the winners. Between now and November 9, 2012, you can vote for your favorite innovations—the ideas that you want to see in action— at http://changemakers.com/BCideas.