Seven solutions to help non-profit promoters deliver more affordable units

Why It Matters

Real estate developers have little to gain from building affordable units. Even when laws force them to include those units in their projects, like Montreal’s 20-20-20 rules, they pay a fine not to do so. Non-profit housing is still the most efficient way to ensure a critical mass of long-term affordable units in a community.

Business students don’t often learn about co-operative models — why not?

Why It Matters

Co-op workers say a lack of awareness is holding the co-operative business model back, but including this alternative in university and college curriculum could bring more young innovators into the fold.

Canada’s lone ‘mega-foundation’ gets court approval for early sale of billions in Mastercard stock. Could it boost Indigenous-focused impact investing?

Why It Matters

The Mastercard Foundation’s staggering size means even a modest change to its investment strategy could have a big impact both domestically and abroad.

How tax credits and social finance are building a healthy future for Nova Scotians

Why It Matters

Canada’s small-scale farmers and food producers face a myriad of challenges, including access to capital. Could community investment funds provide a solution, while also building resilient food systems and healthy people?

Private businesses can be converted into co-ops ⁠— with enough support

Why It Matters

Ninety-eight per cent of Canadian businesses have fewer than 100 employees, making them ideal candidates for co-operative models. But entrepreneurs who’ve made the leap to collective ownership say more support and education is needed.

Curious about the Social Finance Forum? Here are six sessions that will bring you up-to speed

Why It Matters

Social finance has the power to bring people together, mobilize capital, drive change and create impact. But access to capital remains a challenge for many social purpose organizations and ventures — understanding the limitations of current systems is the first step towards reimagination and innovation.