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Social Finance Connects Webinar

MaRS Discovery District, Social Innovation Generation & Ashoka Canada present

Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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This month, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is launching its Social Finance Connects webinar series.  Social Finance Connects is a monthly conference webinar designed to connect key stakeholders advancing the field of social finance in Canada. Each month, Social Finance Connects will spot light one initiative followed by cross-country check-ins from webinar participants.

Please join us on June 28th at 12:00pm EST as we welcome Dr. Olaf Weber and Sean Geobey as they present, “Social Finance and Nonprofits: the Contribution of Social Finance to the Sustainability of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Enterprises”.


Social Finance and Nonprofits: the Contribution of Social Finance to the Sustainability of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Enterprises

Social finance is investing and lending that seeks social and/or environmental  impact while producing a financial return. This approach to finance has attracted growing attention internationally with the relatively strong performance of socially responsible investment funds in the midst of the 2008 global financial crisis, “Big Society” as the focal point of the United Kingdom’s coalition government and Kramer & Porter’s 2011 article in the Harvard Business Review on creating shared value.  In Canada, release in November 2010 of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance’s report Mobilizing Private Capital for the Public Good and the creation of the Centre for Impact Investing at the MaRS Discovery District have brought new focus to the role of social finance in our society.

With support from Mount Royal University’s Institute for Nonprofit Studies, Olaf Weber and Sean Geobey from the University of Waterloo conducted a survey of Canadian social finance providers to better understand how they view risk and select their social finance portfolios.

1.     The survey gives answers on questions like What are the goals, practices, opportunities and challenges of different groups of social finance institutions with respect to financing nonprofits and social enterprises?

2.     How may nonprofits and social enterprises use this knowledge to finance themselves?

 Through the MaRS Discovery District’s Centre for Impact Investing we are hosting a webinar to provide social finance practitioners, members of the mainstream financial community, academics, social entrepreneurs and anyone else with an interest in social finance with an overview of the results of our recent survey of social finance providers. Our findings outline how Canadian social financiers perceive risk in their social finance investments and will compare their views of for-profit, non-profit, public sector and social enterprise investments.

Please join us for a webinar on June 28th at 12:00pm ET as we release our initial findings followed by a question and answer session with our webinar participants.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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MaRS Discovery District, Social Innovation Generation & Ashoka Canada present

MaRS ( is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies.

MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and entertainment technologies, cleantech, advanced materials and engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses. 


Social Innovation Generation (SiG) ( is a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute. Our ultimate goal is to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.


Ashoka ( is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka is redefining the global citizen sector by creating a system of collaborative entrepreneurship. Connecting the work of individual social entrepreneurs to business, academic and public sector partners, they create a network effect driving the sector forward and developing new solutions to global problems.

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