Are You Ready for Impact Investment? Alternative Financing for Nonprofits, Charities and Social Enterprises



Charities, co-ops, nonprofits and social enterprises/entrepreneurs should be aware of the federal government’s plans to “invest $50 million over two years to help social purpose organizations become investment ready and access the new [$755M] Social Finance Fund, set to launch in 2020.

To help local organizations ensure they are ready and well-positioned to receive investment, Pillar is excited to convene our network of social finance funds, service providers, and support organizations who help advise and invest in social purpose organizations to join us for an interactive workshop.

If you are running a social enterprise or a revenue-generating program/service that is exploring options for financing and investment (e.g. loans, lines of credit, Community Bonds, and other sources of capital beyond/in addition to grants or donations), this workshop is for you.

The agenda will include:

  • Self-assessment framework to understand the stage of your organization’s readiness and growth, and what you need to do to reach the next step
  • Overview of the federal government’s plans for the $50M Investment Readiness Program, and how you might access its resources
  • Introductions to (and small group conversations with) funds and organizations who offer financing options and services, including:

We want participants to take away from this workshop:

  • Realistic and honest insights on your readiness for impact investment, and a clear understanding of what you need to do to get there
  • Awareness and understanding of the different financing options/types of investments available to you, and connections to (and in-person conversations with) potential investors for your social enterprise
  • Context from the perspective of impact investors -- what they are looking for, the language they speak, and how best to pitch your social enterprise

TARGET AUDIENCE: The content is relevant to social purpose organizations in Southwestern Ontario, which can include:

  • A nonprofit, co-op, or charity with significant earned-revenue or undertaking a major initiative with a business model (e.g. Pillar purchasing and furnishing the building now known as Innovation Works)
  • A social enterprise run by a nonprofit, co-op, charity, or as a for-profit venture 

NOTE: It is recommended that participants have a basic understanding of social finance/impact investing, and will offer the most value to entrepreneurs/founders, Executive Directors, Board members, Finance Directors, Development Officers, and social enterprise/program staff.


1:00-1:15    Welcome   
1:15-2:00    How “investment ready” are you?          
2:00-2:15    Federal Government’s Investment Readiness Program      
2:15-3:00    Presentations from guest speakers           
3:00-3:10    Bio-break                       
3:10-3:30    1st round small table conversations           
3:30-3:50    2nd round small table conversations              
3:50-4:00    Wrap Up              
4:00-5:00    Optional networking                       

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