Mapping Social Enterprises in Ontario


LONDON, ON (March 18, 2014) – Pillar Nonprofit Network is pleased to announce the launch of a province-wide social enterprise mapping project, Mapping Social Enterprises in Ontario, in partnership with and with the support of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.


The goals of the province-wide social enterprise mapping project is to gain a better understanding of the levels of engagement of social enterprises in local communities and the supports required for these communities to thrive.


"Mapping and list making are inherent human activities that are driven by a desire to understand our place in our respective communities and find a shared sense of belonging," said Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network. "A map is a powerful community resource that helps to identify our place in this world from an organization standpoint, as well as to surface the connections and relationships that exist within our communities."


Mapping Social Enterprises in Ontario will comprise a series of mapping workshops known as mapathons in a total of six communities across the province. These mapathons will bring people and communities together to map their world of good, helping to identify and improve the discoverability of those initiatives making a difference in the community. The results from these mapathons will be digitized and uploaded on where community members and the public can continue to build on the maps.


The official announcement will be made at the Impact Ontario social finance conference at MaRS in Toronto on March 18, 2014.


For more information or to get involved with the Mapping Social Enterprises in Ontario project, email or visit




About Pillar Nonprofit Network

Pillar Nonprofit Network supports nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their missions in our community. Pillar provides leadership, advocacy, and support to the nonprofit sector through the promotion of volunteerism, professional development and networking opportunities, and information sharing. Learn more:


About is a global platform that enables people and communities to come together to map their world of good. Beginning with a simple online map in September 2012, now includes in-person events known as mapathons, an interactive online interface, and supplemental data services. By linking social processes and digital technologies, we enable broad scale mapping that fosters new awareness, engagement and opportunities based on publicly available data generated and collected from the community. is incubated at Igniter in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, MaRS, Ashoka, and CatalystsX. Say hello at or follow us at @socialscapeHQ.


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