Student Report: Brewing Innovation: Modelling Opportune Dynamics for Social Innovation in Calgary’s Brewing Industry

Author: Zak Ismail (2015)

This paper takes a comprehensive look at the various dynamics by which socially purposed breweries create social value in a traditionally capitalist market. Taking into account these and other dynamics by which breweries can generate community prosperity, a model is developed identifying key areas where breweries have found opportunities to employ social innovation.

Presentation: Demystifying Social Innovation

Authors: James Stauch, Jill Andres (2015)

Social innovation can be an esoteric subject, cloaked in a mysterious language that excludes as many as it includes. This learning session, delivered as part of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organization’s Connections 2015 conference, is designed to help participants a better understanding of the concepts themselves, as well as how these social innovation tools can enhance efforts to build stronger communities.

Report: If You Don’t Like the Weather: 2015 Environmental Scan

Authors: James Stauch, Jill Andres, Lesley Cornelisse and Pat Letizia (2015)

This scan serves as an overview of the major current socio-economic trends and developments, at local provincial, national and international scales, focusing on phenomena that directly impact one community foundation’s (The Calgary Foundation) interests in stewarding its financial and community investments and in nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community. Includes sections on social innovation, social finance and related trends.

Case Studies: Three Social Enterprises in Western Canada

Authors: Jill Andres, Peter Elson, Peter Hall

Mount Royal University and Simon Fraser University are among a group of Canadian post‐secondary institutions working together to classify social enterprise models in Canada. This work is a sub set of a broader initiative, International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM), based in Liege, Belgium.

The case studies profiled here are the Namgis First Nation, Seniors Assocation of Greater Edmonton and Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research.

Research Report: Social Enterprise Legal Structure: Options and Prospects for a ‘Made in Canada’ Solution

Authors: Sean Markey, Stacey Corriveau, Michael Cody and Brendan Bonfield, 2011

Canvasses social entrepreneurs and social economy experts with respect to the prospects and potential drawbacks associated with pursuing a separate legal structure for social enterprise in Canada.

 

Student Report: The Experience of Refugees Accessing Health and Social Services in Calgary: A Health Care and Social Program Providers’ Perspective  

Authors: Alda Garunia (2016)

With the election of a new political party in Canada in 2015, a promise was kept to reverse the changes made to the Interim Federal Health Plan (IFHP)m. The question stemming from this health issue is: what can leaders in health and social care do to address the inequities posed to the refugee population by the changes to the IFHP, and have the gaps in access to health and social programs been addressed by the current policy change? The following report highlights the history of refugees in Canada and the IFHP, as well as a literature review of research regarding access to health care and social programming within Canada for refugees.

 

Student Report: Fire that Talks  

Authors: Timothy Lipp (2016)

The 4.3 million deaths that occur annually because of smoke from open cooking fires has inspired a wide variety of cookstove initiatives. These projects often come from an external mindset that doesn’t incorporate the local community’s unique cultural, social and even spiritual context. Yet the communities in which these initiatives occur have robust language and identity systems that can provide valuable insights to how cookstoves could be adopted. Identity Based Community Development (IBCD) is an approach that provides helpful context to enable this possibility. This paper proposes that when a community’s identity is correctly integrated into the cookstove introduction process, it can enable community-driven large scale adoption of the cookstove.

 

Student Report: Media and the Perpetuation of Western Bias: Media’s Role in the Reinforcement of Negative Stereotypes of Indigenous Identity and the Manifestations of Violence Toward Murdered Women  

Authors: Angie Tucker (2016)

Drawing on Indigenous feminism and postcolonial theories, this paper analyzes how media portrayals of cases involving murdered Indigenous and non-Indigenous women perpetuate bias, and fail to educate the public about the legacy of colonialism, including systemic poverty and sociopolitical constraints on a marginalized group. By examining government involvement and the manifestation of structural racism in policy, law enforcement, and social biases, this paper will design the framework for a discussion of those murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada.

 

Student Report: Project Stoke Needs Assessment and Market Report  

Authors: Paisley Dressler (2016)

There is a growing movement to find a solution to the global issue of adverse health effects of cooking smoke, including introducing smoke reduced cooking technology. Project Stoke is an organization working in Kenya to create a social enterprise that is building and selling such stoves. This paper explores the way that cooking smoke affects people through different phases of human development; this is important for Project Stoke because it provides evidence that there are better options than open flame cooking that are both culturally relevant and produce better health outcomes, contributing to the business case.


Student Report: 
Thinking Through Borders and “Illegality”: A Survey of the Resources Available to Migrants with Precarious Status in the Calgary Area

Author: Lauren L. Cross (2015)

This paper examines the services and support available (or unavailable) to migrants in the Calgary area, analyzing the discourses and practices of existing governmental and non-governmental (im)migrant-serving organizations, and identify any ways in which they exclude migrants with precarious status.


Student Report: 
Immigrant Women Finding Meaningful Employment in Calgary

Author: Paisley Dressler (2015)

This paper seeks to understand the barriers faced by immigrant women to Calgary seeking employment that goes beyond subsistence and is meaningful to the individual, as well as the role social programs play in their journey to achieving meaningful employment.


Community Investment Profiles

Author: Alexandra Preddy (2015). This is a series of "caselets" profiling the unique approaches of Canadian companies to investing in community.  Please note: If printing, please choose "Fit to page" under options/preferences.


Blog: Fox in the Henhouse

Author: James Stauch (2015)

Thoughts on shared value, corporate philanthropy, and corporate community investment prepared for The Soul of the Next Economy Forum 2015.


Student Report: Plummeting Oil and the Potential for a Prosperous Community

Author: Lindsay Johnson (2015)

When companies are fixated on short-term financial goals they may fail to notice the needs of their customers, the depletion of resources that are crucial to their operations, and the declining economy in the communities where they do business. Through a case study of the extractives sector, this paper explores where Creating Shared Value (CSV) goes beyond traditional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in building community through business.


Student Report: Authenticity: The Lifeline of Organizational Corporate Social Responsibility

Author: Megan Schimpf (2015)

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer a differentiating factor for organizations; its usage has increased and become widespread across diverse sectors, growing into a standard organizational expectation that has resulted in a growing number of organizations seeking to reap the benefits that come from CSR without actually doing the work CSR was intended to do. This paper provides a distinctive contribution to present-day literatures by highlighting the pertinent role authenticity in CSR has in shaping today’s business climate.


Report: Corporate Community Investment in Canada: Understanding the Field (Fall 2015)

Authors: James Stauch and Zoë Anderson, 2015

This paper explores the literature surrounding corporate community investment and what education options exist for professionals in the field.

To understand more about this field, discover MRU’s Extension Certificate Program in Corporate Community Investment.

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

Author: Dr. Olaf Weber

Examines how different social finance institutions in Canada – impact investors, credit unions, and others – finance the work of nonprofits and social enterprises.

Research Partnership: Social Innovation, Societal Change and Canada's Grant-making Foundations

The Institute is partnering with L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) looking into the role of philanthropic (i.e. grant-making) foundations in Canada – past, present and future. Senior Researcher Peter Elson is also serving as collaborator (co-investigator) for the project. Other partners include Community Foundations Canada and Philanthropic Foundations Canada, two key umbrella organizations in Canadian philanthropy.

Presentation: Futurecasting Canada: Anticipating the Role of Community Foundations in 2025 and Beyond
Presenters: Pat Letizia, James Stauch and Lesley Cornelisse (2015)

This session was an interactive exploration of themes that will impact philanthropic work in Canada in the coming decade. Frames meta-trends in social organization, demographics, environmental sustainability, economics and finance, and serves as a tool to reimagine the role of community foundations within this evolving context, enabling a discussion of new approaches that will enable communities to thrive in changing times.

Report: If You Don’t Like the Weather: 2015 Environmental Scan
Authors: James Stauch, Jill Andres, Lesley Cornelisse and Pat Letizia (2015)

This scan serves as an overview of the major current socio-economic trends and developments, at local provincial, national and international scales, relevant to the work of The Calgary Foundation. It focuses, in particular, on phenomena that directly impact the Foundation’s interests in stewarding its financial and community investments and in nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community.

Article: Fostering Sustainable Futures for Rural Community and Regions through Philanthropy
Authors: Ryan Gibson, Joshua Barrett, Kelly Vodden, 2014

Looks at how community foundations can influence and participate in regional development in rural areas to support revitalization and sustainability.
 

Corporate Community Investment


Community Investment Profiles

Author: Alexandra Preddy (2015)

This is a series of "caselets" profiling the unique approaches of Canadian companies to investing in community.  Please note: If printing, please choose "Fit to page" under options/preferences.


Blog: Fox in the Henhouse

Author: James Stauch (2015)

Thoughts on shared value, corporate philanthropy, and corporate community investment prepared for The Soul of the Next Economy Forum 2015.


Student Report: Plummeting Oil and the Potential for a Prosperous Community

Author: Lindsay Johnson (2015)

When companies are fixated on short-term financial goals they may fail to notice the needs of their customers, the depletion of resources that are crucial to their operations, and the declining economy in the communities where they do business. Through a case study of the extractives sector, this paper explores where Creating Shared Value (CSV) goes beyond traditional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in building community through business.


Student Report: Authenticity: The Lifeline of Organizational Corporate Social Responsibility

Author: Megan Schimpf (2015)

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer a differentiating factor for organizations; its usage has increased and become widespread across diverse sectors, growing into a standard organizational expectation that has resulted in a growing number of organizations seeking to reap the benefits that come from CSR without actually doing the work CSR was intended to do. This paper provides a distinctive contribution to present-day literatures by highlighting the pertinent role authenticity in CSR has in shaping today’s business climate.


Report: Corporate Community Investment in Canada: Understanding the Field (Fall 2015)

Authors: James Stauch and Zoë Anderson, 2015

This paper explores the literature surrounding corporate community investment and what education options exist for professionals in the field.

To understand more about this field, discover MRU’s Extension Certificate Program in Corporate Community Investment.
 

Social Finance

 

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

Author: Dr. Olaf Weber

Examines how different social finance institutions in Canada – impact investors, credit unions, and others – finance the work of nonprofits and social enterprises.

 

Article: Assessing the Benefits of Community Human Services
Authors: Anne Makhoul and Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute for Social Policy (2012)
The study reveals that there is a lack of evaluative literature that clearly identifies the benefits of human service interventions by nonprofit organizations.

Discussion Paper: Nonprofit Pension Plans in Canada
In the spring of 2012 the Institute for Nonprofit Studies was asked by La Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE), to undertake a study of dedicated nonprofit pension plans in Canada and to prepare a discussion for use by the nonprofit sector in Nova Scotia. It has been posted here with their permission and with the desire that it will stimulate a vigorous discussion about nonprofit sector pensions, not only in Nova Scotia, but elsewhere.

Working Paper: Interagency, Network and Co-governance in the Child Care Sector
Authors: Guy Bellemare, Marcos Barros, and Louise Briand, université du Québec en Outaouais (2014)

Working Paper: Identifying Determinants of Implementation Success in a Program Adoption-based Sustainability Strategy - A case study of a small Alberta-based international development organization 
Authors: Sid Frankel and Harvy Frankel, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (2011)


Working Paper: Building a Sustainable Culture in the Social Economy
Authors: Travis Gliedt and Paul Parker, University of Waterloo (2010)