PLAN Institute

Social Enterprise

We have a practical definition of social enterprise. It has evolved based on our experiences at earning revenue while pursuing our social mission and program objectives. To us, social enterprise is not a funding strategy. It is part of the culture of PLAN and is infused into everything we do. We define social enterprise as any program or product that:

Social enterprise has many benefits. It enables us to:

To view Al Etmanski’s talk on Five Good Ideas about Social Innovation , click here.


Causeway Resources
Ashoka Canada
Tides Canada
Centre for Community Enterprise
Social Enterprise Magazine
Social Enterprise Alliance
Social Edge E-Zine
Blended Value
The New Heroes – Documentary on social enterprise
World Institute on Disability
Social and Enterprise Development Innovations
Good for Business
BC Asset Building Collaborative

Leaders in the citizen sector who want to extend impact, durability and scale of their work should check out Thinking Like a Movement retreat. With four days of intensive learning with other social change leaders, participants will explore the complexities of systemic change while reflecting on personal roles and responsibilities.


Social Innovation:

Transforming deeply rooted social problems by introducing new ideas, practices, policies, relationships and resources in the direction of greater resilience.


Social enterprise:

An organization, usually non-profit but sometimes for-profit, that seeks to earn revenue while achieving its social and economic justice objectives.


Social financing:

The leveraging of multiple sources of financing to achieve long term, accountable, social impact while generating an economic return.




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