Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies for Social Change

Edited by Jack Quarter, Sherida Ryan, and Andrea Chan

© 2014

Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies for Social Change presents case studies of twelve organizations that operate in a growing niche within the Canadian social economy: market-based entities supported by a nonprofit organization and operated for the benefit of a workforce who lives on the margins of society.

Using a variety of research methods, the contributors examine the work of social purpose enterprises in a range of businesses including food services, child care, furniture, courier services, and microfinance. Combining the experience of academics and practitioners, each chapter analyses the economic, social, and policy implications of the case.

Building on research published in Researching the Social Economy (2010) and Businesses with a Difference (2013), Social Purpose Enterprises provides a valuable resource for those involved in the growing push to encourage market-based solutions for those on the social margins.

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Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies for Social Change presents case studies of twelve organizations which operate in a growing niche within the Canadian social economy.

Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies for Social Change

Edited by Jack Quarter, Sherida Ryan, and Andrea Chan

© 2014

Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies for Social Change presents case studies of twelve organizations that operate in a growing niche within the Canadian social economy: market-based entities supported by a nonprofit organization and operated for the benefit of a workforce who lives on the margins of society.

Using a variety of research methods, the contributors examine the work of social purpose enterprises in a range of businesses including food services, child care, furniture, courier services, and microfinance. Combining the experience of academics and practitioners, each chapter analyses the economic, social, and policy implications of the case.

Building on research published in Researching the Social Economy (2010) and Businesses with a Difference (2013), Social Purpose Enterprises provides a valuable resource for those involved in the growing push to encourage market-based solutions for those on the social margins.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    ‘The book offers an excellent starting position for researchers and practioners dedicated to finding solutions for local social development in a rapidly growing field intended to serve people living and working at the social margins.’


    Tobias B├╝rger
    Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector quarterly vol 45:01:2016

    ‘This book does an excellent job at explaining the inner-workings of social purpose institutions.’


    Caroline Shenaz Hossein
    Voluntas May 2016

    ‘This book does an excellent job at explaining the inner workings of social purpose institutions.’


    Caroline Shenaz Hossein
    Voluntas vol 27:04:2016

    Social Purpose Enterprises illustrates the great variety of fields in which we now find social purpose enterprises and presents a number of effective approaches that can be used to assess their impact. The case studies will resonate with a wide audience: university students, researchers, leaders of social economy organizations and social purpose enterprises, and funders of these initiatives.”


    Luc Theriault, Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick
  • Author Information

    Jack Quarter is a professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the University of Toronto. He is a founding member of Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s Social Economy Centre.


    Sherida Ryan is a post-doctoral fellow, co-director of the Social Economy Centre and faculty member with the Adult Education and Community Development Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


    Andrea Chan is a doctoral candidate in the Adult Education and Community Development Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    1. Social Purpose Enterprises: A Conceptual Framework
    JACK QUARTER, SHERIDA RYAN, ANDREA CHAN

    Section A: Marginalized by Stigma

    2. Common Ground Co-operative: Supporting Employment Options
    FRANCES OWEN, ANNE READHEAD, COURTNEY BISHOP, JENNIFER HOPE, JEANNETTE CAMPBELL

    3. When the Business is People: The Impact of A-Way Express Courier
    KUNLE AKINGBOLA

    4. Miziwe Biik Case Study: Microloans in the Urban Aboriginal Community
    MARY FOSTER, IDA BERGER, KENN ROSS, KRISTINE NEGLIA

    5. Groupe Convex: Measuring its Impact
    USHNISH SENGUPTA, CAROLINE ARCAND, ANN ARMSTRONG

    Section B: Women on the Social Margins

    6. Inspirations Studio at Sistering: A Systems Analysis
    AGNES MEINHARD, ANNIE LOK, PAULINE O’CONNOR

    7. Micro-Entrepreneurs in Economic Turbulence: The Alterna Savings Micro-Finance Program
    EDWARD T. JACKSON, SUSAN HENRY, CHINYERE AMADI

    8. Canadian Immigrants and their Access to Services: A Case Study of a Social Purpose Enterprise
    MARLENE WALK, ITAY GREENSPAN, HONEY CROSSLEY, FEMIDA HANDY

    9. Wellbeing of Childcare Workers at the Learning Enrichment Foundation, a Toronto Community Economic Development Organization
    ANDREA CHAN, ROBYN HOOGENDAM, PETER FRAMPTON, ANDREW HOLETON, EMILY POHL WEARY, SHERIDA RYAN, JACK QUARTER

    Section C: Urban Poor and Immigrants

    10. Doing Markets Differently: FoodShare Toronto’s Good Food Markets
    MICHAEL CLASSENS, J.J. MCMURTRY, JENNIFER SUMNER

    11. Stakeholders’ Stories of Impact: The Case of Furniture Bank
    ANDREA CHAN, LAURIE MOOK, SUSANNA KISLENKO

    12. Northwood Translation Bureau
    JENNIFER HANN, DANIEL SCHUGURENSKY

    Section D: Youth

    13. Market-based Solutions for At-Risk Youth: River Restaurant
    RAYMOND DART

    14. Social Purpose Enterprises: A Modified Social Welfare Framework
    JACK QUARTER, SHERIDA RYAN, ANDREA CHAN

    Contributors

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