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Welcome to our blog. Join us here to read about the latest in social finance, impact investing, and loans to nonprofits and charities in Canada.

Impact investing handyman: CFF’s Derek Ballantyne provides toolkit for non-profit success

June 14th, 2013

This past week, Community Forward Fund CEO Derek Ballantyne had the opportunity to present a workshop at the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) 2013 Conference in Winnipeg, which brought together 191 organizations from across Canada. The theme of the conference this year was “Inspiring Smart & Caring Communities,” and Derek’s presentation was an “Impact Investing […]

Does your nonprofit have a sound financial model?

May 29th, 2013

Today on the CFF blog we want to take a quick look at how adopting sound financial practices and modeling can make it easier for your nonprofit organization to acquire a loan. We’ve recently published a number of quick primers on various aspects of our impact investment business model, and what your organization needs to […]

Perception and Cutbacks: a Cautionary Tale from Canada for Nonprofits

May 21st, 2013

Here is a link to a blog post by Nora Sobolov, Founder and Senior Advisor of the Community Forward Fund, on the website of The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists based in the United States.

And that’s the Triple Bottom Line!

May 15th, 2013

Impact investing and social finance are concepts that are changing, at a fundamental level, how private companies and nonprofit groups manage their finances. These decisions have great ramifications in both board rooms and communities, but unfortunately a lot of the terminology that has become part of the everyday language of social financiers remains impenetrable jargon […]

Social Finance News for April

April 29th, 2013

In addition to our blogging here, we also maintain a very active twitter feed. It’s a great way to stay informed about all of the exciting things the Community Forward Fund is up to (including a brand new loan for the Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence!), but we also want to connect our followers with […]

Financial Advice for Canadian Nonprofits

April 16th, 2013

Our staff here at the Community Forward Fund have many years of combined experience working with nonprofits, and if there’s one critical factor we’ve found that often hinders the success of smaller organizations it’s that they lack the resources to bring in employees with specialized expertise in areas of finance. Without this level of knowledge, organizations have […]

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