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 the wider world of social finance news.

Social finance is a hot topic these days, and every day we come across so much inspired and inspiring work by bloggers, journalists and organizations that it’s all we can do just to keep up our retweets so you guys can see them too! While twitter’s great for letting people know things as they happen, stories can get buried quickly in the sheer amount of activity on your newsfeed. So we want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the best content we’ve showcased on our twitter this month:

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Di Michelino’s “La commedia illumina Firenze”

Arthur Wood’s dynamite piece on the (ancient) history of social financing is a must-read. He finds a thread running from the Knights Templar to the Medici Bankers right up through Bretton Woods and the Gates Foundation. Fascinating stuff for fans of impact investing and The Da Vinci Code alike! (

Ben Thornley offers an elegant overview of the Skoll World Forum on Impact Investing. Find out what the leading thinkers have to say. (Huffington Post)

Mitchell Kutney suggests that the social improvement side of impact investing must receive more focus than questions of profitability. (

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enp Canada has a good blog on how credit unions like Vancity are, in many ways, an early example of the principles of social finance. (

Are you or do you know a member of an organization promoting healthy afterschool activities for kids? Loblaw’s is offering $5000 grants! (Loblaws)

The Vancouver Foundation has started its first “giving circle”; it’s an opportunity for philanthropic-minded citizens to help worthy causes directly through microfinance. (

And finally, not to self-promote too much, but if you’re not fortunate enough to have signed up for our e-newsletter, you can still see a copy here!

Thanks for reading, and we’ll be back with more fresh content soon!

CFF CEO Derek Ballantyne








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