LIFT Philanthropy Partners seeks proposals from Ontario social enterprises

April 27, 2015

LIFT Philanthropy Partners is pleased to announce that it is seeking proposals from Ontario-based social enterprises with an interest in scaling their activities, leading to job creation for Ontarians experiencing barriers to employment.

The call for proposals is part of LIFT’s new initiative, LIFT for Social Enterprise, which is supported in part by the Office for Social Enterprise at Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure through its Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund.

LIFT is a national not-for-profit that takes a venture philanthropy approach to investing in social purpose organizations tackling issues of health, education, skills development and employment. It provides a combination of skills, expertise and resources from its team and a pro bono partner network of experts and businesses to help organizations enhance their capacity, become more measurable and sustainable, and ultimately increase their impact so that they can transform the lives of more Canadians.

Through this call for proposals, LIFT hopes to identify a select number of social enterprises in Ontario – business ventures whose primary purpose is to address a social, environmental or economic issue – and work with them over an 18 month period to identify their vision and goals, assess organizational capacity to achieve those goals, and develop a growth strategy. Capacity-building support and coaching from LIFT and its partners will be specific to the needs and goals of the organizations selected.

Successful proponents will be able to demonstrate the potential for scaling their activities, and how this will lead to job creation for those experiencing barriers to employment.

Interested applicants can learn more and submit proposals online at


“Through the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund, we are connecting high-potential social enterprises with the resources they need to grow and create jobs. This not only contributes to a fairer, more prosperous province; it also helps position Ontario as a global impact investment leader.” – Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“Employment is one of the fundamental contributors to a person’s long-term health and prosperity. To be able to create more employment opportunities for Ontarians at the same time as we are helping create a stronger social sector is a win-win.” – Bruce Dewar, President and CEO, LIFT Philanthropy Partners

About LIFT Philanthropy Partners

LIFT Philanthropy Partners is pioneering venture philanthropy in Canada – an approach that has proven successful in other parts of the world at addressing longstanding social issues. It leverages financial investments with hands-on management support from its team and pro bono contributions of time and expertise from its partner network to strengthen social purpose organizations and help them have a greater impact on the health and productivity of vulnerable and at-risk Canadians.

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Lisa Dooling
Director, Communications
LIFT Philanthropy Partners
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Source: LIFT Philanthropy Partners