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Event Planning with A Purpose

What if your event could support social innovation, provide training for youth, create jobs for disadvantaged Londoners, AND help underprivileged children attend camp? 

By working with local social enterprises, you can do just that!
Imagine this...

Your space has impact!
Your event location is a downtown, historical building that supports social innovation.  That’s right, you booked your event at
Innovation Works!  Just by hosting your event in the building, you are supporting the amazing innovators and community initiatives happening here every day.

Your food has impact!
Your guests walk in and are greeted by the smell of delicious catering provided by people who previously lacked opportunities for employment.  Edgar and Joes, an initiative of Goodwill Industries, ensures that your meal provides training and employment opportunities for Londoners. Through their cafes and catering services they work to reduce stigma and create jobs.

Your door prizes have impact!
You must have stopped by
Youth Opportunities Unlimited on your way here, to pick up a couple of their amazing gift baskets.  Some of your lucky guests will take home locally made preserves, sauces and cheese boards, and have an impact at the same time.  They will be thrilled to know their door prize helped London youth reach their full potential through skills training, education and employment.

Your entertainment even has impact!
Looking to liven up your event with some fun? Shut The Front Door Improv is here to help! This hilarious and local improv troupe will not only provide plenty of laughter, your booking will also provide funding for local causes. One of the causes supported by STFD is Stevenson Childrens Camp, who host over 800 underprivileged children in their camp each summer.


Thanks to the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, The Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) is leading this initiative along with the help of Pillar Nonprofit Network, PARO, The Social Purchasing Project, & mécènESS.

Are you a social enterprise that offers event services?  Join our Social Enterprise Event Planning Guide to promote your services to caring event planners across Ontario! This online directory will be available to the public in November, and promoted to key event planners across the province.

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