The Guide

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The book “The Community Bond – An Innovation in Social Finance” contains the story of how the Centre for Social Innovation bought a building. It is also a do-it-yourself guide to help your organization leverage its most important asset—its social capital—to pursue its mission, build its resiliency and create more vibrant communities.

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The book “The Community Bond – An Innovation in Social Finance” contains the story of how the Centre for Social Innovation bought a building. It is also a do-it-yourself guide to help your organization leverage its most important asset—its social capital—to pursue its mission, build its resiliency and create more vibrant communities.

This Guide is for:

  • Nonprofits and charities with an existing revenue model that want to acquire a property
  • Nonprofits and charities that own property and need financing for leasehold improvements or green retrofits
  • Social enterprises that require financing to grow their business and expand their social impact
  • Community power organizations that require financing in order to purchase equipment
  • Policy makers and public servants looking for innovative ways to empower the work of nonprofits
  • People who want to come together to undertake a project that would benefit their community
  • Individuals and organizations generally curious and enthusiastic about the possibilities of community finance
  • Social innovators of all stripes who can take the seed of an idea, grow it, transform it and spread it far and wide

1 review for The Guide

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Submitted by PJ Wade Author of “What’s Your Point?” Email: pjwade@thecatalyst.com, http://www.TheCatalyst.com

    If you’re expecting a mind-deadening slog through financial and legal details, “The Community Bond” will surprise you. Yes, those details are presented, but this information is blended into an engaging, blow-by-blow account of how the nonprofit Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) achieved the impossible. As the story of CSI’s unique journey to real estate success progresses, it’s difficult for the reader not to mentally start applying these details to what has been considered financially “impossible” for their project or organization.

    The concise, colourful outline of what happened because of the efforts of CSI’s staff, supporters, and investors provides practical context for explanations of how to arrange millions in financing, build valuable credibility, and sell the resulting community bonds—topics usually considered wildly outside the nonprofit world.

    Having talked to many nonprofit boards and groups interested in making the mental shift from nonprofit thinking to for-profit action, I was pleased to see the all-too-familiar “yeah but” responses to new concepts deliberately and concretely pre-empted in this ebook. The “This is not for the faint of heart” chapter opening was refreshing in an age when authors pitch ideas with “do-it-without-professionals” themes. Here, benefits of involving specific legal, financial, and other experts were made clear. The simple, engaging writing style leaves readers feeling part of the enlightening experience shared by CSI staff and supporters intent on learning how finance and sales can embrace and enhance nonprofit objectives and methods.

    The ebook version (PDF – $20) includes links to CSI websites, so readers can match concepts with actual documentation in use for CSI’s current community bond campaign. Readers may have to search for the documents they want, but contacting CSI resolves any issues. The more expensive ($83) print version duplicates ebook content and links, but does not include copies of the linked documents referred to in the ebook, so the learning experience is less seamless.

    Not merely a CSI case study, “The Community Bond: An Innovation in Social Finance” is a useful read for nonprofit supporters or social entrepreneurs who want to understand the entire social finance process—the vision, the possibilities, the path—from a nonprofit, community-based perspective. Two thumbs up!!

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