Looking to revitalize your historic place? Read on for useful resources to help you out.
Canada is blessed with an incredibly rich legacy of historic places – those iconic lighthouses, rich cultural landscapes, evocative industrial complexes, and impressive public buildings – that enrich so many communities. Despite the numerous threats they face, these places can be revitalized in ways that build on their inherent social, cultural, and environmental benefits.
We start from the conviction that successful historic sites are led by a strong, diverse and focused team (that’s you!). In our tip sheets, training and coaching services, you’ll be encouraged and guided to continuously explore new revenue-generation possibilities, to engage more meaningfully with your community in order to identify new volunteers and partners, and to use new technologies to modernize your communications and maximize their impact.
Our focus on regenerationworks.ca is on historic sites that are open to the public, and that are managed by not-for-profit organizations – although publicly-owned and commercial properties can also benefit from this advice.
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Each year, as funds allow, we work with a number of organizations to help them unlock the potential of their historic place. Many of our past and current Launch Pad recipient organizations received free coaching to help them with their fundraising and sponsorship plans.Learn more
Trying to save an historic place at risk of demolition or decline? Want to engage more meaningfully with your community? Do you want to apply more business-like principles to the management of your place? The resources below will help you get started.
Everyone loves a story – and heritage places have stories to tell. The story of your heritage place is a crucial piece of your fundraising plan. It will carry over to all your materials [flyers, website, e-mails, and donor appeals]. Telling it in a compelling, emotional, engaging and inspiring way will win you donors.
Regenerating a historic place is not a linear process, unexpected detours and unforeseen opportunities are common. It also progresses incrementally, with creative ideas evolving from trials (and errors!). And it takes a team with a range of talents, a shared vision, and strong leadership.
Social Enterprise is a much misunderstood concept, particularly because it has no one single definition. However, in all the many definitions, there are always three key elements, as follows: The primary guiding purpose of the business must be to address a social need or gap* in our society.