Revitalizing your Downtown

Resources

The economic, social and cultural health of traditional downtowns is central to the long term health of our communities.  Learn from the 40+ years of experience of applying our Main Street approach to the revitalization of downtowns.

Regenerating Canada’s Downtowns

Drawing on the lessons learned from success stories from across the country, here are some of the key activities that can help you regenerate your downtown.

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Tip Sheet: Social Enterprise: A tool to sustain your heritage site

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.

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Tip Sheet: Telling Your Story to Donors

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.

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Tip Sheet: Special Events

Special events can be a great way for organizations to raise funds, create public awareness and build volunteer base. They range from big to small, from car washes, to golf tournaments, charity auctions and gala dinners. Careful planning and execution are needed to ensure your organization achieves its goals for your event.

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