Plan Institute is a non-profit social enterprise that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by collaborating on community-based projects, providing educational training, and advocating for policy reform.
Founded in 1999, Plan Institute (PI) is a sister organization of PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network). PLAN was created by a group of families in 1989 who wanted to ensure their children could live a good life and contribute to their communities. Plan Institute was born out of PLAN to take the values, concepts, and practices used by these families and share them with other groups.
What we do:
Innovation through Community-Based Projects
We partner with other organizations and groups to develop innovative initiatives for change. We believe that the only way to make real progress and bring about change is to collaborate with like-minded people.
One of our current projects is Access RDSP: a province-wide partnership between Plan Institute, Disability Alliance BC (DABC), and BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS). Through this initiative, we work to encourage financial security via uptake of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
Educational Training & Resources
We offer a suite of educational initiatives designed to empower and assist individuals, families, and organizations to plan for the future and ensure a good life for someone with a disability. We host annual retreats, publish books and manuals, and offer free or affordable online and in-person workshops. We also have a toll-free RDSP and disability planning helpline (1-844-331-7546), and many other resources.
Leadership & Policy Reform
We provide collaborative leadership by convening a diverse group of stakeholders to encourage public policy reform and system transformation. We are continually working with stakeholders and government to address some of the systemic issues faced by people with disabilities every day. By exploring solutions and making recommendations for reforms to public policy, we have seen significant changes in the way in which society and government view those with disabilities.
What is a social enterprise?
Being a social enterprise means that we don’t only rely on outside funding for our operations. Instead, we earn our income through various means. This includes selling our intellectual and social capital in the form of publications and educational training. Our priority is to create social change, not profits, while still remaining sustainable and not relying solely on government funding.