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Clarifying your organization’s impact, with PolicyWise

Impact Conversations

Release Date: 09/19/2019

500 in Five, a new strategic plan for Youth Without Shelter show art 500 in Five, a new strategic plan for Youth Without Shelter

Impact Conversations

Lynn is joined by Steve Doherty and Mike Burnett from Youth Without Shelter in Etobicoke, ON. Steve and Mike detail the “500 in Five” Strategic Plan and all that went into its development. This includes the inclusion of lived voices from youth at the shelter, obtaining buy-in from top to bottom and across stakeholder groups, and the importance of pressure testing their Theory of Change. They also discuss the importance of data to evaluate the success of their programs.

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Exploring The Mount Community Centre show art Exploring The Mount Community Centre

Impact Conversations

In this episode we explore the origins of the success story that is The Mount Community Centre, in Peterborough, Ontario.

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Bold thinking on systems change in Canada, with Bill Young, Social Capital Partners show art Bold thinking on systems change in Canada, with Bill Young, Social Capital Partners

Impact Conversations

In this episode, Bill Young, the founder of Social Capital Partners, joins Lynn to talk about creating impact in systems. Bill’s extensive business experience and social enterprise successes have given him some important insights about learning through experimentation, pivoting as ideas and opportunities present themselves, and trusting in management teams and their Theories of Change.

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Finding local solutions for building significant affordable housing, with Graham Cubitt show art Finding local solutions for building significant affordable housing, with Graham Cubitt

Impact Conversations

In this episode, Lynn interviews Graham Cubitt, Director of Projects and Marketing at Indwell, about his organization's approach to housing stability. Indwell is both a property developer and a service provider, creating affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging, but doing so requires trust, creativity, and money. Tune in to hear how these factors were aligned.

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Clarifying your organization’s impact, with PolicyWise show art Clarifying your organization’s impact, with PolicyWise

Impact Conversations

In this episode, Lynn talks to members of the impact team at PolicyWise – a partnership between Alberta’s universities, the community, and the government of Alberta – Cathie Scott, Chief Knowledge and Policy Officer; Jo-Louise Huq Organizational Innovation and Change Scientist, and Courtney Lundy, Business and Grants Manager. Hear about their journey to create and sustain an impact focus within their organization, grounded in their Theory of Change.

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Supporting financial intermediaries to grow impact investing in Canada, with Erica Barbosa Vargas show art Supporting financial intermediaries to grow impact investing in Canada, with Erica Barbosa Vargas

Impact Conversations

Lynn talks to Erica Barbosa Vargas, Director of Solutions Finance at one of Canada’s largest private foundations. Erica provides insights into the growing impact investment sector in Canada. She also shares what the McConnell Foundation is doing to address the bottleneck they see in financial intermediaries, so that more funds can be directed into impact investing, to impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals through the work of nonprofits, social enterprises, and other social impact organizations.

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Doris Buffett's Legacy: doubling impact by empowering young philanthropists, with Amy Kingman show art Doris Buffett's Legacy: doubling impact by empowering young philanthropists, with Amy Kingman

Impact Conversations

In this episode, Lynn chats with Amy Kingman, Executive Director of the Learning by Giving Foundation (LxG) about experiential philanthropy. Founded by Doris Buffett, LxG teaches and empowers students to make wise grants of Buffett's capital to community-based nonprofits.

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A model for engaging the next generation in philanthropy, with Aneil Gokhale show art A model for engaging the next generation in philanthropy, with Aneil Gokhale

Impact Conversations

Lynn and Aneil discuss the Toronto Foundation's Vision 2020, likened to a philanthropic and co-op MBA program. This popular program breaks the Community Foundation mold, enabling a younger generation of philanthropists to identify and support the causes that matter to them. Lynn and Aneil also discuss the social impact of fundraising and philanthropy.

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Building bridges for women and children, with Shawn Bayes of EFry show art Building bridges for women and children, with Shawn Bayes of EFry

Impact Conversations

In this episode, Sally speaks with Shawn Bayes, the Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver. EFry provides support services to women and children affected by the justice system. They discuss risk factors that lead women into conflict with the law, and the many effects of incarceration on women and their families. We also hear how Efry benefited from Innoweave's Impact & Strategic Clarity coaching module, and the changes born out of their Theory of Change.

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Strategy and Relationships at L'Arche Canada, with Lori Vaanholt & Stephanie Garrow show art Strategy and Relationships at L'Arche Canada, with Lori Vaanholt & Stephanie Garrow

Impact Conversations

This episode features a deep dive into L'Arche Canada, and how they have built a strategy for impact across a federated organization. Sally speaks with Lori Vaanholt, Director of Strategic Development and Innovation at L'Arche and Stephanie Garrow, of GarrowEvoy. They discuss L'Arche as an organization, and the benefits of building relationships and developing their Theory of Change. We also chat about the advantages of a coaching relationship versus traditional consulting.

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In this episode, Lynn talks to members of the impact team at PolicyWise – a partnership between Alberta’s universities, the community, and the government of Alberta – Cathie Scott, Chief Knowledge and Policy Officer; Jo-Louise Huq Organizational Innovation and Change Scientist, and Courtney Lundy, Business and Grants Manager.  Hear about their journey to create and sustain an impact focus within their organization, grounded in their Theory of Change.

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Find out more about our work at Social Impact Advisors: www.socialimpactadvisors.ca