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Impact Conversations

Release Date: 01/09/2020

The Ontario Nonprofit Sector show art The Ontario Nonprofit Sector

Impact Conversations

In this episode, we hear from the Ontario Nonprofit Network through Executive Director Cathy Taylor, and Policy Advisor Pam Uppal, They share the state of the sector in Ontario, from their most recent surveys and ongoing interactions, and what this means for the ONN’s policy priorities. We hear about the important role of looking out for the sector overall and being part of emergent issues.  We also hear about the rise and importance of collaboration across the sector – although nonprofits may compete for funding at one level, they share challenges such as labour and volunteer...

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A Fireside Chat on Giving with Intention, with MakeWay’s Leanne Burton  show art A Fireside Chat on Giving with Intention, with MakeWay’s Leanne Burton

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Leanne Burton, Director, Partnership Development at MakeWay, a public foundation that acts as an intermediary, working between funder and community partners to build healthy pathways towards social, environmental and economic justice.    It’s a time of year when people might be thinking more about giving, donating to causes that are important to them.  We’ve taken an opportunity to chat with Leanne for her thoughts on what to think about as you plan your giving, now and throughout the year – whether as a funder or an...

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A Systemic View to Reconciliation through Indigenous Youth show art A Systemic View to Reconciliation through Indigenous Youth

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In this episode, we hear from 4R’s Youth Movement Executive Director Jess Bolduc about the desire to address reconciliation, by engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, creating authentic relationships and addressing fundamental flaws in the system.  We hear about the challenge many nonprofits face, of only having near-term funding, while the issue to be addressed is much longer term.  She lets us know about a framework for cross-cultural dialogue created by youth, and how the challenges and approaches of other equity-deserving communities provide models, guidance and...

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ReThinking Philanthropy with Dr. Joseph Smith, The Foundation for Black Communities and Generation Chosen show art ReThinking Philanthropy with Dr. Joseph Smith, The Foundation for Black Communities and Generation Chosen

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In recognition of National Philanthropy Day and also Giving Tuesday, we’re pleased to be re-sharing our podcast with Dr. Joseph Smith, who, among other roles, is a founding member of the Foundation for Black Communities. This Foundation was designed to adjudicate grants, develop policy and liaise with government and the philanthropic sector to serve Black-led and Black-serving non-profits and charities.       The Foundation’s report: Unfunded, was a catalyst for $200 million in federal government endowment funding in Canada this year and has prompted a transfer of...

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Facing systemic barriers and inequities in granting and beyond show art Facing systemic barriers and inequities in granting and beyond

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In this episode, we are speaking primarily about the challenges facing the arts sector and also the philanthropic sector more broadly, in addressing racial and other systemic inequities, in granting and beyond.  Our guest, Jordan Baylon (they/she/he) is a queer, non-binary second generation PhilipinX artist, critic and community worker imagining justice and abundance for equity-deserving peoples. Jordan brings a decade of experience working as a grantor in the non-profit arts sector in Calgary and is currently the General Director of Chromatic Theatre, which is focused on supporting the...

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ReSketching Charity show art ReSketching Charity

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Rudy Ruttimann, Founding Director of Sketch Working Arts, shares why and how she has stepped down after 22 years as the Executive Director, and the importance of succession planning.  She also shares the exciting work she’s now taking on. The new role includes capturing learning from “Project Home”, buying their own studio space, through a community bond raise and traditional fundraising, all through COVID. Her work will also include conducting research around the impact of the arts, and developing Next Up, the Leadership Institute for youth not in traditional education...

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Growing Business for Good…brought to you by the United Way show art Growing Business for Good…brought to you by the United Way

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In this episode, Mary Ellen Schaasfma, Director and Co-Founder of the Social Purpose Institute (SPI) at United Way BC, shares the concept of businesses having a social purpose as their reason for being, beyond profit. Over the last 5 years, SPI has been piloting programming to help businesses determine and implement their social purpose, in an effort to create a movement of businesses for good.      While it’s more often that businesses support charities, Mary Ellen explains how it makes sense for United Way to support the business sector in having a societal...

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation show art National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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In this episode, Lynn Fergusson and Sally Fazal, Partners at SIA, share their thoughts on the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.   The day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada, and SIA is also recognizing it as a day for reflection and learning.   To quote our federal government’s announcement: “The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the...

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We need Radical Accountability in the social impact sector show art We need Radical Accountability in the social impact sector

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In this episode, Mojdeh Cox, Executive Director of London, Ontario’s Pillar Nonprofit Network, shares a new lens she is bringing to the organization:  radical accountability. She believes the organization (and everyone) needs to first look at ourselves, and hold ourselves accountable for our roles in today’s hot issues including systemic discrimination, reconciliation, and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).  She shares that we also need to take a hard look at the nonprofit or social impact sector itself, to see the role it plays in continuing to support systemic issues, such...

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Social Robots are reducing seniors’ social isolation show art Social Robots are reducing seniors’ social isolation

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Lee St. James founded Social Robots to apply her tech background to a social issue, close to home.  Not able to spend as much time with her father while seeing the effects of social isolation, she took action. Through this social enterprise, and with help from an Investment Readiness Program grant from the Community Foundations of Canada, through the Oakville Community Foundation, Lee is piloting the use of a friendly robot, complete with a tablet for interactive apps and photos, to engage seniors in retirement homes and long term care facilities.  She’s addressing issues of...

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More Episodes

In this episode Sally shares the new focus the Impact Conversations podcast will have in 2020:

  • Talking to people starting new impact and strategy projects and initiatives in their NGOs, educational institutions and communities. We will check-in throughout the year with these guests. We hope these are helpful and practical case studies for our listeners. 
  • Episodes with influencers and thought leaders about how the social and environmental action sectors are changing- the emergence of systems entrepreneurs, new approaches to evaluation, participatory action research, co-design and social finance

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