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Educating Donors, with Julie Werry

Impact Conversations

Release Date: 01/25/2019

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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Responding to Early Child Care Development Needs while Planning for Systems Change show art Responding to Early Child Care Development Needs while Planning for Systems Change

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In this episode, Trevor McAlmont, Executive Director of the Macaulay Child Development Centre, shares the importance of providing affordable, universal child care to change the system in Ontario, and Canada. While directly serving 7000 children and 6000 parents through the multi-service agency, Trevor also invests in areas to strengthen the outcomes for these clients.  He sees a need for nonprofits to be able to pivot to address emergency needs, as they did in providing food to their families through COVID, thanks to the emergency relief funds granted through United Way. Under Trevor’s...

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How B Lab is leveraging business for climate justice, racial equity, and a stakeholder-driven economic system show art How B Lab is leveraging business for climate justice, racial equity, and a stakeholder-driven economic system

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Kara Peck, Senior Director, Strategy + Partnerships, B Lab US & Canada shares their journey to strategic clarity for their organization and for making a real difference in the world.  Leveraging a time of organizational and societal change, they have developed a Theory of Change, creating alignment around a new focus for the B Corp-certifying nonprofit, to support the business sector in taking collective action towards addressing racial equity, climate justice and stakeholder capitalism.       Resources  B Lab US/Canada Theory of Change: ...

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Inclusion and Connection at Community Living Oakville with Alexandra Hoeck Murray show art Inclusion and Connection at Community Living Oakville with Alexandra Hoeck Murray

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In this episode, Sally speaks with Alexandra Hoeck Murray, the new Executive Director of Community Living Oakville (CLO). Alexandra talks about the impact the organization and larger community is making in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.   In our conversation, Alexandra talks about when the COVID crisis first started and how CLO addressed the potential isolation and disruption that the shutdown of their day services and central building could have caused, and how their rapid transition to online programming has kept people connected.    CLOs...

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Guest Podcast: A Young Newcomer’s Perspective on Settling in Canada: from Together Project - Makeway show art Guest Podcast: A Young Newcomer’s Perspective on Settling in Canada: from Together Project - Makeway

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We are happy to be sharing a podcast from an initiative whose work we admire. Together Project, on the MakeWay shared platform, connects refugee and immigrant newcomers and Canadians to build stronger, more integrated communities.  Their podcast is gathering and sharing the stories of newcomers they serve.     In this episode, Joudy, a young refugee woman from Syria, speaks with Natasha at Together Project about her experience coming to Canada as a young newcomer, continuing university and overcoming social isolation during the pandemic with the help of Together...

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Building Welcoming Community: An update from our friends at Together Project show art Building Welcoming Community: An update from our friends at Together Project

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Our guests in this episode are Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk, co-directors and founders at Together Project, a charitable initiative on the Makeway Shared Platform.     Together Project connects refugee newcomers and Canadians to build stronger, more integrated communities. Together Project is founded on the simple idea that social networks are an important factor for integration.    We first spoke with Together Project back in 2019, about their strategy and goals for impact in community. Anna and Andrew introduce us again to the project and talk about how they...

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Foundation for Black Communities and Generation Chosen: Breaking Through Together with Dr. Joseph Smith  show art Foundation for Black Communities and Generation Chosen: Breaking Through Together with Dr. Joseph Smith

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In this engaging conversation, Dr. Joseph Smith shares his expertise and passion for equity and inclusion and the emotional intelligence needed for productive conversations between people of diverse backgrounds. He talks about the work underway to close the gap in philanthropy in Canada, in which the needs and assets of Black Communities have been overlooked.     Dr. Smith is the co-founder of the non-profit organization Generation Chosen which focuses on Mental health and Emotional Intelligence within underserved communities. He is a founding member of the Foundation...

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Sally chats with Julie Werry, an expert fundraiser and consultant advising nonprofits and philanthropists. Julie shares the power of storytelling to educate donors, and the importance of trusting organizations to achieve their intended impact.

Resources:

Julie Werry on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/julie-werry-456a197/

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