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Innovating value, with Glenn Smith

Impact Conversations

Release Date: 04/04/2019

Community Foundations are Changing: Terry Cooke from the Hamilton Community Foundation show art Community Foundations are Changing: Terry Cooke from the Hamilton Community Foundation

Impact Conversations

In this episode, Lynn talks to Terry Cooke, President and CEO of the Hamilton Community Foundation about what is changing in Community Foundations, and how the Hamilton Foundation is leading the change.  

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Strategy for Impact at Green Economy Canada with Priyanka Lloyd show art Strategy for Impact at Green Economy Canada with Priyanka Lloyd

Impact Conversations

In this episode Lynn is joined by Priyanka Lloyd, Executive Director of Green Economy Canada.

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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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More Episodes

Glenn Smith is our guest this week, discussing innovation. Glenn, whose affiliations include bdsmith Partners, Communitech and Blue Sea Philanthropy, defines innovation as thinking differently to create value. Tune in to this episode, as we discuss the meaning of innovation in for-profit and not-for-profit contexts alike.

 

Resources:

 

Glenn Smith on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glennesmith/

Blue Sea Philanthropy: https://blueseafoundation.org/home

Communitech: https://www.communitech.ca/

 

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

 

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