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Impact Conversations is a show about change makers getting things done. Sally Fazal and Lynn Fergusson of Social Impact Advisors talk to NGO leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and environmental innovators about their goals and how they're reaching them.

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Impact Conversations is a show about change makers getting things done. Sally Fazal and Lynn Fergusson of Social Impact Advisors talk to NGO leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and environmental innovators about their goals and how they're reaching them.

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

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

    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 endowment funds from traditional philanthropic organizations to the new Foundation to better balance investment in Black Communities.   
     

    This is a great time of year to be reflecting on your giving, individually or as a funding organization.  We encourage you, for the issues you care about, to take a look at the individuals and organizations not being funded.  And if you don’t know, how can you help your organization find out?  In addition to this podcast, we’ll share a link to a tool to compare the state of children and families in Toronto, across various demographics, as this may help you to see how your issue is playing out in Toronto, or may provide an example of a tool for your issue or organization to look to emulate, to be able to disaggregate the data – to truly see who is being affected and needs greater support.   
     

    In the meantime, here’s our engaging conversation, with Dr. Smith sharing 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.   

      

    Resources: 

    Toronto Child & Family Network’s Raising the Village data: https://raisingthevillage.ca/  

    Joseph Smith LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-smith-29b9a615b/ 

     Generation Chosen: https://www.generationchosen.ca 

    https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/01/02/torontos-black-non-profits-have-been-shortchanged-for-decades-these-are-the-people-fighting-for-change.html 

    Unfunded report: https://www.forblackcommunities.org/assets/docs/Unfunded-Report.pdf 
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    • 36 min
    Facing systemic barriers and inequities in granting and beyond

    Facing systemic barriers and inequities in granting and beyond

    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 incubation and amplification of racialized voices and stories within theatre. Jordan is also a proud associate of the Anti-Racist Organizational Change program at CommunityWise, and co-author of RE-Tool, a handbook on equity-driven grantmaking as part of Equity in the Panel Room working group.  

     

    Though not always easy to hear, we think you’ll appreciate Jordan naming some of the issues the sector faces, along with some steps that need to be taken, and a vision for the future.  Have a listen. 

     

    Resources 

    RE-Tool handbook: https://mapfundblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/re-tool-2018.pdf  

    CommunityWise Anti-Racist Organizational Change project: https://communitywise.net/aroc/  

    35 50 initiative: https://www.theatrealberta.com/2021/06/16/announcing-a-new-partnership-with-the-35-50-initiative/  

    COCo, White Supremacy Culture:  https://coco-net.org/white-supremacy-culture-in-organizations/ 

    COCo, The “Problem” Woman of Colour in the Workplace:  https://coco-net.org/problem-woman-colour-nonprofit-organizations/  

    Eve Tuck, decolonizing:  http://www.evetuck.com/bio  

    Edgar Villanueva, Decolonizing Wealth: https://decolonizingwealth.com  

    “gaslighting” definition: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaslighting  

    Critical Race Theory: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/subject_specific_writing/writing_in_literature/literary_theory_and_schools_of_criticism/critical_race_theory.html  

    Chromatic Theatre: https://chromatictheatre.ca  

    • 32 min
    ReSketching Charity

    ReSketching Charity

    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 opportunities.  These sound like more of the dreaded “overhead” activities for a nonprofit, so Rudy is again thinking creatively about how to get this work funded, potentially through other social finance solutions.  We’re keen to hear where Rudy’s work takes Sketch, as well as what models it presents for the sector. For now, have a listen. 

     

    Resources 

    Sketch: https://www.sketch.ca  

    Project Home: https://www.sketch.ca/projecthome/  

    Rudy Ruttimann: linkedin.com/in/rudyruttimann 

    NextUp! Leaders Lab: https://www.sketch.ca/programs/arts-leadership/nextup-leaders-lab/  
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    • 28 min
    Growing Business for Good…brought to you by the United Way

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

    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 purpose– social and/or environmental – at its core to best benefit the community, in fact, to create the thriving community that United Ways often aspire to.  It’s also an opportunity for United Way to shift, changing not only its approach for impacting the community but how it engages corporations.  This work has gained the attention of funders, interested in seeing this innovative model adopted across the country.  We suggest it’s worth your attention too, whether as a funder, nonprofit or for profit organization.  Have a listen. 

     
     

    Resources 

    Social Purpose Institute: https://socialpurpose.ca  

    Social Purpose Innovators program:  https://socialpurpose.ca/services/innovators/  

    Social Purpose Implementers program: https://socialpurpose.ca/services/implementers/  

    Mary Ellen Shaafsma:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryellen-schaafsma  

    Coro Strandberg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/corostrandberg  

    Hemlock Printers:  https://www.hemlock.com  

    GLOBE Events: https://www.globeseries.com/events/  

    Propelling Purpose Summit:  Road to Purposeful Economy (discount code PAN-21):  https://propellingpurpose.ca  

     
     

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    • 30 min
    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    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 reconciliation process.”  

    In this episode, Sally and Lynn talk about how SIA is learning more about reconciliation, and the legacy and trauma of the residential schools system. We talk about how the SIA team is developing our knowledge and practice to honour survivors and those lost and work toward a more equitable society in what is now called Canada.  

    We talk about how our communications and approaches to strategy development are changing as we learn, how we are supporting learning in general, and share some examples of how our approach and language has changed.  

    We are committed to continuing this learning journey and encourage our listeners to do the same. And we thank our Indigenous partners and friends for their patience and support. Please let us know how you are recognizing the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and how you are learning and growing as a partner in reconciliation.  
     

    Resources:  

    Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action 

    https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf 

    A conversation with Senator Murray Sinclair: 

     https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1470146258433/1559837409039 

    Carolyn King, Order of Canada:  

    https://www.thespec.com/life/opinion/2021/02/07/carolyn-king-former-chief-of-mississaugas-of-the-credit-first-nation-inducted-to-order-of-canada.html 

    Delivering on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action: 

     https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1524494530110/1557511412801 

    Anti-Racist decolonizing framework: 

    https://www.afsc.org/resource/anti-racist-decolonizing-framework-talking-about-and-describing-young-people?mc_cid=00bdbbac7b&mc_eid=2e03aa461a 

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    • 25 min
    We need Radical Accountability in the social impact sector

    We need Radical Accountability in the social impact sector

    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 as through an ingrained belief in low overhead costs being worthy of celebration, even at the expense of our human resources not having retirement plans, benefits, competitive pay, and overall decent work. 

    As Mojdeh points out, some of this may not be what funders and nonprofits want to hear, but that’s all part of radical accountability – calling out truths.  

     

    Resources 

    Mojdeh Cox bio: https://pillarnonprofit.ca/about-our-team/mojdeh-cox  

    Mojdeh Cox on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mojdehcox/  

    Mojdeh shares her why: https://pillarnonprofit.ca/news/leadership-margins-executive-director-mojdeh-cox-shares-her-why   

    Open Letter to the Sector:  A Call for Radical Accountability in Social Impact:  https://futureofgood.co/radical-accountability-in-social-impact/  

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    • 28 min

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Best Canadian podcast for leaders of nonprofits and social purpose organizations

I’ve been very impressed by the range of topics these two interviewers are able to handle, with great questions that draw out the wisdom of leaders who have enabled organizations to have significant positive impacts. This is one of my few "must-listen" podcasts I don't want to fall behind on, since they so often have timely information I can use when helping organizations myself.

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