131 episodes

The Discovery Pod features conversations with leaders in non-profit/social sector. Join former CEO Douglas Nelson as he talks with CEOs, Board Chairs, Founders and other senior leaders about how they got started in the sector, how they work with their boards, and what remains to be done. As Managing Director of The Discovery Group, a philanthropy and governance consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC., Doug understands the complexity of leading organizations and institutions and the challenges of aligning governance and philanthropic performance. Doug has been called a ‘fundraising phenom’ by the Vancouver Sun and ‘a true innovator for a sector that can do so much more.’ Learn from the brightest and the best in the industry so you can accomplish what is most important by tuning in to The Discovery Pod today.

The Discovery Pod Douglas Nelson

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    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

The Discovery Pod features conversations with leaders in non-profit/social sector. Join former CEO Douglas Nelson as he talks with CEOs, Board Chairs, Founders and other senior leaders about how they got started in the sector, how they work with their boards, and what remains to be done. As Managing Director of The Discovery Group, a philanthropy and governance consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC., Doug understands the complexity of leading organizations and institutions and the challenges of aligning governance and philanthropic performance. Doug has been called a ‘fundraising phenom’ by the Vancouver Sun and ‘a true innovator for a sector that can do so much more.’ Learn from the brightest and the best in the industry so you can accomplish what is most important by tuning in to The Discovery Pod today.

    Season 7 Preview

    Season 7 Preview

    The Discovery Pod is now on Season 7! Douglas Nelson shares what the show has in store with the new Director of Communications at The Discovery Group, Alex Wilson. They give us a sneak peek at episodes featuring leaders in the social profit sector, prominent authors and professors, and tech founders who brought tremendous value to society. They also look back on the lessons from past seasons, emphasizing how The Discovery Pod has become a platform for social impact leaders to grow while changing the world.

    • 8 min
    BC Children’s Hospital Foundation With Malcolm Berry

    BC Children’s Hospital Foundation With Malcolm Berry

    What changes can you implement in your organization so you can make a difference? Listen as your host Douglas Nelson sits down for a conversation with Malcolm Berry on BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s philanthropic success. Since March 2021, Malcolm Berry has led the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as president and CEO, bringing with him a proven track record of philanthropy and leadership accomplishments in pediatric health care. In this episode, he stresses the importance of a purpose, vision, making an impact, and changing the community for the better. Tune in as he brings in powerful messages that could help you take your leadership to the next level through a practical approach designed for success.

    • 32 min
    Brad Offman - Corporate Partnerships in the Social Profit Sector

    Brad Offman - Corporate Partnerships in the Social Profit Sector

    There are so many things the social profit sector can do, and corporate partnerships can help them further achieve their goals. Tune into this episode as Brad Offman discusses corporate partnerships in the social profit sector. Brad is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Spire Philanthropy, a management consultancy specializing in corporate-charitable partnerships and philanthropic advisory services. In this conversation, he explains strategies corporations need to execute that are beneficial for organizational success, emphasizing the need to choose charitable partners that help strategically achieve what they're trying to do. Brad also shares why we need to explore the relationship between the corporate and charitable sectors and the importance of identifying and onboarding new corporate partners. 

    • 16 min
    Pacific Salmon Foundation With Allison Colina

    Pacific Salmon Foundation With Allison Colina

    The Pacific Salmon Foundation is a nonprofit that focuses on rebuilding and improving the ecosystems for salmon. Running a massive organization with such a unique structure as this charity has is a one-in-a-kind challenge. We get taken into the ins-and-outs of the Pacific Salmon Foundation by Allison Colina, Vice President of Development, Marketing, and Communications. In this episode, she talks us through her journey from healthcare to becoming a social profit leader. She also gives insights on how the community and government policy play a part in the charity’s conservation efforts. 

    • 21 min
    Calgary John Howard Society With Leslie McMechan

    Calgary John Howard Society With Leslie McMechan

    The Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) is a charity that has been reducing crime and making Calgary communities safer since 1949 by helping youth and adults make positive changes and move away from criminal behavior. They do this by addressing the root causes of crime through education, employment programs, housing, and support so individuals have alternatives to breaking the law. Joining Douglas Nelson today to share what the charity is all about is Leslie McMechan, the Executive Director at CJHS. She also gives some insight into the great work that they do. 

    • 40 min
    Special Episode: Healthy Tension And Board Alignment With Margaret McNeil And Karen Gilmore

    Special Episode: Healthy Tension And Board Alignment With Margaret McNeil And Karen Gilmore

    Tension in the workplace can be counterproductive, but do you know that leaders can use healthy tension to enhance alignment in the effectiveness of their boards? In this special episode, Douglas Nelson is joined by two of his colleagues at the Discovery Group, Margaret McNeil and Karen Gilmore, in a discussion about the role of healthy tension and how that tension plays out in board relationships across the sector. This conversation is a preview of an event they are holding at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver on June 2nd, 2022. To learn more about the event, visit our website at TheDiscoveryGroup.ca.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Lamass ,

Effortless and Engaging Conversations

Huge kudos to Doug for his empathetic curiosity to create the space for his guests to shine. He creates a safe space to explore ideas and discover new insights. Bravo!

Maphib ,

Great NFP resource

Always learn something new and practical when I listen!! Thanks Doug

Richard MacNeill ,

Great podcast!

Really enjoy listening to Doug’s interviews with NPO leaders... very insightful & informative.