228 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 • 37 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 8 Reflections with Douglas Nelson, Host, & Alex Wilson, Producer

    Season 8 Reflections with Douglas Nelson, Host, & Alex Wilson, Producer

    As Season 8 of the Discovery Pod draws to a close, join us for a reflective wrap-up with your host Douglas Nelson and special guest Alex Wilson, Director of Communications and Producer of the Discovery Pod. In this finale, we dive into the heart of the social profit sector, exploring the top challenges leaders face today and the strategic insights from our most inspiring guests. From staff retention to the critical role of board engagement, we cover it all. Get ready for a deep dive into the lessons learned and what leaders should prioritize as they prepare for a dynamic fall. Tune in and let's take stock of our sector's pulse together.

    • 31 min
    Jim Hayhurst, Advisor, Philanthropist, & Founder

    Jim Hayhurst, Advisor, Philanthropist, & Founder

    In this episode, Douglas Nelson, host, sits down with Jim Hayhurst, a former CEO, social profit founder, philanthropist, community leader, and advisor to discuss the importance of activating capital for social impact and the need for innovative approaches to philanthropy. Drawing from his experience in both the social profit and tech sectors, Jim highlights the value of embracing failure and normalizing risk when pursuing meaningful change. Jim’s passion for catalyzing positive change shines through, offering inspiration and practical wisdom for us to make a difference in our communities.

    • 35 min
    Canada's National Ballet School With John Dalrymple, Executive Director

    Canada's National Ballet School With John Dalrymple, Executive Director

    On today's episode John Dalrymple, Executive Director of Canada's National Ballet School, joins Douglas Nelson, host, to share how his organization is transforming ballet to be more inclusive. John Dalrymple takes us into Canada's National Ballet School journey in becoming a leader in equity, not just in Canada, but on the world stage. Hear how they're breaking down barriers, creating space for diverse artists, and building a future where ballet reflects the richness of our society. With an evolving international footprint and strategic partnerships, Canada's National Ballet School is setting new standards for equity in the arts. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who cares about the future of ballet and the power of art to bring people together.

    • 42 min
    Opportunity Spotlight: West Point Grey Academy With Stephen Anthony, Head Of School

    Opportunity Spotlight: West Point Grey Academy With Stephen Anthony, Head Of School

    Welcome to today's segment of Opportunity Spotlight with the Discovery Pod, where we highlight incredible leadership roles within organizations in the social profit sector. Join us as we sit down with Stephen Anthony, head of West Point Grey Academy, to explore the values, culture, and leadership of this vibrant independent school located in beautiful Point Grey, Vancouver. In this episode, you'll gain insights into the Director of Advancement role, the school's remarkable growth, and its commitment to creating a warm and welcoming community. Whether you're an experienced advancement professional or simply curious about this exciting opportunity, discover if you're the right fit to join a team dedicated to shaping lives of inquiry, action, and joy.

    • 17 min
    Catherine Winder, CEO & Founder, Wind Sun Sky Entertainment

    Catherine Winder, CEO & Founder, Wind Sun Sky Entertainment

    Get ready for an inspiring dive into the world of multimedia storytelling with a purpose. Catherine Winder, CEO of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, the creative force behind hit projects like the Angry Birds movies and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, joins Douglas Nelson, host, to discuss her latest venture, Future Chicken—a groundbreaking, multi-platform project tackling climate change by empowering kids. Imagine kids learning about climate change through YouTube, Roblox, and educational platforms – that’s the magic of Future Chicken! This innovative “ecotainment” approach aims to strike a balance between environmental honesty and optimism, inspiring a new generation of eco-warriors. Are you ready to learn more and empower the next generation? Tune in!

    • 29 min
    Plan International Canada With Lindsay Glassco, President & CEO

    Plan International Canada With Lindsay Glassco, President & CEO

    The mission is clear: to advance child rights globally with a focus on empowering girls.  Dedicated to building equity, Plan International Canada translates that mission into action. Join host Douglas Nelson as he speaks with Lindsay Glassco, President & CEO of Plan International Canada, about her organization’s unified global strategy of addressing the challenges faced by girls and communities worldwide. Don't miss this engaging conversation with one of Canada's best social profit leaders.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

ajkwils ,

Must listen for all nonprofit employees

I recently heard about this podcast and I am so glad I did. The conversations are engaging and informative. I recommend it to anyone who is working or interested in nonprofits.

daisybluesetch ,

Very good

This podcast gave me an insightful look into many different problems and difficulties of non profit sectors. It gives a great perspectives from many different leaders and gives non biased opinions on many different topics

Blythenelson ,

Insightful deep dive into non-profit leaders and organisations

Thank you Douglas, for providing a podcast that is both addresses important issues in the social profit sector, and showcases talented leaders in our midst

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