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It Doesn't Hurt to Ask!
46 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
Episode 15 - Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
On today's episode, Cathy sits down with Ajeev Bhatia, Manager of Policy and Community Connections at the Centre for Connected Communities. Ajeev discusses how the situations of his past have transformed into motivation for his future as he charts a new course for philanthropy and invites us to get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable. Get more great podcasts at www.fundraisinglab.ca/resources Great news! It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! is in the top 25 fundraising podcasts to listen to on Feedspot.
42 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
Episode 14 - On Being Good-ish
Ken is the President and CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation and has just been named the 2019 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter. Ken is a quiet shift disturber in our sector this conversation reflects the things he has done to shift and serve the sector. Shout outs to Dr. Krishan Metha, Emma Lewzey, Marni Spears, Kulvir Singh Gill, Rickesh Lakhani.
41 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
Episode 13 - What if they spend it badly?
Join Cathy and Laura Manning, Executive Director of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation as they discuss the foundation's shift from program-based funding to providing General Operating Support (read: unrestricted funding!) to some of their grantees. The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation is a real shift disturber with a board that gets excited about doing things differently. Tune in to hear about their approach to values-based philanthropy.
51 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
Episode 12 - The Secretive, Mystical World of Sponsorship
It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! podcast is back after a little hiatus. In this episode, Cathy sits down with Chris Baylis of The Sponsorship Collective to discuss the "secretive" world of cause sponsorship. Chris is a self-confessed sponsorship geek. After several years as a "sponsor," Chris decided to cross over to the sponsorship sales side where he has personally closed tens of millions of dollars in sponsorship deals. Chris has been on the front lines of multi-million dollar sponsorship agreements.
2 minutes | May 16, 2019
It Doesn't Hurt to Ask Cathy!
I remember my early years of fundraising. The questions, the insecurity, the doubt. I’m so glad to be past that stage of self-questioning. I see so many early in their careers with similar feelings. When I reflect back on that time, I wish I had had someone I could reach out to when I had questions, rather than wring my hands. So, that's what I'm offering you, the listeners of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! On May 28th, June 11th and June 25th 2019, I will be offering online group coaching sessions in a Q&A format to my network - free of charge!! This is an opportunity to ask your most pressing questions about what's keeping you up at night about your fundraising program. Visit www.cathymann.ca/webinar to register.
48 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
Episode 11 - Voluntary Ranting for the Common Good
In this episode, Simone Joyaux, ACFRE (proclaimed by Cathy as the Grand Dame of Social Change Philanthropy) reviews the do's, don'ts and dilemmas of fundraising for social change. From the professionalism of fundraising to board governance, this wide-ranging conversation will surely leave you thinking about the ethical challenges of philanthropy in new ways.
37 minutes | Feb 7, 2019
Episode 10 - Somebody has to be first
Cathy interviews Jennifer Bernard, CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation in Toronto. Jennifer is passionate about equity, social justice and innovation and through her work at WCHF, Jennifer is bridging traditional philanthropy with social change through the work of increasing access to healthcare for underserved populations. Jennifer speaks about the groundbreaking work of WCH, her career trajectory and mentorship, particularly her opportunity to become a mentor to young leaders.
38 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
Episode 9 - Research 'n Rage
Dr. Elizabeth Dale is a fundraiser turned academic who studies the giving habits of women and LGBTQ donors as an Assistant Professor at Seattle University's Nonprofit Leadership Management program. Elizabeth's insights are invaluable on both a practical level and in a big-picture way and she's got the research to back it all up! If you've ever wondered about the hows and whys behind philanthropic giving through a gender lens, this is the episode for you!
42 minutes | Jan 23, 2019
Episode 8 - The Reluctant Fundraiser
In this episode, Cathy sits down with Anne Gloger, who has been shift disturbing for 20 years as the founding director of East Scarborough Storefront and the Centre for Connected Communities. Anne speaks candidly about her journey towards seeing funders as true partners in the work of community building and discusses how difficult it can be to make magic visible to donors. What magic, you ask? The magic that happens when you bring together anyone and everyone who want to help the community thrive. For all you reluctant or resistant fundraisers out there, this is the episode for you!
37 minutes | Jan 17, 2019
Episode 7 - Donors on the Dance Floor
Are we donors, or are we dancers? In this episode of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! Cathy sits down with Elissa Beckett of Tides Canada, Canada's least known 30 million dollar charity. In this episode, Elissa shares her experience with innovative approaches of collaborative fundraising and shares her insights on how to collaborate effectively (spoiler alert: leave your ego at the door!). In fact, choreographing collaborations and dancing with wallflowers may just be the future of our sector.
36 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
Episode 6 - Investing in the Invisible: Philanthropy by Design
"Why do you give?" It's such a personal question. But what can the answer tell us about how to design philanthropy? How can design-thinking be applied to build a more human and inclusive approach to philanthropy? And how can we use design to create new approaches to philanthropy that can have the greatest impact? To answer these big, bold questions, Cathy sits down with Zahra Ebrahim, a human-centered designer, urbanist and philanthropist who has worked in charitable organizations and now applies her learnings from the social sector to the public and private sector. For full shownotes, visit our website www.itdoesnthurttoaskpodcast.com
45 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Episode 5 - Faster, Higher, Stronger... In Digital-First Place
Want to know how to become faster, higher, stronger & get your organization to digital-first place? In this episode we chat with Jason Shim, Director of Digital Strategy at Pathways to Education Canada. Beyond departmental tactics, for an organization to truly become digital-first, digital should be woven into the overall fabric of your organization. From cryptocurrency to digital councils to intergenerational mentorship, Jason Shim shares his insights and experience about how to use digital technology for good.
42 minutes | Nov 29, 2018
Episode 4 - Systems Intervention at the Consciousness Level
Change is coming for the philanthropic sector. And it doesn't care what you think about it. In this episode of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! we chat with Marina Glogovac, CEO of CanadaHelps.org about the shifts we're facing as a sector. How are charities going to evolve? What does the sector need to do to make sure we adapt? This episode is all about the disruptive forces coming for the charitable sector: technology, crowdfunding and maybe surprisingly, humility. For full show notes, visit www.itdoesnthurtotask.com
43 minutes | Nov 20, 2018
Episode 3 - Toilet Paper Scarcity and Other Money Vulnerabilities
In this episode of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! Cathy has an open and honest conversation with Lisa Watson of Openly about how our money values and personal relationship with money - ie our 'money mindset' can manifest in the ways we work in the charitable sector. Lisa and Cathy talk about the work they're doing as a team to challenge charitable sector leaders to have courageous conversations about money and how our beliefs around money need to shift for the benefit of the organizations we work with. Not one to miss!
40 minutes | Nov 14, 2018
Episode 2 - Heteropatriarchy on Fire
It's hard to introduce Dr. Krishan Mehta because he does so many things! His day job is AVP Engagement, University Advancement at Ryerson University. He self-identifies as a nerd, but to us and many others, Krishan is an innovative fundraiser, a shift-disturbing thought leader, and a dedicated researcher. In this episode, we chat with Krishan about the subject of his PhD research: how high net worth immigrants are participating in the charitable sector in Canada; diversity and inclusion in philanthropy and the state of research in our sector. For full show notes, check out www.itdoesnthurttoaskpodcast.com Questions, kudos, concerns? It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! Drop us a line email@example.com
44 minutes | Nov 14, 2018
Episode 1 - Radical Generosity
In our inaugural episode of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! Cathy interviews Sharon Avery, CEO Toronto Foundation and finds out just how much shift Sharon is bringing to the charitable sector. Not only is Sharon not afraid to ask for money (spoiler alert - she loves it!) she believes in shaking up long-held traditions within philanthropy by promoting social change philanthropy on a large scale. In this episode, we chat about challenging the rules of philanthropy, the Toronto Foundation's visionary approach to engaging Next Gen philanthropists and women, collaborative fundraising and how Sharon's next big thing is all about inspiring a movement of radical generosity. For full show notes, check out www.itdoesnthurttoaskpodcast.com Questions, kudos, concerns? It doesn't hurt to ask! Drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org
2 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
Season 1 Trailer - Welcome to It Doesn't Hurt to Ask!
Introducing Cathy Mann, your host of It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! Welcome to Season One. After spending over 25 years as a professional fundraiser working in philanthropy, Cathy knows a thing or two about the charitable sector. We're a sector that is... what shall we say... comfortable with tradition. But the world is changing and it's time for us to change too. We're facing competition from industries we didn't even know existed a decade ago. So where does that leave a risk-averse sector faced with a world of disruption? In true It Doesn't Hurt to Ask! fashion, we started asking some questions. Listen, learn and laugh along with us to find out.
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