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38 minutes | 4 days ago
Diabetes Canada With Laura Syron
Making a great impact is one of the main goals of a social profit organization. But as with its nature, you have to pull a number of strings in order to make things work—from coordinating with donors to organizing fundraisers and more. Needless to say, the job entails a lot. Yet, with a heart that is ever-willing to serve, nothing is quite impossible. In this episode, Douglas Nelson sits down with Laura Syron, the CEO of Diabetes Canada, to talk about her interesting story that provides a great education for how to build a leadership career in the social profit sector. Laura takes us way back to her role at Heart and Stroke, and then forward to this day where she is putting all the elements of social profit leadership together in one package. This conversation is surely not to miss, most especially if you want to learn the ways to become a great leader who inspires and makes the impact they want.
41 minutes | 11 days ago
Stupid Cancer Founder Matthew Zachary
Founded at a time when social media was limited to Friendster and MySpace, Stupid Cancer soon grew to become the largest cancer support community for young adults in the world. Diagnosed with cancer when he was 21, Matthew Zachary did not set out to start an organization, but to spearhead a movement, an edgy, disruptive brand that has never existed before in the world of cancer. As you will soon find out, Stupid Cancer is the best name there could ever be for this platform without having to cuss. But boy was he, in his own account, the most unqualified person for the job! Joining Douglas Nelson on the podcast, he shares how he eventually learned the ropes of running a nonprofit, the things that he learned along the way, and the future directions the organization is going.
37 minutes | 18 days ago
Build Up Advisory Group With A. Nicole Campbell
Formed with a humanitarian intent around a mission, a big issue, or a great opportunity, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations are noble causes. However, many fall along the wayside and fail due to them being unable to overcome many of their challenges. Limited funding and the pressure to show results and scale their impact are just two of the most common problems nonprofits face, both of which can be remedied with the right infrastructure. On today’s podcast, Douglas Nelson brings on A. Nicole Campbell, the Founder and CEO of Build Up Advisory Group, a firm that helps brave philanthropies and nonprofits scale their impact by strengthening their grant-making and organizational structuring. Nicole explains the role of infrastructure in holding an organization's vision and mission up and in allowing that organization to advance and support its charitable mission, goals, and priorities.
37 minutes | 25 days ago
Power To Be With Tim Cormode
A registered non-profit based in Victoria, Power To Be creates nature-based activities for vulnerable populations, focusing on children, youth, and families living with cognitive, physical, financial, and social barriers. Joining Douglas Nelson on the show today is Tim Cormode, the CEO of Power To Be. Tim has been involved in youth work and the non-profit sector for nearly 30 years. He shares the story of how their charity began and grew into a community. He also talks about their programs and how they’re created to use nature as a vehicle to see what's possible and to inspire others to think beyond their barriers and be great citizens in the community.
31 minutes | a month ago
Variety The Children's Charity With Cally Wesson
This year has been a pivotal time for charity organizations and even the more established names are not spared the challenges. Despite the hardships, however, Variety, the Children’s Charity remains committed in fulfilling its mission, especially in this time of utmost need. Coming into a leadership position with a strong background in fundraising, CEO Cally Wesson gives the organization the kind of leadership that is sorely needed during these challenging times. Listen to her interview with Douglas Nelson, where she shares the work she has been doing to engage donors to continue contributing to their cause. She also shares how she engages her team to do their specific tasks that contribute meaningfully to the bigger picture of where the organization is heading.
37 minutes | a month ago
Inspired Results Group With Diane Lloyd
One area that contributes to the turnover in the social profit sector is its hesitance to invest in leadership development. Many people who can’t find leadership opportunities in the sector either search for a greener pasture next door or find a different role altogether. Having successfully transitioned in her career from being a fundraiser to CEO in the social profit sector to becoming an executive coach, Diane Lloyd of Inspired Results Group sits down with host Douglas Nelson to share her career journey and what her thoughts are when it comes to closing that gap in leadership training and development. She talks about the skills needed for leaders, the importance of having a coach, and the ways CEOs can go about asking their board for a budget. What is more, Diane also shares her thoughts on the current pandemic and how leaders can navigate in this tough time.
25 minutes | a month ago
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra With Angela Elster
Music is becoming an antidote to COVID-19 and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra takes the challenge of keeping its traditions in a radically changing world. When the pandemic hit us in early 2020, organizations all around the world have been evaluating their mission and aligning it with changed circumstances. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the performing arts, as the pandemic took away the very basis of their existence – their audience. Having been thrust into leadership just when the world began to shift, VSO President and CEO Angela Elster led the orchestra in steadfastly committing to their mission of creating, curating, and connecting irresistible musical experiences for their audiences in whatever form. Thus was born TheConcertHall.ca, the VSO’s new virtual home for a virtual season. Listen in as Douglas Nelson quizzes Angela about the genesis of this virtual solution as well as her other brilliant initiatives inside the organization.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Alzheimer Society Of BC With Maria Howard
Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that afflicts a significant part of our aging population, yet we still have a lot of catching up to do in addressing the needs of people who are living with it. The Alzheimer’s Society of BC envisions an ideal society that is free of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In recognition of the fact that the vision may be many decades away from realization, the Society endeavors to funnel funds to research, healthcare, and general service – all geared towards eliminating the stigma against Alzheimer’s, making people living with the condition feel like they are part of the community. How has the Society been putting this mission into action in the many decades of its existence? How is it faring amidst the radical changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic? Joining Douglas Nelson on the podcast, the Society’s CEO, Maria Howard, tells us how deep relationships with the donors, caretakers, and people living with dementia are helping them excel in their service.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Sarah McLachlan School Of Music With Jen Rose
Like all forms of education, music education has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the closure of physical campuses and the increased reliance on distance and online learning. How do music schools manage to do this? The Sarah McLachlan School of Music is such a success story in this regard, as Interim Executive Director, Jen Rose, relates in this interview with Douglas Nelson. Jen attributes their successful pivot to a culture of transparency, which pervades every aspect of the organization. Using the tools and resources that they have at their disposal, Jen and her team did not let the pandemic stop their passion for bringing music to the young people in their community.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
MOSAIC With Olga Stachova
Immigrating to another country is no easy feat—from the time you’ve decided to move to the moment you finally arrive. How do you settle down? How can you create new relationships? How can you start on the path towards the life you want? Olga Stachova, CEO of MOSAIC, helps people who are in this challenging journey. MOSAIC is one of Canada’s largest settlement organizations supporting newcomers as they’re building their new life in the country. Olga sits down with host, Douglas Nelson, to share with us the wonderful work they have been doing and how they are coping with the pandemic and moving forward. She taps into the many weaknesses of the society that have been revealed during this time, providing us great information about the many inequities faced by newcomers, especially when it comes to scarce job opportunities. She then shares with us how they have been keeping the team working together and reaching out to the board. Tune into this episode to learn more about the amazing work over at MOSAIC and gain wisdom on treading the rough waters brought on by the pandemic.
32 minutes | 5 months ago
Jewish Federation Of Greater Vancouver With Ezra Shanken
In unprecedented times, such as with the current COVID-19 pandemic we are all in, finding precedent is one of the most important tasks of a leader in an organization. Ezra Shanken, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, is someone who is all too familiar with this challenge, and in this episode, he sits down with host, Douglas Nelson to talk about how the pandemic has impacted the work of his organization over the last couple of months. Leading the third-largest Jewish community in Canada, anyone could just imagine the hard work it entails to listen to its members and understand their needs and keep the organization afloat. He shares with us what he is doing differently as the CEO, how he is pulling his team together to execute their mission, and how they are overcoming the unique challenges they are currently facing. Follow along in this great discussion to know more about how Ezra is staying on top of this pandemic and move from response to recovery.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
Ocean Wise With Jeremy Douglas
A lot of people have been working hard to pivot their organizations, their fundraising, their messaging, and the missions of their organization in response to the pandemic. One such organization that has pivoted successfully despite the numerous challenges is Ocean Wise, a global conservation organization that inspires millions of people to take action to improve the health of our oceans. Joining Douglas Nelson on the show today is Jeremy Douglas, the Vice President for Development at Ocean Wise. Jeremy talks about the organization’s initiatives and the pivot they’ve made to continue operating in this unprecedented time.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Canadian Men’s Health Foundation With Wayne Hartrick
Men’s health remains to be an underserved advocacy in the social profit sphere despite alarming statistics of men suffering from preventable chronic health problems like heart disease and obesity. Led by its President, Wayne Hartrick, the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) is on a mission to inspire men to live healthier lives by being more proactive in modifying their lifestyles. CMHF breaks through the barriers of communicating with men on health issues by engaging them in content relevant to them. Join in as Wayne sits down with Douglas Nelson on the show to discuss the things CMHF is doing to advance this advocacy. They also talk about men’s mental health, men’s health during COVID-19, and reconnecting with the fatherhood role.
27 minutes | 5 months ago
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation With Joanne Bath
As the world keeps changing, research continues to provide understanding and knowledge about the things that affect us in our daily lives. It keeps us informed and, in times of crisis, prepared. In a global health crisis, the power of research—especially medical research—is undeniable. However, we can’t deny the fact that it can be quite costly. Responding to this concern, a group of community citizens who believed that investment in research would improve health outcomes created the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. In this episode, Douglas Nelson invites its CEO, Joanne Bath, to share with us the interesting work they are doing in the organization and how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joanne takes us inside their partnerships and donor relationships, as well as her journey of growing into this space and how she is taking charge of impacting social change and improving people’s lives.
24 minutes | 6 months ago
Burnaby Hospital Foundation With Kristy James
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost every single aspect of our lives, and everything has to be put on hold as we struggle to survive the crisis. Burnaby Hospital Foundation had just launched the largest campaign in their history, raising $30 million for redevelopment, when the pandemic struck and forced them to shift focus. Kristy James was right there at the forefront of the pivot as the foundation’s CEO. With its dedicated team, magnanimous board, and generous donors, the hospital was able to launch an unprecedented emergency response that showcased the power of a cohesive community. Kristy tells the story of how they managed to do this as she joins Douglas Nelson in this episode.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Member Experience & Community Engagement With Christine Bergeron
Engaging with the community, of course, is one of the most important aspects of running a social profit organization. But this engagement naturally differs between organizations, and over time must evolve to respond to the needs of the times, especially in times of extraordinary crisis. Douglas Nelson is joined by Christine Bergeron, Vancity‘s Chief Member Services Officer. Douglas and Christine talk about how organizations can and should be engaging with the community they purport to serve. With the critical importance of community engagement in directing an organization, make sure you’re looking at every possible angle.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
Victoria Hospitals Foundation With Avery Brohman
One of the silver linings in the COVID-19 crisis is the fact that we see a lot of people stepping up to donate in any way they can to the fight against the pandemic. Victoria Hospitals Foundation makes sure that these donations go where they are needed the most. Using all resources available to extend its reach, the dedicated people in the foundation have essentially become frontliners in healthcare philanthropy. Avery Brohman sits at the helm of the foundation as its Executive Director. She joins Douglas Nelson in the show today to share the work they had done in the foundation and how it has inspired her to become the best leader she can be in this honorable cause.
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