About Social Impact Advisors

Social Impact Advisors helps organization to define and focus on the social impact they aim to achieve, and develop the strategies and actions to make it happen.

Bold thinking on systems change in Canada, with Bill Young

In this episode of Impact Conversations, Bill Young, the founder of Social Capital Partners, joins Lynn to talk about creating impact in systems. Bill’s extensive business experience and social enterprise successes have given him some important insights about learning through experimentation, pivoting as ideas and opportunities present themselves, and trusting in management teams and their [...]

Strategic Planning for Impact

Often, organizations approach their strategic planning by asking their stakeholders for ideas about what the organization should focus on next, without thinking about the overall impact the organization hopes to have. Stakeholders often have great ideas about what is working well and what can be improved (the classic SWOT analysis) and employees and board members [...]

Workshop – Thinking Ahead: Making the Most of Your Strategic Planning Process

A day long training workshop with Lynn Fergusson, hosted by the Sustainability Network. We'll provide an overview of strategic planning and our approach to tying it to impact in a concrete, actionable and inspiring way. We’ll provide examples, then share tools and give you a chance to get your feet wet. You’ll get feedback from coaches [...]

By |2019-10-03T10:17:48-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Events, Impact Clarity, News, Strategy|0 Comments

Social Finance Fund

Many of our clients run or are considering a social enterprise. Even more are looking for new sources of funding. If this sounds like you, read on! In case you missed it, the Government of Canada announced a Social Innovation and Social Finance (SI/SF) Strategy late last year, with an update in June. In preparation [...]

By |2019-08-01T13:43:03-04:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: News, Social Finance, Social Innovation|0 Comments

Impact for Whom? Defining Beneficiaries

One of the most important considerations in building strategy for impact is establishing who your beneficiaries are. You want to be clear about for whom you are intentionally doing this work. This shows up at the very beginning of strategy building, in defining your Intended Impact Statement, which states the result we intend to be [...]

Point of Accountability

Is your organization aligned on its Point of Accountability? Recently we heard a funder’s excitement about the clear purpose, and conviction to achieve it, that a grantee had gained after working with us. In fact, the funder wanted that same clarity for themselves. It reminded us that clarity of purpose and accountability is a rare [...]

Welcoming Brittney Patton to our team

We are excited to welcome a new Coach to Social Impact Advisors! Brittney Patton is a skilled facilitator, with several years of experience leading and strengthening teams and individuals alike. Brittney holds a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies with a focus on Community Recreation and a Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences. [...]

By |2019-05-28T20:17:52-04:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

What is Innoweave? Application deadline!

If you’re thinking about submitting an application to Innoweave’s Impact & Strategic Clarity program, a reminder that the next deadline is Monday June 3rd. We’ve been coaching in this program for 5 years and have seen great results in organizations’ ability to articulate their impact and create a clear pathway to delivering it. We’re always up for a conversation. [...]

By |2019-08-01T13:04:22-04:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Youth CI Learning Circle 3.0

We recently had the pleasure of facilitating the Laidlaw Foundation's third annual Youth CI Learning Circle. Representatives from collectives, grant recipients and partners from all stages of the Youth Collective Impact process gathered to share their experiences working on Collective Impact initiatives for youth in Ontario. New insights about youth engagement, focusing on impact, relationship building, data [...]

Podcast: Impact Strategy, with Robin Cory

Sally interviews Robin Cory, of Colbeck Strategic Advisors. They talk about how organizations which focus on their impact, and align their financial resources and organizational capabilities to it, can build strong strategy that achieves results. Robin and Sally talk about how to decide what not to do and why that is often difficult in the [...]

By |2019-05-28T20:20:54-04:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Measurement, Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments