500 in Five, a new strategic plan for Youth Without Shelter

In this episode Lynn is joined by Steve Doherty, Executive Director, and Mike Burnett, Community Engagement and Education Specialist, from Youth Without Shelter in Etobicoke, ON. Steve and Mike detail the "500 in Five" Strategic Plan and all that went into its development. This includes the inclusion of lived voices from youth at [...]

By |2019-11-14T10:50:51-05:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: Evaluation, Impact Clarity, Measurement, Podcast, Strategy, Youth|0 Comments

Exploring The Mount Community Centre

In this episode we explore the origins of the success story that is The Mount Community Centre, in Peterborough, Ontario. The Mount’s Chair Steve Kylie, Vice Chair John Martyn and Director of Strategic Advancement Andi van Koeverden share how a group of dreamers and volunteers transformed $25,000 in the Poverty Reduction Network’s bank [...]

By |2019-10-31T13:21:32-04:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Social Finance|0 Comments

Finding local solutions for building significant affordable housing, with Graham Cubitt

In this episode, Lynn interviews Graham Cubitt, Director of Projects and Marketing at Indwell, about his organization's approach to housing stability. Indwell is both a property developer and a service provider, creating affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging, but doing so requires trust, creativity, and money. Tune in [...]

By |2019-10-03T09:29:55-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Social Innovation|0 Comments

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

Clarifying your organization’s impact, with PolicyWise

In this episode, Lynn talks to members of the impact team at PolicyWise – a partnership between Alberta's universities, the community, and the government of Alberta – Cathie Scott, Chief Knowledge and Policy Officer; Jo-Louise Huq Organizational Innovation and Change Scientist, and Courtney Lundy, Business and Grants Manager.  Hear about their journey to [...]

By |2019-09-19T14:08:38-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Strategy|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 [...]

Building bridges for women and children, with Shawn Bayes of EFry

In this episode, Sally speaks with Shawn Bayes, the Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver. EFry provides support services to women and children affected by the justice system. They discuss risk factors that lead women into conflict with the law, and the many effects of incarceration on women and their [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:55:37-04:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast|0 Comments

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 [...]