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Now displaying: June, 2021
Jun 24, 2021

The past year or so has changed things, including how organizations reach their goals and how they think about their employees. Here to talk about some of these changes is Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Managing Director, Corporate Strategy & Impact, CECP. Listen in to hear what Kari has to say about what companies have learned in the past year and a half, how CECP started their journey to racial equity and inclusion, and how they’re supporting other companies along this path.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Who Kari is and what she does
  • What companies have learned from the past year and a half
  • CECP’s racial equity and inclusion journey over the last four years
  • Understanding frontline needs and employee wellbeing
  • What ESG means to different companies
  • How CEOs can stand up for what’s right
  • Studies and reports that listeners can learn more about

 

Resources:

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas

CECP

Global Impact at Scale Report

CECP Reports

CECP Pulse Surveys

Giving in Numbers

Investing in Society

Value Volunteering

 

Quotes: 

“But now, broadly, everyone in a company understands that that’s part of their work – how to get close to a society, how to be responsive.”

“The employee, certainly over the years has become one of the most important stakeholders, but in 2020, it became the most important stakeholder for a company.”

“Employees are your first community. And if you didn’t know it before you should know it now.”

“Companies recognize that they have core business needs and those need to be aligned with what’s happening broadly in society thru their partnerships and solving community issues.”

Jun 17, 2021

Systems make up the circumstances we live in, so changing the systems can change the circumstances. But how can you make systems change? And how can social good organizations that share common causes come together to make systems change?

Today’s guest is Dr. Sally Uren, CEO of Forum of the Future. In today’s episode, she’ll explain what systems change is and why it’s needed, how organizations can come together to make it happen, and how those organizations can measure their impact. Listen in to learn more about Sally, Forum of the Future, and the importance of systems change to address global challenges.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Dr. Uren's work at Forum of the Future
  • Defining systems change
  • Why are systems changes important in solving big problems
  • How organizations that share a common interest can come together
  • How to tell when progress is actually happening
  • Pitfalls in measurement
  • How an organization can measure its impact on systems change
  • Why taking a systems change lens can speed up the journey
  • How to learn more and get inspired about systems change

 

Resources:

Dr. Sally Uren

Forum for the Future

 

Quotes: 

“The process of driving systems change is really understanding how do we reconfigure the systems we rely on.”

“Where are those areas that we can focus on that if we really improve them, we can derive multiple benefits in multiple places.”

“What we’ve really begun to understand is that no one actor in any given system can solve for the big challenges in that system on their own.”

Jun 10, 2021

The story of philanthropy as multi-cultural people experience it is not being told. Today’s guest, Dr. Tashion Macon, is setting out to change the narrative and add nuance and truth to help evolve the philanthropy sector. Dr. Macon is the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Branding and Social Justice Strategy at Bridge Philanthropic Consulting. Listen in to learn more about what Bridge Philanthropic Consulting does, who the pioneers of African American and Hispanic American philanthropy are, and how organizations can adopt a more diverse approach in their fundraising strategies.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Tashion Macon’s background
  • About Bridge Philanthropic Consulting
  • Why Bridge launched the Iconic Impact Series
  • The history of African Americans and Hispanic Americans as philanthropic leaders
  • Philanthropists across pop culture platforms
  • Advice for organizations that want to adopt a more diverse approach to fundraising strategies
  • Where listeners can learn more
  • What makes Dr. Macon hopeful

 

Resources:

Dr. Tashion Macon

Iconic Impact Series from Bridge Philanthropic Consulting

 

Quotes: 

“You really can’t gain ground unless you have a ground game. And you need people. People create the ground game.”

“The framework of philanthropy in the multi-cultural experience foundationally begins at home. We’ve had to advance our own from within our own.”

“We are giving. Hispanic Americans are giving. Native Americans are giving. It’s simply not tracked or counted in the traditional philanthropic sense. And because it’s not, there is a myth that the community may not be ‘givers,’ which isn’t true.”

“The dominant perspective has not known how to engage [BIPOC], to dialogue, to dissect ways that are meaningful to the context of their lived-out experience, so that you can engage them in a way that is true. Part of that begins with culturally nuanced communications.”  

“If there ever was a time to be authentic, it’s now.”

Jun 3, 2021

Protecting patient information is critical. But it is a delicate balance between minimizing a healthcare organization’s risk and enabling development staff to raise mission-critical funds.

In this episode Marti Arvin, Executive Advisor at CynergisTek, joins Blackbaud’s Liza Turcotte for a candid discussion on working together to create this appropriate balance. 

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Compliance officer’s viewpoint on sharing patient data
  • Grateful patient programs
  • Creating a balance between data needed and wanted
  • Expectations for the development team related to patient information
  • Ideas for working together as a team

DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this podcast is intended to be legal advice—please consult your organization’s own legal counsel. 


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Quotes: 

“The risk appetite of the organization is something that’s up to senior leadership.”

“As long as I felt my leadership had made an informed decision, I could sleep at night.”

“It’s not just HIPAA in all cases that you have to consider, so if you’ve made yourself aware of what the HIPPA regulations are, that may not be enough.”

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