Archive for the ‘Profiles’ Category

Introducing 3 Social Enterprise Portfolio Groups

May 2, 2012

Using Demonstrating Value to Show Impact & Manage Performance

The Social Enterprise Portfolio Program, delivered by Vancity and Vancity Community Foundation, aims to ensure that promising social enterprises have access to the financial and technical resources required for both start-up and growth phases. The Program works with a portfolio of 8-10 social enterprises each year, providing a range of funding and other support depending on the needs and stage of the social enterprise. Social Enterprise Portfolio grant recipients use Demonstrating Value as a performance management and reporting tool.

In March, the most recent round of Portfolio grants were made to three deserving social enterprises in our community. Please join us in welcoming the following groups, who have already begun their work with Demonstrating Value as they deliver their grant objectives: EMBERS Green Renovations, Mobile Steam Car Wash and Museum of Vancouver! (more…)


Demonstrating the Value of Farmers’ Markets

April 30, 2012

Fresh, organic produce, locally-grown herbs, farm-fresh culinary delights…what does all of this have to do with Demonstrating Value? A lot, in fact!

Beyond our regular work, Demonstrating Value also leads research and development projects to advance the state of measurement methods, tools and practice to better understand community impact. One such project currently underway is the Farmers’ Market Impact Toolkit Project. Take a look at a recent update from Garth Yule, Program Manager of Community Impact & Evaluation at Vancity Community Foundation to learn more about this exciting work. (more…)

Getting to Know Demonstrating Value: Sitting Down with Garth Yule

April 30, 2012

You’re reading our newsletter, you’ve likely spent some time on our website and blog…and now you may be wondering, “who are these Demonstrating Value folks?” Well, we’d like to tell you! In the spring issue of The Value Herald, we will introduce you to Garth Yule, Program Manager of Evaluation and Community Impact at the Vancity Community Foundation (VCF), whose duties include managing Demonstrating Value.

Let’s take a moment to update you on some staffing changes at Demonstrating Value. Bryn has taken a year of parental leave and her son is just over three months old now! For the rest of 2012, Garth Yule has taken on responsibility for the program. Garth moved to Vancouver from Ottawa in 1997 and has put down roots here. He was an intern with Bryn while he completed his MBA at UBC, and started working for VCF on a full-time basis in January 2012. Garth’s background is in communication and strategic planning for non-profit organizations. He answered a few personal questions to allow us to get to know him better: (more…)

Demonstrating Value featured on TechSoup!

April 25, 2012

Demonstrating Value is crossing borders, with a recent feature on both and that includes excerpts from the Demonstrating Value Workbook.

Take a look at the article (click on the TechSoup links above) to read more about how Demonstrating Value assists nonprofits, social enterprises, and community investors to ask the right questions about their work, and to develop systems to track and communicate their value.

A big thanks to the folks a TechSoup for also sharing these additional resources that will help you demonstrate your organization’s value through data: (more…)

Demonstrating Value featured as seToolbelt Resource of the Week!

February 6, 2012 is an open content resource hub that is committed to making free tools accessible to social entrepreneurs to help them plan, start, manage, and grow successful social enterprises. In this week’s seToolbelt Resource of the Week, Demonstrating Value is profiled. Take a look at this post to learn more about some key impact measurement tools developed by the Demonstrating Value initiative, including a Performance Snapshot webinar, the Organizational Sustainability Assessment Tool, and “Why You Matter”, a tool for mapping your social, environmental, and cultural impact.

The seToolbelt Resource of the Week is featured on Social Earth, a comprehensive news and information site for social entrepreneurs.

NOWBC: Showing Impact with Narrative

January 31, 2012

NOWBC, a co-op formed in 2008, runs an online farmers’ market and delivery depot ‘clubs’ with a focus on seasonal, local, organic foods sourced directly from small farms and processors as well as local independent wholesalers. The dedicated volunteers and staff at NOWBC believe in the importance of knowing your local farmer and preserving sustainable farming knowledge and farmland. With a mission to build a sustainable local food system by connecting local farms and processors with consumers and building community around sustainable food choices, NOWBC is all about growing and sharing good food.

In their December 2011 e-newsletter, NOWBC shared a story that came to them via Discovery Organics, a supplier held in high regard by NOWBC. In this story, Discover Organics describes to NOWBC customers the community impact of their fair trade purchases. This story is simple, yet effective, and serves as a great example of using narrative for showing impact. (more…)

Genuine Evaluation

December 16, 2011

Let’s chat about real, genuine, authentic, practical evaluation…

In their blog, Genuine Evaluation, Patricia Rogers and Jane Davidson share their enthusiasm for evaluation with weekly posts that reflect their commitment to improving the quality of evaluation. Blogging from Australia and New Zealand, Patricia and Jane employ an international approach from a distinctly Southern Hemisphere perspective.

An intriguing feature of the blog is the everyday language and practicality with which thoughts and ideas are expressed. Guest bloggers are also invited to contribute, adding a fresh burst of thinking from experienced and insightful evaluators from around the world.

Recent blog posts have discussed what’s new and exciting in evaluation and have also continued to enhance the collection of Friday Funnys. Take a look for yourself, and soak in these ideas and conversations on evaluation – an important element of tracking and expressing your success!

Shared Measurement and the Calgary Homeless Foundation

November 21, 2011

Uniting Cross-Sector Actors to End Homelessness in Calgary

In a recent blog post, Learning How to Measure Impact Together, we discussed shared measurement – a growing area of impact measurement that realistically considers that multiple organizations contribute to the same desired community impact. Shared measurement also recognizes that tracking outcomes collectively is smarter and more economic than having every organization prove its impact as if they existed in isolation.

In a recent webinar held by FSG, a US-based non-profit consulting firm, an example of shared measurement systems is presented with a profile of the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF). (more…)

Logic Models & the Outcome Indicators Project

November 16, 2011

Figuring out what to measure and how to do it

Source: Program Development and Evaluation (University of Wisconsin – Extension)

A logic model is a commonly-used tool to explain and illustrate a program within an organization. While a logic model is sometimes referred to as a logical framework, theory of change, or program matrix, the purpose is usually the same: to graphically depict your program, initiative, project or even the sum total of all of your organization’s work. It also serves as a foundation for program planning and evaluation.[1]

The Outcome Indicators Project is a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Center for What Works and serves as a useful starting point for work around logic models. Providing a framework for tracking the performance of non-profit organizations, the Project proposes candidate outcomes and outcome indicators. Ultimately, the Project aims to help organizations develop new processes for outcome monitoring or improve their existing systems. (more…)

Google Earth Outreach Program

October 4, 2011

Source: "New Google Earth Layer Shows Global Deforestation" (

Expansion into Canada allows non-profits to harness the potential of mapping and satellite technology to visualize their cause

Born out of an act of environmental advocacy, the Google Earth Outreach program is enhancing the work of non-profit organizations around the world by providing access to technology to map out their activities and impact.  And now, Canada can take part! (more…)