ILDP program offers coaching and support to Prince George-based social purpose organizations seeking to deepen community impact and strengthen financial sustainability.
Alongside the Prince George Community Foundation and Interior Savings Credit Union, Purppl is excited to announce the launch of the Impact & Leadership Development Program (ILDP) in Prince George.
This grant-funded coaching program is for emerging social enterprise and social impact leaders seeking to develop their capacity to increase their organizations’ impact, sustainability and resilience. It comes at a time of critical need in the sector, with increased demand for services due to multiple overlapping crises, limitations in funding, and economic and inflationary pressures.
Personalized leadership coaching for Prince George impact leaders
“Social purpose organizations are on the forefront of an important movement, dedicated to strengthening a just and sustainable economy that benefits everyone,” says Mindy Stroet, Director of Development for the Prince George Community Foundation. “In today’s social sector, investing in leadership development and personalized coaching is a crucial step.”
Brian Harris, CEO at Interior Savings Credit Union, agrees, having supported ILDP in the southern Interior for years now.
“We’ve seen charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises build long term outcomes like revenue diversification, growth in social enterprise revenue, and stable, confident leadership,” says Brian. “We’re thrilled to work alongside PGCF and Purppl to bring this new capacity building to local social purpose leaders here in Prince George.”
ILDP provides subsidized access to entrepreneurial coaching in four key areas: impact strategy, business model, operations, and leadership development. When these areas are predictable and sustainable, impact organizations can better focus on their mission and deepen their impact work, even when unforeseen events happen.
How the Impact & Leadership Development Program works
Purppl Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs) provide tailored support and coaching to leaders of nonprofits and social enterprises. The focus is often on helping to diversify revenue and build more sustainable business models, refine impact strategy and measurement, and develop leadership skills, capacity and confidence. Purppl’s approach to coaching and consulting is respectful, relational and collaborative.
Registered charities operating a social enterprise or committed to launching/expanding a revenue-generating program in Prince George are prioritized, but all registered charities in Prince George are eligible.
Successful applicants to the ILDP receive subsidized access to 6-12 months of customized coaching and support through Purppl. They are paired with experienced Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs), who work with organizations to provide ongoing tactical and strategic support and mentorship.
Grants from the community partners cover the majority of the program costs, however successful applicants are required to pay a small contribution to the program costs as a reflection of their commitment.
ILDP helps build strong, sustainable organizations
Over the past six years, this program has helped about 30 organizations in southern Interior BC to launch and grow social enterprise revenue streams, improve internal and external communication, redesign programs and services, improve financial sustainability, and navigate very difficult and complex leadership challenges.
Through coaching and collaboration, leaders accessing these programs have increased their capacity and confidence required to lead impact-driven organizations.
“I can’t imagine where PACE would be without Purppl’s guidance and support. Their expertise has helped us create a more sustainable operation, explore new revenue streams, and maintain our commitment to creating employment opportunities for individuals facing barriers,” says Stacey Rexin, Operations Manager at PACE in Penticton.
“We’ve really enjoyed the process of learning together and brainstorming. The fact that these are living documents allows us to return to them; and, with the support of our Purppl coach, we are able to continue to refine our thinking as we build a sustainable path forward.”
“I look forward to working with my Purppl EIR every two weeks. She is motivating and inspiring – providing the perfect combination of expertise, feedback and encouragement that I am on the right track,” said Melody Frisk, Executive Director, Kamloops Society for Community Inclusion.
This program invests in leaders who are working on some of the most complex and persistent challenges in the province.
“Small communities build strong, relational social purpose organizations that become deeply connected to the needs of the people,” says Andrew Greer, Managing Director at Purppl.
“In Prince George, these organizations deliver solutions to complex and persistent challenges like housing, food security, and community safety. ILDP adds a layer of support to help develop strong leaders, refine operations, and build organizational sustainability.”
Apply for the Impact & Leadership Development Program
Learn more about the Impact & Leadership Development Program (ILDP) grant, including eligibility requirements, and program focus areas.
Applications are no longer being accepted for 2023 from the Prince George area.