/ Grant-supported coaching

Impact & Leadership Development Program

Personalized coaching for social impact leaders

Is short-term, unpredictable revenue holding you back from making real impact for your community?

The Impact & Leadership Development Program (ILDP) is a grant-supported coaching program designed for emerging social entrepreneurs and impact leaders seeking support to build sustainable revenue for sustained impact.

The application deadline for the next round of funding is July 9, 2024 for BC’s Thompson-Okanagan region and July 16 for the Fraser Valley.

ILDP Success Stories

Imagine having more clarity, know-how and bandwidth.

Through the ILDP, Purppl’s team of experienced Entrepreneurs In Residence walk alongside you to build your capacity and capability in four key areas.


Clarify your intended impacts, agree on how you’ll get there, set actionable operational objectives and share data-supported stories of impact.


Build, refine, and grow a sustainable revenue model. Deepen your understanding of the metrics that impact your sustainability.


Improve capacity and operational efficiency. Evolve products, services, or technology to meet changing demands.


Strengthen teams, culture and leadership. Establish objectives, key results, accountability and focus.

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Our Approach

Our approach is respectful, relational, and collaborative.

We start with dialogue and lots of listening to understand you and your organization. Together, we define the objectives and outline relevant activities to achieve desired outcomes. Every three months, we measure our progress, reflecting on shared learnings and key moments.

We walk alongside you, helping achieve shared objectives while holding you accountable with patience and curiosity.

Get to know our team

When you work with Purppl you get a team of experienced Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs) nurturing your capacity and capability to lead your organization into new phases of impact and opportunity. Read their bios here.

“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.”

Melody Frisk
Executive Director
Kamloops Society for Community Inclusion

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We work with diverse organizations primarily led by women, often serving marginalized populations, and that are inherently entrepreneurial. Many are led by folks with lived experience of the challenges their organizations seek to impact.

To date, 45+ nonprofits, charities and social enterprises have received grant-supported coaching through ILDP.

Read ILDP Success Stories

“We needed expert guidance on good governance, on developing the organizational structure, and on how to build sustainable, diversified revenue through social enterprise. Now, through doing this work through ILDP with Purppl, building deep trust and ongoing connections, I’m more confident, more knowledgeable, and have much more clarity on the various pathways to impact ahead of us.” 

Wes Zarwertailo
Executive Director
People Employment Services (PEOPLE)

How the program works

Successful applicants to the ILDP receive subsidized access to 6-12 months of customized coaching and support through Purppl, meeting bi-weekly with a lead Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) and supported as needed by specialist EIRs.

In addition, ILDP partners gather around ILDP participants mid-way through and at the end of the engagement to discover additional opportunities to support their work, as well as to provide new perspectives and introductions to relevant folks in their networks.

Grants from ILDP 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.


We encourage those who meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Charities and nonprofits based in the Thompson-Okanagan Region (including the Okanagan, Similkameen, Columbia, Shuswap and Kamloops areas) and Fraser Valley, as well as social enterprises in the Kamloops area may apply in this round of funding. (Applications for Prince George-area charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises will open up at a future date.)
  • Face challenges or opportunities in one or more of the four focus areas: impact model, business model, operations, and leadership development.
  • Have a paid leadership staff member who is ready to participate in bi-weekly coaching meetings and is committed to investing time, energy and money into their growth and capacity building.
  • Able to contribute a minimum of 25% of the program costs ($3,000-$6,000) for the duration of the 6- or 12-month program. (Some organizations with greater ability to contribute more may be asked, but not required, to do so.)
  • Applicants should be part-way along their social enterprise journey and not in crisis mode.

how to apply

Eligible organizations are invited to submit a short application to The Impact & Leadership Development Program.

Shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a short discovery call. Successful applicants will be notified on August 26, 2024.

For more information about the ILDP program, contact Jude Brunt, Community Engagement lead, at jude@purppl.com.

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Impact & Leadership Development Program Partners

Purppl is grateful to be part of a coalition of impact-aligned partners who make this program possible. Our partners in the region have stepped up year after year to bring the necessary funding and support to develop the capacity of leaders in this sector.

ILDP partners include United Way BC, Interior Savings (a trade name of Beem Credit Union), Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, Community Foundation of the South Okanagan-Similkameen, Central Okanagan Foundation, Valley First, a Division of First West Credit Union, and Prince George Community Foundation, as well as Purppl delivering the coaching.

Interested in becoming a partner? Connect with us to explore how a program like this could be created in your area.

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“Social purpose organizations are leading a movement to build a just, regenerative economy that builds a better future for all. Supporting these organizations with leadership development and customized coaching is a critical investment.

We’re seeing long term outcomes like revenue diversification, growth in social enterprise revenue, and stable, confident leadership in participating organizations. As a group of community partners, we’re delighted to keep supporting capacity building in local social purpose leaders.”

Leanne Hammond
Executive Director
Community Foundation North Okanagan