Effective approaches to funding integration are essential to moving the needle on complex social challenges.
Yet, many funders and policymakers have limited understanding of the broader funding ecosystem that they operate in, or how to successfully collaborate with their counterparts on common investment priorities.
This course is designed to help funders gain essential knowledge on funding integration, and develop practical skills to apply to real-time investment challenges. We will cover the basics of Social Impact Audits (SIA) and Integrated Funding Strategies and dive deeper into new practices for coordinated procurement, outcomes-based contracting, co-investment due diligence, and evidence-based investment priority setting, and how to use tech innovations in your Community Success Hub modules in this space.
If you’re interested in taking your funding game to the next level, join HelpSeeker Co-Founder Dr. Alina Turner – who has supported investment strategies on social issues across the country using innovative models, and Marty Thomsen, who is building these models on the ground as a municipal leader with the City of Lethbridge for a hands-on, insights-packed professional development session and get to know funders across the country.
In this course, you will learn:
Key facts about how funding works across communities, and how funding decisions are currently made.
How to define social challenges in your community using the Community Success Hub (CSH).
How to understand community assets and gaps using the CSH - systems map module and to understand the funding ecosystem using the CSH - SIA module.
We will explore how to use the following practical tools:
- Community Success Hub – Systems Mapping module
- Community Succes Hub – Needs Assessment module
- Community Success Hub – Social Impact Audit (SIA) module
Dr. Alina Turner
Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker
Dr. Alina Turner is the Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker, a social enterprise harnessing tech innovation for the greater social good. She is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results.
Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on the Board of Directors for A Way Home Canada and the Alberta Rural Development Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work are grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work.
Manager of Community Social Development, City of Lethbridge
Martin is the Manager of Community Social Development at the City of Lethbridge, working to ensure that all residents have opportunities for healthy development and social wellbeing. Key policies include the Municipal Housing Strategy and the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy. Martin’s past roles include experience in law enforcement, Lethbridge College instructor in the Criminal Justice Program & Chair of the School of Justice Studies, and Dean of the Centre for Justice and Human Services.Read
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