About

Our work in strategy, collective impact and capacity building has helped a range of not-for-profit organizations across Canada achieve strategic clarity and increase impact in their communities. 

We understand the realities and constraints our clients are facing - our collaborative approach creates the space clients need to create realistic plans that drive impact, build lasting new capacity and are easy to communicate to stakeholders. 

We help clients plan how to get from where they are now to where they want to be-  and we support them throughout implementation.

Our clients are excited to talk about the impact they're having  instead of how busy they are. 

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Pelee Island Lighthouse, Ontario, Canada

Strategy

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We work with senior management and boards of not-for-profit organizations to focus on impact and create good strategy:  the tightest fit possible between an organization's activities and its intended impact. 

Our  suite of strategic services helps build capacity in our clients' organizations; foundational work on Impact and Theory of Change supports strategic planning, operational planning and transformation projects. 

We offer workshops in strategic clarity, collective impact and governance and facilitate planning meetings, board retreats and community and stakeholder engagement groups. 

We're excited to be associated with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and their
 Innoweave Impact and Strategic Clarity Module.

More than forty organizations across Canada have participated in the first four waves of the Innoweave initiative. Sally Fazal is a Certified Impact Coach for the program.
 

Collective Impact

In 2011, John Kania and Mark Kramer published an influential article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on Collective Impact- mapping the conditions for success for not-for-profits, business, government and communities working together to solve problems. Kania and his colleagues at FSG and the Collective Impact Forum  have gone on to conduct and publish studies,  develop resources and build a community of practice across North America and around the world.  In Canada, The Tamarack Institute has been a leader in engaging people in conversations and encouraging collective action. 

Pelee  works with groups of organizations at every stage of Collective Impact. Our introductory workshops help organizations understand the principles and evaluate their readiness to engage. We're grateful to the Tamarack Institute and the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation, through it's Innoweave initiative, for developing some of the materials and process for the introductory sessions and workshops we offer.  We also work with individual collectives as coaches during all stages of collective impact development. 

Innoweave (an initiative of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation) offers comprehensive supports for organizations interested in working collectively. Interested organizations are invited to apply through the McConnell Foundation's Innoweave site, or by contacting us directly. 

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Capacity Building

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In our changing and competitive not-for-profit landscape, impact depends on excellence in leadership, governance, and management practices as much as on program activities. Adaptive, generative leaders can cope with complexity, build relationships and test new ideas- and can do that best when backed up by high -performing organizations

Pelee's services include comprehensive organizational reviews of internal  effectiveness and external influences. We work with clients to build comprehensive organizational development plans and stay with them through implementation.  We take a collaborative approach to capacity building and emphasize sensitive change management. 

Pelee helps organizations navigate change, and will act as a coach to new leaders or as project manager in  transformation and capacity building work.   

News

Check here for upcoming events and our blog-- Building not-for-profit impact while enjoying the journey. 

     Clients

Pelee works with not-for profit organizations and charities across Canada. Current or recent clients include:    

  • 4Rs Youth Movement (National project)
  • Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI)
  • Canadian Association for Residential Options for Criminalized Women (CAROW)
  • Career Trek
  • CITY: Collective Impact for Toronto Youth (Students' Commission and Partners)
  • Community Futures Parkland
  • Community Living Kawartha Lakes (with the Bridgespan Group)
  • Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton
  • Farm Start (with the Bridgespan Group)
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (Experimental Lakes Area) 
  • John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Laidlaw Foundation
  • Nelson Youth Centres
  • New Mentality
  • Nordik Institute (University of Algoma) Social Entrepreneurship Evolution
  • Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
  • Ontario 211 Services Corporation
  • Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy
  • PSYE: Partnering for Success in Youth Employment (Social Planning Council, Ottawa, and Partners)
  • SharED, Peel Region
  • Skills for Change
  • Sustainability Network
  • The Mount Community Centre
  • The Natural Step Canada
  • YouCAN (Youth Canada)                                                                         

Please contact us for references or more information.