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November 26, 2019
We are happy to introduce you to our new Membership Engagement Manager, Paul Seale ! His role is designed to support and amplify the impact of our membership and network. Paul will be growing the network and deepening connections with members of our network and our community . He will facilitate animation and engagement activities with a primary focus on inclusion, collaboration and community development. Paul has been an archivist,... Read More
November 7, 2019
Lore Wainwright, Director of Operations, Innovation Works, has been recognized by the London Community Foundation (LCF) with their Vital People Award. LCF believes that leaders in the charitable sector play a significant role in creating an inclusive community for everyone. Their Vital People Award recognizes individuals working in the London, Ontario and Middlesex County charitable sector with funding for professional development. The Foundation believes that investing in the professional development... Read More
October 30, 2019
Looking to start or grow a social enterprise? It can be challenging to take time for strategic business planning when you are managing the daily needs of your organization. Innoweave, an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, provides up to $10k in funding to support your team. Funding is available to nonprofits, for-profits and cooperatives to hire external consulting services to support market research, strategic planning, financial models, pricing,... Read More
October 15, 2019
On October 22nd, Lindsay McDermott joined Pillar as our Business and Resource Development Manager. Lindsay is a seasoned community change-maker with more than a decade of experience in strategic resource development, generating significant revenue that furthers social innovation, fulfills charitable missions, and creates lasting community impact. By pairing passion with purpose, Lindsay builds formative partnerships that inspire meaningful results. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team!Read More
September 30, 2019
The Pillar Nonprofit Network team is excited to welcome five new team members into the fold this October! We welcome Sarah Beyea to the role of Project Manager . Sarah has a passion for helping organizations improve and communicate their social, environmental, and economic impact. With over eleven years of experience in project management and program implementation, she is a firm believer that the best change happens through collaboration and... Read More
September 9, 2019
After a six month Reflective Practice & Research Fellowship, Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director is coming back with renewed energy and insight following global network research, learning opportunities, reflective practices and dedicated time to document the story and promising practices of Pillar, Innovation Works and VERGE Capital. To learn more read Michelle's latest blog here . Having others step into leadership and documenting our network approach were intentional to create succession... Read More
September 6, 2019
Reflective Practice and Research Fellowship What is a reflective practice and research fellowship? As the Executive Director of Pillar for more than 10 years, there was an intensity to my role during the growth phases of Pillar, Innovation Works and VERGE Capital that had me all in and firing on all cylinders. I had reached a point in my career that I was looking for a renewed sense of meaning,... Read More
September 5, 2019
At Pillar we often talk about organizational resilience and how our ability to adapt, pivot and sustain change can help strengthen our capacity to create positive impact in our community. We have reorganized to help us to respond to a growing network with increasingly diverse needs. For instance, the network expressed a need for more information on public policy and government relations given our new economic reality. We’ve responded through... Read More
September 4, 2019
Pillar Nonprofit Network , as a WES Ecosystem Fund (Regional Stream) recipient, will be receiving $3,585,303 to deliver the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN), which proposes to broaden and diversify the entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting women, through inclusive design and Indigenous knowledge and practice. This will support 150 new women-led social enterprises and expand 75 existing ones, offer 10 women-centered innovation training sessions to 250 people in 12 communities,... Read More
August 30, 2019
Pillar is very excited to share that we will welcome two new staff members to the Pillar team on September 3, 2019. Rachel Berdan will join us as our new Social Innovation Coach, leading the Libro Social Enterprise Incubator. A communicator by background, a coach by nature, and a business leader by way of a series of great opportunities, Rachel is passionate about helping businesses of all kinds align strategy,... Read More


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