Opportunity: November 14 is World Diabetes Day, and as part of its continuing efforts to engage people living with diabetes and to translate research to the community, the BC Diabetes Research Institute wanted to host and event to bring together stakeholders to celebrate diabetes research in BC.
Execution: We connected with a documentary filmmaker to host the Vancouver premiere of their film The Human Trial, a story ten years in the making following the first in human stem cell transplant attempting to cure type 1 diabetes. We engaged the filmmaker and a panel of BC diabetes researchers to host a panel discussion, and included all major diabetes patient organizations to join the event as partners, including JDRF, Diabetes Canada, Diabetes Action Canada, and Young and Type 1.
Results: A sold-out audience to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Young and Type 1 peer support group and to view the Vancouver Premiere of The Human Trial, with guests including the Vancouver study’s primary investigate, study manager and three Vancouver trial patients. Media placements on Global TV, CBC TV, the Vancouver Sun and CKNW radio.
BC Diabetes Research Network hosted the Vancouver premiere of The Human Trial.
Opportunity: A small charity operating in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Employ to Empower supports low income entrepreneurs gain the knowledge, skills, resources and supports over a year-long program to start their own business. Founded in 2018, in May 2021, Employ to Empower served 18 participants with two full-time staff.
Execution: We worked with the Board leadership and the staff team to develop a revenue generation strategy, including a staff and volunteer fundraising campaign, major gifts research and cultivation, and a grant writing program.
Results: Purposefully has helped Employ to Empower to grow their staff, their impact and their revenue, moving their annual revenues from $160,000 to $500,000 and increase the number of low income entrepreneurs supported from 20 people a year to more than 100 in 2022.
The Cardboard Project aims to reduce the stigma of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside residents.
Opportunity: For nearly 50 years, DASCH has been instrumental in empowering people living with intellectual disabilities through DASCH-owned and operated homes and DASCH-designed programs in Winnipeg. DASCH envisions a single, unified centre designed with distinct considerations for people living with intellectual disabilities - the new DASCH Abilities Centre.
Execution: We worked with DASCH's board of directors and senior leaders on inclusive language and messaging to outline the community need, benefits and planned outcomes for this $20 million campaign, developing a case for support and supporting campaign materials.
Results: DASCH Foundation is ready to launch their $20 million capital campaign to the community with a solid case for support, supporting documentation and Campaign Cabinet management resources.
A rendering of the $20 million DASCH Abilities Centre in Winnipeg.