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Partner With Us

In 2023, our organization was selected to receive the reputed Investment Readiness Program grant, aimed at establishing strategic partnerships to help us advance towards investment readiness. While the project is now complete, we continue to welcome inquiries from others driven by a commitment to fostering inclusivity. Tell us below about your mission and ideas for collaboration. If we’re a match, we are excited to start a conversation and explore how our combined efforts can drive impact!

This project is part of the Investment Readiness Program, funded by Government of Canada’s Social Innovation / Social Finance Strategy.

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Why Partner?

You believe in long-term.

Transactional exchanges do not provide a foundation to sustain lasting impact. To become a partner, you must be willing to build a relationship beyond a single transaction.

We strive for transformative change.

Partners will tap into an exceptional storytelling capacity. We meet people where they are in their journey and include all voices in a balanced way.

You seek reciprocity.

Like in nature, partnerships are symbiotic. To be considered a partner, you must be equally invested in sharing both costs and benefits.

We are relationship-focused.

Authenticity and transparency is core to our approach. We believe trust must be the foundation of our relationship to create profound results in individuals, systems, and the world.

You value collaboration over competition.

Successful partners work together, not against each other. You must be willing to prioritize collaboration and explore complementary synergies that can amplify our joint impact and reach.

We get it done.

Whether the work involves tight deadlines or complex needs, we are known to consistently show up and live up to our promise. Those who partner with us will be getting a collaborator they can depend on.

Partnership FAQ

Partnering with us offers a range of benefits for your organization. You gain access to our expertise in storytelling, which can transform your organization’s EDIB and communication strategies, enhancing your brand and impact within your target communities. If you’d like to bring an empowering storytelling experience to equity-deserving groups, seek a trusted delivery partner to bridge a capacity gap in your organization, or have other ideas, please fill out the form below. 

We value strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations who share our vision of a world that celebrates its diversity and shared humanity. More specifically, we are looking for partners who can benefit from our skillsets while building towards system-level change for their stakeholders. The latter often implies that you’re trying to solve a complex problem requiring deeper collaboration beyond one-off engagements.

Every project is unique and tailored. After our initial exploration, we may decide to embark on a ‘pilot’ which we believe is a de-risked approach to partnership – it allows us both to explore if our working styles are a match, and test outcomes, benefits, and scalability.  A partnership requires commitments from both ends in terms of time, budget and resources. We are small but nimble – so we carefully assess each partnership and prepare a formalized engagement should we jointly proceed 

From launching impactful storytelling campaigns that raised awareness of critical social issues to conducting storytelling workshops empowering leadership teams, our collaborations have driven positive change and inspired lasting connections between diverse audiences.

For example, here is feedback provided to us from Chris Usih, Former Chief Superintendant of Schools at the Calgary Board of Education. 

“During our work together, Gayathri delivered training for over 500 leaders over a course of 3 months. She skillfully created spaces where participants could learn how to enter conversations of antiracism with an open heart and mind. Through a strategic deepening of capability in storytelling and empathy, I witnessed how her interactions with staff and the senior team resulted in positive system change at the Calgary Board of Education. Gayathri’s work has led us to engage in meaningful actions to improve learning and well-being for students.

“In addition, Gayathri and her team recently published a book, project: Landed, Transformative Stories of Canadian Immigrant Women. Landed ranked #1 for Canadian Western Provinces Biographies & Memoirs in Amazon’s Bestsellers list within days of publication. Supported by a Calgary Arts Development grant, Gayathri empowered almost 40 participants to share their experiences as immigrants and refugees to Canada. This project has achieved significant social equity as many participants are now pursuing their creative aspirations as their own professional and entrepreneurial endeavours, as well as continuing to write, tell their stories and be published. Gayathri continues to find new opportunities to work with community groups as a direct result of Landed, thus demonstrating a promising longevity and sustainability of her initiative.”

Gayathri has also been recognized for the impact of her work through the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.

Absolutely! We welcome creative ideas from organizations of all sizes and geographic locations. Whether you are a nonprofit, community foundation, multinational corporation with a corporate social responsibility initiative, educational institution, or any other entity committed to making a positive impact; we believe that working together can amplify our collective impact and make a difference on a national or even global scale. 

You can be our customer and our partner, but the distinction lies in the depth of collaboration. While a customer typically engages with us to access specific services, a partner goes beyond a transactional engagement and involves a strategic alliance, where both organizations work together towards common goals, pooling resources and expertise to amplify the reach and impact of our collective efforts. For example, you may have an audience you serve with a specific need, and we provide the storytelling expertise to meet your intended goals. You bring the budget and we bring the skillset to deliver on co-designed outcomes. This typically turns into a mutually beneficial collaboration where we become your longer-term delivery partner, working alongside to meet your evolving needs.

The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Grant, funded by the Government of Canada and served by Community Foundations of Canada (one of the IRP’s national funding intermediaries) is designed to support social-purpose organizations (SPOs) as they contribute to solving pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges across Canada, while preparing them to participate in the social finance ecosystem. The program is highly competitive, given that the IRP also supports SPOs as they recover from the pandemic. Being selected validates our social impact thus far – we sincerely appreciate Community Foundations of Canada | Fondations communautaires du Canada for supporting social purpose organizations like ours to build capacity, and contribute to solving pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges across Canada.

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