Ideas & Impact June 2023

Posted June 28, 2023 in Uncategorized

Ideas & Impact

from the Power to Give Foundation

JUNE 2023

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. In every facet of our work, we are reminded of how much we have learned – and still must learn – from the Indigenous communities, organizations, and leaders we are privileged to know. We hope your journey is similarly rich, reflective, and filled with gratitude.


Jessica Wadhams-Mountain, a member of the ‘Namgis First Nation, looks back on her Antarctic expedition with Students on Ice. Both SOI and Jessica’s sponsor organizations (Nawalakw and Sea to Cedar) are longtime members of Power to Give’s Social Impact Portfolio.

Everyone had a different impact on me throughout the trip and being with them made me feel like I just heard my favourite song for the first time.”


Founded by the three Indigenous families on Vancouver Island (Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu Chah Nulth), Tsow-Tun Le Lum (“Helping House”) has offered trauma-informed, culturally based healing programs to Indigenous People since 1988. This month, they will move to their new location on Cowichan Tribes territory near Duncan, BC, which we are honoured to support.

“All of us as human beings – no matter who we are – need to heal. Because there’s been so much trauma in this world. And we know that hurt people… hurt people. So, we like to lift people up.”


Across Canada, thousands of people in rural and remote areas are impacted by inefficient supply chains, with Indigenous communities disproportionately affected. In this video, Helicopters Without Borders shows how their innovative approach bridges this gap – and fosters trust – by transporting essential supplies, services, and healthcare personnel to these communities.

“It’s an opportunity with our skillset – aviation – to see where we can practice reconciliation. We’re really trying to mold ourselves to how First Nations want to work with us and the way they see partnership.”



  • June 18-22 Our annual Social Impact Summit at Arowhon Pines brings our portfolio of organizations together for leadership training, connection… and a much-deserved recharge.
  • Fall 2023 Our friend Dan Pallotta’s powerful new documentary about the nonprofit sector,“Uncharitable”, has garnered a lot of attention and will have a theatrical release. Stay tuned for information on our advance, private screenings across Canada.


If you have:

  • Ideas… we are always looking for high-impact organizations and leaders
  • Intros… we are always excited to meet other active or aspiring philanthropists
  • Interest… we would be honoured to assist with your philanthropic journey


Turns out, gratitude really is good for you.

If you found this informative and useful, please forward to a friend.


“We don’t have a word for philanthropy. But how I see it now is that we’re the original philanthropists. Giving and sharing is something that we’ve been doing since time immemorial.” – Liz Liske, Yellowknives Dene First Nation

With Immense Gratitude,

Tim Cormode (He/Him)

Founder and CEO

Power To Give Foundation

C: 250.507.5972

We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish people on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play.

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