What a privilege it was to interview two staff members from the Sundance Institute. We interviewed Kara Cody, Assistant Director of Utah Community and Government Relations and Betsy Wallace, Chief Financial officer and Head of Business Development. I think when most people hear the word “Sundance”, they think of the Sundance Film Festival, arguably the premier independent film festival in the world. However, the Film Festival is only 10 days in January and it is only one of the many things the Sundance Institute does. The Institute is actually a non-profit organization and provides numerous services to the community. From free screenings and community engagement, to artist development and workshops for local high school students, what goes on the rest of the year in and through the Sundance Institute is more wide-reaching and community impacting than you may think. Kara and Betsy will give you a “behind the scenes tour” about what goes on at the Sundance Institute and all they do to promote the power of story and the art of film.
What a honor to be given this award. I truly consider myself lucky to be able to work at CCPC and with such great people. To me this award reflects our whole team and how hard they all work!” Check out the article here: (pg. 107: https://issuu.com/saltlakemagazine/docs/ja16_digital_edition)
I was interviewing Ken Kullack, a local leader of a nonprofit Community Garden, on my podcast this week and when answering why he was so passionate about Community Gardens, he stated that one of his main reasons related to the growing trend of American families no longer eating together.
For some time now, there has been a clear trend of families grabbing food “on the go”, in the car or in front of a TV or computer screen, instead of around a table with their family.
This trend mirrors a sharp decline in our culture today of overall connecting with each other. In general, we are connecting less, volunteering less and having less actual face-to-face social (non-digital) interaction. It seems that America is becoming the loneliest nation in the world. In fact, the late Mother Theresa once stated that loneliness is the “leprosy” of modern society, especially in the West.
Could the dinner table become the catalyst to regaining our sense of relational connectedness?
According to current studies, “the majority of American families report eating a single meal together less than five days a week.”(2) Not only that, but I later learned that children who do not eat with their parents at least twice a week were 40 percent more likely to bet overweigh compared to those who do according to recent research (3).
Conversely, children who eat with ether parents at least five or more days a week eat healthier and even have better academic performance. There are many reasons cited for these results regarding children’s health with the main reason being the fact that most meals eaten away from the home are most often less healthy than a meal cooked at home.
We all want our kids to be healthy and we certainly want our kids to perform well academically. Perhaps we need to relook at the simple practice of sharing a meal together as a positive step towards those goals. What if we as Americans began to reestablish the dinner table as a place of connection with our family and our friends without the distraction of the ubiquitous digital devices in our lives?
The health and well being of our kids is too important to overlook.
I invited Ken Kullack, Executive Director of the Summit Community Gardens, to join me in the studio to tell us more about the Community Gardens. Ken is a recent transplant from the East Coast and from the For-Profit world and now is living in Park City with his family and leading a Nonprofit full time. He gives an overview of all that they do with and through the Community Gardens and speaks to the key partnerships that have made this possible, among other interesting topics. Enjoy the show! Nonprofit Leadership Podcast is sponsored by CCPC.
Rob was honored to participate in the Governor’s Annual Native American Summit and provided a seminar entitled: “Building Partnerships That Create Sustainable Change For The Future”. His seminar highlighted the relationship between CCPC and the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, and how together they are seeking to create sustainable change for the next generation. He talked about how to create a community partnerships, where to go to secure funding for projects, how to develop and oversee a community-needs assessment, how to start a Community Garden Project, how to address the needs of the local school located within the community and how they are addressing the needs of the Goshutes beyond the reservation.
Our guest on today’s show is Jarrett Ransom. Jarrett has a fascinating story that includes her overcoming significant odds of which she now uses to share with others in order to help them through their challenges. Jarrett is the founder and owner of The Rayvan Group a nonprofit consulting firm focusing on sustainable practices for nonprofits worldwide. She also founded a women’s empowerment nonprofit called ReAwaken that focuses on women who may find themselves rebuilding, re-branding and overcoming their own personal obstacles. Enjoy today’s show. Sponsored by CCPC
Today I enjoyed interviewing Alex Eaton, the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah. Alex brings over 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit leadership experience to the Foundation, recently serving as CFO of the Girl Scouts of Utah. In addition to her executive leadership experience, she has deep financial and investment management expertise, including nearly a decade with Goldman Sachs. Among several topics covered, she will focus on one of the most underrated skills of nonprofit leaders. Enjoy today’s show, as you find out what this underrated skill is!