Social Enterprise

  • NAYDO 2013: Does Your YMCA Underestimate Its Value to Impact Investors?

    Recorded April 13, 2013

    Kevin Trapani led this discussion with panelists Johan Eltvik (Secretary General of the World Alliance of YMCAs), Diana Wells (President of Ashoka), and Bart Houlahan (Co-Founder of B Lab) at the 2013 North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) conference. The panel discussed how YMCAs can work with new philanthropists to move social impact to scale.

    Defining and understanding impact investing requires the ability to identify the greatest needs in your community, to understand the essential role of collaboration in moving solutions to scale and to appreciate the importance of measuring your impact. Hear the thoughts of our highly esteemed panel members on what appeals to them about working with the YMCA movement and their vision of the Y working with impact investors.


  • Everyone is a Changemaker: Camps' Role in Lifting Society

    Recorded Feb. 12, 2013

    Kevin Trapani, President and CEO of The Redwoods Group, leads this session at ACA National Conference on camps' role in improving their communities and reaching their social impact.


  • Philanthropy Live! 2012 | Pittsburgh

    Recorded April 25, 2012

    Philanthropy Live! 2012 | Pittsburgh

    Almost 100 Y professionals shared their time and talents to make a positive difference in Pittsburgh during Philanthropy Live! at NAYDO. It was exhausting work–painting walls, building a community garden and refurbishing medical supplies. See the difference we made and learn about the organizations that benefited from our collective efforts.


  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2012

    Recorded March 13, 2012

    St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for research to cure childhood cancer. The research is funded through charity events, most notably head-shaving events where participants “go bald early.” Learn more about St. Baldrick’s and watch a few brave people shave their head for cancer research.


  • Serve Others: Habitat Build in Zambia

    Recorded Jan. 27, 2012

    Three years ago, Amanda Nieman went with Habitat for Humanity to build houses in Zambia. She recently returned to Zambia to assist the local Habitat chapter. Listen as Amanda recounts her humbling experience in this video.


  • Camps as a Social Enterprise

    Recorded Jan. 26, 2012

    Social enterprises are society’s change agents. They use business practices to sustain and scale a social mission. Learn how camps can use the social enterprise model to scale in today’s economy.


  • Executing Well on Our Mission

    Recorded April 25, 2011

    Protocols don’t save lives. Practices do. When there is a gap between what we say and what we do, we struggle to execute on our mission. Kevin Trapani shares valuable insight on what it takes to execute on the important work at the Y.


  • Interviews with Six YMCA Leaders about Partnership

    Recorded June 7, 2010

    At Redwoods, we’re lucky to have some fantastic partners. Hear what these distinguished YMCA leaders had to say about a range of topics from working with Redwoods to highlights from their YMCA careers.


  • Jewish Community Centers as a Social Enterprise

    Understanding the collective and positive impact on society that JCCs have when they work together is crucial and leads to a high level of relevance for each JCC in their communities. This relevance and impact is further increased when organizations effectively collaborate. Learn how to maximize social impact.