icon

Impact Audio

The podcast for social impact practitioners looking to connect big ideas with real impact. Join host Sam Caplan as he curates practical advice and inspiring stories from the people changing how we think about social change.

Sort by

Dispatch: EFG 2024 and a peek at the future of CSR

Season 4, Episode 8 | 11:58 Min

Sam and Madi reflect on this year’s EFG conference and share what they learned about the future of CSR.

Photo of Madison Silver

Madison Silver

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Dispatch: NASCIO 2024 Midyear & what state CIOs care about most

Season 4, Episode 7 | 22:27 Min

Hear about Sam’s experience at the NASCIO 2024 Midyear conference.

Photo of Stacey Sveum

Stacey Sveum

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

FOMO vs skepticism: AI strategy for grantmakers who feel both

Season 4, Episode 6 | 19:02 Min

Jean Westrick explores how funders can navigate the new era of technology without disrupting their mission.

Photo of Jean Westrick

Jean Westrick

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

How Morgan Stanley finds & funds solutions for youth mental health

Season 4, Episode 5 | 25:32 Min

Joan Steinberg explains why Morgan Stanley focuses their funding on children’s mental health and the mechanics behind getting that funding into the hands of innovators.

Photo of Joan Steinberg

Joan Steinberg

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Closegap & Morgan Stanley: Where innovation arises & how it gets funded

Season 4, Episode 4 | 32 Min

Rachel Miller, founder and CEO of Closegap, and Sam Caplan explore how innovation arises in the social impact sector and how it gets funded. 

Photo of Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller

Photo of Joan Steinberg

Joan Steinberg

Dispatch: The biggest takeaways from PEAK2024

Season 4, Episode 3 | 17:28 Min

Hear Sam’s biggest insights from PEAK2024 that you might’ve missed.

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Photo of Sam Ellsworth

Sam Ellsworth

Dispatch: What You Missed at the Microsoft Global Nonprofit Leaders Summit

Season 4, Episode 2 | 31 Min

Go behind the scenes of the exclusive event to learn how top social impact experts think AI will redefine their work.

Photo of Sam Ellsworth

Sam Ellsworth

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Beth Kanter on AI & the One Question That Will Help You Make Sense of It

Season 4, Episode 1 | 21 Min

Beth Kanter, nonprofit trainer and author, and Sam Caplan explore the nuances of how nonprofits can start using AI today in a responsible way.

Photo of Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

The starvation cycle in corporate social responsibility: How CSR professionals can right the ship

Season 3, Episode 9 | 22:40 Min

Carolyn Berkowitz, President and CEO of ACCP, and Sam Caplan explore how CSR professionals can get their teams out of the starvation cycle.

Photo of Carolyn Berkowitz

Carolyn Berkowitz

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Systemic change requires bold solutions

Season 3, Episode 8 | 69:19 Min

Partners from the Bold Solutions Network sit down with Sam Caplan to share how support from Lever for Change enables them to make long-term, systemic progress.

Photo of Native Women Lead

Native Women Lead

Photo of New Mexico Community Capital

New Mexico Community Capital

Photo of Communities United

Communities United

Photo of JUST Community

JUST Community

What is the ‘S’ in ESG, and how do you measure it?

Season 3, Episode 7 | 27:10 Min

Carmen Perez, founder and partner at Better Next, and Sam Caplan tackle one of the trickiest aspects of CSR and grantmaking—measuring impact.

Photo of Carmen Perez

Carmen Perez

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

The challenge model: How to flip the philanthropy script

Season 3, Episode 6 | 30:03 Min

Kristen Molyneaux, vice president of program strategy & learning at Lever for Change, and Sam Caplan break down how to avoid the traps of traditional philanthropy.

Photo of Kristen Molyneaux

Kristen Molyneaux

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

A blueprint for high-engagement CSR programs

Season 3, Episode 5 | 28:23 Min

Patricia Toothman, social impact manager at Splunk, and Sam Caplan explore what it takes to turn employees into CSR champions.

Photo of Patricia Toothman

Patricia Toothman

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

What the data says about the future of social impact

Season 3, Episode 4 | 29:42 Min

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, managing director of corporate insights & engagement for CECP, and Sam Caplan map out how individual efforts connect to systemic change.

Photo of Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Constructing a Purpose-Built Career

Season 3, Episode 3 | 26:15 Min

Angela Parker, CEO and co-founder of Realized Worth, and Sam Caplan discuss the realities of what it takes to build a career around a strong sense of purpose.

Photo of Angela Parker

Angela Parker

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Breakthroughs in Social Impact: How Integrated CSR Unlocks Innovation

Season 3, Episode 2 | 26 Min

Erin Baudo Felter, VP of social impact and sustainability at Okta, and Sam Caplan break down what should drive CSR programs.

Photo of Erin Baudo Felter

Erin Baudo Felter

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Lessons from the Future of CSR and Corporate Volunteering

Season 3, Episode 1 | 30 Min

Jen Carter, global head of technology & volunteering at Google.org, and Sam Caplan explore what it means to take a “moonshot” approach to social impact.

Photo of Jen Carter

Jen Carter

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

The Opportunity Motivation: Effective Altruism and Our Impetus to Give

Season 2, Episode 10 | 29 Min

Join Submittable with Giving What We Can's Luke Freeman in a discussion about the motivations and methodology behind effective altruism.

Photo of Luke Freeman

Luke Freeman

Photo of Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell

Leaders Never Stop Emerging: Embracing the Next Generation of Philanthropic Changemakers

Season 2, Episode 9 | 35 Min

Join Submittable with philanthropy leader Storme Gray in a discussion about how emerging social impact leaders can unlock the right doors and keep them open. 

Photo of Storme Gray

Storme Gray

Photo of Laura Steele

Laura Steele

Photo of Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell

From Transactional to Transformative: How Intention Can Remake Corporate Volunteering

Season 2, Episode 8 | 30 Min

Join Submittable’s Sam Caplan in conversation with Chris Jarvis, an expert in volunteerism, corporate giving, and the neuroscience behind lasting change.

Photo of Chris Jarvis

Chris Jarvis

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Conversations at the Heart of CSR

Season 2, Episode 7 | 30 Min

Join Submittable with CSR-insider Alli Murphy for a discussion about the people, ideas, and resources propelling social good.

Photo of Alli Murphy

Alli Murphy

Photo of Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell

Riding the Hype Curves: Community Foundations, Crypto, and DAFs

Season 2, Episode 6 | 31 Min

Join Submittable with philanthropy IT insider Leon Wilson for a conversation about tech adoption and strategy in the social sector.

Photo of Leon Wilson

Leon Wilson

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

How Tech Can Turn Silos Into Systems Change

Season 2, Episode 5 | 15 Min

Join Impact Audio for a conversation with Amy Sample Ward and Afua Bruce, experts and leaders in social impact technology.

Photo of Amy Sample Ward

Amy Sample Ward

Photo of Afua Bruce

Afua Bruce

4 Trends Shaping Philanthropy in 2022

Season 2, Episode 4 | 12 Min

Join Impact Audio producers as they discuss the ideas and people shaping philanthropy in 2022, and beyond. 

Photo of Laura Steele

Laura Steele

Photo of Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell

Accessibility, Advocacy, Representation: How Philanthropy Can Step Up for the Disability Community

Season 2, Episode 3 | 33 Min

Join Submittable with special guest Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Founder of RespectAbility, for a powerful conversation on the “A” that’s missing from DEI. 

Photo of Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Advancing DEI Day to Day: From Why to How with WarnerMedia

Season 2, Episode 2 | 15 Min

Join Submittable with special guests Grace Moss, Sophia Zeinu, and Yvette Urbina of WarnerMedia for a discussion on operationalizing DEI.

Photo of Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Photo of Sophia Zeinu

Sophia Zeinu

Photo of Yvette Urbina

Yvette Urbina

From Evolution to Revolution: How Grants Managers Can Remake Philanthropy

Season 2, Episode 1 | 29 Min

Join Submittable with special guests Rachel Kimber and Adam Liebling, grants managers at the forefront of philanthropy’s future tense.

Photo of Rachel Kimber

Rachel Kimber

Photo of Adam Liebling

Adam Liebling

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

The State of Corporate Purpose: Insights from CECP's 2021 Giving in Numbers Report

Season 1, Episode 10 | 20 Min

Join Submittable’s impact team to hear which trends are shaping the future of philanthropy.

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Photo of Natalya DeRobertis-Theye

Natalya DeRobertis-Theye

Photo of Laura Steele

Laura Steele

John Mohr and Sam Caplan: Democratizing Philanthropy with the Common App

Season 1, Episode 9 | 31 Min

Join Submittable with special guest John Mohr, Chief Information Officer of the MacArthur Foundation, in conversation about his efforts to create a common grant application.

Photo of John Mohr

John Mohr

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

7 Principles for Measuring Impact

Season 1, Episode 8 | 17 Min

Join Submittable's marketing team to shift your perspective and discover seven principles that can help guide your impact measurement work.

Photo of Natalya DeRobertis-Theye

Natalya DeRobertis-Theye

Photo of Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell

Chantal Forster and Sam Caplan: Technology Accelerates Change

Season 1, Episode 7 | 29 Min

Join Submittable with special guest Chantal Forster, executive director of the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG), in a conversation about the power of tech in philanthropy.

Photo of Chantal Forster

Chantal Forster

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Kari Aanestad: Equity, Honesty, and #FixTheForm

Season 1, Episode 6 | 15 Min

Join Submittable and special guest Kari Aanestad as she shares context, insights, and insider tips from #FixTheForm.

Photo of Kari Aanestad

Kari Aanestad

Edgar Villanueva and Sam Caplan: How Can Philanthropy Decolonize Wealth?

Season 1, Episode 5 | 59 Min

Join Submittable for a book club Q&A with Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth, facilitated by Sam Caplan, VP of Social Impact at Submittable.

Photo of Edgar Villanueva

Edgar Villanueva

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Shaady Salehi: Tackling Common Misconceptions about Trust-Based Philanthropy

Season 1, Episode 4 | 12 Min

Join Submittable and special guest Shaady Salehi digging into the tenets behind trust-based philanthropy and how funders may misunderstand them.  

Photo of Shaady Salehi

Shaady Salehi

Luther Hughes and Lydia Boss: Antiracism, Community-building, and Grants for Artists

Season 1, Episode 3 | 12 Min

Join Submittable and special guests Luther Hughes and Lydia Boss in a discussion about strategies for improving equity in the grantmaking process.

Photo of Luther Hughes

Luther Hughes

Photo of Lydia Boss

Lydia Boss

Louise Bleach and Mark Horoszowski: CSR, Social Enterprise, and Doing Well by Doing Good

Season 1, Episode 2 | 14 Min

Join Submittable and special guests Louise Bleach and Mark Horoszowski in a conversation about the evolution of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the imperative for social and environmental change.

Photo of Louise Bleach

Louise Bleach

Photo of Mark Horoszowski

Mark Horoszowski

Satonya Fair and Sam Caplan: Philanthropy, Impact, and the Future of Grantmaking

Season 1, Episode 1 | 56 Min

Join Submittable for an in-depth Q&A between Satonya Fair, President and CEO at PEAK Grantmaking, and Sam Caplan, VP of Social Impact at Submittable, focused on philanthropy’s past, present, and future.

Photo of Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan

Photo of Satonya Fair

Satonya Fair

Impact Audio: Trailer

Season 1, Episode 0 | 3 Min

Join Submittable for a new audio series dedicated to social impact—highlights, insights, and in-depth exchanges. Here’s the lowdown on what’s coming up.

Photo of Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell

Subscribe to Impact Audio

Never miss a new episode. Subscribe now and receive each episode in your inbox plus a message from Sam.