Coach Giving Leadership Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Coach Giving Leadership Program

Welcome to the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Vancouver Charter Chapter Coach Giving Leadership Program for Non-Profit Organizations.

We are pleased to offer this Leadership Coaching initiative and congratulate your organization on taking this powerful step forward to accelerate leadership awareness, development and effectiveness of your emerging and current leader(s) (hereinafter referred to as the “Coachee(s)”)!

About Coach Giving

Key Program Highlights
  •  Up to 6 hours of Coachee-focused one-on-one coaching over 6-months.
  • Coaching goals personalized to the Coachee and linked to the organizational objectives.
  • The Organization of the Coachee supports coaching as a leadership development tool and agrees to the goals of the coaching engagement.
  • Both Key Client Contact of the Organization and Coachee complete the Pre-Program Questionnaire – Organization and Coachee Readiness – to assess whether coaching is right at this time.
Coachee pre-work for the coaching engagement includes:
  1. Coachee completes the Assessment to Identify Coaching Goals in concert with his/her Manager, if applicable.
  2. Coachee interviews perspective ICF Vancouver affiliated credentialed Coaches before selecting the best fit using How Do I Select a Coach? and online link to a bio of a prospective Coach to the Coachee.
  3. Coachee enters into a Coach-Coachee Coaching Service Agreement with his/her Coach, who forwards it to the Coachee for signature.
  4. Coachee shares his/her Assessment to Identify Coaching Goals with his/her Coach.

 ICF Vancouver Charter Chapter receives payment of $300 per engagement and Coaching begins!

Post-Coaching Feedback Survey sent via Survey Monkey to both the Coach and the Coachee to measure the success of the ICF Vancouver Charter Chapter Coach Giving Leadership Program.

What is Coaching? Why it Works.
What are the Benefits?

What is Coaching?

ICF defines Coaching as partnering with a Coachee in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the Coachee to maximize his/her personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment.

The Coach honors the Coachee as the expert in his/her life and work, and believes every Coachee is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the Coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the Coachee wants to achieve.
  • Encourage Coachee self-discovery.
  • Elicit Coachee-generated solutions and strategies.
  • Hold the Coachee responsible and accountable.

This process helps Coachees to dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while enhancing their leadership competencies and unlocking their yet to be realized potential.

Why Coaching works

Coaching works because it brings out your best. A Coach believes you can create your own best solutions and is educated and skilled to support you in that process.

What do Coaches do?

Ask questions. Coaches ask powerful questions that encourage you to think differently. By asking the right questions, you have the opportunity to find your own best answers.

Listen deeply. You are the focus. Coaches listen to what you say, what you are trying to say, and what you are not saying.

Provide feedback. From time-to-time we are not aware of the impact our beliefs, actions, or our words have on ourselves or others. Coaches can help you clearly appreciate your impact.

Create accountability. Coaches believe that you are fully responsible for your own success. You are supported to discover your own solutions and to take purposeful actions toward your goals.

Acknowledge progress. A Coach provides encouragement, compassion and acknowledgement. It takes a lot of work to achieve goals and sustain their effects for the long-term. Coaches understand that and acknowledge the effort you make, even when you might not recognize it yourself.


Catherine Gordon, HR Director, David Suzuki Foundation
Marianne Lowe, HR Director, Rick Hansen Institute
Lynne Brisdon, Former Coach Giving Chair, 2010-2012
Natasha Shulman, Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC
Michelle Sing Vice President, Human Resources, Volunteers, Communications and Crabtree Corner Community


Laurie O'Donnell, Coach Giving Chair

Under the direction of the Coach Giving Chair, the committee searches for, develops and monitors opportunities for Chapter coaches to coach with non-profit organization for the benefit of the organization or individuals associated with the organization. 

The strategic intent of this activity is to raise the professional profile of the ICF Vancouver Chapter and coaches.  [email protected]

Coach Giving Full Circle – Pilot Project

ICF Vancouver‘s Coach Giving Portfolio is expanding its signature Coach Giving Leadership Program from a one-on-one coaching regime to a peer-to-peer coaching model, a pilot project for 2019.

The Coach Giving Portfolio has come ‘full circle’ and is cycling into a new phase of development. The Coach Giving Full Circle Program embraces and delivers, as its name suggests:

  1.  A full circle of participants.
  2.  Participants receive a “full” experience through mutual giving and receiving in a group or a circle.

The Coach Giving Full Circle Program is designed to provide the benefits of coaching in a group setting and to facilitate positive transformation of individuals and whole organizations.

How do we provide coaching to organizations that meaningfully serve the community, but may not have resources to pay for coaching to enhance their impact?

The Coach Giving Full Circle Pilot Project is designed to meet all criteria of the ICF Foundation Gift of Coaching Award program so that ongoing funding of CGFC is available through grants provided by the ICF Foundation Gift of Coaching Award program, and in the interim, through scholarships granted by the Coach Giving Portfolio.

Why NPOs? Are we eligible? How do we get selected?

Coach Giving Full Circle is designed to meet a unique need in the community.  The benefits of the proposed pilot program are many, and potential impacts extend from individuals to groups, organizations, sociopolitical, and economic systems.

Eligible NPOs for this pilot project must create a meaningful impact in the community and fit within the rubric of three overarching themes. Selected NPOs may access coaching for staff, volunteers, or clients.

  • Youth & Leadership – organizations that support youth in the community and empower them to become leaders of tomorrow.
  • Health & Research – organizations that support health research / treatments / cures; or care for individuals and families who experience significant illness. 
  • Diversity & Inclusion – organizations that support gender equality, individuals with mental, physical or intellectual disabilities, immigrants, refugees, and most vulnerable people in society.
What’s in it for us? How long is the program? How many can participate?

The benefits of the proposed pilot program are many, and potential impacts extend from individuals to groups, organizations, sociopolitical, and economic systems. Documented results include:

  • Enhanced personal awareness and resilience of team members
  • Leverage of personal and/or organizational strengths
  • Greater personal and collective empowerment
  • Improved quality of service
  • Strengthened community leadership
  • Increased engagement of stakeholders
  • Understanding non-profit organizational structure, engagement and the role of stakeholders
  • Experiencing a sense of pride in giving back to the community

A peer-to-peer coaching model will be customized for each NPO and include: 

  • Six hours of peer-to-peer coaching offered to each selected NPO over five months
  • NPOs each nominate 6 individuals to participate (clients, staff, or volunteers)
    • Profile of selected participants: less than three years’ of experience in their current role, no prior experience of coaching, and willingness to report on their progress and experience as part of the evaluation
    • 2 or 3 coaches matched with each NPO (one primary coach, plus one or two support coaches per session)
    • Coaches will be selected to aim for diversity in race / ethnicity, training background, and experience
  • No honorariums, no gifts, no in-kind; strictly a pro-bono coaching engagement
  • Post-survey to evaluate program results

Interested credentialed Coaches (ACC, PCC, MCC), please email us @ [email protected]

With best regards,

Sunaina Sharma, MSc, PhD, LLB, LLM, ICF PCC
Director, Coach-Giving Leadership Portfolio
ICF Vancouver Charter Chapter

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