Podcast pick: The Well Endowed Podcast

Podcast pick: The Well Endowed Podcast

· The Pulse

The Well Endowed Podcast is the Edmonton Community Foundation's cheekily named show exploring the impact that passionate people make as they work to build a vibrant city.

ECF helps donors create endowment funds, which then grant money to charitable causes and students. And it's a lot of money — since 1989, the foundation has granted $300 million, including a record total of $35.7 million in 2020.

The podcast tells stories about the foundation's generous donors as well as the people who use that support "to build and sustain social initiatives, empower youth, strengthen arts and culture, and so much more."

The team of Elizabeth Bonkink, Andrew Paul, and Lisa Pruden has been putting the podcast together since 2016, with recent episodes exploring Shift Lab's Wahkohtowin game or introducing educator Dustin Bajer. Their work is supplemented by contributions from storytellers such as Taproot's own Emily Rendell-Watson; or Julian Faid, who did a six-part series on the history of urban planning; or Hunter and Jacquelyn Cardinal, who produced It Takes a Community.

The Well Endowed Podcast won gold at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for 2018, and it always serves up insight and inspiration.