We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Payne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
That a charity is not a simple setup, donations aren’t guaranteed, grants have to be applied for with an incredible amount of diligence and effort, they aren’t guaranteed and are difficult to secure. The impact part has almost been the easiest part for us, what has been difficult is building a reliable revenue stream that can support our growing social impact. This took a considerable amount of innovation and leadership acumen, people often look at charities and think ‘that’s nice’ which is incredibly condescending. We don’t need business experts to teach us how to run a charity perhaps we can teach business leaders how to be more purpose-driven and impactful to communities rather than solely profit-driven. What we need more of is a respectful cross-sector collaboration that increases social impact.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We changed the law in Australia!!! Shouting that one loud and proud after 3 years of advocacy work we changed legislation that now ensures all bereaved parents who suffer a pregnancy loss prior to 20 weeks will receive paid bereavement leave from their employer. Leave for Loss started as an idea and we took that idea, evidence-based it, engaged various stakeholders to support, lobbied ministers and senators, and made the change a reality. Along the way, with Pink Elephants I have learnt an enormous amount about the power of relationships and how they can make a huge difference to your work. I have leaned into many peers for advice on how to tackle challenges, I’ve forged strong connections with academics to build meaningful service delivery, I’ve formed strong relationships with others that are as driven about our mission as I am.
Pink Elephants exists to right the story of early pregnancy loss for too long the experience has been based on old science, false narratives, silence, and taboo it’s time for change and we’re leading the change with evidence, empathy, and connection.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is so fun to write as I’m nearing the end of a 4 month Covid lockdown!!! I’m grateful to live in an amazing city, Sydney, Australia. I’d start with a morning sunrise walk along the coast Bondi – Coogee, breakfast in the pavilion, head into the city for retail therapy and lunch on the harbour and finish with a night around Surry Hills drinking with friends. Sydney really does have it all magical harbour views, great places to eat and drink and great weather most of the year.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The bereaved parents we exist to support should be commended on their strength and resilience to go through their grief, yes they have no choice but their ability to keep going to try and conceive again after loss to endure the anxiety of pregnancy after loss is incredible. I am in awe of our community every day. I also want to shout out to all the other amazing change-makers out there challenging the norms and working hard to right the wrongs in our society, those who are driven and determined to make a difference for others.