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Next in Nonprofits

Author: Steve Boland

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Next in Nonprofits interviews nonprofit leaders and service providers to keep you up to date with the best ideas in social good. Learn more at nextinnonprofits.com/podcast
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Dominique Calixte is the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Events for YW Boston. She spends a lot of time considering the mix of support options to pay for mission work in the world, and has been a previous guest on the Next in Nonprofits podcast. Check out Fundraising While Black to learn more! Dominique joins host Steve Boland to talk about the pluses and minuses of outside organizations partnering with nonprofits for what Dominique calls "microdonations." A prime example (pun intended) is the Amazon Smile program, which donates .5% of eligible purchases to a charity if the microdonor uses the correct web address. Dominique talks about other examples, such as rounding up programs at local stores, specific deals with creators rather than retailers, and more. An important theme in her thinking is connecting to donors more than small dollars raised. Listen now by clicking the player or subscribe to the podcast on your phone for automatic updates. Get more details on how to subscribe on our podcast page.
Tim Kachuriak is the CEO and Founder of NextAfter, which "combines the perpetual learning of a fundraising research lab, the practical application of a digital-first agency, and the rigorous instruction of a training institute." Tim joins host Steve Boland to talk about how "people give to people" and the tools and tactics nonprofits can use to maximize the personal connection to donors while using some levels of automation to keep the process fast and affordable. Tim talks about the experiments run by NextAfter, what they have learned from this data, and how they help implement what they've learned and tested. A little personalization and the right tools can go a long way in earning trust with donors. Download the Fundraiser's Creed Tim mentions in the episode.
Nneka Allen is the principal and founder of The Empathy Agency, which "offer(s) a better understanding of dominant cultures' impact on organizational culture because we are all responsible for the environments we create." Chris Conroy is a partner at The Wellspring Group, "a complete Human Resources and training consultancy helping healthcare providers, educational institutions, and social impact/nonprofit organizations build more inclusive, higher performing teams." Nneka and Chris join host Steve Boland to talk about their joint work in equity in the nonprofit sector, including their curriculum, Racial Equity Journey. They talk about defining equity in work (and talk about diversity and inclusion as terms), addressing cultures of whiteness in charities, engaging people for change and much more. Acknowledging the problems aloud can be a first step, but nonprofits often don't move forward in breaking down systemic barriers which they may not even understand without assistance.
Stephen King is Founder and CEO of GrowthForce, whose mission is " is to become a trusted partner leaders can rely on to provide actionable financial insights needed for making data-driven decisions." Stephen joins host Steve Boland to talk about this moment in time of changed community expectations in a pandemic, new debt tools not previously available (including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the SBA with a 30 year repayment), and more. Stephen talks about the use of debt, ensuring there is a sensible plan for recovery rather than just postponing difficult decisions for changes that are not going to go back to the way things were. Stephen discusses the "Amazonification" of expectations from donors and clients in the post-pandemic world, keeping your forecasting within reasonable range and much more
Jennifer Katrulya is a partner at Citrin Cooperman, "a top-25 nationally recognized full-service assurance, tax, and advisory firm with offices conveniently located throughout the United States." Jennifer works with nonprofits and other companies in all stages of development, and joins host Steve Boland to talk about the long-term changes charities may see from the COVID crisis. Jennifer discusses changes in work places, the potential longer-term needs in real-estate and remote locations, impacts on service delivery in charities and much more.
Joe Burnett is the contributing editor, and Ken Burnett is a trustee, of Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (SOFII). SOFII "aims to be the most comprehensive, best organised, and most inspiring collection of fundraising related content from around the world." The site hosts case studies of fundraising from around the world and throughout recorded history. SOFII hosts the "I Wish I’d Thought of That (IWITOT): The Americas" event on January 26, 2021, and a series of IWITOT events in the past. The showcase features great ideas in fundraising, presented by peers who did not create/participate in the case study. Joe and Ken join host Steve Boland to discuss what is "innovation" in a field that has case studies that are thousands of years old, adapting ideas to fit current times and needs, and much more. Listen now by clicking the player above, download the file for later here, or subscribe to the podcast on your phone for automatic updates. Get more details on how to subscribe on our podcast page.
Nate Nordstrom is the Founder and CEO of Easy Board, "The easy way to organize board meetings, documents, and people." The tool is designed to help boards of directors share information with the least amount of barriers to use. Nate joins host Steve Boland to talk about the ongoing challenge of coordinating information for boards, some of the decisions for Easy Board in their tools, the decision to launch a new product targeted for this use specifically, and much more.
Janay Richmond is the Director of Marketing and Membership for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), and Ryan Schlegel is the Director of Research for NCRP. The NCRP "promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness." Janay and Ryan are among the co-authors of the report Black Funding Denied, which analyzes pubic data about community foundation giving specifically directed to Black communities. The report uses data from Candid to demonstrate an "ever-persistent resource gap" in funds designated for Black communities. Janay and Ryan discuss the origins of the report, transparency in philanthropic reporting, and much more. Additional information is available from other partners, including The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Pocket Change, and more.
Courtney DeRonde is Managing Partner at TDT CPAs and Advisors, which outsourced accounting services at varying levels for businesses, including nonprofit organizations. Part of how TDT works with clients is in decision-making on what accounting systems do versus what information should be left in other data-management systems. Host Steve Boland talks with Courtney about integrating accounting software like Quickbooks with outside systems (specifically donor relationship management software), using that information to monitor cash flow or forward projections, accounting for pledges in accounting software, and much more! Courtney has a free e-Book to help think through these issues.
Ken Ungar is the president and founder of CHARGE, whose "mission is to help clients unlock the power of sponsorship to enhance their brands and grow their business." The world of sponsorship had often been associated with events in the past, but in a world of limited numbers of people doing in-person gatherings, that opportunity is changing. Ken talks about having a sponsorship policy (learn what questions to ask in that policy with this template), to conduct a readiness assessment (available on the CHARGE website), and to really consider the value proposition of giving a partner access to your nonprofit audience. Ken has a book on this topic, and shares his thoughts on corporate participation as sponsors, how this works with charitable gifts from the same organization or related groups, and much more.
Amadie Hart is the lead researcher of the recently updated "A Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Fundraising Software published by Tech Impact, which helps charities consider "...systems that facilitate work from any geographic location, that allow them to collect donations online, and that allow them to communicate directly with their donors." Amadie joins host Steve Boland to discuss how the team decided which systems to review (for example, these systems are all cloud-based now), how use cases would be defined, information about pricing and so much more.
Spencer Brooks is the Founder and Principal of Brooks Digital, which "believe(s) in your mission and know(s) you have the tools and information to help your constituents, you just don’t know how to orchestrate it all together to boost traffic, engagement, memberships, and subscribers." Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations exist to protect health-care consumers, and charities want to stay on the right side of those rules while asking their clients and supporters to stay connected with them outside any direct service relationship. Spencer talks with host Steve Boland about how to ask for permission to share marketing information, three levels of HIPAA-compliant marketing for nonprofits, and even going back to build a relationship with past clients if permission wasn't originally requested. Check out the links provided by Brooks Digital for more information.
Mark Cross is the Sales Director at GoodUnited, which is "is the worldwide leader in 1:1 conversational messaging between nonprofits and their donors." Mark joins host Steve Boland to talk about the "why" of using Facebook for fundraising, including the fact it is going to happen with or without your nonprofits engagement. Mark also gets into the "how" of using Facebook tools, including a blog post from GoodUnited with information about how to get approved with Facebook to get more information about Facebook fundraising. Despite acknowledged concerns about Facebook as a platform (see the StopHateForProfit campaign for example), many potential supporters will use this space and charities can benefit from being intentional about engagement and strategy.
Dominque Calixte is "a millennial and fundraising professional" with "an interest in helping to activate millennials as change-makers through philanthropy and effective DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) practice in the fundraising space." Dominque joins host Steve Boland to talk about her perspective on Fundraising While Black. She shares her insights into systemic problems in hiring and advancing people of color in the fundraising space, and in nonprofit work more broadly. Topics include donor advised funds, access to networks, turnover in the field and more.
Steven Aguiar is the founder of Good Goes Further, which "empowers nonprofit leaders to understand, embrace, and wield their digital marketing powers for good." Steven joins host Steve Boland to talk about using Google Ads to drive donations to charities. The Google Ads program donates search advertising to clients (learn more in our podcast on Google Ads) but once in the system it takes strategy and testing to direct search traffic into financial support for a mission. Steven talks about using pixels to re-market to past visitors, keeping up on the quality of search click throughs, augmenting donated search ads with paid tools, and much more!
Megan Anhalt is the Chief Strategy Officer and COO of Whole Whale, "a B Corp digital agency that leverages data and tech to increase the impact of social impact organizations." Megan joins host Steve Boland to talk about the #StopHateForProfit campaign, sponsored by groups such as ADL, NAACP, Color of Change and more. The sponsoring groups are urging for-profit companies to "pause" all advertising spending on Facebook, hoping the platform will make changes to "stop generating ad revenue from misinformation and harmful content." The campaign is targeted at for-profit companies, but the nonprofit sector has a lot consider about the problems with Facebook, the future of using that tool, and understanding all their other options to reach potential supporters, engage donors and more. Megan talks about how Whole Whale engages clients in evaluating what is right for them work, mission, and future given these concerns. Get more details on how to subscribe on our podcast page.
Doug Scott is the Founder and CEO of Tectonic Video, which believes "Video is the future, and nonprofits need to quickly adapt to this new reality." Doug joins host Steve Boland to talk about logical steps in video production and measurement for nonprofits. When to use the camera in your phone, when to hire a professional, and how to think about video as both a tool for expanding support for your work as well as a mission-accomplishing tactic.
Vanessa Wakeman is a Nonprofit Futurist, speaker, and CEO of the Wakeman Agency, "a social change agency that helps amplify the voices of mission-driven causes and the people that lead them." Vanessa joins host Steve Boland to talk about what we changes may echo into the longer-term future as a result of the pandemic. Charities should consider faster responses with more remote actions, building audiences regardless of geography, more equitable financial support to leaders of color in the sector, and much more! Listen now by clicking the player above, download the file for later here, or subscribe to the podcast on your phone for automatic updates. Get more details on how to subscribe on our podcast page.
Corey Harnish is a Partner at FunFunding, an "online games platform (which) enables our users to support causes they choose through prizes provided by corporate sponsors." Corey joins host Steve Boland to talk about the FunFunding platform, how it works, sponsorship, connections with players and the pathway to supporters, the impact of gamification as a tool on engagement, and much more! Listeners may also wish to review the episode on Virtue Reality to learn about building custom games (vs. using existing games which don't require installation.) Get more details on how to subscribe on our podcast page.
Jeff Baker is Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Clinical Education & Global Programs at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, and Director of the Community Justice Clinic. Jeff joins host Steve Boland to discuss the federal government response to the Coronavirus economic impact, and in particular the relief programs funded in the CARES Act: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Nonprofits organizations are eligible to apply in both programs, and Jeff discusses what we know of the programs so far, and what nonprofits should consider in applying for these loans, what is forgivable (essentially converting to grants) and what needs to be repaid. As of this recording (April 21, 2020) additional funding was still pending in the Congress, but PPP funds had already been oversubscribed. The Community Justice Clinic has resources available, as does the National Council of Nonprofits. All charities are urged to stay in contact with their representation in Congress, telling them how relief efforts to date are impacting your mission.
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