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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
59 Episodes
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.
Henry Timms is the CEO of the 92nd Street Y, which "promotes individual and family development and participation in civic life within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism." Henry founded #GivingTuesday in 2012, a growing global day of giving, and has continued to evolve the ideas and values of #GivingTuesday through a new book co-authored with Jeremy Heimans, New Power. The book - and much of the values behind #GivingTuesday - emphasize a new paradigm of decentralized, shared power, and how movement building can supplant old ideas of centralized control. Henry talks about the intentional "open sourcing" of #GivingTuesday, how the New Power values add to donor/supporter agency - changing a perhaps more passive role to a more active one. Charities and movements which show a willingness to evolve business models based on a shared (and therefore improved) power dynamic have new opportunities with new tools. Take the New Power Quiz and share your thoughts in your favorite New Power space (Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else).
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.
Martin Leifeld is an author, consultant, coach and public speaker. During his 24 years of professional fundraising, Martin and his teams raised a staggering $500 million dollars. Martin joins host Steve Boland to discuss the big changes happening in fundraising in a post-coronavirus world. Martin emphasizes relationships with donors as a key driver of how to respond to rapidly changing forces in the development world. Outside tactics like GivingTuesdayNow can impact donors and conversations, as well as impacts from secondary factors such as stock market fluctuations, possible impacts on employment and partner organizations and more. Martin talks about communication as a key, even in times when you may choose a different message for donors than a request for financial support.
Mazarine Treyz is the Founder and CEO of Wild Woman Fundraising, which supports both organizations and individuals to become more successful fundraisers for their work. Mazarine joins host Steve Boland to talk about the long-standing issue of turnover in fund development staff for charities. Some staff may leave a position early for unrelated reasons, but often the high churn in development staff is due to poor expectations, poor communication of those expectations, or poor support to grow tools and staff over time. Mazarine emphasizes her experience with building a pipeline, mentoring newer development staff (and board and others!), and knowing the value of making the right hire and building realistic goals to celebrate. Get more on our podcast page.
Chelsea Seabron is Manager with, and Larry Brown, Jr. is the National Director of the NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) program. ACT-SO " is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students." has announced a three year, $3 million dollar grant with accompanying Google employee volunteer hours to help bring ACT SO to more communities and more students. Larry and Chelsea talk to host Steve Boland about the history of ACT SO, the decision by to support that work, the nature of bringing a program to scale over time, the impact of ACT SO on young people over time, and much more. Check out the ad about ACT SO.
Tosha Anderson is The Charity CFO, which "was founded to offer accounting and thought leadership skills to nonprofit organizations." Tosha brings over 30 years of experience in nonprofit accounting to her clients, and serves groups of all sizes and missions. Host Steve Boland talks to Tosha about allocating costs for programs to better tell a nonprofit story. Some funders limit "management and general" or indirect costs to programs, but part of raising the necessary resources to support a nonprofit mission is telling the full story of all costs involved. Tosha discusses methods to allocate indirect costs, using that information to make better management decisions, and understanding when funder limits may be causing problems for specific programs. More at
  Sarah Durham is the CEO of Big Duck, a communications consulting organization which specializes in "developing the voices of determined nonprofits."     Sarah's new book, The Nonprofit Communications Engine, "outlines a simple model for nonprofit communicators and leaders that makes it easier for them to leverage communications in order to advance their mission. " Sarah joins host Steve Boland to discuss the metaphor of the Engine to envision interrelated parts moving toward a goal, a free, self-assessment tool to begin this work. the different types of engagement and measurements, 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.  
Erica Blake and Lee Broderick are consultants with Tech Impact, a nonprofit whose mission is help other charities "realize the potential of technology to achieve their mission and improve outcomes." Tech Impact provides consulting services for nonprofits in several areas. Erica and Lee join host Steve Boland to discuss the choices and challenges faced by charities upgrading from their initial tools, such as moving from a separate donor system and communications to a more comprehensive customer relationship management (CRM) system. They discuss the potential high-cost of "free", examining culture in choosing next systems, total cost of ownership and more. Listen now by clicking the player above, download the file for later, or subscribe to the podcast on your phone for automatic updates. Get more details on how to subscribe on our podcast page.
Salesforce is a customer relationship management platform which offers donated licenses to nonprofits under Salesforce holds an annual conference on their platform each year called Dreamforce, and this year emphasized the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a part of that conference. Naomi Morenzoni is Vice President of Philanthropy Strategy at Salesforce. Sunya Norman is Director, Sustainability at Salesforce. They join host Steve Boland to talk about the SDGs in relation to Salesforce, how charities can see themselves contributing to that picture, and how to learn more from tools such as as the Trailmix (online training) from Salesforce on the SDGs. :: :: United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) :: Naomi Morenzoni :: Sunya Norman :: Trailmix on SDGs ::
William Browning is Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer of United Way Worldwide, which “improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.” Stephanie Slingerland is Director of Philanthropy/Social Impact for Kellogg Company. William and Stephanie joined host Steve Boland live at the Dreamforce Conference 2019 to talk about Philanthropy Cloud, an integrated tool for companies using the Salesforce platform to engage employees in giving back in communities. That giving can be financial, or volunteer time, or combinations of those things, but also can involve fellow employees, matching gifts, and more. The conversation discusses United Way as a key philanthropic partner, emerging tools such as mobile apps and skill-based volunteering, and the evolution of the platform and uses in companies such as Kellogg. Browning :: United Way Worldwide :: Stephanie Slingerland :: Philanthropy Cloud :: Dreamforce :: ::
Judith Escribano is the Head of Communications for Islamic Relief UK, a partner organization of Islamic Relief World Wide. Islamic Relief UK’s mission is to “inspire and enable people to respond rapidly to disasters and fight poverty through our Islamic values, expertise and global reach.” They’ve just released a new communications effort to engage audiences in their work via a mobile game, Virtue Reality. The game uses real-world projects as the basis for a game to engage users in learn, dispelling negative stereotypes, and helping audiences engage and have fun. Judith joins host Steve Boland to talk about the strategy to create a game as a part of their work, decisions about representation and images in the game, measurements for this iteration of the game, and next steps in promoting this game as part of promoting the mission work of Islamic Relief. Special thanks to AlphaGeekRadio for hosting our show! Escribano :: Islamic Relief UK :: Virtue Reality mobile game ::
Amanda LaGrange is the chief executive officer of Tech Dump, “providing seamless electronics recycling services for businesses and organizations of all sizes (and) a social enterprise that provides jobs and training for persons facing barriers to employment.” Tech Dump has operated largely on earned revenue, but has been broken into it’s first “event” fundraising opportunity with the “Thanks for Not Coming” gala. The zero-waste event asked supporters to buy a ticket to not show up in person. The event was emceed by Tane Danger of the Theater of Public Policy in space donated by the Midpointe Event Center, but guests were asked to stay home and enjoy the short program remotely. Host Steve Boland talks with Amanda about the genesis of this idea, the challenge of event-based fundraising, mission alignment in fundraising, and much more. More info at LaGrange :: Tech Dump :: Thanks for Not Coming Gala :: Tane Danger :: Short video of the "event" ::
Justin Steele is the Head of Americas for, which “bring(s) the best of Google to innovative nonprofits that are committed to creating a world that works for everyone.” The philanthropic work of Google brings cash grants to charities, but also commits staff time and partnerships to create solutions to issues in communities world-wide. Justin joins host Steve Boland to talk about how makes decisions in funding, launching open challenges, the unique challenges in areas such as data management, and learning where Google teams can offer specific insight, and much more. More info at Steele :: :: Impact Challenges at ::
Kari Aanestad is the Director of Advancement for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and Co-Director of Grant Advisor. Jon Pratt is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Kari recently published a blog post, Why Donor Advised Funds Aren’t Really for Grantwriters (But Can Be…) at An increasing amount of philanthropic giving is moving through Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), and this raises more questions about the nature of DAFs, transparency in giving, and supporting charitable work in communities. Kari and Jon join host Steve Boland to talk about a special working group around DAFs convened at MCN, how nonprofits can use tools like NOZAsearch and DAFdirect links to improve their success with DAF donors, and efforts around legislation on how DAFs may change in the future. More information at Advisor blog post on DAFs :: Grant Advisor :: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits :: Jon Pratt :: Kari Aanestad :: NOZAsearch :: DAFdirect ::
Michael Spinosa is the Chief Executive Officer of Unleashed Technologies, which “combine(s) technology, creativity, and strategy to transform your audience from visitors into evangelists.” Michael joins host Steve Boland to talk about Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), which are web-based tools that have all the benefits of installed apps on mobile phones, but without the downside of multiple development for different operating systems and app stores. Michael describes how a PWA can add an icon to a home-screen just like a traditional app, function offline like a traditional app, speed up processing, and save money over managing outreach to new clients and donors in installed app development. Unleashed Technologies also has a recorded webinar on this topic. Web Apps from Google :: Webinar on PWAs :: Unleashed Technologies :: Michael Spinosa ::
Kris Kewitsch is the executive director of the Charities Review Council, and was one of the very first guests on the Next in Nonprofits podcast back in 2015! The Charities Review Council’s mission is “building donor and nonprofit relationships for strong, vibrant and just communities.” Kris joins host Steve Boland to talk about the recently announced merger creating Candid, a new organization from the Foundation Center and Guidestar. There is no projected immediate change in operations of the two large-scale nonprofit support organizations, but the merger will bring changes over time to how these types of services are provided to the nonprofit sector. Kris talks about how the work of the Charities Review Council impacts her thinking about these different organizations, how charities may consider the impact of this news, and whether we may get a range of yet-unknown services from these two large data sets and histories. Center :: Candid :: First Kewitsch podcast from 2015 :: Charities Review Council :: Kris Kewitsch :: Guidestar :: Next in Nonprofits podcasts ::
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