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Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications

Author: Joan Garry

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Hosted by Joan Garry, the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, Nonprofits Are Messy is a discussion of the most pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership. Joan and her guests tackle topics like the overhead myth, the best way to run special events, how to make a big fundraising ask, board-staff relations, and so much more. At times hilarious, uplifting, and frustrating, the stories told in this podcast should feel very familiar to anybody working in a nonprofit today.

Topics include fundraising, leadership development, building a great board, Executive Director / Board relations, communications and messaging, staff management, nonprofit career advice, crisis management, digital marketing, social media, and so much more.

Listen to real stories of nonprofit leaders like you and how they handled the mess. Because the truth is, nonprofits ARE messy. There’s not enough money, too many cooks, and an abundance of passion. Leading nonprofits isn’t easy. This podcast will help.
89 Episodes
Planned giving, which involves a major gift made either during the lifetime or at the death of the donor, can empower people to make larger charitable gifts than they could from regular income. This can be a fantastic way for nonprofits to raise significant funds and can greatly benefit both the organization and the donor.Our guest, Judi O’Kelly, Chief Program Officer for the National LGBT Bar, teaches us the three things necessary for a donor to decide to participate in planned giving. She also tells us how to budget, who is involved, and what needs to happen for you to develop a strong planned giving initiative.Learn who is most likely to engage in planned giving and who on your staff should be involved.About Judi O’Kelley:Judi O'Kelley is the Chief Program Officer for the National LGBT Bar. Judi joined the Bar's team in 2017, and works on a broad range of programmatic initiatives including building the Bar’s law school affiliate program and supporting the work of the Family Law Institute (a joint initiative with NCLR). Judi brings nearly 25 years of legal and political experience working for equality within the LGBT community. While in law school, she worked against anti-gay ballot initiatives in Oregon; after graduating and entering private practice, she moved to Georgia and worked on behalf of local and national LGBT groups as a pro bono attorney, drafting and lobbying for successful non-discrimination protections and domestic partnership benefit programs for several Georgia municipalities, including Atlanta and Athens. In 2004, she served as President and Campaign Chair for the campaign for the Athens, Georgia area in opposition to Georgia’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions, and continued grass-roots organizing and local political work after the campaign. Judi also was the lead plaintiff from 2004-2006 in the case of O’Kelley v. Perdue, in which Lambda Legal, the Georgia ACLU, and the law firm of Alston & Bird sought to strike down Georgia’s anti-marriage amendment. Judi then spent over eleven years on the staff and in senior management of Lambda Legal in roles ranging from Southern Regional Director, to Director of Life Planning & Planned Giving, to Deputy Director of Development, to Director of Leadership. Along the way she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she is involved with a number of local LGBT groups as the Bar’s West Coast outpost.In this podcast- How the Executive Director and board chair must work together- How do you inspire skeptics?- Are you aware of organizational barriers and if so are you addressing them?- Must you have a planned giving officer? Can you afford one? What’s the ROI there?- Does the whole team need to be involved?- Does an organization have to be a certain size or age to be ready?- What questions might you ask your donors to help develop a lead base?- What giving levels are truly transformational for your organization and how do you reward and recognize at that level?
Does standard work advice not apply to you because you’re at a nonprofit? In this episode of HBR's advice podcast, Dear HBR:, cohosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn answer your questions with the help of Joan Garry, a nonprofit leadership consultant, the former executive director of GLAAD, and the author of the book Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership: Because Nonprofits Are Messy. They talk through what to do when you when you’re trying to advance amid a leadership change, your job seems to change with sources of funding, or you’re unsure how to describe your work to people in the private sector.Listen to more episodes and find out how to subscribe on the Dear HBR: page.About Dan McGinnDan McGinn is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review. He is the author of Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed. He was previously a bureau chief at Newsweek.About Alison BeardAlison Beard is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review. She oversees the “Experience” section of the magazine, which guides individual managers in their careers. She previously worked at the Financial Times.From Alison and Dan’s reading list for this episode:Book: Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership by Joan Garry — “The single most important attribute of a nonprofit leader—board member or staff leader—the attribute that is most critical in helping you to untangle knots and the one that can move your organization from good to great—is joy.”HBR: Nonprofits Can’t Keep Ignoring Talent Development by Libbie Landles-Cobb, Kirk Kramer, and Katie Smith Milway — “Some leaders fear that their leadership development investments will walk out the door. But recent CEB research found that staff members who feel their organizations are supporting their growth stay longer than those who don’t, because they trust that their organizations will continue to invest in them over the long term.”HBR: Move to a Nonprofit? First, Ask Yourself Three Questions by Wayne Luke — “How does the work make you feel? Energized? Frustrated? Do you easily and naturally relate to the people you meet, both other volunteers and those representing the organizations? Have you reached a point in your life where the impact on people’s lives through what you do is more important than the professional platform from which you do it?”HBR: Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits by Jeffrey L. Bradach, Thomas J. Tierney, and Nan Stone — “Discussions about an organization’s intended impact tend to be iterative, inclusive (drawing in board as well as staff members), and incredibly hard. One source of difficulty: Legitimate needs invariably outstrip any single organization’s ability to meet them. So by clarifying its strategy and scope, the nonprofit is also determining what it will not do.”
I have met many first rate board chairs and even had a few during my tenure as an Executive Director, but my guest today is the entire package.The post Ep 87: True Confessions of a Five Star Board Chair (with Daryl Messinger) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Learn how Robin Cembalest has built an enormous social media following and take away lessons that any nonprofit can implement.The post Ep 86: An Artful Approach to Social Media (with Robin Cembalest) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
charity: water’s growth and impact has been nothing short of remarkable. Here’s the story of how they scaled their organization.The post Ep 85: Managing Rapid Growth – the Story of charity: water (with Lauren Letta) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Are you read to develop the skills, and manage the conflict that accompanies passionate and diverse points of view? As a leader, this is critical!The post Ep 84: Passion, Conflict, Diversity, and Leadership (with Parisa Parsa) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Learn from my guest Priya Parker how to create super effective meetings, resolve tough conflicts, and throw killer dinner parties.The post Ep 83: You’re Doing Meetings All Wrong (with Priya Parker) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Ep 82: Helping the Helpers

Ep 82: Helping the Helpers


I get to work with thousands of amazing nonprofit leaders inside the Nonprofit Leadership Lab. Allow me to introduce a few of them to you.The post Ep 82: Helping the Helpers appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
In a polarized world, power to effect change comes from building an “army of the engaged”. Here's how my guest, Rashad Robinson, did just that.The post Ep 81: How to Grow a Movement and an “Army of the Engaged” (with Rashad Robinson) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Nonprofits want to change the world in ways large and small. And yet, when it comes to bringing change into our own orgs, it’s really hard!The post Ep 80: Why is Change So Hard? (with Lisa Lahey) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
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