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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.
128 Episodes
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As we close out a most devastating year, I’d like to offer you my own reflections on the things I am carrying into 2021. The post Ep 125: What Will You Carry Into 2021? appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Where is online fundraising headed post-pandemic? Scot Chisholm, founder of fundraising software platform Classy, looks into his crystal ball and tells us what he sees. The post Ep 124: The 5 Giving Trends That Will Define Online Fundraising (with Scot Chisholm) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Do you know the single best indicator of the health of a nonprofit? There is one KEY ingredient for a healthy nonprofit. And it’s even more important during a crisis. In this episode I talk with Carlos de la Rosa and Rosanne Siino, Executive Director and Board Chair of the Lindsay Wildlife Preserve. Hint: Notice […] The post Ep 123: The Single Best Sign of a Healthy Nonprofit (with Carlos de la Rosa and Rosanne Siino) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
This episode is about the role that AI is starting to play in transforming philanthropy by reducing rote tasks and fueling donor retention. The post Ep 122: How to Use Artificial Intelligence to Improve Donor Retention (with Allison Fine and Beth Kanter) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
We discuss why boards matter, when to have a board retreat, how retreats have gone virtual, and what it takes to make a retreat a home run. The post Ep 121: Creating a 5-Star Board Retreat (with Dolph Goldenburg) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
I would like to encourage you to turn your impatience toward your heroic pursuits. After all, there’s a reason you become a nonprofit superhero. The post Bonus Episode: Turn Your Impatience to Your Heroic Pursuits appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Boomers are aging out of nonprofit leadership in droves. Many started organizations post Vietnam and there is a huge impending leadership void in the sector that needs to be filled. Nonprofit boards tend to skew old and are distrusting of youth and “inexperience”. And so the cycle continues. So who will fill this void? How […] The post Ep 120: Raising the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders (with Charlotte Alter) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
There are steps can be taken to ensure success and begin the process of crafting your legacy as a leader, even BEFORE you take on a new role. The post Ep 119: Your First 90 Days as an Executive Director (with Michael Watkins) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Giving circles have raised well over a BILLION dollars over the past 20 years. Learn how your org can tap into this growing movement. The post Ep. 118: The Growing Charitable Movement That’s Raised a Billion Dollars (with Sara Lomelin) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
If you’ve ever had trouble finding great board members, or getting them ready to serve your organizations at a high level, you’ll want to listen to this episode. The post Ep 117: The Hunt for Great Board Members (with Robert Acton and Lalita Badinehal) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
My journey through the world is highly enriched by the diversity of folks around me. The post Ep 116: The Most Important Piece of Diversity Work: Belonging (with Neha Sampat) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
In this episode, Jim Collins and I continue to explore the question of why some organizations thrive in uncertainty and chaos and others do not. Quite timely! The post Ep 115: Taking Nonprofits From Good to Great – Part 2 (with Jim Collins) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
There are those who believe that the donor-centric fundraising model may be perpetuating the very inequity we seek to address in the nonprofit sector. The post Ep 114: What If Fundraising De-Emphasized the Donor? (with Vu Le and Michelle Muri) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
My guest today, best selling author Jim Collins, literally wrote the book on how to navigate a path from good to great and I could not be more excited to have him on the podcast! The post Ep 113: Taking Nonprofits From Good to Great – Part 1 (with Jim Collins) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
So many nonprofits are struggling. Facing crises that are existential. I wanted to know what funders, especially foundations, are thinking at this time. The post Ep 112: What Foundations Are Thinking Right Now (with Caryl M. Stern) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Just for a moment, imagine what it would mean for your organization if you could double your online fundraising next year. The post Ep 111: Once Upon a Time There Was a Fundraiser Who… (with Dan Portnoy) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Accepting criticism is an important leadership skill. But how might we exercise that skill when it feels off base, unfair, or poorly delivered? The post Ep 110: How to Have Difficult Conversations – Part 2 (with Sheila Heen) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
How do you build the muscle to make sure difficult conversations go well? What might you not be aware of that could change everything? The post Ep 109: How to Have Difficult Conversations – Part 1 (with Sheila Heen) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Imagine you start a new CEO job at a wonderful nonprofit. And then a pandemic hits. Changes things just a bit, right? That's what happened to my guest. The post Ep 108: A New CEO Job Starts in the Heat of a Pandemic (with Ellen LaPointe) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
When you are looking to build an outstanding board think of it as a strategic casting call! Here are the top characteristics of an outstanding board and the ideal attributes of a board leader. The post Ep 107: The Top 20 Attributes of an Outstanding Board appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
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daisy

useful podcast for managers of non profit and for profit orgs alike!

Mar 7th
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Charlye McMillan

NPO consultant here. This podcast is an absolute must for anyone working for, with, or starting a nonprofit in this economy. Carve an hour from your day to invest in yourself and your org via Joan!

Jun 7th
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Carmen Lane

I'm really so thankful for your podcast. It is my college and a great way to see where I fit in a non profit. Thanks so much!

Mar 19th
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Dujon Blondel

thank you for the amazing podcast. I am going to start a non profit next year and these podcast are exactly what I need! thank you again :)

Jan 18th
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Pseudo Nymph

This podcast is possibly the most helpful thing that I have ever listened to.

Sep 27th
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Joshua Nixon

awesome guest and glad to hear more indepth from an area that seems mysterious and misunderstood

Apr 26th
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