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Successful Nonprofits Podcast brings you fresh ideas and featured conversations with nonprofit thought leaders.
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Life is complicated. And running a nonprofit sometimes feels like putting together a 1,000-piece puzzle. So why give yourself even more stress with elaborate solutions? Innovative thought leader, Rob Bisceglie, is the Executive Director of Action for Healthy Kids. Rob’s leadership has proven that big problems do not need big solutions. Listen in today for the two simple steps he and Action for Healthy Kids have taken to address big problems, from hungry kids to keeping an organization thriving during COVID-19.
Sometimes we all need a boost. Maybe to overcome an impending challenge. Or maybe to finally act on a personal dream. Regardless, maybe it’s time to consider hiring a coach. Deb Stallings left a long and successful career as a fundraiser to coach emerging leaders.  She joins us to discuss why coaching is important, how to find the perfect coach, and what you can expect from coaching sessions. Join us and get ready to follow your dreams!
Did you know more nonprofits closed in 2009 than in 2008? The second year of recession always hits nonprofits harder. But you can help your nonprofit survive and thrive in the second year of this recession by designing and implementing a recession plan now! In this special Bonus Break episode, Dolph shares 4 steps to help you design the best recession plan for your nonprofit. Listen in and start getting your recession plan in order today!
2020 has been an incredibly tough year. But from great challenge comes great growth. So, in recognition of the New Year, we asked our guests to share what 2020 has taught them. Join us to hear the lessons this incredible group of leaders has learned from 2020.
Many of us identify as allies of people who are transgender and gender nonbinary. If you’re an ally and looking for ways to translate your values into policies and practices – then this episode is for you!   We speak with Andy Marra, the chief executive of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF). Andy is not just the CEO at TLDEF, she has also long been a leader in the fight for transgender rights and equality. She joins us today to discuss 6 steps that even the smallest nonprofit can take to demonstrate their commitment to full inclusion for people who are transgender or gender nonbinary. Listen in and learn about steps you can take to build a more trans-inclusive environment for all your stakeholders.
Our programs often make us feel good - but are we actually helping our clients? Amanda Woomer joins us today to discuss the much (but needlessly) feared monitoring and evaluation. Join us as we explore how M&E can help you advance your mission, impress donors, and ultimately make sure that you are actually doing the good you’re setting out to do.
Everyone wants their organization’s story told but very few know how to cultivate reporters and pitch stories like a pro. When done well, reporters will actually start coming to you for quotes and stories! Kristen Elworthy uses her career in journalism to help nonprofits craft their message and successfully pitch relevant stories to the media.  She joins us today to help you become a media expert. Listen in for proven techniques to choose the right media outlet for you, craft your message in an effective way, and build mutually beneficial relationships with reporters.
If you are experiencing burnout or symptoms of burnout, you are not alone. And you will make it through your burnout and come out stronger on the other side. We know this because we’ve experienced burnout, too. On this episode, Bethany Planton and Trish Bachman join us to share their own stories. Listen in for a glimpse at life after burnout and inspiring ideas to help you avoid having your own burnout story. 
Today’s conversation will have English teachers everywhere throwing their hands up in dismay. But that’s ok. Because today’s episode is not about how to write the perfect essay. It’s about how to grab your audience with amazing copy. Because incredible copywriting is essential whether you’re trying to reach prospective clients, donors, volunteers, or employees. So toss out your copy of Elements of Style by Strunk & White and listen in on our conversation with Nicki Krawczyk. It might even help you become your nonprofit’s first, next, or best in-house copywriter.
Running a nonprofit is stressful. There's managing staff, courting donors, keeping up with reports, and, of course, providing actual services. We often forget to invest the time and money necessary to support the organization’s infrastructure. Sean Hale excels at building and strengthening a nonprofit’s back office. Sean knows that a strong back office helps the whole organization work smarter and harder. Listen in for tips to find savings, increase efficiency, and put your nonprofit on a path to long-term success.
Today we revisit one of our most popular episodes with Brad Wolff, author of the bestseller, "People Problems? How to Create People Solutions for a Competitive Edge." Brad shares the “aha!” moment that informs his work as a consultant with his firm, PeopleMax, and explains his belief that all professional success is derived from personal development.
People who feel satisfied with their jobs are also healthier and tend to live longer. So how do you find that job satisfaction? Well, you’re off to a great start! Nonprofit professionals often experience higher job satisfaction thanks to their organizations’ socially-oriented missions. But sometimes the mission just isn’t enough. Bea Boccalandro, job satisfaction expert, joins us to discuss 8 steps you can take to increase your fulfillment at work.
COVID, like all crises, has affected the nonprofit real estate market. Some organizations are worried about making rent or mortgage payments. While others are looking to take advantage of new real estate opportunities. Master of nonprofit real estate, Paul Wolf, joins us today to share his experience and wisdom. Regardless of your organization’s current real estate situation, Paul has recommendations for you!
Wouldn’t it be nice to never lose another file? Or have time for lunch between meetings? Or get home on time? If you feel that way, it’s time to get organized! Organizing expert, Susie Hayman, joins us with some tips to get organized, as well as what you can expect if you hire a professional organizer. Listen in to get organized, reduce your stress and increase your efficiency!
Who would think that for-profits and nonprofits could go together like peanut butter and jelly? Today’s guest, Angela Hughey, did! Join us as we explore the hybrid organizational model through the case study of ONE Community and see if the hybrid model might work for you!
The Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation is only two years old and already has an annual revenue of $7 million from more than 15,000 donors. That’s 250,000% growth! A lot of their success is the result of a great communications strategy. We invited communications thought leader and RWCF board member, Michael Hamill Remaley, to the podcast to discuss the topic. You will definitely pick up tips for your own communications strategy!
Abra Annes tells a tale of two very different development offices. One of the organizations she gives to treats her like she’s a major donor. This smaller organization asked for her communication preferences, sent notes and offered a deeply personalized donor experience.  The larger organization, however, used the same thank you letter for ten gifts totaling over $180,000! They never sent a personal note, never called, never texted. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the donor’s perspective and learn ways your organization can be more nimble and effective at cultivating and stewarding donors.
Here’s a commonly held myth in the nonprofit sector: A 501(c)3 cannot take part in advocacy work. In this episode, Tanya Tassi shares how nonprofits can safely and effectively advocate. Listen in and start creating that lasting change you already work so hard for!
Today we have a special reverse episode with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Earlier this year, Dolph was featured on the Pro Bono Partnership Atlanta Podcast with Sireesha Ghanta and Robyn Miller. The episode released last week on SoundCloud. Check it out and learn about mission creep: what it is, how to avoid it, and what to do if you want to expand your mission.
Every nonprofit leader dreams of achieving and maintaining financial sustainability, and every good board member knows that fiscal stewardship is one of their sacred duties.  To explore the roles your board treasurer and banker play in sustainability and fiscal stewardship, we speak with seasoned board member, nonprofit tech entrepreneur and extraordinary banker, Chad Wolver. In this episode you will discover: What your nonprofit should look for in its next board treasurer The key financials your board should monitor The many ways your banker can help you (beyond depositing your donor checks) And more!  
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