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This is Nonprofit Lowdown where I review and recommend the best ideas, resources, tools, tricks and tips to run your nonprofit like a pro! Support this podcast:

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#238 - AAPI Leadership with Ronald Rapatalo

May 29th, 2023


Friends, join me and my brother from another mother Ron Rapatalo to talk all about the Asian things.

In this riveting podcast episode, the incredible Ron Rapatalo chats about being a leading advocate for AAPI …

(ENCORE) #99-Decolonizing Philanthropy with Jenn Ching

May 22nd, 2023


In honor of AAPI Heritage month, I’m replaying some of my favorite episodes from AAPI leaders. This episode with North Star Fund’s Jennifer Ching is a personal fave. Enjoy!

Join me and Northstar Fund's Executive …

#237 - Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Me

May 15th, 2023


In honor of AAPI heritage month, we’re featuring AAPI guests. This week’s guest is…me! I’m trying out a new monthly feature called Ask Me Anything (AMA) to answer your fundraising queries. Let me know what you think

#236 - Money Mindset with Yulin Ling

May 8th, 2023


Friends, I am OBSESSED with this episode with Yulin Ling. As a long-time nonprofit executive and social change warrior, we talk about the importance …

#235 - Real Estate Opportunities for Nonprofits with Stephen Powers and Amy Lawrence

May 1st, 2023


Join us for a fascinating conversation with Stephen Powers, co-founder of Open Impact Real Estate, and Amy Lawrence, managing director, as they share their expertise on the intersection of real estate and social impact. 

#234 - How to Use Video to Amplify Your Work with Aron Murch

April 24th, 2023


In this episode, Aron from 2H Media shared some fascinating insights into how nonprofit organizations can use video to boost their donations. With his trademark enthusiasm, Aron explained how video can help to create a …

#233 - 4 Social Ads all Nonprofits Should Have with Dana Snyder

April 17th, 2023


In our chat with Dana Snyder, she shared four paid ads that nonprofits should run. Here they are: Reach, Video Views, Lead Generation, and …

#232 - Starting a Planned Giving Program with Tony Martignetti

April 10th, 2023


In this episode, we chat with Tony Martignetti, an expert in planned giving programs. Planned giving is a way for everyday people to make a big impact on their favorite nonprofits by giving a gift through their will or …

#231 - Should You Do a Capital Campaign in an Uncertain Economy with Amy Eisenstein

April 3rd, 2023


My guest, Amy Eisenstein, a fundraising consultant, author, and speaker, shares her expertise on why you SHOULD consider a capital campaign during …

#230 - Unlocking Social Progress by Addressing Structural Racism with Britt Savage

March 27th, 2023


In this episode, we are joined by Britt Savage, a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant who shares insights on the report "Unlocking Social …

#229 -How to learn through interviews - Pooya Pourak

March 20th, 2023


In this episode, Pooya Pourak, a design strategist, shares how human-centered design principles can be used to create meaningful connections with …

#228 - Sustaining Happiness with Dr Ellen Wong

March 13th, 2023


I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Ellen Wong, a naturopathic doctor and happiness expert.  

During our conversation, Dr. Wong emphasized the importance of understanding that happiness is not a destination, but …

#227 - So you want to consult with Tom Pyun

March 6th, 2023


Welcome to the podcast where we talk to successful consultants in various industries. Today we are joined by Tom Pyun, a former nonprofit leader who …

#226 - GRIT (Getting Results in Transition) Program with Suzi Epstein and Kim DiPalo

February 27th, 2023


Calling all New York based nonprofits!

In this episode, we speak with Suzi Epstein, Senior Program Officer at the Robin Hood Foundation, and Kim DiPalo, Director of Development and Communications at Drive Change, about …

#225 - Afrofuturism and Fundraising with Miranda Ling

February 20th, 2023


In this episode, we talk to Miranda Ling, Director of Advancement for 826 Valencia, about how they use Afrofuturism to help raise funds. Miranda …

#224 - Why Major Donor Processes Suck and What to Do Instead with Greg Warner

February 13th, 2023


Join me and one of my favorite repeat guests Greg Warner, CEO of Marketsmart. In this episode, we unpack so much of what is wrong with so-called "best practices" in fundraising and why administrators make fundraisers' …

#223 - Negotiating like a Hostage Negotiator with Troy Smith

February 6th, 2023


Today, we're talking about a really cool topic - using hostage negotiation tactics in fundraising. Our guest today is none other than Troy Smith, a …

#222 - DAFs and Crypto Donations with Alexis Miller

January 30th, 2023


In this interview, I talk about Donor-Advised Funds or DAFs and crypto donations with Alexis Miller, who is the donor engagement and strategic partnerships lead at Endaoment.  

Listen to this entire podcast episode if …

#221 - East Coast vs. West Coast fundraising with Adam Michael and Marvin Vilma

January 23rd, 2023


In this episode, Adam Michael Royston and Marvin Vilma are back and they're diving into the hot topic of East Coast vs. West Coast fundraising. These two fundraising experts have a wealth of experience between them, and …

#220 - Exponential Growth with Yamilee Toussaint Beach

January 16th, 2023


In this delightful podcast episode, Yamilee Toussaint Beach shares her wealth of knowledge and experience in scaling up her nonprofit STEM from …

#219 - Listening + Speaking with Intent with Jason Frazell

January 9th, 2023


In this interview with Jason Frazell, we discuss the three levels of listening and how they can impact our ability to connect with others, …

#218 - Stop the Nonprofit Blame Game with Hardy Smith

January 2nd, 2023


Happy 2023 everyone! 🎇

To start off our year right, join me and Hardy Smith to discuss his book Stop the Nonprofit Blame Game. Hardy and I touch on some of the hot-button 🔴 issues like why board members don't do what …

#217 - Top 10 Fundraising Trends in 2023 with Rhea Wong

December 26th, 2022


We are in our very last week of 2022 and I think we can all agree, it has been a lot. After the upheaval of the pandemic, I feel like life is back to normal-ish. And what I've been hearing from a lot of you is that you …

#216 -Coaching for BIPOC leaders with Glasa Gottschalk

December 19th, 2022


Happy holidays, friends. As we wind down, I wanted to give you the gift of this podcast episode with my dear friend Glasa Gottschalk. Glasa is a …

#215 - Doing Board DEIAB Work Right with Christal Cherry and Renee Rubin Ross

December 12th, 2022


Join me and my guests Christal Cherry and Renee Rubin Ross to talk about doing DEIAB work right. Often our boards lag behind the efforts of the staff and this dynamic duo helps to bring your board up to speed on issues …

#214 - Tips for Community Building with Mitch Stein

December 5th, 2022


Join me and co-founder of Pond, Mitch Stein, to talk about the power of community building, the role of trust in doing business with nonprofits and …

#213 - Tapping into the Power of Gen Z with Meghana Gunturi

November 28th, 2022


When I get depressed about the future and the state of the world, I want you to listen to this podcast episode. Meghana Gunturi is an enterprising …

#212 - Asking Styles with Brian Saber

November 21st, 2022


Man oh man, do I love a good quiz. Chalk it up to my being of the YM generation 📣 (shout out to my Gen X'ers!)

Join me and Brian Saber to deconstruct your Asking Style. Did you know that there are four kinds and that …

#211 - Monthly Giving Programs and Donor Retention with Erika Carley

November 14th, 2022


Join me and my friend Erika Carley, AKA Queen of Monthly Giving to learn about Chive Charities and their incredible monthly giving program. 4K monthly donors, 98% month-over-month retention rate. Need I say more?

Erika …

#210 - How to be grant ready with Gauri Manglik

November 7th, 2022


The world of obtaining funds through grants can be so confusing and time-consuming. Between prospect research, developing relationships, grant writing, and stewardship, it can feel overwhelming. Join me in today's …

#209 - Surviving To Thriving As A Leader with Emily Frieze-Kemeny

October 31st, 2022


For all my peeps in the nonprofit world, leadership in the last few years has been...a lot.

Between the pandemic, national racial reckoning, economic …

#208 - Slay Your Money Issues with Marissa Nehlsen

October 24th, 2022


You literally cannot afford to not listen to this podcast. Join me and my friend/financial advisor/girlcrush Marissa Nehlsen to talk all about the money.

We discuss her humble beginnings, her definition of what rich …

#207 - Who's going to run the Sector with Joan Garry

October 17th, 2022


Join the epic Joan Garry for a chat about how we attract and retain talent in the sector, how to prepare for the next generation of leaders and why talking to your board about Hawaii makes sense.

Joan has a long history …

#206 - Retirement for NPO folks with Chitra Aiyar

October 10th, 2022


Retirement is a Race Issue with Chitra Aiyar. What comes up for you when I say retirement? Are old people golfing in Florida? Think again.

Join me …

#205 - Making the ED/DoD Relationship Work with DeNora Getachew and Jen Moore

October 3rd, 2022


When the ED/DoD relationship works it can be a magical thing and set everyone up for success.  When it doesn't...well, it just sucks. What makes the partnership work? 

Join me, DeNora Getachew and Jen Moore as we …

#204 - The Seven Stops on the Path to NP leadership with Dr. Patton McDowell

September 26th, 2022


When I was an ED, leading my team sometimes felt like fumbling around in the dark looking for the path forward.
Enter my friend Dr. Patton McDowell. Patton provides a roadmap and framework for nonprofit leaders. …

#203 - How to Interim ED with Diana Breen

September 18th, 2022


Ever wondered what an interim Executive Director actually does?
Are they supposed to keep the trains running on time or clean house for the new ED?
What is it like to be the Mary Poppins for an organization in …

#202 - Big Asks with Sherry Quam Taylor

September 12th, 2022


Join me and expert fundraiser Sherry Quam Taylor as we talk about making big ass asks. 

We discuss board and staff reluctance to engage personally with donors, how we're mismanaging our board's time and efforts, and …

#201 - Disrupting Racism + Sexism in Hiring with Alfonso Wenker and Trina Olson

September 5th, 2022


Ah, times--they are a-changing. In the last year, the dynamics of leading and being responsive to visibility, equity and social justice have never been higher stakes. We know we want to be equity-centered, anti-racist …

#200 - Development 3.0 with Sarah Danzig Simon

August 29th, 2022


In this episode, we’re going to discuss development 3.0 with my friend, Sarah Danzig Simon, the head of development for Uncommon Schools. Join me and …

#199 - BLACK PHILANTROPHY MONTH with April Walker and Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland

August 22nd, 2022


Happy Black Philanthropy Month! 

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jackie Copeland who is the founder of Black Philanthropy Month and April Walker, …

#198 - Avoiding NPO Burnout with Dr. Eugene Choi

August 15th, 2022


This episode is FIRE.  Join me and my friend Dr. Eugene K Choi to discuss how to manage your mind to avoid burnout, anxiety and panic.  Did you know that your brain is only ever in one of two modes: survival or …

#197 - Nonprofit Mergers + Acquisitions with Jess Cavagnero

August 8th, 2022


Most people think that when you merge nonprofits, or you’re making any significant changes in a nonprofit, it means that there’s terribly wrong that has happened. Right? But in this episode, my guest, Jess Cavagnero, a …

#196 - Cracking the code on Junior Boards with Peter Goldwasser

August 1st, 2022


How many times have I seen the idea of junior board rise and then fall like a rock?  Join me and Peter Goldwasser, the Founder of the PNG Group, as …

#195 - Bridging the Generational Divide with Leslie Short

July 25th, 2022


Hey Gen X Leader: confounded by your millennial and Gen Z staffers? At a loss for how to make an organizational change and DEI happen in my conversation with Leslie Short, the President and the Founder of the CAVU group.

#194 - Racial and Economic Justice includes Nonprofits buying POC with George Suttles

July 18th, 2022


Join me and George Suttles as we talk about the opportunity that Diana Noriega and he have seen together in making a coalition to look for ways in …

#193 - Donors of Color with Hali Lee

July 11th, 2022


Let’s dispel the myth that you can either have donor diversity or donor wealth, but you can’t have both.  In this episode, my dear friend  Hali Lee, the founder of Radiant Strategies and the Asian Women Giving Circle, …

#192 - Lesson Learned From A Capital Campaign with Sabrina Walker Hernandez

July 4th, 2022


Capital campaign.  Sounds scary, right?  Doesn’t have to be!  Join me and Sabrina Walker Hernandez as she walks through how she raised $12M for a capital campaign in the third poorest county in the US.  We get into all …

#191 - Board Conflict Resolution with Jonno White

June 27th, 2022


Conflict is inevitable in the workplace or in any organization when people with different backgrounds and work styles are brought together for a common business purpose. Conflict is part of dealing with humans. So join …

#190 - How Fundraising Accelerator Levels You Up with Rosemary Ellis, Drine Paul and Noelle Andreano

June 20th, 2022


In this episode, I will be interviewing three alums of the fundraising accelerator program. We have Noelle Andreano, the Director of Development at …

#189 - Women of Color Fundraisers - Yolanda F. Johnson

June 12th, 2022


Yolanda’s journey in philanthropy had very interesting inception. It all started when she was in college. She was part of one of the first programs …

#188 - Four Frameworks to Living Liberation with Trish Adobea Tchume

June 6th, 2022


In this week's episode, we speak to the amazing Trish Adobea Tchume about her thoughtful piece in the Nonprofit Wakanda Quarterly about what it means …

#187-Making Big Asks with Adam-Michael Royston

June 1st, 2022


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Join  me and expert fundraiser Adam-Michael Royston as he unlocks the vault  on some of his secrets. …

#187-Making Big Asks with Adam-Michael Royston

May 31st, 2022


Join me and expert fundraiser Adam-Michael Royston as he unlocks the vault on some of his secrets.  He's raised serious money for capital campaigns …

#186-The Energy of Money with Mallory Erickson

May 23rd, 2022


Y'all!  This episode is fire.  My friend and new BFF Mallory breaks down how we embody energy that either attracts or repels money.  We talk about the different types of energy, how to harness the energy and, most …

#185-The Courage to Claim an Edge with Michelle Jackson

May 16th, 2022


In order for someone to remark on something, it must be remarkable.  Michelle, Executive Director of the Human Services Council, and I talk about their last video campaigns.  In it, they had the courage to claim an edge …

#184-The State of Nonprofits with Andrea Espinola Wilson

May 9th, 2022


Andrea is a Managing Partner at BDO which releases an annual State of Nonprofits report.  Join us as we discuss trends from 2020-2021 and opportunities and risks for 2022.  Will individual and foundation giving trends …

#183-Disrupting Fundraising with Stella Billings, Santana Moreno and George Suttles

May 2nd, 2022


Join me and my friends as we tackle the big questions: what does "disrupting" fundraising really mean in theoretical and practical terms?  How do we develop our own theories of change and operation beyond the frameworks …

#182-Keys to Unlocking Institutional Funding with Gabe Scheck

April 25th, 2022


Join me and my long-time friend Gabe Scheck to talk about how to successfully open, cultivate and solicit gifts from foundations.  Gabe has raised …

#181-The Case for Endowing Black-Led Nonprofits with Darren Isom

April 18th, 2022


Join me and my friend Darren Isom as we discuss the case for endowing Black-led nonprofits.  Darren published a thought-provoking piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on this topic and we do a deep dive on how …

#180-Life Lived Wild with Rick Ridgeway

April 11th, 2022


Join me and adventurer, writer, environmentalist and former Patagonia executive Rick Ridgeway as talk about his many adventures and his experience in …

#179-Tips for Building Strong Networks with Hilary Doe

April 4th, 2022


Did you know that 5% of your supporters and responsible for 100% of your word-of-mouth referrals?  Do you know how to engage and activate your best …

#178-Government Grant Funding with Patrice Davis

March 28th, 2022


#realtalk: I never pursued government funding for my nonprofit because I was always so deterred by the administration.  It all seemed so complicated and bureaucratic that I never invested the time and energy to pursue …

#177-Get That Money Honey with Rhea Wong

March 21st, 2022


I've turned the keys over to my designated driver Patrick Kirby.  Patrick and I talk about my new book Get That Money, Honey.  We talk about my origin story, why I wrote the book and what to expect when you read it. …

#176-Email Marketing Essentials with Christina Edwards

March 14th, 2022


Do you freak out when people unsubscribe to your newsletters?  Are you overwhelmed with marketing on different platforms: Facebook, email, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, oh my?  If so, this episode is for you.  Christina, …

#175-Your Brain + Fundraising with Cindy Wagman

March 7th, 2022


I've met my Canadian sister from another mister!  Expert fundraiser Cindy Wagman and I talk about brain science and how it trips us up in fundraising.  By unpacking the ways in which the brain works, we can unlock the …

#174-The Board Clinic Laser Coaching with Olympia Ammon

February 28th, 2022


My new BFF Oly and I have a blast answering all of your questions about boards. Listen to our take on hot topics like board fundraising, changing …

#173-The Science of Fundraising with Greg Warner and Dr. Russell James

February 21st, 2022


Friends--this episode is a veritable smorgasbord of insights.  Greg, a master marketer, and Dr. Russell James, an academic, break down the data and practices of major gift fundraising.  If you're looking to make bigger, …

#172-5 Myths about Black Board Members with Derrick Coleman

February 14th, 2022


In this episode, Derrick Coleman and I discuss some of the top myths about  Black board members.  Some of the top myths: they're not out there, we …

#171-From Homepage to Hero Page with Boris Kievsky

February 7th, 2022


What are some of the biggest mistakes that people make on their homepages?  Are you guilty of it?

Join me and my friend Boris as we discuss …

#170-Tales of a Black Foundation Executive with Otis Rolley

January 31st, 2022


Otis Rolley, Senior Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, discusses his career in government and philanthropy.  We talk about how the …

#169-The Power of Small with Masami Sato

January 24th, 2022


Sometimes, we're overwhelmed with the enormity of solving problems in the world that we forget small actions can make a difference.  Join me and …

#168-Influence, Money and Power with Christine Lai

January 17th, 2022


When we're in the role of fundraisers, there is so much that is unsaid and lurking just below the surface.  Join me and my dear friend Christine Lai …

#167-DIY PR with Rebekah Epstein

January 10th, 2022


Let's face it: PR and marketing are the first to get cut in a budget.  And yet, you're still the best kept secret in your city?  What gives?  Rebekah walks us through actionable strategies and tips for small nonprofits …

#166-Get $$$ Through Tax Credits with Chitra Ayar

January 3rd, 2022


Happy 2022 y'all.  This pod is here to help you start off the new year right by getting money through the door.  Join me and my dear friend Chitra Ayar as we talk about how to get money back from the IRS for all those …

#145-The Art of the Ask with Laura Fredricks

December 27th, 2021


This is a rebroadcast of one of the most popular episodes of 2021 and one of my personal faves.  Happy new year, friends!

Podcast fans, if you …

#116-Engaging Your Board in Fundraising with Jay Frost

December 20th, 2021


This is a rebroadcast of one of our most popular episodes!  Happy holidays fam!

Happy 2021 to the Nonprofit Lowdown family!  Let's get this 2021 …

#165-Attracting First Generation Wealth Creators with Esther Choy

December 13th, 2021


As my guest Esther points out, vilifying and stereotyping wealthy people is the last acceptable prejudice.  Join me and Esther Choy as she discusses her research on first-generation wealth creators and how they might be …

#164-Confessions of a Donor with Rob Lapidus

December 6th, 2021


This interview is a goldmine, y'all.  I interviewed my friend, Rob Lapidus, who should rightly be considered a major donor by most measures.  He's …

#163-How to Start Your Major Gift Program with Rhea Wong

November 29th, 2021


This is a solo show where I'm spilling all the tea on how to get started with your major gift program.  It's not rocket science and it's not magic. …

#162-Giving Tuesday with Asha Curran

November 22nd, 2021


Ah, Giving Tuesday for fundraisers: it's like Christmas, Tax Day and Lunar New Year all rolled into one.  Love or hate it, my friend Asha Curran (CEO …

#161-Donations of Crytocurrency with Pat Duffy

November 15th, 2021


Y'all: the time has come to consider a crypto strategy for fundraising.  Join me and co-founder of the Giving Block, Pat Duffy, to discuss some of the misconceptions and benefits of accepting crypto for your nonprofit. …

#160-5 Tips for Digital Fundraising Campaigns with Suhailah Waheed

November 8th, 2021


It's  Q4, y'all!  How many times can I say it?  You gotta get in the game!   Today's interview is with Suhailah Waheed who walks us through the top …

#159: I have an email what? with Adora Drake

November 1st, 2021


Join me and communications expert Adora Drake as we talk about some of the do's and don'ts of nurturing your email list.  We talk about content strategies, how to move your audience from social media to your newsletter …

#158-Preparing for Year-End Fundraising with Jess Campbell

October 25th, 2021


Join me and Jess Campbell to talk about how to end your Q4 with a "W".  I always say that Q4 is the Superbowl of Fundraising and Jess walks us through how to make the most of it.  Jess talks about how to avoid the most …

#157-Leveraging Social Media with Shanthi Blanchard

October 18th, 2021


Join me and my dear friend Shanthi to talk about social media.  Shanthi is a social media strategist and communications expert who walks us through …

#156-Working While Black with Tosca Davis and Cedric Smith

October 11th, 2021


Join me and filmmakers Tosca Davis and Cedric Smith to talk about their award-winning documentary film, TO BE US: To Work.  In this interview, they share their experiences of interviewing the experience of Black people …

#155-Why Corporate People Join Boards with Lee Crockett

October 4th, 2021


I bemoan the fact that there is so little understanding between nonprofit people and corporate people.  Join me and my friend Lee Crockett as we …

#154-Revenue Generation through Productizing with Brenna Vaughn

September 27th, 2021


Have you ever considered developing a product to support your revenue goals?  Listen in to this conversation with Brenna Vaughn, founder of Mercantile for Good as we talk about the considerations for productizing.  She …

#153-Connecting with Your Purpose with Yutaka Tamura

September 20th, 2021


The nexus of generosity is where mission and donor purpose meet.  Listen in to my conversation with nXu founder Yutaka Tamura as we talk about his work in unlocking and connecting humans with their purpose.  Why does …

#152-Black Philanthropy with Karene Richards

September 13th, 2021


Listen in on my conversation with Karene Richards as she talks about her experience as a philanthropist and board member.  We directly confront myths about the lack of Black wealth and Black philanthropists and she …

#151-How to Grow your Fundraising Through Partnerships with Adili Kea

September 7th, 2021


This interview was a total delight.  Join me and my friend Adili as he walks us through how he doubled his budget in one year via strategic partnerships and Facebook fundraising.  He shares how analysis of his …

#150-Lessons Learned from Revamping an Organization with Carole Wacey

August 30th, 2021


If organizational change is hard, try doing it with a 100+ year old institution.  Join me and my friend Carole Wacey as we talk about how she bravely …

#149-Optimizing Paid Ads for Growth with Rishi Malhotra

August 23rd, 2021


If you are like me, the world of online marketing and paid ads is just head-spinning.  Join me and my pal Rishi to talk about how to get started with a paid ad strategy, how to use your (FREE) Google ads grant and what …

#148-Engagement Fundraising with Greg Warner

August 16th, 2021


Ever get the sense that your fundraising efforts are not driving forward your results?  Ever feel like you're experiencing paralysis by analysis? …

#147-Leading Change (without pain) with Nancy Murphy

August 9th, 2021


This episode will save you organizational change agents a lot of time and grief.  Have you ever been charged with leading change?  Ever wondered why the path was never as smooth as the plan?  Short answer: humans. …

#146-The Joy of Fundraising with Mark Neidig

August 2nd, 2021


Have you felt your fundraising mojo drain a little?  Do you dread fundraising?  If so, this interview is FOR YOU.  Join me and my new friend Mark as we discuss all the ways in a little change of perspective can make you …

#144-How to Rock a Start-Up NPO with Evin Robinson and Jessica Santana

July 19th, 2021


Join me and my two friends, Evin and Jessica of America on Tech, to discuss their success as start-up founders.  Evin and Jessica are best friends and co-founders of a fast-growing organization that scaled from idea to …

#143-Systemizing Your Fundraising with Duane Rohrbacher

July 12th, 2021


This is a super-fun and nerdy conversation about how to systemize your fundraising systems as a small shop.  We also chat about specifics in major gift fundraising, Duane's favorite hacks and how to manage your time …

#142-Social Media Marketing with Steve Larosiliere

July 6th, 2021


Are you overwhelmed with all of the different social media platforms?  Do you feel like social media is just one of those things you "have to do," but don't really know how to monetize?  Join me and my friend Steve …

#141-Keys to building and managing corporate partnerships with Daniel Horgan

June 28th, 2021


Daniel is speaking some truth!  Join me and my friend Daniel Horgan to learn more about how you effectively develop corporate partnerships for your organization.  Spoiler alert: it's all about relationships.  Daniel …

#140-Creating Equity in Philanthropy with Kerri Forrest

June 21st, 2021


So often, when grant-seekers apply for funding, it can be a black box.  Who makes the decisions, how and why?  The process can be particularly opaque …

#139-Optimizing your Board for Fundraising with Lucretia Gilbert

June 14th, 2021


This was seriously a masterclass on rebuilding a board.  Lucretia headed up fundraising for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and helped to revamp the board to reach their $100M fundraising goal.  Whether you're …

#138-Community Leadership with Mino Lora

June 7th, 2021


Join me and my friend Mino Lora as she talks about what it means to truly lead with a community.  Mino is the dynamic co-founder of People's Theater …

#137-Get Your Board Excited About Fundraising with Marti Fischer

June 1st, 2021


Ok, ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts because we're taking a ride on the #realtalk train.  Join me and master communicator and coach, Marti Fischer, as we tackle the #1 problem most Executive Directors face. …

#136-5 Steps Towards Being Comfortable as the Face of an Organization with Jeany Park

May 24th, 2021


I'm the first to admit it--I HATE seeing my face on video.  As the face of an organization or company, our jobs might include being the public face, but many of us don't like it.  Join me and Jeany Park, actress turned …

#135-Fundraising for 501c4s with Steven Choi

May 17th, 2021


For a career 501c3 ED such as myself, I thought of 501c4s as a mystifying entity.  I thought, they're like us...but different.  In this conversation …

#134-Lessons in Leadership with Rich Buery

May 10th, 2021


Join me and the iconic Rich Buery to talk about all the lessons he's learned so far.  Rich has founded organizations, headed up some of the most influential in New York and been the deputy mayor of New York City.  He …

#133-Centering Communities in Grantmaking with Shruti Sehra and Hassan Brown

May 3rd, 2021


Join me and my pals, Shruti Sehra and Hassan Brown, to learn about how venture philanthropy firm, New Profit, has re-designed giving for equity.  We talk about how community proximity IS expertise, how they redesigned …

#132-Fundraising While Black with April Walker

April 26th, 2021


My friend and colleague April Walker has worn many hats: funder, consultant and development director.  In this honest and engaging interview, we …

#131-What Sales and Fundraising Have in Common with Ramon Basie

April 19th, 2021


Join me and my new pal Ramon to talk about similar best practices in sales and fundraising.  Ramon and I explore how bad salespeople and bad fundraisers give us all a bad name, the power of relationship and the need to …

#130-Your Adventurous Life Awaits with Maryann Remsburg

April 12th, 2021


With the pandemic lockdown, are you dreaming about open roads and exotic vacations?  Join the club.  

Listen in to today's interview with Maryann Remsburg, a certified coach, mom of four, author and co-founder of …

#129: Fundraising Like a Banker with Stephen Lasser

April 5th, 2021


This episode is not for the faint of heart.  Join me and my friend Stephen Lasser to talk about how to generate leads and income with zero BS.  Stephen's clear-eyed, plain-spoken approach to fundraising is refreshing. …

#128: Banishing Scarcity Mindset with Nell Edgington

March 29th, 2021


"We can't afford that."  "There's not enough money."  "There's not enough time."  "Must be nice to have enough staff."

Any of that sound familiar?  As a sector, we live under constant pressure for resources, …

#127-Sales and Revenue Generating Strategies with Lizzie Honan and Brian Joseph

March 22nd, 2021


"What about fee-for-service?"  

If you've ever heard this in a board or staff meeting, then this episode is for you.  We talk with Brian Joseph, Co-Founder and CEO and Lizzie Honan, Regional Director NYC of RevJen

#126-Dating Your Donors with Jonah Halper

March 15th, 2021


How is fundraising like dating?  From first meeting to courtship to finally "sealing the deal" Jonah and I take a humorous perspective on major gift fundraising.  Learn how to avoid the most common pitfalls (i.e. …

#125-Keys to a Successful Virtual Gala with Benjamin R. Nathan

March 8th, 2021


It's a whole new gala world where fundraisers are online, formal wear means your house slippers and hosts are the size of your screen.  The pandemic …

#124-Real talk about starting a nonprofit with Kenneth Brown and Andrea Ortega

March 1st, 2021


This one is for all of you aspiring nonprofit founders.  In this episode, we serve up a hefty dose of reality about what it takes to found and run a …

#123-What Stand Up Comedy Teaches about Nonprofit Communication with Carlos Maestas

February 22nd, 2021


True story: on top of my nonprofit work, I'm an aspiring stand-up comedian.  And, lemme tell ya, it's rough out there for a comic.  Join me and fellow stand-up comedian and Chief Story Smith Carlos Maestas to talk about …

#122-Leadership Transitions of BIPOC with George Suttles

February 15th, 2021


Join me and George "In the Mix" Suttles to talk about a very important topic.  We discuss the myths of the lack of BIPOC talent, how to set BIPOC leaders up for success and how to celebrate leadership reclamation.  This …

#121-Finding Effective DEI Consultants with Naté Hoover

February 8th, 2021


This summer, after George Floyd's murder, everyone started looking for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultants for their teams and …

#120-Leading After a Founder with Anne Eidelman and Elandria Jackson Charles

February 1st, 2021


Ah, founders...they are the stuff of legend.  The ones who birth a nonprofit, nurture it through its infancy and watch it grow.  But, what happens when founders move on?  Today, we're talking with Anne Eidelman, CEO and …

#119-Telling Your Organization's Story through Video with Rachel Jellinek

January 25th, 2021


If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a beautiful video worth?  We're visual animals and there's nothing more inspiring than beautiful …

#118-Beyond Anti-Racist Statements with Tracey Allard and George Hsieh

January 18th, 2021


Summer 2020: everyone is putting out anti-racist statements on their websites and blacking out their IG feeds.  Fine, but what does it ACTUALLY mean to start the journey of being an anti-racist organization?  What does …

#117-#RealTalk about Time and Money with Rhea

January 11th, 2021


Hi folks,

Today's episode is a brief solo show about time and money.  I've gotten a real bug up my butt about the scarcity mindset that we see in …

[Encore Episode]#45-Major Gift Fundraising and Your Board with Heather Malin

December 31st, 2020


Join me and my buddy Heather Malin as we talk about her transition from a dog-enthusiast to a major gift fundraiser.  We talk about some of the common mistakes of fundraisers, how to turn your board into your biggest …

[Encore Episode]#92-How to Be Anti-Racist with Benny Vasquez

December 24th, 2020


Join me and my friend Benny Vasquez, long-time educator and current Chief Equity Officer at the KIPP Foundation, as we discuss what it means to be anti-racist on a personal and organizational level.  Benny offers his …

#115-5 Ways to Turbocharge Your Media with David Hoffman

December 17th, 2020


Join me and my friend David Hoffman as he shares five ways that your nonprofit can up your media game.  He walks us through his engagement funnel and gives us the keys to creating media (video, photos) that grab your …

#114-Staying (Happily) Married as an Executive Director with Hollie Chambers

December 10th, 2020


Note: This episode contains some *adult* content so listener discretion is advised unless you want to have some very interesting conversations with …

#113-Your Business Processes with Adi Klevit

December 3rd, 2020


Organizing and documenting my business processes was about as high up on my list as scheduling a root canal.  Or writing the Great American Novel. …

#112-Black leadership + Equity in NYC with Rahsaan Harris

November 19th, 2020


What does the future of NYC look like if we re-imagined it through the lens of equity and diversity?  Who's at the table and, more importantly, who isn't and why?  Join me and Dr. Rahsaan Harris, CEO of Citizens …

#111-Building Your Nonprofit Brand with Mike Kim

November 12th, 2020


It's not often that my socks get knocked off, but believe me when I tell you Mike Kim knocked. My. Socks. Off.  In fact, I haven't even WORN socks since I recorded this episode.

Realtalk: Mike drops value bombs aplenty …

#110-Lessons in Humble Leadership with Phil Weinberg

November 5th, 2020


What a week it's been.  For those of you looking to take a break and find a moment of calm, I invite you to listen to this interview with Phil Weinberg.  Phil, a lifelong teacher, principal and, most recently, the …

#109-Training Your Board on their Fiduciary Responsibilities with Tosha Anderson

October 29th, 2020


Join me and the Charity CFO, Tosha Anderson, to talk about all of the finances.  Though this may not be the most thrilling topic, being responsible for fiscal oversight is one of the most important jobs for a board …

#108-5 Strategic Planning Mistakes with Carol Hamilton

October 22nd, 2020


Ah, strategic planning...a generative process an exercise in frustration or a little bit of both?  Join me on today's pod as we talk with expert …

#107-Telling your nonprofit's story on your website with Chijo Takeda

October 15th, 2020


Full confession: my personal pet peeve = clunky, TMI nonprofit websites.  Everyone trying to tell their whole life story complete with annoying …

#106-Delusional Altruism with Kris Putnam-Walkerly

October 8th, 2020


This episode comes with a warning label: Could trigger flashbacks of bad funder memories!  Join me and Kris Putnam-Walkerly, philanthropy advisor, to …

#105-From Founder to Sustaining ED with Elizabeth Green

October 1st, 2020


Founder's syndrome is a thing, y'all.  As many of us have seen, founders can struggle once their organizations grow and scale because the skills set and mindset of starting an organization is different than managing it. …

#104-Secrets of a Fundraising Whisperer with Guadalupe Nickell

September 24th, 2020


I've been a long-time fan of Guadalupe Nickell since Day One.  Lupe is a master fundraiser, fellow Californian and high school classmate (Go Toads!) …

#103-Black Womxn Entrepreneurship with Nakeia Drummond

September 17th, 2020


You know you want's whispering to you...start your own your own boss...On this week's pod, I'm talking with Nakeia Drummond, founder of NLD Strategic and the WELL, a group of Black womxn …

#102-Building an organization with grassroots fundraising with Khafre Jay

September 10th, 2020


The best part about having a podcast is all the learning I get to do with new friends and colleagues.  Join me and my new friend Khafre Jay, ED of

#101-Perspectives of a Black Fundraiser with Marvin Vilma

September 3rd, 2020


I loved, loved, loved this conversation with Marvin who is an Annual Giving Officer at MIT Sloan School of Management.  We talk about the mental …

#100-The Healthy, Happy Nonprofit with Beth Kanter

August 27th, 2020


Holy moly!  It's my 100th episode!  Thank you so much to everyone who has listened.  When I started this, I never thought we would be at 100 episodes …

#99-Decolonizing Philanthropy with Jennifer Ching

August 20th, 2020


Join me and Northstar Fund's Executive Director Jennifer Ching to discuss decolonizing philanthropy.  In this hugely important conversation, Jen …

#98-5 M's of Building a Fundraising Program with Rhea Wong

August 12th, 2020


It's the first solo show in a while.  In this show, I walk through my 5 M framework to building an effective fundraising program.  The five elements …

#97-Executive Coaching for BIPOC Womxn with Erica Hamilton

August 6th, 2020


Erica Hamilton: mother, wife, social justice warrior, leader.  For those of you who missed Erica's previous podcast episode, I'm thrilled to interview her again as she kicks off her newest adventures.  Erica is …

#96-Building a nonprofit brand that sparks OBSESSION with Emily Heyward

July 30th, 2020


Hey.  So, my pal, Emily wrote a book called Obsessed.  She also happens to be the branding genius behind household brands like Casper, Boxed, and …

#95-Anti-racist education and parenting with Maureen Yusuf-Morales

July 23rd, 2020


What a treat this interview with my dear friend and soul sister Maureen Yusuf-Morales is!  Mo and I worked together at Breakthrough New York and she …

#94-How to run masterminds with Jenn David-Lang

July 16th, 2020


Join me and my long-time pal Jenn David-Lang to discuss how to start and run a mastermind group.  In this podcast, you'll learn:

1) What is a mastermind and how can I use it to up my game?

2) Tactical tips on how to run …

#93-Your budget=Your values with Chyla Graham

July 9th, 2020


Join me and CPA Chyla Graham to talk about how to deal with your nonprofit budgeting and money management during this crazy time.  Chyla drops a ton …

#91-Talking about race with your board with Martha Haakmat

June 25th, 2020


Oh, our boards.  In this time of BLM and the broader conversations around racial equity, it can be hard to know where to begin with your board.  Boards are often more conservative, wealthier and less diverse than our …

#90-PR and Thought Leadership for BIPOC with Vanessa Wakeman

June 18th, 2020


Today my guest Vanessa Wakeman, founder of the Wakeman Agency, discusses PR in the nonprofit sector.  Why do we need it and how do we demonstrate an …

#89-How to be a white ally with Karen Fleshman

June 11th, 2020


In this tumultuous time, we are all asking ourselves what we can do to support racial justice and equity (and if you're not, why are you even …

#88-Political leadership and representation with Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou

June 4th, 2020


Hot off the press!  Join me and today's guest Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, New York State's ONLY Asian-American female Assemblymember representing Lower Manhattan (Lower East Side, Chinatown, Financial District, …

#87-Driving that Hustlebus with Kishshana Palmer and Brooke Richie-Babbage

May 28th, 2020


In the midst of a pandemic, there has never been a better time to think about starting that side-hustle or that full-hustle.  Join me, Kishshana and …

#86-Building a More Equitable New York with Dianne Morales

May 21st, 2020


My friend Dianne Morales is running for Mayor of New York.  She is the first Latina to ever do so and the very first woman in this mayoral race.  Listen in as she shares her platform positions on racial equity and …

#85-Addressing anti-Asian racism during coronavirus with Dr. Peter Keo and Carlyn Cowen

May 14th, 2020


The documented rise of racist attacks against Asian-Americans is real and hits particularly close to home for me.  Join me, Dr. Peter Keo of UCLA and …

#84-Advice from a Foundation CEO on Coping with Cynthia Rivera Weissblum

May 7th, 2020


Join me and my friend and mentor Cynthia Rivera Weissblum for some sound advice and comfort on leading your nonprofit during these tumultuous times. …

#83-Communicating Effectively as a Leader with Minna Taylor

April 30th, 2020


In this interview from our webinar series, we're talking with Minna Taylor, Founder of Energize Your Voice, about how to effectively communicate with your team via Zoom, how your content is the LEAST important thing …

#82-Leading towards the future with Dr. Lisette Nieves

April 23rd, 2020


We are all going through a challenging time right now, but it won't be forever.  Dr. Lisette Nieves is one of the kindest, wisest and most effective leaders I've had the pleasure of knowing.  Listen into a recent …

#81-Calling forth the Warrior Spirit with Kaya Henderson

April 16th, 2020


Today's guest is none other than the phenomenal Kaya Henderson.  Among many accomplishments, she was the former Chancellor of DC Public Schools, …

#80-Fundraising in a Crisis with Kara Logan Berlin

April 9th, 2020


As fundraisers, this COVID-19 has presented more than a few challenges.  Join me and master fundraiser Kara Logan Berlin to talk about what savvy development directors are doing now, what to communicate to your funders …

#79-Answering the Call to Leadership with Jennifer McCrea

April 2nd, 2020


“Leadership is accepting responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty” -Marshall Ganz

Now more than ever, we are facing uncertainty.  We all have a choice to make: will we grow …

#78-Self-care for empaths with Dr. Gabrielle Francis

March 26th, 2020


I know you're stressed out, worried about what's happening now and uncertain about the future.  In the midst of all this COVID-19 madness, don't forget that you need to take care of yourself.  Join me and my …

#77-Fundraising in the time of COVID-19 with Heather Malin

March 19th, 2020


I invited my pal Heather Malin to talk about the state of fundraising in these challenging times.  Heather is an expert fundraiser and we talk about strategies that fundraisers can implement right now, how to survive …

#76-DAFs and Bridge Loans with Sam Marks

March 12th, 2020


Join me and my friend (and first boss!) Sam Marks to understand the financial side of nonprofits.  As the new CEO of FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, we talk about what exactly a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is, …

#75-Fakequity=Fake Equity and the Social Justice Space with Erin Okuno

March 5th, 2020


Fakequity= Fake equity.  Like when you're in a meeting and someone repeats something a person of color said and takes credit for it.  Or when "These …

#74-Unlocking Your Board's Potential with Cindi Phallen

February 27th, 2020


If I had a nickel for every time an ED complained that their board was not raising money, not engaged or not working, I'd never have to fundraise.  Join me for this chat with Cindi Phallen to learn about how to …

#73-Nonprofit Mergers and Acquisitions with Daniel Rabuzzi

February 20th, 2020


Ever wonder why mergers and acquisitions are not so common in the nonprofit world?  Ever wondered about the nuts and bolts of leading a merger?  Join …

#72-Reflections on Leadership with Iris Chen

February 13th, 2020


Join me for this incredibly candid and vulnerable interview with Iris Chen.  Iris was one of the founding members of Teach for America and has built …

#71-Barriers to Fundraising for Social Entrepreneurs of Color with Liza Mueller

February 6th, 2020


For folks of color who are trying to do big things in the world, fundraising can feel like pushing an endless rock up a hill.  Join me and Liza …

#70-Advocating for Latinx and Black Tech Talent with Karla Monterroso

January 30th, 2020


Join me and my new friend Karla Monterroso to talk about her important work as CEO of Code2040.  In today's high-flying tech economy, Code 2040 is committed to dismantling racial barriers that keep Latinx and Black tech …

#69-How to slay on Instagram with Brandy Henry

January 23rd, 2020


Instagram--it's a lifestyle choice.  Join me and my new bud Brandy Henry to talk about how and why nonprofits should be all over Instagram like white …

#68-Growing up from Founder to Mature ED with Jai Nanda

January 16th, 2020


Founders: they are among the most amazing and maddening people.  Many founders struggle as sustaining Executive Directors because the skills that helped you to start a nonprofit are different than the skills needed to …

#67-Fierce Conversations with Susan Scott

January 9th, 2020


You guys--this convo BLEW MY MIND.  I usually try not to fangirl, but Susan Scott is so unbelievably amazing.  She shares insights from her top-selling book Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership to help you have …

#66-Taking care of YOU in 2020 with Liza Baker

January 2nd, 2020


Happy 2020, friends!  Today's podcast is my hope for your 2020.  I hope and wish you good health.  How many of us sacrifice our health and well-being for the cause?  Join me and my friend Liza Baker, recovering …

#65-Prepping Your Org for Next Level Funding with Suzi Epstein of Robin Hood

December 19th, 2019


How many of us would love to be funded by Robin Hood?  Ever wondered if you've hit a ceiling with your fundraising efforts?  Today my guest is Suzi …

#64-The Mindset and Psychology of Major Gift Fundraising with Kara Logan Berlin

December 12th, 2019


This episode is coming in HOT!  As we head into end-of-year fundraising, Kara breaks down how we need to flip the switch in our own minds about …

#63-How to be awesome on social media with Julia Campbell

December 5th, 2019


For the busy nonprofit executive, it just feels like social media falls to the bottom of your very long to-do list, amirite?  It's all so …

#62-Attracting and Sustaining Women of Color Fundraisers with Kishshana Palmer

November 28th, 2019


Happy Thanksgiving y'all!  It's particularly fitting that today's post is with my friend Kishshana: truth-teller, inspo and fundraiser …

#61-Building an MVP Board with Rich Berlin

November 21st, 2019


Today I'm chilling with the Big Poppa of the New York nonprofit world, Rich Berlin.  Rich walks us through the quick history of Harlem RBI that has …

#60-Therapy for Fundraisers with Patrick Kirby

November 14th, 2019


As we careen towards year-end, we know all you fundraisers are out burning the midnight oil.  Annual appeal, Giving Tuesday, making budget, oh my!  My guest Patrick Kirby FEELS YOU.  Take a quick 30 minutes to take a …

#59-Targeting Your Fundraising with Prospect Research with Crystal Leochko Johnston

November 7th, 2019


This month, as we head into the holiday giving season, we're featuring podcasts about fundraising!  This week, I'm chatting with Crystal Leochko …

#58-Leading from a Place of Calm with Shalini Somayaji

October 31st, 2019


Any ED will tell you that it feels like stress and pressure are part of the job.  Constant worry and panic got you down?  Join me and my buddy Shalini as we talk about strategies and tactics to make the time for …

#57-Reimagining Math Education and Building for National Scale with Joel Rose

October 24th, 2019


This week, I'm interviewing CEO and Co-founder of New Classrooms Joel Rose.  Joel started his career as a math teacher and created an organization …

#56-Going the Distance with Daniel Oscar

October 17th, 2019


Daniel Oscar: educator, nonprofit exec, marathoner.  Listen in to Daniel's gems of wisdom for staying the course in the nonprofit world.  Daniel …

#55-Relationship is the Unit of Change with Jen Mayer

October 10th, 2019


Have you ever walked away from a hard conversation feeling like a bomb went off and you didn't take cover?  Join me and my friend and mentor Jen Mayer, Founder of Becoming Better Together to talk about how to have hard …

#54-How to Avoid Self-Sabotage as an ED with Ted Federici

October 3rd, 2019


Join me for a chat with master coach and my former Board Chair Ted Federici to discuss the common pitfalls of leaders and the mistakes they make.  The job that we have as leaders is daunting and we sometimes do …

#53-Rhea's Book Club

September 26th, 2019


Happy Birthday to Nonprofit Lowdown!  Thanks, listeners, for hanging with me for a year.  It's been a blast and a JOURNEY!

For today's pod, I'm reviewing three books that have really taken my game to the next level. …

#52-Turbocharging your productivity with Emily Hicks-Rotella

September 19th, 2019


We're back with our resident Technologista Emily Hicks-Rotella!  In today's pod, we talking about our favorite tech tools, tips and books for how to …

#51-Grace, Generosity and Leading with Purpose with Dr. Lisette Nieves

September 12th, 2019

You know how there are people in your life who inspire you to level up your game?  Lisette Nieves is one of these people.  She's an educator, a do-er, a coach and an inspiration.  On today's pod we talk about the …

#50-Organizing Your People for Max Impact with Sydney Henriques-Payne

September 5th, 2019


People: your biggest asset and perhaps your biggest pain point.  Join me on today's pod with organizational strategist, human capital and DEI expert Sydney Henriques-Payne to explore some of the obstacles and …

#49-Changing Behaviors through Behavioral Design with Laura Wolff

August 29th, 2019


Humans.  So complicated, amirite?

Today I'm talking with Laura Wolff at Ideas42 about the work they do with nonprofits to boost positive behavioral …

#48-From Passion to Professional with Paul Thallner

August 22nd, 2019


This one is for all you Founders out there.  Join me as I chat with my friend and professional coach Paul Thallner as we talk about the pitfalls of …

#47-Asian Americans, DEI and Raising Hell with Seisei Tatebe-Goddu & Cosmo Fujiyama Ghaznavi

August 15th, 2019


I don't think you're ready for this jelly.  

Two of the fiercest Asian-American women I know are with me on today's pod and we're ready to torch the patriarchy.

Join me and my buds Seisei and Cosmo as we discuss what …

#46-Launching a Capital Campaign with Amanda Kraus

August 8th, 2019


What's harder than raising $5M for operating?  How about $34M for a new building?  Join me and my dear friend Amanda Kraus, Founder and CEO of Row NY, to talk about what she's learned about launching a capital campaign …

#44-Launching Your Own Consulting Biz with Tammy Dowley-Blackman

July 25th, 2019


You're not bossy if you are the boss.

Today I'm talking with my friend Tammy Dowley-Blackman about her journey as a leader, the challenges faced by …

#43-Supporting Fundraisers of Color with Judy Levine

July 18th, 2019


In today's pod, I'm talking with Judy Levine, Executive Director of Cause Effective.  Judy and her team just released an important white paper about …

#42 Asians are POCs and How to be Your Own Boss with Caroline Kim Oh

July 11th, 2019


This is the original bosslady.  On today's pod, I'm talking with former CEO of iMentor and Executive Coach Caroline Kim Oh.  We're spilling the tea …

#41 DEI Recruitment, Hiring and Retention with Judy Pryor-Ramirez

July 4th, 2019


Happy July 4th!  Free yourself from the tyranny of white supremacist hiring practices!  Join me for a great conversation with consultant Judy …

#40-Leading and Managing Like A Marine with Lt. Colonel Bill Wroten

June 27th, 2019


So, fun fact: I've always secretly wanted to be a Navy SEAL.  Or a Marine.  Join me on today's pod with my friend retired Marine Corps Lieutenant …

#39-Applying Behavioral Science to DEI Hiring Practices with Anthony Barrows

June 20th, 2019


How much of a pain point is hiring for you?  Are you looking to diversify your pool, make your process more equitable and inclusive and retain a …

#34-Lessons Learned in Scaling Too Quickly with Morty Ballen

June 18th, 2019


Today we're chatting with my buddy, Morty Ballen, who lived through the go-go days of charter school expansion.  As the CEO and Founder of Explore …

#38-Leading and Balancing Like a Boss with Jane Martinez-Dowling

June 13th, 2019


Join me on today's pod as I talk with veteran nonprofit leader, Jane Martinez Dowling.  In today's chat, Jane discusses how her experience as a …

#37-Spirituality and Tech with Emily Hicks-Rotella

June 6th, 2019


Today, we're speaking with our resident Tech Goddess, Emily Hicks-Rotella about how technology and spirituality are connected.  This conversation is …

#36-Upgrading Your Organizational Operating System with Sam Spurlin

May 30th, 2019


So. Many. Truth. Bombs. 

This interview with The Ready's Sam Spurlin.  I reached out to Sam because I'm OBSESSED with the book Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan.  So often in organizations when things aren't working, when …

#35-Why Payday Loans Suck with Clara Chow

May 23rd, 2019


Usually, we feature episodes that help nonprofit executives to run their nonprofits better.  Today, we're talking with Clara Chow about her work in creating pathways to financial sustainability and a product that can …

#33-The Emotional Side of Founders Transitioning Out with Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore

May 9th, 2019


Today I'm chatting with Dr. Kerry Ann who was Founder of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.  As a young African-American …

#32-How To Be More Tech-Driven Without an IT Department with Emily Hicks-Rotella

May 2nd, 2019


I'm so pleased to welcome back my friend Emily.  Today, we're talking about how small nonprofits that don't have a big IT budget or IT department can take steps to become more data-driven and tech-forward.  Emily will …

#31-Breaking the Rules with Offor "Ify" Walker

April 25th, 2019


"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man."

Get ready to jump because we're setting this house ON FIRE.  Ify Walker is the founder and CEO of Offor, which is one of the nation's top talent broker agencies in the …

#30-Intentional Leadership with Erica Hamilton

April 18th, 2019


Joyful.  Thought-provoking.  Truth-telling.  Join me for this wide-ranging conversation with Erica Hamilton.  Erica shares her wisdom and perspective …

#29-Leading as Women of Color with Dianne Morales

April 11th, 2019


Hold onto your hats because Dianne is about the blow the roof off.  #Realtalk: we're addressing some of the elephants in the room about why it can be …

#28-History of Philanthropy with Micah McElroy

April 4th, 2019


I LOVED this interview with Columbia University doctoral candidate Micah McElroy.  Micah is pursuing his PhD in the history of philanthropy in the US …

#27-How to Create a Data-Driven Culture with Emily Hicks-Rotella

March 28th, 2019


We all talk about it, but how do you achieve it?  Join me in my conversation with Emily Hicks-Rotella of Make Tech Work For You.  Get control of your …

#26-How to Prep for an Audit with Howard Cohen

March 21st, 2019


What to expect when you're conducting your first audit?  If you're like most EDs, dealing with the financial side is just a wee bit mysterious.  Join me as I chat with Howard Cohen CPA, Partner of Mazars to learn about …

#25-Communicating with Clarity with Leah Bonvissuto

March 14th, 2019


Did you know that 93% of all communication is non-verbal?  How do you incorporate feedback about your communication and still stay true to yourself?  Join me as we talk with Leah Bonvissuto, founder of Present Voices to …

#24-What We Wish We Had Known with Brooke Richie-Babbage

March 7th, 2019


Join me and my dear pal Brooke Richie-Babbage for this super-intimate and #realdeal convo about what we wish we had known before becoming Executive Directors.  Brooke was the Founder and Executive Director of the …

Episode 23-Board Management and Raising $$ with David King

February 28th, 2019


Today I'm chatting with David King, President of Alexander Haas, a fundraising consulting firm.  We discuss how to build and manage a giving board, …

Episode 22-Your Purpose and DEI work with Jovian Zayne

February 21st, 2019


This is a wide-ranging conversation with Jovian Zayne, leader, activist, coach and DEI expert.  Diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind for so many leaders, but how do even get started?  Don't miss this episode!

Episode 21-Taking Your Brand to the Next Level with Emily Heyward

February 14th, 2019


DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!  I'm sitting down with my pal Emily Heyward, co-founder of Red Antler to talk about launching iconic brands.  Emily is the genius behind Casper, Birchbox, Allbirds, to name a few.  What can this …

Episode 20-What Funders Think with Carol Argento

February 7th, 2019


Join me in today's conversation with Carol Argento, VP of the Charles Hayden Foundation.  What are program officers really looking for?  How …

Episode 19-The Real Deal with NYC Real Estate with Andrew Chase

January 30th, 2019


For my peeps who have to negotiate new office space in NYC, I've got two words for you: loss factor.  It will make you crazy.  

Join me and Andrew Chase, commercial real estate broker at Cushman and Wakefield, to …

Episode 18-How to exit the ED role gracefully with Kelley Perkins

January 24th, 2019


For all of my ED peeps out there.  My guest is Kelley Perkins, former ED of the Read Alliance.  We share some of our lessons learned about leaving the big job.

If you're thinking about transitioning out, check out this …

Episode 17-Blockchain and Social Good Use Cases with Thomas Rush

January 17th, 2019


Join me in today's conversation with Thomas Rush, Head of Platform of Consensys.  What is blockchain?  How can it be used in nonprofit/social enterprise use cases.

For more information, check out Litepaper.

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Episode 16-Digital Storytelling with Deroy Peraza

January 10th, 2019


My oh my!  Don't miss this episode that is loaded--I mean SUPER-MEGA-LOADED--with amazing tips about marketing, digital story-telling and engaging your online audiences.  I'm sitting with Deroy, co-founder of Hyperakt …

Episode 15-Getting Control of Your Nonprofit with Sarah Olivieri

January 3rd, 2019


Happy 2019, friends!  

In order to start the year off right, I'm chatting with Sarah Olivieri, founder of PivotGround about how to optimize, maximize …

Episode 14-Sticky HR situations with Chip Fournier

December 21st, 2018


Whether we like it or not, dealing with sticky HR situations is part of the job.  Join me as we chat with HR law expert Chip Fournier about best practices in HR and how keep an employee termination from terminating your …

Episode 13-Generosity and Fundraising with Jennifer McCrea

December 13th, 2018


Join me as I talk with Jennifer McCrea: writer, speaker, teacher and master fundraiser. What are the blocks that you're putting in the way of your fundraising? How do we help ourselves and others access a mindset of …

Episode 12-Salesforce Implementation with Staci Rice

December 6th, 2018


Salesforce--it's not just a database, it's a lifestyle choice. Join me as we chat with Staci Rice of Idlewild Consulting to discuss how to implement …

Episode 11-The ABCs of Your Nonprofit Financials with Freda Gimpel

November 29th, 2018


Do budgets, spreadsheets and projections have you running for the hills? Don't be scared! Freda is here to help, especially for those of us who aren't accountants!

Listen to nonprofit finance pro Freda Gimpel about how …

Episode 10-Being a Better Boss with Radical Candor

November 21st, 2018


Happy Thanksgiving to all! In this week's episode, I review Radical Candor which gives you a framework to be both caring and candid with your people. Enjoy your turkey!


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Episode 9-Foundation Fundraising with Jane Geever

November 13th, 2018


Just in time for Thanksgiving and #givingtuesday! Join me and this master class with Jane Geever, President of JC Geever. She's been fundraising in New York City for over 40 years and wrote the book on grantwriting …

Episode 8-Putting the Fun in Fundraising with Cleo Cavolo

November 7th, 2018


Ok, kids, hold onto your hats because master fundraiser Cleo Cavolo is coming in hot!

She shares with us all of her wisdom that helped her achieve …

Episode 7-The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Nonprofit

October 29th, 2018


I'm joined once again by John Rinaldi to talk about our shared obsession with Marie Kondo. Listen in to how applying The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up can be applied to your nonprofit.


Episode 6-Your Admin is the Robin to your Batman

October 24th, 2018


Today's podcast features my guest, John Rinaldi.

As busy executives, have you ever wondered how to find a good admin to turbocharge your impact? What makes for a good relationship with your admin? Tune in with my …

Episode 5-Get out of Advice Mode and into the Coaching Habit

October 15th, 2018


Hey folks! In this week's episode, I review The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier. Ever get into the mode of trying to "fix" people by piling …

Episode 4-Finding Your Purpose with Lara Galinsky

October 8th, 2018


Podcast friends, join me for this tasty snack with the wise and wonderful Lara Galinsky. Have you ever wondered what your unique contribution to this …

#3-Getting the Word Out About Your Nonprofit with Jeff Simmons

September 26th, 2018


On this episode, we talk to Jeff Simmons of Anat Gerstein, the go-to PR and communications agency for nonprofits in New York.
Listen in for
-Free or low-cost ways to drive awareness
-Avoid basic mistakes
-Tips to pitch …

Episode 2: Creating Culture

September 17th, 2018


"Culture eats strategy for breakfast." -Peter Drucker

Ever wonder how to create positive organizational culture and how to root out negative culture? …

Episode 1-Hiring better

September 10th, 2018


In this podcast, I share interviews with top social entrepreneurs, books, tips, tools and concepts that will help you to excel in the business of …

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