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11 Donor-Tested Ways to Say “Thank You”

June 28th, 2022


In this episode, guests return to share the best donor thank-you they have given or received. 

Why You Need an Interim Executive Director with David Harris

June 21st, 2022


David discusses the benefits of hiring an interim Executive Director and what you can expect from the experience.

Encouraging Innovation with Roger Martin

June 14th, 2022


Roger discusses how you can encourage innovation at all levels of your nonprofit – from entry-level staff all the way up to your Board.

Ask Dolph! Live!

June 7th, 2022


Today we hear from you, Dear Listeners! Join us for our most recent Ask Dolph! Live! where we hear about the nonprofit troubles that have been on …

Take a Deep Breath with Jay Johnson

May 31st, 2022


This week we're rerunning the most popular episode of Summer 2021! Listen in as Jay shares tools you can use when dealing with a difficult …

Connecting Money to Mission with Holly Rustick

May 24th, 2022


Holly shares tips for beginner grant writers.

Become Your Nonprofit’s Brand Ambassador with Rita Soronen

May 17th, 2022


Rita shares her journey to becoming the brand ambassador for the Dave Thomas Foundation and the lessons she learned along the way.

Inclusive & Effective Decision-Making with Mike Ciccarone

May 10th, 2022


Mike discusses how nonprofits can make sure the right decision-makers are at the table and how they can make their decisions effectively.

Visualize Your Data with Ben Jones

May 3rd, 2022


Ben discusses tips and techniques to present your data easily and effectively.

Bonus Break #42: 5 Books Every Executive Director Should Read

April 28th, 2022


Dolph shares 5 transformational books every nonprofit executive director should read.

Making the Impossible Possible with Jack Fuller

April 26th, 2022


Jack discusses how you can spark and harness imagination at your nonprofit.

Crafting Your Brand with Amanda Ross

April 19th, 2022


Amanda discusses easy steps you can take to build and maintain your nonprofit’s brand.

All Things Interns Part II: Managing & Compensating Your Interns with Lauren Kent-Delany

April 12th, 2022


Lauren discusses tips for managing interns and shares why The Carter Center began offering stipends to all its interns.

Timeless Tips for Working with Difficult People with Jody Foster

April 5th, 2022


Jody discusses difficult and disruptive personalities you may encounter in your office and tips for effectively working with them.

Attention-Grabbing Marketing with Dan Schepleng

March 29th, 2022


Dan discusses strategies for keeping your marketing efforts honest, interesting, and effective.

Insider Tips for Workparents with Daisy Dowling

March 22nd, 2022


Daisy discusses how you can bring together your roles as a professional and as a parent --- and how you can excel at both.

Make a Greater Impact with Felix Oberholzer-Gee

March 15th, 2022


Felix discusses how your nonprofit can have greater impact by creating value for your clients, volunteers, staff, and funders.

Onboarding for Success with Lexie Linger

March 8th, 2022


Lexie & Dolph discuss the onboarding process we use at Successful Nonprofits®.

Recruiting & Managing Outstanding Volunteers with Diana Zhang

March 1st, 2022


Diana shares her 8 lessons learned from recruiting and managing an all-volunteer nonprofit.

Content Marketing Gold with Rick Smith

February 22nd, 2022


Rick shares nuggets that will help you plan and implement an effective marketing strategy.

Becoming a Social Innovator with Neil Malhotra

February 15th, 2022


Neil discusses how nonprofits, for-profits, & government organizations can work together to have real impact on today’s social issues.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Messy Data with TJ Muehleman

February 8th, 2022


TJ discusses strategies to easily collect clean, useful data that will help you accomplish your mission.

Getting Ready for CryptoPhilanthropy with Zach Bronstein

February 1st, 2022


Zach discusses how your nonprofit can prepare for and accept cryptocurrency donations.

The Power of Strategic Networking with Patton McDowell

January 25th, 2022


Patton discusses the career-long benefits of effective networking and shares strategies to help you build your own network.

All Things Interns: Recruiting, Interviewing, & Onboarding

January 18th, 2022


Lauren discusses finding extraordinary interns – from recruitment to interviews to orientation.

Your Guide to Awesome Volunteer Solicitors with Dr. Shantell Chambliss

January 11th, 2022


Dr. Shantell Chambliss joins us to discuss how you can recruit, train, and motivate top-notch volunteer solicitors.

Ask Dolph! Live! Part II

January 4th, 2022


Today we hear from you, Dear Listeners! Join us for Part 2 of Ask Dolph! Live! where we hear about the nonprofit troubles that have been on your mind.

Reflections & Advice on Building a Successful Career

December 28th, 2021


It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for our annual montage! This year we asked guests what one thing they started doing, or stopped doing, that had the biggest impact on their careers.

Surviving Conflict with Karen Feste

December 14th, 2021


Karen discusses why people are so prone to conflict and shares everyday tips you can use to deescalate your next office disagreement.

The Secret Sauce to CRM Transitions with Maureen Wallbeoff

December 7th, 2021


Maureen discusses how you can support your staff during your next CRM transition.

Going Mobile with Ben Dubin-Thaler

November 30th, 2021


Ben discusses what you should think about before buying and operating a mobile unit.

How to Hire an Awesome Consultant with Heather Yandow

November 23rd, 2021


Heather Yandow discusses how you can find, and approach, the best consultant for your next project.

Ask Dolph! Live! (Part 1)

November 16th, 2021


Today we hear from you, Dear Listeners! Join us for Part 1 of Ask Dolph! Live! where we hear about the intern and staffing troubles that have been on …

Budgeting for Sustainability with Jessyca Leach

November 9th, 2021


Jessyca discusses ways you can build a stronger budget, manage it easier, and ultimately set your nonprofit up for sustainability.

Old-School Fundraising in 2021 with Gabe Cooper

November 2nd, 2021


Gabe discusses how you can personalize the donor journey and treat every donor like a major donor.

What’s Trending with Daria Torres

October 26th, 2021


Daria Torres shares 4 predictions about nonprofit leadership & governance trends in 2022.

Weird Recruitment Strategies that Work with Lexie Linger

October 19th, 2021


Lexie & Dolph discuss the unique staff recruitment process at Successful Nonprofits®.

Do More Good --- Through Your Website (with Adam Walker)

October 12th, 2021


Adam Walker shares trade secrets to help you quickly and easily maintain your website and online presence.

Transform Your Public Speaking with Neil Gordon

October 5th, 2021


You have two minutes to pitch to a room full of potential donors – what do you do? Join Neil Gordon for proven public speaking tips that are sure to …

Compelling Donors to Give with Krista Lamp

September 28th, 2021


Get ready to transform your marketing and donor journey paradigm, as Krista discusses marketing and fundraising lessons we can learn from for-profits.  

When Your Program is Broken with Kelsey Smith

September 21st, 2021


Kelsey discusses how she took a program that wasn’t working and made it strong and sustainable, even past her tenure.

Fill That Job With The Perfect Candidate with Kathleen Duffy

September 14th, 2021


Kathleen discusses key steps to finding the best candidate for your open position, even when that candidate isn’t currently looking for a job.

Broadcast With Your Own Podcast with Mathew Passy

September 7th, 2021


Mathew discusses why your nonprofit needs to start its own podcast.

The Gift of Struggle and the Leadership Secret with Bobby Herrera

August 31st, 2021


Bobby shares his story of experiencing hardship from a very young age. And he explains leadership lessons learned through overcoming the personal and professional challenges he’s faced. This episode will inspire you and …

Time to change the way you fundraise and raise more money with Jack Silverstein

August 24th, 2021


Jack and Dolph explore, and bust, common fundraising myths from the profitability of events to who makes the best major donor prospect.

Women in Nonprofits: A Big Pay Gap, Lots of Disparities, and the Board's Role

August 17th, 2021


Jess and Dolph discuss gender disparity in the nonprofit sector and best practices to begin creating systemic change.

Gender Matters in Philanthropy with Jeannie Sager

August 3rd, 2021


Jeannie and Dolph discuss the unconscious bias of philanthropy and how you can grow your fundraising dollars by including more female donors.

The Magic of Strategic Plans with Liana Downey

July 27th, 2021


Liana discusses how a strong strategic plan with a spine-tingling goal helps get you refocused and have greater impact.

The Supportive Board Chair with Monica Khant

July 20th, 2021


Monica discusses ways a board chair can support the executive director.

The Story Your Voice Tells with Tracy Goodwin

July 13th, 2021


Transform your career (and life) with the power of your voice.

It's Almost Always Someone You Trust with Tiffany Couch

July 6th, 2021


It's a holiday week, so we're rerunning one of our favorite episodes in which Tiffany Couch discusses what fraud looks like, who is likely to do it, …

Good Stewardship with Bob Gallagher

June 29th, 2021


Bob discusses common nonprofit mismanagement pitfalls and steps you can take to avoid them.

Bonus Break #41: 3 Steps to Successfully Onboard Your New Board Chair

June 24th, 2021


Dolph shares 3 onboarding steps – and lots of tips – to set you and your next board chair up for years of success.

Insider Tips from an Executive Assistant with Jeremy Burrows

June 22nd, 2021


Jeremy discusses how to hire, equip, and empower an Executive Assistant so you have the time and space to achieve your goals.

The Magic of “Thank You” with Sandy Rees

June 15th, 2021


Sandy Rees discusses the benefits of an outstanding thank you and how to easily show your donors just how much you appreciate them.

Working With Pro Bono Attorneys with Michelle Johnson and Rachel Spears

June 8th, 2021


Attorneys Michelle Johnson and Rachel Spears discuss how you can be the perfect nonprofit client for your pro bono attorney (and being the perfect client will make them want to help you in the future).

Putting the “People” Back in Volunteerism with Rob Jackson

June 1st, 2021


Rob Jackson shares groundbreaking ideas to help you ramp up your organization's volunteer program.

The Dangers of Efficiency with Roger Martin

May 25th, 2021


Roger Martin discusses how focusing on efficiency can be counterproductive to your mission, values, and goals.

Finding Your Next Great Board Member with Rob Acton

May 18th, 2021


Rob Acton shares how to find and orient great board members.

Bonus Break #40: Ask Dolph

May 13th, 2021


Almost every week I get questions from podcast listeners, blog readers, or former clients who want some quick advice. And I am always happy to respond. Today I three real questions that I hear frequently about strategic …

The Lion in Front of You with Jessica Borushok

May 11th, 2021


Jessica explains why our brains are hardwired to think every threat, from lions to emails, is dangerous & how you can overcome all that worry and …

The Secret to Resiliency with Kari Rosbeck

May 4th, 2021


Kari Rosbeck explores how resilient staff set her and her nonprofit up for success when they needed to make big changes after COVID-19 started.

Rocket Fuel for Your Mission with Barbara Floersch

April 27th, 2021


Barbara discusses how to find and use grants in a way that strengthens and sustains your nonprofit.

Tell Your Story with Scott Hartman

April 20th, 2021


Scott Hartman shares 4 secrets for a successful media interview plus tips for creating a professional-looking virtual meeting setting at home. 

Self-Care Tips for Coming Out Stronger with Beth Kanter

April 15th, 2021


19% of adults claim their mental health worsened in 2020. So join Dolph and Beth as they explore the science behind common stress points and share …

Bonus Break #39: 12 life lessons from my first 200 podcast episodes

April 13th, 2021


When I started my podcasting journey back in 2016, I made my fair share of mistakes. I’ve found that many of those mistakes, and the lessons I learned, also apply to my professional life. So join me for the 12 life …

Landing Your Dream Job with Kris Holmes

April 8th, 2021


If you’re among the 64% of workers actively looking for a new job or considering starting a job search, today’s episode is for you.

Kris Holmes is a …

Building Resiliency with Rob Collins

April 1st, 2021


We all have experienced traumatic events. And the nature of nonprofit work ensures that we face not only our own trauma, but others’ as well. So with trauma all around us – how is your nonprofit managing it?

Today’s …

Bonus Break #38: It’s Time for a $20/Hour Nonprofit Minimum Wage

March 30th, 2021


I have met countless individuals who have experienced extreme hardship due to low-pay in the nonprofit sector. This must stop!

As nonprofit executives, if our business model doesn’t pay workers enough to live, we need …

Tools to Fire Up Your Productivity with Peter Chatel

March 25th, 2021


What stands between you and your goals?

Get ready to knock down those barriers and start on the path to accomplishing your goals today with our guest, Peter Chatel! Peter helps individuals and nonprofits get motivated …

Bonus Break #37: Include a Big Bold Goal in Your Next Strategic Plan

March 18th, 2021


A few factors set an exceptional strategic plan apart from an OK plan, and having a Big Bold Goal is one of them. In this episode, we will explore …

Living the Good Life with Bobbie Munroe

March 11th, 2021


66% of millennials don’t feel they’re saving enough for retirement, and they aren’t alone! So we invited the Maven of Money, Bobbie Munroe, to discuss personal finance for the nonprofit professional. Bobbie shares …

Are You Protecting Your Data?

March 4th, 2021


Many nonprofits think they are safe from cyberattacks because of their missions and small budgets (at least compared to Fortune 500 companies). But today’s guest says that, unfortunately, hackers don’t care. They look …

Big Accounting Mistakes and their Simple Solutions with Germeen Guillaume

February 25th, 2021


Today’s guest, Germeen Guillaume, has over 10 years of accounting experience. She joins us to share common nonprofit accounting mistakes and tips you can take today to make sure your nonprofit never becomes the next …

Bonus Break #36: 5 Ways to Repurpose Your Board Report

February 23rd, 2021


It’s such a waste of energy to spend a lot of time writing a board report for just one use. Over the years, I’ve found ways to repurpose my board …

Jump Start Your Planned Giving Program with Tony Martignetti

February 18th, 2021


Wouldn’t it have been nice if your nonprofit had started a planned giving program 5, or even 20, years ago? Imagine where your organization could …

Measuring Impact with Alan Mackie

February 11th, 2021


How do you know if your programs actually result in the impact you want? Alan Mackie has over 25 years’ experience evaluating impact. He joins us …

Write a Board Report Your Board Members Want to Read

February 9th, 2021


2021 is the year to stop spending hours writing boring board reports no one reads! Listen in for tips about ideal length, format, topics to include, and topics to exclude.  You’ll also get advice on how to craft a board …

Taming Your Student Loan Monster with Meagan Landress

February 4th, 2021


There are roughly 45 million people drowning in nearly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. That’s an average debt of more than $35,000 per person! If you are one of those 45 million people, your student loan payment is …

Your 3 Legal Duties as a Nonprofit Board Member with Bruce Hopkins

January 28th, 2021


There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits registered in the US. But when we ask board members if they know the 3 fundamental duties of all board members, few know the answer. That’s a lot of boards and board members …

Coalition Building Can Help Your Nonprofit and Your Cause with Jim Neal & Paedia Mixon

January 22nd, 2021


The nonprofit world is undoubtedly competitive. We compete for donors, grants, volunteers, clients, and even office space. But what do you do when …

Bonus Break #34: Ten Toxic Trump Traits Every Leader and Manager Should Avoid

January 20th, 2021


Over the last four years, our nation has witnessed a case study in toxic leadership. Whether you manage one person or lead a team of 100 people, here …

Simple Solutions for Complex Problems with Rob Bisceglie

January 14th, 2021


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 …

Coaching for Nonprofit Leaders with Deb Stallings

January 7th, 2021


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 …

Bonus Break #33 - 4 Steps to Thrive in the Recession

January 5th, 2021


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 …

Our guests share what 2020 taught them

December 31st, 2020


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 …

6 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Be More Trans-Inclusive with Andy Marra

December 17th, 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 …

Getting to the Truth of Things with Amanda Woomer

December 10th, 2020


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 …

Become the Expert Reporters Call with Kristen Elworthy

December 3rd, 2020


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 …

Life After Burnout with Bethany Planton and Trish Bachman

November 19th, 2020


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 …

How to Write Effective Copy that Gets Noticed with Nicki Krawczyk

November 12th, 2020


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 …

Creating a Strong Back Office with Sean Hale

November 5th, 2020


Running a nonprofit is stressful. There's managing staff, courting donors, keeping up with reports, and, of course, providing actual services. We …

All Problems are People Problems with Brad Wolff

October 29th, 2020


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 …

8 Proven Ways to Feel Happier at Work with Bea Boccalandro

October 22nd, 2020


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 …

Your Nonprofit Guide to Buying, Renting & Moving with Paul Wolf

October 15th, 2020


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. …

The Secret to Low Stress & High Efficiency with Susie Hayman

October 8th, 2020


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 …

For-Profit? Nonprofit? Why Not Both? (with Angela Hughey)

October 1st, 2020


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 …

From 6 donors to more than 15,000 donors with Michael Hamill Remaley

September 24th, 2020


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. …

Help Donors Fall In Love…With Your Organization (with Abra Annes)

September 17th, 2020


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 …

Create Lasting Change Through Advocacy with Tanya Tassi

September 10th, 2020


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 …

Reverse Podcast about Mission Creep vs. Mission Expansion on the PBPA Podcast

September 8th, 2020


Today we have a special reverse episode with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Earlier this year, Dolph was featured on the Pro Bono Partnership …

Enlist your treasurer and banker to your sustainability team (with Chad Wolver)

September 3rd, 2020


Every nonprofit leader dreams of achieving and maintaining financial sustainability, and every good board member knows that fiscal stewardship is one …

Recession-Proof Your Career with Gary Hines

August 27th, 2020


With COVID and a budding recession, people around the world are stressed out about their jobs. If you have a job, you want to make sure you keep it. And if you lost your job, you want to find your next one as quickly as …

Challenge the Fundraising Status Quo with Sherry Quam Taylor

August 20th, 2020


Sherry Quam Taylor says it’s time to push against common fundraising misconceptions and start telling donors what your nonprofit really needs!

  • Do …

The Ripple Effect with Natasha Wallace

August 13th, 2020


If you Google “workplace stress”, a plethora of data appears at your fingertips. The American Institute of Stress notes that job stress is the largest source of anxiety for Americans, and that it is escalating. In fact, …

Unleash Your Donors’ Generosity with Brady Josephson

August 6th, 2020


We all want to know how we can increase our donations, and these days we especially want to know how to increase our online donations. According to Brady Josephson with NextAfter, this all starts with understanding why …

DEI: Leading By Example with Germeen Guillaume

July 30th, 2020


A few weeks ago we postponed our regularly scheduled episode and asked Listeners to amplify black voices that week instead. Shortly after, nonprofit …

I Quintupled Online Donations and You Can, Too with Shane Michael

July 23rd, 2020


What would you do if your online donations quintupled? Well, write down those ideas because with us today is Shane Michael, a website and fundraising …

4 Tips for Efficient and Effective Fundraising with Patton McDowell

July 16th, 2020


Small and medium-sized nonprofits face unique fundraising challenges and all too often overcompensate in ways that can cause lasting damage. Today’s guest, Patton McDowell, is not only a nonprofit podcast sensation …

How to Love Your Next CRM with Maureen Wallbeoff

July 9th, 2020


Are you tired of how your nonprofit manages its data? Are you considering adopting a new, or perhaps your first, CRM? Then today’s episode is for you!

Maureen Wallbeoff is an expert in both nonprofits and the …

Good Old-Fashioned Fundamentals with Joan Garry

July 2nd, 2020


We don’t need to tell you that COVID-19 has created, well, a lot of challenges.  But today’s guest, Joan Garry, also points out that it has created a lot of opportunity in that it has given us the gift of time.  By …

Reverse Podcast: Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership

June 30th, 2020


“What’s a reverse podcast?” 


Earlier this year, Patton McDowell interviewed me for his podcast, Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. He released the episode on his feed last week, and I’m releasing his episode on the …

Raising Funds Like a Rock Star Politician with Perry Monastero

June 25th, 2020


Looking to shake up your fundraising strategy?  Then get some inspiration from a political campaign! 

I know, I know.  You’re probably thinking that …

For Your Good and Theirs: Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach in Your Nonprofit with Kate Daugherty

June 18th, 2020


Trauma is all around us, especially right now.  It doesn’t matter your age, income level, color, gender, political ideology, religion, or …

Amplify Black Voices

June 11th, 2020


Instead of bringing our regularly scheduled episode on Trauma Informed organizations with Kate Dougherty, I am using the podcast to focus on the …

Virtual Galas in a Time of Social Distancing with Dean Crownover

June 4th, 2020


Is your next annual gala at risk of being canceled due to COVID-19? Well then listen in before you do anything!  As today’s guest, Dean Crownover, points out, virtual fundraising events are working like gangbusters!  So …

Make a Career Change with Ellen McCarty

May 28th, 2020


Are you considering a career change?  Looking for something with a little more purpose and passion? How about a career in the nonprofit sector!? Today’s guest, Ellen McCarty, discusses her process for helping …

Generosity Post-Mortem: Legacy Giving with Lori Kranczer

May 21st, 2020


Looking to boost your incoming donations?  Not sure how to do that given our uncertain economic climate?  Then check out today’s episode on legacy giving.  Join Lori Kranczer, lawyer and legacy giving expert, to hear …

The Perfect Money Pitch

May 14th, 2020


Let’s talk money.  We all need more money.  We all want more money.  We all hate to ask for money. 

But making that ask is essential for every nonprofit’s day-to-day programming and long term sustainability.  Listen in …

The Big Secret: Moving from Strategy to Results with Leslie MacKrell

May 7th, 2020


Does your organization sometimes struggle to get results – despite having a talented, dedicated team and a phenomenal strategy?  Today’s guest, …

Surviving an Economic Crisis

April 30th, 2020


As  leaders and nonprofit organizations, we are facing uncertain and difficult times ahead. All organizations face periods of hardship, but an …

Our PPP Loan Wasn’t Funded – Now What?

April 20th, 2020


As this episode is released, the US Congress is nearing a deal to reopen the Payroll Protection Program with an additional $300 billion of funding. …

Save the World and Yourself:

April 16th, 2020


If you’ve worked in the nonprofit sector, even for just a few years, then you have probably experienced burnout at least once.  Some people are able to push through it, but many eventually decide to leave their jobs, …

Putting the “People” Back in Volunteerism

April 9th, 2020


Volunteers are the backbone of so many nonprofits.  While many nonprofits could not keep their doors open without them,  volunteers and …


April 2nd, 2020


In these polarized times it is especially hard to contemplate, let alone actually sit down with those we see as the enemies of our cause.  But as our …

Nail the interview; get the job!

March 26th, 2020


Whether you are a candidate or the hiring manager, understanding interview best practices is essential. Our guest Evan Piekara shares everything you need to know about job interview questions and answers. In this …

Trauma Informed Leadership with Matt Bennett

March 12th, 2020


We started the year off with strong intentions to manage stress, take care of ourselves and be kind to our inner child. But those of us working in the nonprofit sector have significantly more pressure on us every day. …

Preparing your nonprofit for a new executive director

February 28th, 2020


“Here’s the keys, here is the restroom, here's your office – good luck!” That's a terrible orientation for any staff member, but this is the orientation that many nonprofit executive directors receive. It’s ironic …

Your nonprofit’s big bettable initiative with Sridhar Prasad

February 11th, 2020


“Big bets give organizations the chance to think about what it looks like to go from serving to solving.”

That is always the goal isn’t it? As much …

5 Hacks for More Effective Board Recruitment

February 4th, 2020


Recruiting the right board is the key to a strong, healthy and successful nonprofit organization. Yet too many charities view board recruitment as an …

Unlock Your Power to Recruit Great Board Members (Centerlink E-Summit 2019)

January 21st, 2020


Though my greatest mistakes and successes have been the people that I have chosen to hire, my 2nd greatest mistakes and successes have been those I have recruited for boards. Tune in to hear my best practices for …

From Nonprofit Leader to Thought Leader: Global Credibility Expert, Mitchell Levy, shares his best practices to spread your AHA moments across the nonprofit sector

January 14th, 2020


You may have a well-run nonprofit organization, a great strategic plan, and effective programs with great outcomes. But your constituents live in a …

Make Your Resolutions Your Reality

January 2nd, 2020


It’s the first week of January in America, which means we’re all creating resolutions that the vast majority of us will bail on by January 17th.  …

It is Almost Always Someone You Trust - A Conversation with Tiffany Couch, Author of The Thief in Your Company

December 20th, 2019


Nonprofit fraud is the topic of this conversation with Tiffany Couch, CEO of Acuity Forensics. Sharing true stories of fraud found in her book, The Thief in Your Company, Tiffany breaks down what fraud looks like, who …

Results Based, Employee Centered: Wayne Sleight shares the unique company culture of 97th and a few traits you want to adopt for your own nonprofit.

December 3rd, 2019


Join Dolph and Wayne Sleight on this week’s episode of the Successful Nonprofits Podcast to talk about 97th Floor nationally recognized company …

The Answer Is Not More Time and Money with Carol Hamilton

November 20th, 2019


More time and money is not the answer to every nonprofit problem! Listen in to this week’s episode of the Successful Nonprofits Podcast where Carol …

Mind Shifts to Transform your Hiring Process – Part II

November 8th, 2019


Have you ever hired someone you thought would be great, but realized you made a huge mistake within the first few weeks or months?  You are not alone …

Mind Shifts to Transform your Hiring Process

October 23rd, 2019


Most executives are often able to go back and say this, including myself: My biggest success and my greatest failures have all been about the people I have hired. The lessons I have experienced over my career have …

The CFO Crash Course: Stepping up your nonprofit’s accounting game with Tosha Anderson

October 10th, 2019


Nonprofit accounting expert, Tosha Anderson, shares lessons and advice for maximizing your nonprofit’s accounting efficiency. She offers insights on …

Mailbag: You Asked, Dolph Answered

September 24th, 2019


About six months ago, we asked folks to email in their pressing questions. Of course, we responded to each question in real-time, but we also saved …

Broadcast With Your Own Podcast: Why Your Nonprofits next Project Should be to Start a Podcast with Mathew Passy

September 11th, 2019


I believe that every nonprofit should launch its own podcast, and so does this episode’s guest. There simply could not be a more intimate way to …

Charities Who Love Charts: How Data Sharing is Improving Chicago and Could do the Same for Your Nonprofit with Traci Stanley and Joshua Fulcher

August 27th, 2019


Every nonprofit (and every nonprofit funder) wants to focus on collaboration opportunities.  Traci Stanley and Joshua Fulcher are on the forefront of …

The Doorway to Donors: Arlene Cogen’s Tips on Attracting Donor Advised Funds and Creating One Yourself

August 16th, 2019


Arlene Cogen shares her guidance getting the largest contributions from donor-advised funds.

Arlene is a financial planner with more than 20 years of experience in the trust and investment services industry but also a …

Courage, Culture and Collaboration: Lessons from Army Ranger and Serial Entrepreneur France Q Hoang

July 30th, 2019


France Hoang has some pretty amazing credentials. France is a serial entrepreneur trading in everything from jets to law firms to coworking space to …

Building Resilience, Practicing Forgiveness: Exploring Appreciative Inquiry with Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair

July 9th, 2019


Appreciative inquiry is a strengths-based approach to facilitating positive change in human organizations. Dolph talks with two seasoned …

Maurya Couvares Shares the Code to Exponential Nonprofit Growth!

July 2nd, 2019


We take a deep dive into nonprofit growth with Maurya Couvares, founder of Code Nation, formerly known as ScriptEd. Having successfully grown …

The No Bricks, No Mortar, 100% Virtual Nonprofit: A Conversation with Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, Founder of Give an Hour

June 25th, 2019


9/11 and her daughter’s outrage were the inspiration for Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen to pick up a copy of Nonprofits for Dummies and launch Give an Hour, …

The Government Does the Talking, Your Nonprofit Does the Walking, and Other Lessons from Evan Marwell, Founder of EducationSuperHighway

June 18th, 2019


Dolph talks with Evan Marwell, successful serial entrepreneur, about his move into the nonprofit world with the creation of EducationSuperHighway. …

Cracking the Corporate Gifts Code: A Conversation with Former Director of Corporate Giving Joe Vella

June 11th, 2019


Dolph talks with Joe Vella, former Director of Corporate Giving at Macy’s, to learn how nonprofits can position themselves for corporate gifts in an …

Set the Goals, Secure the Funding, Prepare for Lift-Off! Mini Program Planning Series, Part Two

May 14th, 2019


In Part Two of his Mini Program Planning Series, Dolph outlines the steps to set goals, track program outputs vs outcomes, secure initial funding, …

So You Want to Develop a Program, Here's Where You Start - Program Planning Series Part One

May 9th, 2019


Flood waters of Biblical proportions have forced Dolph to go solo for a few podcast episodes! It’s all good, as Dolph kicks of a Mini Program …

Engage Your Board with Rob Acton

April 30th, 2019


Board builder Rob Acton joins us to discuss specific strategies and tactics to optimize your board. He offers actionable tactics that you can implement today. Acton, founder of Cause Strategy Partners, discusses the …

I've Seen Your Resume, Show Me YOU. Strategies to Get the Director-Level Job with Executive Search Consultant Kevin Chase

April 23rd, 2019


In part one of his episode, Kevin Chase shared the importance of honing your professional development to prepare for a director-level job. In part two, Kevin discusses how resume building, negotiation skills, and your …

The Makings of a CEO: Pursuing a Director-Level Job. A Conversation with Executive Search Consultant Kevin Chase

April 16th, 2019


Guess who’s back… back again! Executive Search Consultant Kevin Chase returns to our podcast for a two-part episode. In part one, Kevin walks us …

It is Almost Always Someone You Trust - A Conversation with Tiffany Couch, Author of The Thief in Your Company

April 9th, 2019


Nonprofit fraud is the topic of this conversation with Tiffany Couch, CEO of Acuity Forensics. Sharing true stories of fraud found in her book, The Thief in Your Company, Tiffany breaks down what fraud looks like, who …

All Problems are People Problems, and How to Solve Yours: A Conversation with Brad Wolff, Author of People Problems? How to Create People Solutions for a Competitive Advantage

April 2nd, 2019


Brad Wolff, author of the bestseller, People Problems? How to Create People Solutions for a Competitive Edge, joins Dolph to deliver an important …

Be a Standout Candidate, Nail Negotiations and MORE! – Career Advice from Mazarine Treyz, CEO of Wild Woman Fundraising

March 26th, 2019


Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising joins Dolph for a session of career coaching. They share a lot of Amen! moments as they discuss strategies …

It’s All in the Power of Counting: A Conversation with Shelby Roberts of SSR Advisors

March 19th, 2019


Evaluation consultant Shelby Roberts joins Dolph to discuss how to squeeze the most out of your data by tracking as you go along. Simply put, start …

Top 5 Behaviors of High-Performing CEOs: A Conversation with Kim Powell, author of The CEO Next Door

March 12th, 2019


Kim Powell is back and she’s changing the perspective about who can be a successful CEO! Podcast veteran Kim Powell returns to the podcast to discuss …

Purpose or Profit? Have Both with a B-corp! A Conversation with Rick Alexander

March 5th, 2019


Dolph talks with Rick Alexander, author of Benefit Corporation Law and Governance: Pursuing Profit with Purpose. Rick schools us on the various Bs: B …

From Recruitment to Recommitment, Building the Board You Need with Kate Hayes

February 26th, 2019


Kate Hayes of Echoing Green,  a seed-funding and leadership development program for social entrepreneurs, joins Dolph for a lively discussion about …

Accommodate Your Millennial Workers – or Another Organization Will: A Conversation with Larry Velez of Sinu

February 19th, 2019


We invite Larry Velez, founder and CTO of Sinu, to help us understand and accommodate millennials in the workplace. Top of the list: make sure your …

Trust Me: I’ve Worked with Hundreds of Nonprofit Finance Teams with Kelsey Vatsaas

February 12th, 2019


Dolph and Kelsey Vatsaas, principal at CliftonLarsonAllen, discuss ways to streamline operations within the nonprofit finance department to improve …

Everyone Must Get On Board the Tech Train…or It’s Not Leaving the Station: A Conversation with Peter Gross of Build Consulting

February 5th, 2019


Peter Gross of Build Consulting is a nonprofit technology expert. And he’s here to tell you that the real issue around technology in many nonprofits …

Know the Donor, Be the Donor: Engagement Fundraising with Greg Warner, Part 2

January 29th, 2019


Greg Warner, author of Engagement Fundraising: How to Raise More Money for Less in the 21st Century, returns, and once again, it’s a no-holds-barred …

Branding is Bull: Engagement fundraising with Greg Warner

January 22nd, 2019


Join Dolph as he welcomes Greg Warner, author of Engagement Fundraising: How to Raise More Money for Less in the 21st Century, and founder of …

How to Address the Disengaged Board Member with Cindi Phallen of Create Possibility

January 15th, 2019


We’re all familiar with that board member whose attitude, actions, and absences add up to disengagement. We’re faced with the questions: How can we …

Bringing New Levels of Meaningful Organization into Your Life with Emily Parks

January 8th, 2019


Just in time to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions, Emily Parks shares her extensive knowledge of organizational tools, along with how to …

Holiday Replay! Executing Strategy Despite Obstacles, Setbacks, And Stalls with Patty Azzarello

January 2nd, 2019


Getting stuck in a rut happens to the best of us. Nonprofit teams often reach an impasse a few weeks or months after launching a new initiative or strategy. Consequently, staff revert to the tasks they’ve always done …

So You Want to Buy a Building? Tips for Navigating Real Estate for Nonprofits with Jon Denham and Paul Wolf

December 18th, 2018


Leasing, buying, or renting the actual physical premises for your nonprofit can be daunting. Real estate transactions can go south by mismanaging development plans or failing to establish necessary relationships with …

Part Two of Getting the Audience to Shut the F*** Up at Your Charity Auction, with Dean Crownover

December 11th, 2018


In the second installment of this two-part series, Dolph and Dean Crownover, owner of My Benefit Auctioneer, continue their conversation about …

Getting the Audience to Shut the F*** Up at Your Charity Auction, with Dean Crownover

December 4th, 2018


Auctions are all fun and games until your audience can’t settle down long enough to hear the auctioneer, let alone bid. Although it can be challenging, wrangling guests to produce the best outcomes, financially and …

Lean Impact with Ann Mei Chang

November 27th, 2018


Today Dolph talks about a different kind of MVP with Ann Mei Chang, author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. Ann Mei …

The Donor Survey: Best Practices for Real Results with Rachel Clemens

November 13th, 2018


"Research kills opinion” is the mantra of today’s guest, Rachel Clemens, Chief Marketing Officer of Mighty Citizen. Rachel develops and analyzes donor surveys that uncover the truth about what donors are thinking and …

The Family Office with Ranlyn Tilley Hill, J.D.

November 6th, 2018


Today Dolph speaks with Ranlyn Tilley Hill, J.D., president of Benevolent Vision. Ranlyn takes us behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of …

You Want Me to Do What? 10 Ways to Get Your Executive Director to Fundraise with You Getting the Credit! with June Kress and Chris Rutledge

October 30th, 2018


Today’s conversation is with two presenters from this year’s Bridge Conference. June Kress of June Kress Consulting and Chris Rutledge, Chief …

Top Three Nonprofit Website Fails with Jesse Lane

October 23rd, 2018


How’s your organization’s website looking these days? Dolph is joined by Jesse Lane, Chief Marketing Officer of Pure Charity, to discuss the three …

A return to our conversation with Kathleen Janus, author of Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference.

October 16th, 2018


This week, join us as we revisit the question, “What are best practices of those nonprofits that make the transition from small budget to large budget impact and growth?” Kathleen Janus, author of Social Startup …

Storytelling and Nonprofit Fundraising with Tiffany Lawrence

October 9th, 2018


Tiffany Lawrence shares examples from her work with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the United Way to describe how storytelling can drive fundraising.



Orion Strategies:

Danny’s …

Using CRM to Raise Money and Get Home for Dinner with Melissa Wyers

October 2nd, 2018


As busy professionals, we are always looking for opportunities to maximize the return on our efforts. This sentiment remains true when it comes to improving fundraising tactics.

Today we speak with Melissa Wyers, …

“Wait…30% of Your File is Signing Up for Recurring Donations?” with Rachel Kottler

September 25th, 2018


Rachel Kottler, Digital Account Manager with Lautman Maska Neill & Company, shares key takeaways from her recent Bridge Conference presentation: Wait…30% of Your File is Signing Up for Recurring Donations?.



Best Practices for Auctioning Big-Ticket Travel with Adam Capes

September 18th, 2018


Adam Capes, founder of Getaway2Give, shares best practices for auctioning off high-end vacations. Spoiler alert: you need someone like Sherry Truhlar (see episodes 91 & 92) to really bring in the cash. 



A Contrarian View of Fundraising with Jason Lewis

September 11th, 2018


Jason Lewis, author of The War for Fundraising Talent and How Small Shops Can Win, talks about his belief that fundraising is in its “messy …

Holiday Replay- Engineering Equity into Your Organization with Daria Torres

September 3rd, 2018


This Labor Day, we provide a refresher course on what it looks like to move toward a culture of equity in an organization. Daria Torres, founder and …

Housing, Health, and Board Governance with Dr. Joynicole Martinez

August 28th, 2018


Dr. Joynicole Martinez, founder and CEO of The Alchemist Agency, believes the health of any population is established at the intersection of its …

Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant, with Erica Waasdorp

August 21st, 2018


Donor cultivation can be tricky. Erica Waasdorp, author of Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant, reminds us that the monthly small-gift donor tends to …

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Mobile and Messaging (But Were Afraid to Ask) with Michael Sabat

August 14th, 2018


We are all familiar with text messaging. Whether we use SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or something else , we text practically every day. Michael Sabat, founder of @mssg, helps us apply our text messaging savvy to …

Donation Form Drinking Game with Ira Horowitz

August 7th, 2018


Have you ever tried to make a gift on a charity’s website, only to become frustrated by having to complete so many required fields that your attempt to donate timed out? Or how about getting through the form, only to …

Event 180, Part Two: Flipping Small Fundraising Auctions on Their Heads for Better Revenue with Sherry Truhlar

July 31st, 2018


In part two of this episode, we continue our conversation with Sherry Truhlar, benefit auctioneer at Red Apple Auctions. Sherry details methods for improving small auction events (simplify, simplify), teaches us bidder …

Executive Transition Planning Series Part 3: Pros and Cons of Executive Director Contracts

July 23rd, 2018


We are well underway on this bonus break series about succession planning, and this episode is about the often-discussed, hot topic of executive director contracts. We explore the pros and cons of offering the executive …

Event 180: Flipping Small Fundraising Events on Their Heads for Better Revenues with Sherry Truhlar

July 23rd, 2018


In part one of this two-part episode, we speak with Sherry Truhlar, founder of Red Apple Auctions. Sherry tells us how she became an auctioneer and how organizations of all sizes can boost their fundraising revenue by …

Executive Transition Planning Series Part 2: Four Types of Transitions

July 19th, 2018


Some leadership transitions are straightforward – the executive director gives a month’s notice before their final day. These are often the simplest and easiest transitions to plan for, but the board needs to prepare …

$0 to $3 Million in Under Five Years with Maurya Couvares

July 17th, 2018


Our guest today is Maurya Couvares, CEO of ScriptEd, a nonprofit that provides free coding instruction to students in under-resourced schools. …

Executive Transition Planning Series part 1 - Why You Need a Plan

July 12th, 2018


We received such strong feedback on the strategic planning bonus break series, that I’m now offering another series – this one on executive …

Conflict Can Be Good for Your Organization with Nate Regier, Ph.D.

July 10th, 2018


There is tremendous energy in conflict. Harnessing that energy for good involves basic precepts outlined in Dr. Nate Regier's model of Compassionate …

Independence from Messy - A primer for nonprofit professionals with Cris Sgrott-Wheedelton (Holiday Replay)

July 3rd, 2018


For some of us, being a tad bit unorganized is part of our personality- a cluttered desk is calming and rummaging for a file or note becomes commonplace. However, repeatedly misplacing items is frustrating because you …

Media Relations with Antionette Kerr

June 26th, 2018


When interacting with the media, a nonprofit is concerned not only with getting coverage, but with obtaining the best coverage for the organization. …

Morning Routines of Very Successful Nonprofit Professionals

June 19th, 2018


Previous guests share the morning rituals they use to jumpstart their days. 

Free Resources for Researching Foundations

June 14th, 2018


The ability to research prospective funders and develop a highly targeted list of  possible foundations is a key skill that all grant writers must …

Three Questions to Ask Before You Submit that Grant!

June 7th, 2018


Look before you leap by asking these three questions before you even start writing a grant proposal.

Offering Employee Benefits Your Team Will Love with Liz Frayer

June 5th, 2018


You probably think a lot about employee benefits - whether you are an executive director, board member, or entry level professional. But when we think about employee benefits, we usually just focus on the “basic” …

Take a Vacation!

June 1st, 2018


Taking time off work for self-care is essential. Sure, financial and work obligations are reasons to forgo vacation, but Dolph shares his tricks for …

Military Veterans In The Nonprofit Sector with Lora Tucker (replay in honor of Memorial Day)

May 29th, 2018


The brave members of our armed services put their lives on the line every day, and many return home as veterans with a strong desire to continue contributing to their communities. In honor of Memorial Day, we’re …

The Leadership Wakeup Call with Jeb Banner

May 22nd, 2018


Serial entrepreneur and CEO of Boardable Jeb Banner discusses the pending nonprofit leadership crisis, what your nonprofit can do to prepare for it, and how you as a professional can benefit from it.  


Jeb’s Site

Intellectual Property and the Piracy Police With Matthew Goings

May 15th, 2018


Attorney Matthew Goings, discusses how we can protect ourselves and know our liabilities when managing our own and delving into another’s intellectual property.



Georgia Lawyers for the Arts:

14 Questions to Ask a Prospective Consultant

May 10th, 2018


Dolph Goldenburg offers 14 interview questions that will help ensure you find a good consultant in your local market.

The Major Gifts Playbook with Doug Barker

May 8th, 2018


Major gift fundraising is a team sport, and every strong team needs a playbook. Doug Barker is the nationally recognized designer of major gift playbooks for nonprofit teams, and he shares the purpose, components, and …

An Empty Seat is Better Than a Bad Hire

May 3rd, 2018


When it comes time to hire a new member, there is a lot of pressure to settle for the candidate that seems sufficient but not stellar. Beware, settling for the short term actually causes more pain in the future.  

Starting Your Own Grant Writing Business with Susan Bacon

May 1st, 2018


Since many nonprofit professionals dream of becoming a grant writing consultant, we recorded this session with Susan Bacon. Susan, who built and sold …

Strategic Planning Part 10: Overcoming Objections to Strategic Planning

April 26th, 2018


This is the tenth segment of our strategic planning blog series, and in this final segment, we will discuss overcoming the most common objections to strategic planning.

Identify and Optimize Nonprofit Earned Income: A Conversation with Alexandra Black-Paulick of Nonprofits for the Future

April 24th, 2018


Serial entrepreneur Alexandra Black-Paulick talks with Dolph about earned income strategies for nonprofits. Identifying and maximizing earned income …

Strategic Planning Part 9: The Role and Cost of a Strategic Planning Consultant

April 19th, 2018


Dolph answers the most common question posed to strategic planning consultants: “How much will this cost?” and “What exactly will you do?”

Nonprofit Partnerships With Healthcare Systems with Nathan Fleming

April 17th, 2018


Pediatrician and Founder of Pathways to Population Health Nathan Fleming joins us to share the keys to collaboration between nonprofits and …

Strategic Planning Part 8: Getting the Most from Your Strategic Plan

April 12th, 2018


Learn how to maximize your strategic plan to enhance your public relations, support fundraising efforts, attract visitors to your website and build your social media base.

Community Engagement > Community Outreach with Doug Borwick

April 10th, 2018


CEO of Arts Engaged and author of Engaged Now, Doug Borwick gives his expert perspective on community engagement and how it is more effective than …

Strategic Planning Part 7: Structure Your Strategic Plan like a snowman

April 5th, 2018


We share how to structure your strategic plan, offer hacks for writing your plan, and discuss the ideal length.

Important Career Lessons

April 3rd, 2018


Previous podcast guests share the most important career lessons they learned.  This episode is a compilation of all new content from our recent guests. Visit our guest’s websites at:

Rachel’s website:

Please start another nonprofit: A counter perspective with Sandra Pfau England

March 27th, 2018


This podcast loves healthy, civil discourse. So we immediately said “yes” when Sandy Pfau England, founder of MyRonesi, offered to share her counter perspective to our episode “Please Don’t Start Another Nonprofit” with …

Strategic Planning Part 6: The Board Retreat

March 22nd, 2018


The board retreat is among the most important steps of your strategic planning process. This episode shares techniques to ensure your board retreat …

The Dollar Dash with Otis Fulton

March 20th, 2018


Otis Fulton, author of Dollar Dash, discusses the psychology behind Peer to Peer fundraising. 

He answers some of the burning P2P fundraising:

Secrets to Raising More Money with Michael Strader

March 13th, 2018


How do some fundraisers seem to get all the gifts? How do they convert that $50 donor to a $100,000 donor? Is it magic? Is it a secret formula?

Today …

Strategic Planning Part 5: Big Bold Goals

March 9th, 2018


At this point in the planning process, the work group has spent two to three months to research and fully understand the organization’s history, …

The CEO Next Door with Kim Powell

March 6th, 2018


Some of us shy away from the pursuing a CEO position because we think we don’t have the personality, experience, or savvy to be a successful. We …

Strategic Planning Series Part 4: The Work Group

February 22nd, 2018


As noted in the first two parts of this series, there is a lot of work involved in the environmental scan and reviewing the mission. In this segment, …

Raise More Money: Steward Donors Like Your Favorite Brands with Rachel Muir

February 20th, 2018


I bet your favorite brand makes you feel great every time you interact with them. Brands like Tiffany’s and the Ritz Carlton cater to our needs, but we don’t always treat our donors this way. In this episode, Rachel …

Strategic Planning Part 3: Mission, Vision, Core Values

February 15th, 2018


This bonus break is the third installment of a multi-part series about strategic planning. This episode focuses on developing a mission, vision, and …

Make Your Board an Engaged Fundraising Machine with Kim Horton and Greg Giles

February 13th, 2018


Today’s guests Kim Horton and Greg Giles discuss how to build a board that is excited about fundraising, community engagement, and community outreach.

Kim Horton is Director of Marketing and Communications at The …

Strategic Planning: The Environmental Scan

February 9th, 2018


This Bonus Break is the second installment of a multi-part series about strategic planning. This series is based on a lunch and learned that I …

Peer to Peer Fundraising with Mark Becker

February 6th, 2018


We haven’t talked a lot about Peer to peer fundraising on this podcast; which is funny because that was the core method of fundraising until just the last 60 or so years.  Over the last several decades, Peer to Peer …

Everything You Wanted To Know About Strategic Planning But Were Afraid to Ask

February 1st, 2018


As a consultant, I get a lot of questions about strategic planning:

  • What is a strategic plan?
  • Do we need a strategic plan?
  • How does an organization …

A Culture on Purpose with McKenzie Wren

January 30th, 2018


Culture develops organically, and it can be based on power, personality and politics if you aren’t paying attention to the culture you are building.

6 Tips for More Effective Meetings

January 25th, 2018


Nothing kills enthusiasm like long, disorganized, unproductive meetings, and this goes for all meetings. Whether a staff meeting or one on ones, we must make sure that all of our interfaces are productive and worth our …

How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference with Kathleen Janus

January 23rd, 2018


Typically, we are into starting something new. People are into starting new nonprofits instead of joining forces with a nonprofit with similar organizations. Moreover, we have some $200,000 nonprofits that are not …

Thank Donors like You Mean It

January 18th, 2018


Are your gift acknowledgement letters connecting donors to your mission? Do you feel that donors cherish your thank you letters? Listen to this bonus break to learn some of the techniques necessary to craft and send …

Understanding Risk Management with Ted Bilich

January 16th, 2018


To some, risk may not seem important until you receive a demand letter from your lawyer or a media inquiry about an alleged malicious act.

Risk is everywhere in the nonprofit sector, and nonprofit organizations need …

Send Thank You Letters to Your 2017 Donors

January 11th, 2018


January is a great time to cultivate all the donors who gave to your organization in 2017. And one way to cultivate those who gave last year is by …

The Executive Director and Development Director Relationship with Emma Kieran

January 8th, 2018


A strong relationship between the executive director and development director is vital to successful fundraising. In fact, these two staff must share …

An Annual Checklist for Your Organization

January 4th, 2018


If you don’t believe checklists work, ask an airline pilot. Even the most tenured pilot has a checklist with detailed steps to start the engine, taxi, and take-off. And when the plane lands, they have a different set of …

5 Things Every Fundrasier Should Do Before December 31

December 28th, 2017


We offered tips on how to raise more money at the end of the year (and next year) by:


#1: Reminding board members of their annual financial commitments

#2: Calling board members who met their annual financial …

Empathic Management in the Nonprofit Sector with Carrie Ricex

December 19th, 2017


Sometimes, we are so focused on the mission that we forget to build our organization’s sense of team, communication, and empathy. Consequently, it’s …

Sabbaticals for Everyone in Your Organization with Marvin Webb

December 12th, 2017


Most of us dream of taking extended breaks or sabbaticals to balance work and personal life. While charities rarely offer sabbaticals to every staff member, sabbaticals for all might build the vim and vigor your staff …

Help Your Board Prepare for Change with Meredith Emmett and Heather Yandow

December 5th, 2017


Change is hard. Change makes us uncomfortable. Change can feel like a loss of what we once knew.

But we also know that change is essential for a …

Crafting Your Nonprofit’s Language to Lead, Engage, and Advocate with Erica Mills.

November 28th, 2017


Word selection is important when conveying your message. We have to make sure that our tone and word choice has an impact that reflects our missions.

To help us, we invite Erica Mills, Senior Lecturer at the University …

Engineering Equity into Your Organization with Daria Torres

November 14th, 2017


This week, we invited strategic advisor, facilitator, university professor, and Giving Cycle board chair, Daria Torres. Daria shares the Equity Maturity Model which helps nonprofit leaders institutionalize their …

Interventions That Will Optimize Your Board with Rob Acton

November 7th, 2017


Board builder Rob Acton joins us to discuss specific strategies and tactics to optimize your board. He offers actionable tactics that you can implement today. Acton, founder of Cause Strategy Partners, discusses the …

Having Productive and Enjoyable Board Meetings with Emily Davis

October 31st, 2017


Board members spend 5 to 6 hours in meetings each month, yet meetings are not always as productive or enjoyable as they would like. 

To rid ourselves …

Share Power to Strengthen Your Board with Mike Burns and Judy Friewirth

October 24th, 2017


Mike Burns and Judy Friewirth explain the purpose and benefits of sharing tasks among board leaders. In this conversation, they:

  • Share ideas for …

Collaborative Grant- Seeking with Bess de Farber

October 17th, 2017


True collaborations help nonprofit organizations compete for grant funding and better implement their funded programs. In order to develop strong …

New Ideas for Using the Board to Raise More Money at Your Next Fundraising Event with Abra Annes

October 10th, 2017


Nonprofits all over the country are in the middle of a very busy special event season. In fact, many fundraisers and event planners are putting those final touches on their October and November events, and this is the …

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