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The Freshman Fundraisers Podcast

24 EpisodesProduced by Kim Teter & Diana ForbusWebsite

Hi! We're Kim and Diana, the Freshman Fundraisers. two "elder millennials" who found themselves stuck in the gray area between being an early-career fundraiser and an experienced pro - wanting to learn more about the nonprofit world, and having our own thoughts and ideas to share. AND WE KNOW WE'RE … read more

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Dust Yourself off and Try Again: Falling forward from failure with Anastasia Schriber

November 2nd, 2021


You failed. You were let go (or left before you were) and find yourself at an all-time low. How do you bounce back and move on better than you were before? Anastasia Schriber joins us to talk about her personal story …

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Turnover, retention, and burnout in the sector with Ben Chambers

October 19th, 2021


At some point or another, all fundraisers have been there - overworked, underpaid, burnt out. Nonprofits find themselves dealing with issues with turnover and retention. Join us for a frank conversation on these issues …

Strategery: Components of a Fundraising Plan with Lisa Tarshis

October 5th, 2021


With the go go go mode that most fundraisers find themselves in, there’s not always time to sit down and write a fundraising plan, but according to Lisa Tarshis, these plans are of the utmost importance. Lisa discusses …

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Program Evaluation Made Simple with Chari Smith

September 21st, 2021


Every fundraiser knows the importance of making a measurable impact, but how do you measure what most of us see as intangible? Chari Smith is the …

IYKYK: Knowing When to Make the Ask (and how to prepare) with Elizabeth Abel

September 7th, 2021


What do you need to know in order to make an ask? According to Elizabeth Abel, 80% of the work is done before you even walk in the room to meet with the donor. Elizabeth is a Corporate Vice President at CCS Fundraising, …

Okay boomer: Generational shifts in Donor behaviors with Travis McDearmon

August 31st, 2021


Guest: Travis McDearmon

Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z - each generation has its own set of core values and priorities, and for fundraisers, it’s important for us to think about how this impacts our work. We’re …

I hate fundraising: The art and science of turning around reluctant fundraisers with Cindy Wagman

August 17th, 2021


If you work in a nonprofit organization, you’ve likely dealt with someone who is a reluctant fundraiser. These are the people who don’t have the …

Season 2 trailer

August 13th, 2021


Welcome to season 2 of the Freshman Fundraisers podcast! We decided to change up the format a bit and we can't wait for you to hear from all of our …

Digging into fundraising myths

March 16th, 2021


Jack Silverstein began his fundraising career as a high school student in London, Ontario, canvassing for the Canadian Cancer Society and has never …

Rapid Fire Stewardship

February 23rd, 2021


We talk with Christina about all things stewardships. Top practices, do's & don'ts, upcoming trends, and more! 

Christina McNamee is currently the Senior Director of Advancement Services at an independent K-12 in the …

Beginning a development career

January 19th, 2021


With so many development professionals that just happen to fall into this work, there's a new generation of individuals venturing into this field …

Choosing words carefully

January 5th, 2021


In fundraising, we recognize the importance of our words when talking to donors. 

In this episode, Kim and Diana sit down with Valerie Johnson, the Director of Institutional Advancement for Pathways to Housing PA to …

Networking as a Superpower

December 15th, 2020


Whether you're an extrovert (like Kim) or an introvert (like Diana), networking is generally considered to be part of the job for most fundraisers.

Sam Provenzano, founder of NextGenFundraisers, joins the podcast to talk …

Difficult conversations on equity in fundraising

December 1st, 2020


In this episode, Diana chats (Kim had a family emergency) with T. Kebo Drew, the Managing Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project – …

Authenticity in Fundraising

November 17th, 2020


We talk to Mallory Erickson, Executive Leadership & Development Coach about the importance of authenticity in fundraising. 

Mallory Erickson is the fundraising coach for passionate leaders making a big social impact. …

A Donor's Perspective: Hilary Zalla

November 3rd, 2020


Join us as we get the inside scoop on working with donors in our first donor perspective episode. Hilary Zalla is a resident of Tampa Bay and a donor …

Your couch to 5K

October 27th, 2020


Pandemic required an almost universal requirement for fundraisers to adapt and work from home so we wanted to share our experiences as well as tips and tricks.

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Feet First Peer to Peer Fundraising with Kat Gunsar-Smith

October 20th, 2020


Feet First Peer to Peer Fundraising

Join us as we talk with Kat Gunsar-Smith, Manager - Triathlon, National Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer …

You've got Email

October 13th, 2020


So email is the #1 way to communicate. 

So how do you do it? 

How do you write an email that will both catch attention and encourage a response. 

Our …

Visibility as a Trans Fundraiser

October 6th, 2020


Join us as we talk with Chloe Corcoran, the Senior Associate Director of Constituent Engagement  - West Coast for Emory University about her career journey in advancement and her experience as an out transgender woman …

Women in Nonprofit - Minor Episode

October 1st, 2020


Our first Minor Episode

Kim & Diana discuss Women in Nonprofit and how it can be a struggle. Mentorship and networking are key and that's why we started the Nonprofit Sisterhood. A free Facebook group for nonprofit …

Pick the cranky donors

September 22nd, 2020


Join us as we talk with Heidi Bruce CFRM, MBA. She talks about her journey from starting in fundraising at Morgan State University in MD, to THE Ohio State, to medical foundation fundraising, and back to Higher …

Transition to Virtual Learning: Fundraising in the time of Corona

September 7th, 2020


Join us as we discuss how to talk with donors during the covid pandemic. Our top 5 suggestions are:

  1. Wellness/Emotional Check-in
  2. Acknowledge that things …

Freshman Orientation - Meet the Freshman Fundraisers

September 7th, 2020


Welcome to the First Episode of the Freshman Fundraisers podcast. In our first episode we talk a little about who we are, what we hope to accomplish, and why we started this! 

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