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Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications

Joan Garry: Nonprofit Leader and former Executive Director of GLAAD helps fellow CEOs, Boards and Board Chairs, Fundraisers, and Nonprofit Marketers

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Ep 86: An Artful Approach to Social Media (with Robin Cembalest)

Learn how Robin Cembalest has built an enormous social media following and take away lessons that any nonprofit can implement.


1 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 90: Why People Don’t Donate (and What You Can Do About It) (with Phil Buchanan)

There are so many people who want to make a difference and your nonprofit is a vehicle for them to do just that. So why can it be so hard to get people (or foundations) to open their checkbooks?


10 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Ep 44: The Executive Director With No Staff (with Sarah Audet)

With everything nonprofit leaders have to get done, imagine that you are the only staff person. What would that look like? I wanted to know...


14 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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Ep 35: Stop Asking Your Board to Fundraise! (With Gail Perry)

In this episode fundraising expert Gail Perry argues that pushing your board members to fundraise is a big mistake. She suggests a better approach...


29 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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Ep 41: What Every New Board Member Needs to Understand

I’d love for this podcast to be played for new board members – maybe at an orientation or perhaps at a board retreat when you are setting expectations.


29 Jul 2017

Rank #5

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Ep 92: The Lonely Nonprofit Leader (with Glennda Testone)

You’ve probably heard of “Imposter Syndrome”. But have you heard of “Loneliness Syndrome”?


7 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 22: The Art and Science of Asking for Money (with Brian Saber)

Why do so many people find it terrifying to ask for money, even for organizations they care deeply about? It's critical. Here's how to go about asking...


8 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Ep 61: How to Build a Smart Communications Plan (with Ben Wyskida)

In this episode, Ben Wyskida, CEO of Fenton Communications explains what you must do to build a successful communications plan for your nonprofit.


16 Jun 2018

Rank #8

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Ep 10: Successful Fundraising at Small Nonprofits – With Pamela Grow [PODCAST]

So your nonprofit is too small to hire a development director, but you won’t get any bigger without a development director. What do you do?


24 Apr 2016

Rank #9

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Ep 99: What Visionaries Do Best (with Paul Rice)

What kind of person does it take to build a movement? What are the strategies that take something seemingly small and turn it into a global game changer?


4 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Ep 34: Leading a Small (But Mighty) Nonprofit (With Joan Garry)

Small nonprofits need as much (or more) help than larger ones but usually don't have the same resources available. This episode focuses on their issues...


15 Apr 2017

Rank #11

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Bonus Episode: Small But Mighty Nonprofits (with Laura Zielke)

Most folks are utterly clueless about the size and scope of the nonprofit sector. In fact it’s not really thought of as a sector.


14 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Ep 53: Asking for Money Isn’t Sexy… But Philanthropy Is (with Claire Axelrad)

Neuroscientists confirm that when somebody gives a donation, it lights up the same part of the brain as having sex or eating chocolate. So why does fundraising give so many adults the creeps? And how to you build a culture of philanthropy where everyone understands how they can effectively contribute?


3 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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Ep 40: Overcoming Fundraising Mistakes (with Jim Bennett)

Fundraising can be full of landmines. But is there a way to turn fundraising lemons into lemonade? Why yes, I do believe there is.


15 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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Ep 18: Mission Control and Strategic Planning (with Liana Downey)

It seems like everyone views strategic planning with a sort of dread. But when you do it right, it's game changing. With special guest Liana Downey.


13 Aug 2016

Rank #15

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Ep 64: Donors Who Know More, Give More (with Roxie Jerde)

How educated do you think most donors are about the organization they support and invest in? Not very. And this is a big problem we must solve.


28 Jul 2018

Rank #16

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Ep 83: You’re Doing Meetings All Wrong (with Priya Parker)

Learn from my guest Priya Parker how to create super effective meetings, resolve tough conflicts, and throw killer dinner parties.


20 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Ep 4: Nonprofits Are Messy AND Funny: My Interview with Vu Le [PODCAST]

His blog is called Nonprofit With Balls. How can you not laugh? Here's my interview with the hysterical Vu Le.


7 Mar 2016

Rank #18

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Ep 84: Passion, Conflict, Diversity, and Leadership (with Parisa Parsa)

Are you read to develop the skills, and manage the conflict that accompanies passionate and diverse points of view? As a leader, this is critical!


4 May 2019

Rank #19

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Ep 57: You Can Do Hard Things

How can you run a nonprofit with so little staff? You want to make a difference with that budget? There is so much hard work to be done - surely you can’t do these hard things, can you? Guess what… you can. Here’s the proof.


14 Apr 2018

Rank #20