Rank #1: Former COO of charity: water Shares His Keys to Growth
In this episode, former COO of charity: water Rod Arnold discusses their emergence as a premier nonprofit brand and his years of experience as a nonprofit consultant. Tune in to discover what led to their success, how to leverage inbound marketing to capture target audiences, and Rod’s expert advice for tackling growth as a nonprofit organization.
Jul 28 2017
Rank #2: Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED | Approaching Business With Head and Heart
You’ve likely seen or even own Lauren Bush Lauren’s most popular product: a burlap tote that was inspired by the bags of food rations she saw being delivered by the World Food Programme in 2007. Nearly a decade later Lauren has inspired a movement of artisans and buyers and has established FEED as a leader within the intersection of business and social impact.
In this episode, the FEED Founder & CEO speaks openly about her early days founding the social business and the challenges and milestones that have carved her path since. She also reveals her hacks on finding balance in a busy world, where she finds inspiration, and mentors that have shaped her and FEED's trajectory.
Aug 17 2016
Rank #3: How Classy's CEO Built a Top Fundraising Platform for the Social Sector
Why does fundraising have to be so hard? It’s a question that guided Scot Chisholm as he transitioned Classy from a neighborhood fundraising event into a leading SaaS company in San Diego. Learn about his serendipitous journey from pizza parlor to CEO, how he handled challenges building an organization from scratch, how the for-profit and nonprofit worlds can work together, and how to create a work environment that drives professional and personal growth for employees.
Aug 04 2017
Rank #4: Forbes Under 30 Entrepreneurs Share (Refreshing) Leadership Advice
Two Forbes 30 Under 30 stars are building successful social businesses to address food access in two very different ways: Noam Kimelman through healthy meals on-the-go in Detroit, and Shobhita Soor through insect farming in Ghana. What they have in common is a keen sense for establishing a solid revenue stream for their budding nonprofits and re-aligning the way work shows up in their personal lives.
In this episode, Noam and Shobhita share:
- Their founding stories building Fresh Corner Cafe and Aspire Food Group
- Why they opted for a new revenue model outside the traditional nonprofit route
- How they’re working towards financial self-sustainability
- The business advice that influenced their early days
- How this generation accepts entrepreneurship as a way of life
- What they stand for: rebelliousness and opportunity
Apr 11 2017
Rank #5: How Susan G. Komen’s SVP of Development Gets People to Invest in Possibility
Christina Alford had over a decade of nonprofit experience when she came on as senior VP of development at Susan G. Komen. She shares a few of the lessons she’s learned along her journey, including why diversified revenue is key to successfully forecast and innovate, how to prioritize tasks in a resource-constrained environment, anecdotes about a major rebranding initiative, and more.
Mar 23 2018
Rank #6: Charity Navigator's Chief Development Officer on Modern Donor Expectations
In this episode, Shannon McCracken, chief development officer at Charity Navigator, discusses how the roles of the fundraiser and marketer have transformed over the past two decades, and how the modern donor expects to be engaged. Learn how connected data creates stellar donor experiences, Shannon's tips for nonprofits whose impact can be difficult to explain, how experiments impact their fundraising success, and more.
Mar 09 2018
Rank #7: How Heifer International’s Director of Influencer Marketing and Brand Partnerships Activates Power Players
Before joining Heifer International, Linda Rogers oversaw the corporate social responsibility arms at two companies you might have heard of: Disney and Coca-Cola. When it comes to corporate partnerships, she’s a seasoned expert that has sat on both sides of the fence—and she’s using her wealth of knowledge to engage influencers. Learn how to identify a strong partner and steward them from start to finish, create ambassadors of your brand, conduct change management, and more.
Nov 15 2017
Rank #8: Bridging the Gap Between Nonprofit Business and Technology
Michael Prodor, Classy's technical engagement manager, shares the unique insights he’s gained from helping nonprofits implement fundraising software and solve business problems with technology. Learn how technology helps nonprofits grow and scale, the mistakes you might be making with your current tech stack, why you need to lean into conversations with technical-minded people to solve business problems, and more.
Jun 23 2018
Rank #9: How The Honor Foundation's CEO Maintains a Growth Mindset
In this episode, the CEO and founder of The Honor Foundation discusses the unconventional mindsets and practices that grew the organization’s online revenue by 191 percent in one year. Tune in to discover how to stay close to your mission through growth, overcome challenges unique to founders, and hire the right team to take you to the next level.
Jul 14 2017
Rank #10: How PBS’ SVP of Development Services Engages New Generations of Donors
In this episode, we sit down with the senior vice president of development services at PBS Betsy Gerdeman to learn from her 20 years in public television. Hear her expert insights on managing a large network of affiliates, adapting to an ever-changing sector, and balancing suppor for hundreds of chapters that each have their unique challenges. You’ll see why Betsy believes a core message doesn’t change, only the way it’s articulated.
Mar 16 2018
Rank #11: Cindy Jones-Nyland, Heifer International | Leading With Intuition
In early 2016, Cindy Jones-Nyland stepped down as CMO of Heifer International, citing in a recent blog that “intuition spoke very clearly about needing to allow more time and space for other things I am passionate about, and for spending more moments with my family.”
This trust in her own judgment and courage to take new steps are exactly what define Cindy as a leader.
Her advice on authenticity in leadership and using intuition to make important life and career decisions, as well as her healthy opposition to the work/life balance debate, will leave you feeling renewed and rejuvenated in your own position. Not to mention, she shares a behind-the-scenes take from her experience running the marketing team of one of the largest, most trusted nonprofits in the world.
Aug 27 2016
Rank #12: Convoy of Hope’s ED of Integrated Marketing Talks Excellence in Leadership
Oct 20 2017
Rank #13: How Teach For America's Managing Director of Annual and Major Giving Engages Alumni
Get ready to learn how TFA motivates their alumni to contribute financially, how they leverage and activate their national and regional boards, how Meghan helps maintain consistent branding across 53 regional chapters, and more.
Feb 23 2018
Rank #14: Massachusetts General Hospital on Creating a Phenomenal User Experience
Tune in and learn how to solve for the user’s experience so they get the best-in-class online experience that they expect, why WordPress has been a great open-source technology for their team, how they’ve leveraged APIs to architect custom integrations and scale up their marketing, and more.
Jun 18 2018
Rank #15: Data Tips From the Director of Development, Information Systems at Shriners Hospitals for Children
Joe Kraynak shares how an organization that’s over 90 years old is holding its own in the online fundraising space. Tune in as he shares how to use technology in order to streamline business and the back-end, how he relates consolidated donor data to social media platforms, how Shriners Hospitals for Children are evolving their fundraising model and growing their network with peer-to-peer fundraising, and more.
Jun 08 2018
Rank #16: From Apple to The Salvation Army: Lessons From the Southern Territory’s Director of Digital Strategy and Engagement
Oct 27 2017
Rank #17: How Oxfam’s Digital Engagement Director Drives a Winning Team
As the director of digital engagement at Oxfam America, Mason Weintraub shares how they built a digital team that thrives on a culture of collaboration, creativity, and empowerment. As a leader, they know that their team environment translates directly into the success of their digital efforts. You won’t be afraid to try bold, new ideas after listening to this episode.
Oct 17 2017
Rank #18: How the UW Carbone Cancer Center Grows Their Annual 5K
Mar 02 2018
Rank #19: How Team Rubicon's CIO Is Spearheading a Digital Transformation
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May 25 2018
Rank #20: How the Karam Foundation Takes On the Syrian Refugee Crisis
The Karam Foundation began when Lina Sergie Attar and her friend started holding social events with a humanitarian spin for Chicago’s Arab-American community. But when the Syrian Civil War created the largest humanitarian crisis of recent times, Lina (a Syrian-American herself) and her team were called to move from small-scale funding to on-the-ground programs. Learn how they stay grounded with a mission of immense scale.
In this episode, Lina shares how Karam adapts their fundraising strategy in response to current events, how her expertise in architecture and design informs Karam’s web presence, where she finds inspiration and motivation to keep going, and more.
Jul 21 2017