Passing an annual budget is merely the numbers behind a really exciting year ahead.Episode HighlightsHow budgeting is like Survivor,Harvesting your grant tree,Board Members, stop asking for the probability of revenue coming in,How to pass a budget with grace,Zero Based Budgeting: Why It Holds Back Nonprofits,Be better than Congress: Pass the budget before the new fiscal year,New Hashtags: #InvestInTheGrowth See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
6 Jan 2020
Overhead is confusing and a ridiculous measure of a nonprofit’s value, impact, and success. And yet, we keep having to talk about it. Episode Highlights● What is the “Overhead Myth”?● How are other organizations perpetuating it?● How can donors truly evaluate the effectiveness of a nonprofit?● New Hashtags from Brittny: #ItsAllTheWork● To restrict or not to restrict when giving.Resources● More podcast episodes can be found here● You can download a copy of the episode’s transcript here● Check out Dan Pallotta’s popular TED Talk, “The way we think about charity is dead”: https://blog.ted.com/correcting-the-overhead-myth-how-dan-pallottas-ted-talk-has-begun-to-change-the-conversation/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13 Jan 2020
White Saviors in Nonprofits
Let’s get into an uncomfortable space. We have to discuss white saviorism and where it plays out in nonprofits. Episode Highlights● An episode FILLED with caveats ● White Saviors: White people who set up services or programming without actually involving the people accessing services in developing the programs or determining what services are actually needed. White people assuming they know best and enacting programming to “save” others. ● A quick overview of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: And why we don’t say Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity● How Brittny avoids having to answer hard questions● Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos’ playing white savior● Allyship and Power-sharing in nonprofitsResources● This American Life Episode on Betsy DeVos● Tiny Spark Podcast: What can we do about the white savior complex? ● NPQ: On A Mission To Make White People Uncomfortable See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 Jan 2020
Live Taping with Boulder Startup Week
A group of startup and nonprofit folks joined Brittny and Nia for a presentation and Q&A on how companies and nonprofits can work better together! ResourcesBoulder Startup WeekModerator Support by Patty ManwaringColorado Nonprofit Association See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18 May 2020
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Tax law has significant impact on nonprofits and their donors, sometimes putting fundraisers in a difficult position. Brittny and Nia talk in-kind valuation, CARES Act changes, and the power dynamic that persists between donors and nonprofits. ResourcesValuing In-Kind Donations (from the IRS)CARES Act and Nonprofits (from the Nonprofit Law Blog) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11 May 2020
The One With The Announcement Mini-Sode
Brittny and Nia have an exciting announcement. You can join them for a live recording of the pod on Tuesday, May 12 at 12p MTN for Boulder Startup Week. Register for free online here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
7 May 2020
Episode Highlights: Trainers need to fully understand the nonprofit experience!Interactive trainings FTW.Not everybody is meant to be trainer.Brittny loves a multi-audience experience.Trainers – stay in your lane and talk about what you actually know.Word of the day: BespokeResources· Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
4 May 2020
The Virtual Pivot
Responding to COVID-19 has cause a significant adoption of digital forms of gathering and getting work done. For nonprofits, this means events, training, and investing in necessary software like never before.Episode Highlights:How and what you switch to virtual environments is important. From book clubs to trainings to fundraisers online. Leveraging technology to build community.What tools and strategies can or should you continue after the crisis?Start norming the usage of technology, beginning with trainingDEI Benefits with virtual participationParticipating in virtual conferences. ResourcesEvent Predictions: “Coronavirus and Events: Outlook and Recovery Timeline” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 Apr 2020
Fundraising in the Time of Coronavirus
Episode HighlightsWhat new skills will Brittny and Nia emerge with?Work those stewardship plans.Keep fundraising. "Pivot" your messaging, but don't stop.Donors, STOP RESTRICTING GIFTS!Giving Tuesday Now! Coming up on May 5ResourcesJack Dorsey's Coronavirus DonationGiving Tuesday Now See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 Apr 2020
Episode HighlightsSprucing up for video calls means putting on earrings these days.Some foundations are rising to the occasion and others…well…aren’t.Notes to Foundations:Make the applications easier.Stop requiring hard copies. It’s ridiculous and dangerous!When rapid response really means rapid applications, but not funding.Stop pulling funding or shifting funding away from organizations who are relying on it.RELEASE ADDITIONAL FUNDING. You have the GD funds.Recognize that the impacts of this crisis will be felt for a long time and that we need our nonprofit sector around for it.Communicate! Let your grantees know that you’re not worried about reporting, numbers, etc.Resources· Anna Wintour in Sweatpants· Donor Advised Fund giving surges as pandemic spreads· Letter urging foundations to grant at significantly increased levels during the COVID crisis See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13 Apr 2020
Admin and Program Staff
The last of the pre-coronavirus recorded content, this episode covers the unfortunate, great divide between program staff and fundraising or administrative staff. Episode HighlightsCheck out the new website!Administrative and Program Staff end up too siloed.Shout out to staff who want to learn about the other side.How can we maintain mutual respect and appreciation for the amazing work we all do?Trainings for the entire staff on programming, fundraising, and the whole kit and caboodle. Go up/down the stairs and spend time with the other teams! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
6 Apr 2020
The One About the Tiger King Mini-sode
Brittny and Nia explore the little-known nonprofit angle to the Netflix hit show, Tiger King. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
3 Apr 2020
Boards are tough! It's hard being a Board Member. It's hard reporting to a Board. Episode HighlightsServe wine at Board meetings to get Brittny there. Board/Staff relationships require trust!Board Members, volunteer in programs to get a better sense of the work!Boards weighing in on staff benefits and implementing for-profit standards. GAHHHHH!Stay out of operations!Mutual Appreciation, FTW!Boards, self-police! Don't ask staff to institute accountability for you. THANK YOU for your service!ResourcesBoard Source - Great resource for boards!Training for Colorado Folks - Learn more about Beyond The Basics Board Training See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 Mar 2020
We cover all three of the things your'e not supposed to talk about: money, politics, and religion.Episode HighlightsThe Johnson AmendmentWhy are nonprofits scared of lobbying?Nia pretends to be Schoolhouse Rock and teaches you about lobbyingPublic Service Loan Forgiveness may go away!Nia has an AWFUL slip of the tongue and apologizes to everybody, profusely.Importance of prioritizing your involvement in policy workResources5 Questions and Answers on The Johnson Amendment (from NPR)How getting rid of the Johnson Amendment could hurt NPOs (from The Independent Sector)National Council On Nonprofits Policy PagePublic Service Loan Forgiveness Program See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 Mar 2020
Brittny and Nia offer a quick check-in with everybody out there in the nonprofit space in the midst of a pandemic.Nia promotes usage of the bird. Brittny tells us to slow down. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 Mar 2020
A Special Note: We know you're experiencing a triple (maybe quadruple or quintuple, even) whammy right now with the way that COVID-19 is impacting your services, your workforce, philanthropy, and events. Please take care of yourself. The stress and anxiety is very real and we have to prioritize self-care right now.Episode Highlights"Sustainability" has so many different definitions and understandingsGo beyond just how much money, to how diversified is our funding.We all know, there's always that ONE board member.The nonprofit starvation cycle is very realIf we truly want to end these major societal issues, we need investment NOW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16 Mar 2020
The Gala Follow-Up Mini-Sode
We get the scoop from Brittny about her big night. Did she find a dress? How did she do it all on so little sleep? How does post-event body happen? All this and more on our first ever mini-sode! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10 Mar 2020
Brittny's wish has come true! It's another spring day. Too bad Nia had to shatter that and meter in her intro to today's episode on TechnologyEpisode HighlightsWhy is technology so hard in nonprofits? Bad data management, lack of training on software, bad software and hardwareWe must leverage technology better!Everybody needs an octogenarian technology proPut a data management program into placeDonors: Stop caring if nonprofits are spending money on tech. They need to!ResourcesTech Soup - Free and Discounted software for NonprofitsLast Pass - Password management See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
9 Mar 2020
Whether it’s unrealistic job postings or just awful salaries, we do ourselves no favors, nonprofit people. Hiring stories, candidate stories, job description stories, we’ve got them all!Episode Highlights● PUT THE DAMN SALARY IN THE POSTING● Brittny’s Hashtag: #PayYourIntern● What does “cultural fit” mean?● Stop combining finance and HR positions● The sector is small. Don’t burn bridges.Resources● Canva – The best thing to happen to nonprofits in tech. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 Mar 2020
Nia and Brittny get animated talking about all of the challenges associated with grants from ridiculous questions, insane stats and even what color paper to use.Episode HighlightsDid you survive the longest month of the year?January has SO many reports!What is the true power dynamic inherent with grant funders?How does that affect relationships? Programming?Are video grant applications the answer?It’s still the nonprofit hunger games.Funder jeopardy...can you guess the foundation?Give your grant writer a break. It’s not their fault. Brittny's Hashtags#weloveVu#podcastgoals#everythingcomesbacktoVuResourcesVu Le’s Nonprofit AF blog: https://nonprofitaf.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 Feb 2020