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Social Good Instigators Podcast

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Looking for inspiration and encouragement geared towards leaders of social good organizations? Join your host Kirsten Bullock on the Social Good Instigators Podcast to hear about what's working. You'll be learning from other leaders who will provide helpful tips related to social entrepreneurship, growing successful organizations and more. Leaders will be sharing about ways they helped their organizations excel (as well as things that didn't work out so well). Formerly known as the Nonprofit Leaders Network Podcast.

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Looking for inspiration and encouragement geared towards leaders of social good organizations? Join your host Kirsten Bullock on the Social Good Instigators Podcast to hear about what's working. You'll be learning from other leaders who will provide helpful tips related to social entrepreneurship, growing successful organizations and more. Leaders will be sharing about ways they helped their organizations excel (as well as things that didn't work out so well). Formerly known as the Nonprofit Leaders Network Podcast.

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By MANDYOBE123 - Oct 17 2015
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This is a great platform for development. I have really learned from masters. I love the interviews and the guests. The host and the guests are awesome and loaded with latest organisational info. I can't wait to listen to more episodes.

Love it!

By MichelleVandepas - Oct 04 2015
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I can tell that Kirsten is an expert in this topic. She and her guests provide relevant messages and I'm finding it very insightful. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to more episodes.

iTunes Ratings

10 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
1
2
0
1

Great podcast

By MANDYOBE123 - Oct 17 2015
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This is a great platform for development. I have really learned from masters. I love the interviews and the guests. The host and the guests are awesome and loaded with latest organisational info. I can't wait to listen to more episodes.

Love it!

By MichelleVandepas - Oct 04 2015
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I can tell that Kirsten is an expert in this topic. She and her guests provide relevant messages and I'm finding it very insightful. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to more episodes.
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Social Good Instigators Podcast

Updated 12 days ago

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Looking for inspiration and encouragement geared towards leaders of social good organizations? Join your host Kirsten Bullock on the Social Good Instigators Podcast to hear about what's working. You'll be learning from other leaders who will provide helpful tips related to social entrepreneurship, growing successful organizations and more. Leaders will be sharing about ways they helped their organizations excel (as well as things that didn't work out so well). Formerly known as the Nonprofit Leaders Network Podcast.

Rank #1: SGI62: Nonprofit Leadership Challenges – and Opportunities with Marc A. Pitman

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What do you think about leadership in the nonprofit sector? In this episode, we’ll be talking with Marc A. Pitman about a report he just commissioned called ‘The Wake-Up Call.’ He’ll share a few of the highlights from the report, information about benefits and risks for different styles of nonprofit leadership, as well as suggestions about what nonprofit leaders can do next. The report is available at concordleadershipgroup.com/report

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Four styles of nonprofit leadership • Long-term challenges in not providing training for nonprofit staff members
  • How strategic planning is defined and whether or not it is actually happening
  • The importance of taking time to step up to the ‘balcony’ from the ‘dance floor’ to get a broader perspective
  • The need for new nonprofit leaders – we will be needing an estimated 80,000 new nonprofit leaders each year
  • You’re not alone – you’re not the only nonprofit leader facing these challenges

ABOUT OUR GUEST: Marc A. Pitman helps leaders, especially in nonprofits, lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. Called "The Johnny Appleseed of Fundraising," Marc's expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences around the world and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as Al Jazeera, SUCCESS Magazine, and Fox News. Marc’s experience also includes pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, and teaching internet marketing and fundraising at colleges and universities. On Twitter, he is @marcapitman. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family!

Get you free copy of The Wake Up Call, the latest nonprofit leadership report at: https://concordleadershipgroup.com/report/

Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Apr 02 2018
24 mins
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Rank #2: SGI64: Communication is the Cure with Lynn O’Connor Vos

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Communication is at the heart of work in the nonprofit sector. Whether in our relationships with donors, sponsors, staff, or those we serve, clear communication, with information the recipient sees as useful is essential. In this episode, Lynn O’Connor Vos, the new CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be sharing more about communication – and about ways the MDA is better serving it’s clients.

A few of the key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • Companies are seeking ways to be socially responsible, nonprofits provide an avenue for that • Digital provides opportunities – and responsibilities – for nonprofits in communicating with their various constituencies • Seek a win-win with corporate sponsors – and other constituents • Innovation leads to brand leadership (i.e. the telethon, innovative in its day, led to national recognition of a somewhat obscure family of diseases)

About the Guest: Lynn O’Connor Vos is president and ceo of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She was previously the Global Chief Executive Offices of Greyhealth Group (ghg) for nearly 23 years and is credited with creating, building and acquiring companies — specifically, nine acquisitions — to grow ghg’s global footprint. While at ghg, Vos led global expansion and diversification strategies and within two years grew the company from a small, domestic professional player into an award-winning global enterprise with fully integrated, multi-channel offerings. She is a recognized thought leader in the industry with published white papers and articles outlining new, successful approaches to health care technology and communications.

From the MDA Website: MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for individuals from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Apr 30 2018
25 mins
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Rank #3: SGI60: Accelerating Your Fundraising with Sandy Rees

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If you’re running a small and growing nonprofit, this show is definitely for you. Sandy Rees will be sharing all sorts of tips and ideas about fundraising, time management, and communicating clearly with your core audiences. She also mentions in the interview a free upcoming webinar where she’ll go more in-depth about this. To learn more visit her website at www.getfullyfunded.com/accel The key points covered in this podcast discussion are the importance of: • clear communications • taking a step back • working in your area of excellence • taking to get grant-ready (and how to do so) About the Speaker: Sandy shows passionate nonprofit leaders how to fully fund their big vision, so they can spend their time changing lives instead of worrying about money. She has helped dozens of small nonprofits go from “nickel-and-dime fundraising” to adding 6 or 7 figures to their bottom line. As a trainer, she shows her students how to find ideal donors, connect with them through authentic messaging, and build relationships that stand the test of time, so that fundraising becomes easy and predictable. Sandy is based in Loudon, TN. Find out more about her fundraising system at www.GetFullyFunded.com. Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Mar 05 2018
21 mins
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Rank #4: SGI63: Investing in Your Organization’s Future with Travis Laws

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We’re told to do more with less, but sometimes, it pays to invest in the infrastructure of our organizations. On this episode, Travis Laws, President and chief Executive of WIN Warehouse, based in St. Louis Missouri, will be sharing with us about the value of investing in your organization and the importance of telling your story.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • How underinvesting in overhead can backfire • A simple way to start the overhead conversation with your board • How to calculate a ‘low hanging fruit’ score to determine the next right thing to do • The importance of stories to communicate impact About WIN Warehouse: WIN Warehouse is a 501 (c)(3) public charity located in St. Louis, Mo, in its 28th year of operation. WIN’s mission is to provide value and mutual sustainability by connecting nonprofit organizations with corporate excess inventory. WIN is a dedicated community committed to helping nonprofit organization with the goods they need to further their impact.

WIN Warehouse was founded in 1991 by Clinton Laws, Travis’ father, when he learned of the enhanced tax deduction offered by the IRS for gifts of excess inventory. With a passion for helping others, he saw a tremendous opportunity to connect nonprofits in need of products and resources with corporations in need of moving their excess inventory. Twenty-eight years later, WIN Warehouse now serves nonprofits all around the world and some of the most forward-thinking corporations in the United States. For more information about WIN Warehouse visit www.winwarehouse.org.

Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Apr 16 2018
21 mins
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Rank #5: NLN32: Challenges of an Interim Executive Director with Ken Goldstein

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Today we welcome Ken Goldstein to our Nonprofit Leaders Network podcast. Ken shares with us some of the interesting challenges he has faced when serving as an interim executive director including setting priorities, building relationships with key personnel, keeping your best staff, and dealing with stress.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Keeping the Staff You Want to Keep: Communication is the Key
  • Know Where It’s Safe to Vent
  • As an Interim, Identify What Can Wait
  • Nonprofit Management is a Team Sport
  • Words of Wisdom: Connect with Others

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every two weeks).

Sep 12 2016
23 mins
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Rank #6: NLN31: Growing a Strong Board with Pamela Hawley

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Today, we’re talking with Pamela Hawley, Founder and CEO of Universal Giving. Pamela shared with us how she finds, identifies and grooms potential board members, the criteria she uses, the active role of the board of advisors, and why nonprofits should not invite friends and family to the board.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Strategically Identify and Groom New Potential Board Members
  • Assessing Potential Board Members
  • Hold Board Members Accountable with Sensitivity and Outcomes Worksheets
  • Why You Shouldn’t Recruit Friends and Family as Board Members
  • Don’t Take Funding (or Anything Else) for Granted
  • When the Going Gets Tough, Keep Looking Up

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript and full bio, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every two weeks).

Aug 29 2016
24 mins
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Rank #7: SGI61: A New Way of Giving with Sharna Goldseker

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Do you ever wonder what the next generation is interested in and how they choose to be involved with, and give to, different charities? Listen in as Sharna Goldseker, co-author of How Next Gen Donors are Revolutionizing Giving shares some insights into this topic – and about her personal giving journey. Visit https://2164.net/generation-impact/ for more information.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are that NextGen Donors: • are interested in many of the same issues as their parents, but want to address issues differently • want nonprofits to value the contribution they bring – beyond simply party planning • are in the receiving end of an unprecedented transfer of wealth • are focused on impact • have a desire to be a part of something bigger than themselves Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Sharna Goldseker is a leading expert on multigenerational and next generation philanthropy. She is executive director of 21/64, the nonprofit practice she founded to serve philanthropic and family enterprises with strategies for transforming how families who give will define their values, collaborate, and govern in the decades ahead. She is also a speaker, writer, and consultant who engages multiple generations in the intersection of values and strategy to transform the art of giving. A next gen donor herself, Goldseker offers a trusted insider’s perspective on philanthropy. She is a recipient of the J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award for extraordinary leadership, and the RayLign Foundation Family Well-Being Award. She was named one of 2016’s Women of Influence by New York Business Journal and one of 2014’s Women to Watch by Jewish Women International. A consistent presence in philanthropy for two decades, Goldseker advises leaders on next generation engagement including multigenerational organizations, nonprofits, philanthropic networks, and foundations. Goldseker has written for Forbes, Philanthropy Impact, and has been featured with coauthor Michael Moody, in the New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Huffington Post. She is married, with two children, and lives in New York City.

Mar 19 2018
22 mins
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Rank #8: SGI59: Starting Smart with Tim Scott

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Sometimes an idea starts small and grows into something much, much bigger. That was the case for Tim and Agata Scott and Mitscoots Outfitters. What started with manufacturing socks to sell – and give away – is now an outfitter company that employs transitioning homeless, manufactures a full line of products, serves agencies that help the homeless and ships their products around the world. In this episode, we talk about the process of starting a social good venture and how messaging needs have changed. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • Asking others for feedback • Addressing the core issue • Knowing your core mission • Using social media to raise awareness • Starting simple • Starting, pivoting, and shifting Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio. About Tim Scott and Mitscoots Outfitters: Mitscoots Outfitters is an Austin based clothing and accessories company on a mission to outfit and employ individuals transitioning out of homelessness. A mission described as Get + Give + Employ. Founded in 2012, Mitscoots Outfitters has donated tens of thousands of items to individuals in need all over the country and through employment, lifted individuals out of homelessness and into stable housing. The company and social enterprise model was inspired by a decade of volunteering in the homeless community by co-founders and husband / wife team Tim and Agata Scott. They were confronted by a community in dire need of quality clothing and economic opportunity. Tim and Agata took their professional experience in social service, retail and brand building and put those skills towards making an impact on homelessness. With each item purchased through Mitscoots Outfitters an equal quality item is donated to an individual in need and someone transitioning out of homelessness is employed to package each item for customers.

Feb 12 2018
25 mins
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Rank #9: SGI58: Successful Social StartUps with Kathleen Kelly Janus

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Have you ever wondered what successful social enterprises do differently? On this call, Kathleen Kelly Janus shares about many aspects of social entrepreneurship. These findings are a result of hundreds of conversations Kathleen had with social entrepreneurs over the last few years. In the interview, she shares 5 specific strategies (from her book, Social StartUp Success) that she found successful social entrepreneurship ventures use. These include: • Test ideas first • Begin measuring impact early • While scaling up, test out different revenue models • Practice collective leadership • Tell a good story About the Speaker: Kathleen Kelly Janus is a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the co-founder of Spark, the largest network of millennial donors in the world. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, her forthcoming book, Social Startup Success, features best practices for early stage nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social entrepreneurs. She can be reached on Twitter via @kkellyjanus and at www.kathleenjanus.com.

Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Jan 29 2018
22 mins
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Rank #10: SGI57: A New Era for Nonprofits with Wayne Elsey

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The nonprofit sector is going through some pretty significant shifts right now. These include a focus on sustainability, measuring impact, and developing more strong leaders. In this episode, Wayne Elsey shares about these, as well as suggestions for managing critics and leading a full (but not too busy) life.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: * Hire for your weaknesses * If you’re not sure what to do, go back to the beginning * Hug your haters * Always take the high road * Remember that you matter – and that you can make a difference

Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio. Our guest for this episode is Wayne Elsey. Wayne is the founder and CEO of Elsey Enterprises (EE). Among his various independent brands, he is also the founder and CEO of Funds2Orgs, which is a social enterprise that helps nonprofits, individuals and organizations raise funds while helping to support micro-enterprise (small business) opportunities in developing nations. The shoe drive fundraising recently unveiled the 3.0 version of its new website, which you can see at Funds2Orgs.com. You can also follow Wayne at WayneElsey.com and at his blog, NotYourFathersCharity.com, which includes digital downloads of all of his books and resource papers on the “Free Resources” page.

Jan 08 2018
18 mins
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Rank #11: SGI56: Overcoming Biases, Embracing Diversity, and Building Strong Businesses and Nonprofits with Tamar Kedar Harris

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Starting a nonprofit or entrepreneurial endeavor requires people, commitment, ideas, and possibly a little bit of luck. Tamar Kedar Harris, from NGT3 based in Nazareth, Israel, shares about her experiences working with startups in a tech incubator with a social mission. We talk about some of the unique dynamics of working in Israel, the value of diversity, and some of the key components of founding a successful organization. Some of the key points we cover are: * Business and nonprofit success is all about the people. * What we have in common is so much bigger than what separates us * Founding an organization takes time #nonprofit and #venture success tips * It’s not possible to do it on your own #nonprofit and #venture success tips * Overcoming biases and embracing diversity is extremely beneficial for business

Dec 18 2017
22 mins
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Rank #12: SGI55: Program Impact, Relationships and Trust with Caleb Belanger

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It can be extremely difficult to start a new venture that is successful, and much more so when it’s in a different culture. In this episode, Caleb Belanger, with New Leaf Development, shares about how they have built trusting relationships that have already, in a pilot test, resulted in 11 new jobs in a community in South Africa. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: * Poverty Stoplight: A Tool to Gauge Success * Assessments Can Be Used as a Tool to Begin a Walk of Self-Empowerment * When Working Outside of Your Cultural Paradigm, Seek Out People of Peace * Mission and Vision Can Evolve and Grow with Time – and Perspective* * We Have a Lot to Teach Each Other * Sometimes What They Need is Different from What You Think * Advocates Help Open Doors Faster * A Slower Rate of Growth Often Results in a More Lasting and Sustained Change

Nov 27 2017
22 mins
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Rank #13: SGI54: Sharing About What You Do with Adam Walker

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Sharing about what we do is at the core of every endeavor. That’s even more true for the nonprofit and social entrepreneurial space. In this episode, Adam Walker shares tips for sharing about what you do, as well as some things to think about as you develop your online presence. He’s recently launched a podcast about nonprofit digital marketing, so if you’re looking for more about that, be sure to visit sideways8.com to listen in. • The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • Set Strict Boundaries to Keep from Feeling Swamped • Strategic Planning is a Key Opportunity for Small Nonprofits • Bold Visions Open Doors • Define and Share Your Bold Vision in 20 Seconds or Less • Think Big – and Take Time to Step Back Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Nov 13 2017
19 mins
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Rank #14: SGI53: Consistent Growth and Changing Careers with Diane Nelson

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Changing careers can be difficult for anyone. When you’re a corporate, number-focused person transitioning to the nonprofit world it can probably go either way. For Diane Nelson and for VIPS, where she serves as executive director, it’s been a perfect match. In this episode Diane shares a bit about the transition, as well as ways they increased their budget from $1.1 to about 2.6 million. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • Leading a Nonprofit Requires Creativity, Flexibility and Strategic Thinking • Competitive Bids Can Save Thousands of Dollars • Don’t Spend Money Before You Know Where It’s Coming From • Analyze Where Funding is Coming From – and Where It Should be Coming From • Ask – and You Might Just Receive • Tell Stories About Individuals to Better Communicate Impact of Programs • Sometimes, Earned Income Opportunities Also Increase the Positive Impact of Your Programs • Seek Out Collaborations to Extend Impact (and Potentially Raise Funds) • Spending Time Agreeing on Expectations is Essential to Any Partnership • Don't create something, cure something. Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Oct 30 2017
21 mins
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Rank #15: SGI49: Creative Problem Solving (or Design Thinking) With Randy ‘Salz’ Salzman

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Have you ever felt that your organization could achieve better results if they just faced problems differently? If so, this interview is for you. Randy Salzman shares some background about thinking through and addressing problems more comprehensively, or design thinking, and how to help your organization shift to that approach. He is a co-author of Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector, which covers this topic in more detail. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • Design thinking is simply a problem-solving process • A wicked problem is most detected when you realize there is no single easy fix • Overcoming bureaucracy is often necessary to create change (even in the nonprofit sector) • Rethinking the need is often a good first step in determining the change that is needed • From a small struggling nonprofit to a regional instigator of social good • Start by bringing people together for a conversation • Work together better by valuing diversity in perspectives • Empower both instigators and analytics in problem solving by giving each their own (separate) turn • Look to other sectors to find analogies that can be applied to your challenge Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Sep 05 2017
33 mins
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Rank #16: SGI47: Impact, Community and Tech Partnerships with Scott Reichenbach

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In this interview with Scott Reichenbach, we explore ways Cure Clubfoot has learned to extend their reach through various partnerships – with local professionals and affiliates as well as a partnership with RemitRadar, a payment processing company. While not a primary focus of the call, one things that really stands out for me in this interview was how sometimes the simple act of raising awareness can help eliminate negative stigmas. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: * Eliminate Stigma – and Improve Quality of Life – by Raising Awareness * Aligning with a Tech Company can be of Great Benefit to a Nonprofit * Common Goals Can Help Build Trust Quickly * Increase Impact by Utilizing Local Partnerships * Build Community – and Increase Impact – by Hosting Peer Learning Gatherings * Encourage Planning and Visioning by Building in Times for Introspection * Grow Stronger Quicker by Letting Local Partners Set the Pace * Slow and Steady Wins the Race Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Aug 08 2017
25 mins
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Rank #17: SGI46: Partnerships that Bring Lasting Impact with Stacie Freeman

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Partnerships are best developed when two (or more) people or entities realize they can make a bigger impact by working together. This partnership, between Bethel University and Bright Light Volunteers is one of those. Stacie Freeman, shares her perspective on what's gone well, as well as a couple of learning experiences.

Key points include:

  • Relationships Can Lead to Partnership Opportunities;
  • Volunteers Pay Their Own Way – and Contribute to Project Costs;
  • Avoiding Band-Aids and Striving for Lasting Impact;
  • More Than a Feel-Good Trip, It’s About Building Understanding of Complex Issues;
  • The Importance of Learning to Let Go to Let it Grow;
  • Recognizing Complementary Strengths in Your Partners;
  • Universities Can Be a Source for Volunteers and Other Help;
  • Define Your Dreams – and Follow Them.
Jul 18 2017
24 mins
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Rank #18: NLN45: Leadership Transitions as an Opportunity with Jennifer Aronson

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Jennifer Aronson explores key issues from the Boston Foundation’s recently published report, “Opportunity in Change.” Key points include: • Leadership Changes are Happening Across Generations • Transition Times Can Be an Opportunity to Make Structural Changes • The Importance of Avoiding the Temptations of the Frankenstein Model of Nonprofits • Seeing Transition Times as an Opportunity to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion • Deciding to Make Time for Long-Term Thinking and Planning Jennifer Aronson leads key initiatives at The Boston Foundation to enhance the impact of the Massachusetts non-profit sector. Her portfolio includes capacity building, leadership development, structural innovation strategies, and programs for guarantee and non-guarantee organizations, collaborations, and networks. She's done a lot of work in this area and was a big part of a recent report that came out from the Boston Foundation called "Opportunity In Change." Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Jun 27 2017
20 mins
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Rank #19: NLN43: Formalizing A Foundation – Finding Focus & Building A Strategy with Sherrie Deans

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In our podcast discussion this week, we are chatting with Sherrie Deans, Executive Director of the NBPA Foundation, the charitable arm of the NBPA – the Union for the nearly 450 current professional basketball players in the NBA. We discuss topics relating to her challenges as the first executive director for a foundation that had been in existence for 20 years. There was no real focus or funding priorities before she was hired so this had to be developed. She also had the not-so-common challenge of dealing with the non-monetary assets of the star power and influence of the players and the fact that these players were very young with little to no charitable experience.

Deans brings highly regarded C-Level expertise in celebrity philanthropic engagement as well as global financial services, having held posts with Living Cities, AIG, MBNA, and American Express. She holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Columbia University. Currently, she lives in the Bronx with her husband and son. The NBPA Foundation provides strategic funding and support for players' community engagement while also communicating their work to the world in order to accelerate and maximize its impact. The players' work is global and collectively spans a wide range, from critical charitable initiatives to social entrepreneurship.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: 1. Formalizing a Foundation: Shifting Funding to Priorities and Focus 2. Recognizing – and Making the Most of – Non-Monetary Assets 3. Changing the Conversation: #EverydayDad 4. A Recurring Question: What Difference are You Making? 5. Never Get Comfortable: The Value of Innovation

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and full guest bio. Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

May 16 2017
25 mins
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Rank #20: NLN41: Leading – and Managing – a Board Through Change with Susan Warshaw

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In our podcast this week with Susan Warshaw, Executive Director of Grades of Green, we discuss the importance of preparation for a smooth leadership transisiton, not rushing into making changes, making the most of a failure, keeping donor goals realistic, and important traits of nonprofit leaders.

Susan is an experienced leader in the education non-profit sector. She previously held the position of Executive Director at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, where she raised millions of dollars annually. She recently raised funds for the El Camino College Foundation. Her career began in Washington, DC, consulting to EPA and state environmental agencies. Warshaw holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She is the Vice President of Philanthropy at the Neptunian Women’s Club in Manhattan Beach. Grades of Green began in 2008 at Grand View Elementary in California by four moms wanting a better world for their children. The founders created a non-profit so other schools would have free and easy access to the tools and information they have developed to empower and inspire students to care for the environment.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • The Importance of Preparation for a Smooth Leadership Transition
  • Take Time Before Rushing into Changes
  • Leaders Learn to Turn Lemons into Lemonade
  • A Realistic Assessment of Board Relationship Bandwidth
  • Important Traits for Nonprofit Leaders: Persuader, Motivator and Consensus Builder

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every two weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Apr 04 2017
19 mins
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