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Tune in each week as host Penny Cowden talks with thought leaders in the realm of not-for-profit organizations, and learn how they take their philanthropy to the next level.

Tune in each week as host Penny Cowden talks with thought leaders in the realm of not-for-profit organizations, and learn how they take their philanthropy to the next level.


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Tune in each week as host Penny Cowden talks with thought leaders in the realm of not-for-profit organizations, and learn how they take their philanthropy to the next level.




The Art of the Introductory Email with David Williams, Chief Development Officer for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University

David Williams is the Chief Development Officer for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University. For over 15 years, David has been responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive advancement program for ten academic units that comprise the College of Liberal Arts. In this episode… Something fundraising officers find most difficult, but crucial, is setting up the donor visit. How do you schedule successful donor visits? Some opt for phone calls,...


Digital Impact for Not-for-profits and Social Impact Organizations with Eric Ressler of Design by Cosmic, Inc

Eric Ressler is the Founder and Creative Director at Cosmic Inc., a social impact creative agency. Cosmic empowers social impact organizations to catalyze real-world change by helping them nail their impact story, brand awareness, and inspire action. Eric got his start in design from a young age. He left a design program in San Diego early to pursue freelance work. He organically built a strong roster of clients and soon discovered a passion for the social impact and philanthropic space...


All-in-One Virtuous CRM Automates Your Marketing with Gabe Cooper, Founder and CEO of Virtuous

Gabe Cooper is the Founder and CEO of the all-in-one nonprofit growth platform, Virtuous. Virtuous is a responsive fundraising platform designed to help nonprofit organizations build lasting relationships with all their donors. After serving in a leadership role at a large nonprofit in the early 2000s, Gabe went on to help build a series of successful products in the nonprofit and profit-focused sectors, including multiple Apple award-winning mobile apps. Gabe’s drive stems from a passion...


Principles of Good Governance in Not-For-Profit Organizations with Philip Purcell, Consultant & Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Philip Purcell is a Consultant and Adjunct Faculty at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, where he teaches nonprofit organization law and planned giving. He is also Adjunct Faculty at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches law and philanthropy, and nonprofit law. Philip is the Editor of Planned Giving Today, and a Senior Consultant in Legacy and Estate Planning at Heaton Smith Group. He is Lead Counsel for the Community Foundation Legal Help...


Engaging Women in Philanthropy with Michele M. Rebeor of Michele M Rebeor Consulting

Michele M. Rebeor is the Owner and Philanthropy Consultant at Michele M Rebeor Consulting (MMRC). MMRC specializes in helping not-for-profit organizations of all sizes enhance their current resources to build more deliberate practices that garner increases in contributions, donor loyalty, and sustainable giving. As a seasoned philanthropic and community engagement professional, Michele helps not-for-profit organizations create strategies to cultivate and build meaningful relationships with...


Building Trust in Philanthropy with Paul Kaminski, Executive Director of the Long Beach City College Foundation

Paul Kaminski is the Executive Director of the Long Beach City College Foundation. Paul has been working in philanthropy for about 18 years, defining himself as a mission-driven fundraiser. Before joining the Foundation, Paul was the Director of Advancement for St. John Bosco High School and Providence High School. In his past, he’s served as the Vice President of Philanthropy for St. Mary Medical Center and the Director of Philanthropy for St. Jude Heritage. Paul was also the Regional...


Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail to Achieve Change and What They Can Do to Transform Giving with Author, Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a trusted adviser to the world's leading philanthropists. For more than 20 years, wealthy families, ultra-high net worth donors, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and celebrity activists have sought and benefited from her advice to transform their giving and catapult their impact. As President of the Putnam Consulting Group, philanthropic advisor, speaker, and award-winning author, Kris has helped over 100 philanthropists strategically allocate over half a billion...


Philanthropy at its Best with Rita Fuerst Adams

Rita Fuerst Adams is the President of Charitable and Philanthropic Management Counsel. With her work, Rita transforms organizations into better funded, more effective entities while building internal and external teams to diversify and increase funding. Primarily working with entrepreneurial and collaborative organizations that focus on the common good, she has also served causes in education, youth, the arts, community and economic development, healthcare, and more. Rita has taught...


Third-Party Fundraisers with Jennifer Radics-Johnson, Executive Director at the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

Jennifer Radics-Johnson is the Executive Director of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF), an organization focused on enhancing the quality of life for burn survivors and promoting burn prevention education. Jennifer has sharpened her management and leadership expertise within the not-for-profit industry for 14 years and has been with AARBF since August 2012. Jennifer has a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master's in Business...


Culture of Philanthropy with Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis is a nonprofit consultant, advisor, and President of Karen Eber Davis Consulting, through which she helps organizations and businesses discover propulsion tools to grow their profits and performance. As a leading authority on nonprofit revenue, Karen helps clients create dynamic partnerships and make an extraordinary impact. Karen loves to work with leaders who lead from vision rather than fear. When people consult Karen, not only do they grow their revenue, but they gain...


Strategic Gala Fundraising with Elle Lamboy & Brian Klinzing of the Gettysburg Foundation

Elle Lamboy is the Vice President of Advancement and Communications for the Gettysburg Foundation, specializing in philanthropic fundraising, membership strategy, and marketing. In her role for the Foundation, she led her team in raising substantial funds to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site. Brian Klinzing is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Gettysburg Foundation. He is a proven business development leader and...


Fundraising Collaboration with Nina Fascione, Former Vice President of Philanthropy at Defenders of Wildlife

Nina Fascione is the former Vice President of Philanthropy at Defenders of Wildlife. She oversees efforts to raise organizational fundraising through foundations, corporations, and individuals for strategic conservation work. Before working with Defenders of Wildlife, Nina was Executive Director of Bat Conservation International from 2010 to 2012, where she guided the Austin, Texas-based organization in their mission to protect bats and their habitats around the world. Nina has also been...


The Changing Landscape of Philanthropy with Kim Meredith, Former Executive Director, Stanford PACS

Kim Meredith is the Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, overseeing all aspects of the Foundation and working closely with the Foundation Board of Directors. Before joining the Foundation, she spent 11 years as the inaugural Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). During her tenure, Kim was responsible for strategic leadership, strong financial performance, and consistent organizational growth—including...


Governance Matters with Jennie Boden, Vice President of Strategic Relationships and Senior Consultant at Quantum Governance, L3C

Jennie Boden is the Vice President of Strategic Relationships and Senior Consultant with Quantum Governance, L3C. At Quantum Governance, she's worked with clients as varied as Camphill Village, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and Children of Faith Missions as well as the Credit Union Executives Society, the Friends of the National Arboretum, and the Tipping Point Community. She has more than two decades of experience in governance, strategy management, leadership,...


Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning for Children & Teens with Marni Becker-Avin and Adam Avin of Wuf Shanti Children's Wellness Foundation

Marni Becker-Avin is the Executive Director of the Wuf Shanti Children's Wellness Foundation, a nonprofit that teaches children the importance of mindfulness and social emotional learning. Her son, 15-year-old Adam Avin, is the Creator, personality, and commandment behind the organization. Marni and Adam both teach mindfulness and social-emotional learning to kids aged 3-17, the primary purpose behind the foundation. Adam is also a mental health speaker and advocate, and has given his own...


Building a Culture of Equity with Deniz Tasdemiroglu Conger

Deniz Tasdemiroglu Conger is a Certified Fundraising Executive and the Chief Development Officer for the organization, Alliance for a Healthier Generation. As a Certified Fundraising Executive, Deniz has raised more than $150 million leading capital and comprehensive campaigns for nonprofit organizations in Michigan, Oregon, and national organizations. Deniz has a 22-year track record of success in the arts and culture, healthcare, human services, and higher education not-for-profit spaces....


Steps to Cultivate Joy at Work with Dr. Jessica Louie of Spark Joy in Healthcare

Dr. Jessica Louie is the CEO and Founder of Spark Joy in Healthcare, a community to uplift and inspire healthcare professionals. She is also the CEO and Founder of Clarify Simplify Align, where she helps burned-out pharmacists and health care professionals transition their lives from surviving to thriving. Dr. Louie is a certified coach in the KonMari Method to help declutter your life, which she implements in her own technique as a Burnout Coach and chats about on her podcast, The Burnout...


Ethics and Philanthropy with Dr. Diana Rangaves

Dr. Diana Rangaves is a Google Scholar Award-Winning Ghostwriter and Founder of Clinical Consultant Services and her ghostwriting business, Diana Rangaves Ghostwriting Services. She holds a Doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, and has over 30 years of leadership experience and over 15 years as an academic professor. With her expertise, she offers progressive experiences in the development and oversight of academic programs, policies, and initiatives that promote...


Finding Donor Affinity with Neil Smithson, CEO and Founder of Brightway Data

Neil Smithson is the CEO and Founder of Brightway Data, a company focused on empowering non-profit organizations through intelligent predictive philanthropy screening. This method identifies overlooked populations of donors with a high propensity to donate based on behavioral indicators that aren’t usually picked up by other wealth screening technology. Before developing Brightway Data, Neil founded PARO Decision Support, a predictive modeling and account analytics software for healthcare....


Scalable Personalization Through Digital Fundraising with Justin Ware, SVP of Digital at BWF

Justin Ware is the Senior Vice President of Digital at Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF). He was previously the Founder of Groundwork Digital, which was later acquired by BWF. An Emmy winning videographer and fundraiser, Justin started in TV News and attended the University of Minnesota for his higher education. From there, he entered the not-for-profit fundraising world. Justin has two decades of video-driven communication and fundraising experience for clients in education, healthcare,...