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Tune in to DonorSearch‘s Philanthropy Masterminds series for the freshest voices and ideas in fundraising! Your organization‘s work and your positive impact on the world are sure to advance when you join the conversations in our deep-dive podcasts or CFRE credit-earning webinars.


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Tune in to DonorSearch‘s Philanthropy Masterminds series for the freshest voices and ideas in fundraising! Your organization‘s work and your positive impact on the world are sure to advance when you join the conversations in our deep-dive podcasts or CFRE credit-earning webinars.








One Kindness at a Time: A Conversation with Jennifer Li Dotson

Jennifer Li Dotson is a veteran fundraising leader whose extraordinary work is only eclipsed by a personal journey that has taken her from an emergency landing in Hawaii to a near-death experience on Mount Everest and virtually everywhere in between. in our conversation, she recounts the many volunteers, teachers, friends, mentors, and organizations who have helped and inspired her over the years and inspire her to do the same for others today.


Don’t Ask, Don’t Get: A Conversation with Brian Saber

In this episode, we speak with Brian Saber, author, President of Asking Matters, and a veteran fundraiser with nearly four decades in the field. In his recently released fourth book, Fundraising for Introverts, Brian challenges the myth that it takes an extrovert to generate revenue for a good cause. We talk about his journey, the significance of close friendships, humor, parallel play, and vulnerability.


Planting Seeds of Change: A Conversation with TiffanyYu of Diversability

In this episode, we speak with Tiffany Yu, CEO & Founder of Diversability, an award-winning entirely disabled-run and led social enterprise to elevate disability pride, and a content creator with 200k+ followers across platforms. She is a 3x TEDx speaker and has been named a TikTok API (Asian & Pacific Islander) Trailblazer, a LinkedIn Top Voice in Disability Advocacy, and a Well+Good Changemaker. Her first book, The Anti-Ableist Manifesto, will be published by Hachette Go in 2024.


Apra Unplugged: Leaders on Today’s Data-Driven Philanthropy

Formed in 1988, Apra is the premier organization for professionals who strategically harness information and data to drive fundraising for philanthropic institutions. At this year's international gathering, Apra Prospect Development 2023, we pulled together four of the field's leading voices--Carrick Davis, Rodger Devine, Lindsey Nadeau, and Melissa Bank Stepno--to discuss the organization's and the field's past, present, and future, from DEI to data science and from AI to due diligence. This is a window on that discussion.


The Real Story: A Conversation with Chris Miano

In this episode, we speak with Chris Miano, Founder of MemoryFox, the software platform that aims to help nonprofits raise funds and stand out on social media by leveraging grassroots content. We learn about Chris' journey from Buffalo to Army Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Iraq and Afghanistan and back again and discover the stories he heard in the field and at home that fuel his passion to make authentic life stories available and accessible at last.


Do We Have The Courage? A Conversation with Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter is an international thought leader on digital transformation and well-being in the nonprofit workplace. Named the most influential woman in technology by Fast Company, she is the coauthor of The Network Nonprofit, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit, and The Smart Nonprofit, the voice behind her popular, long-running Beth's Blog, and a consultant and trainer, leading nonprofits and grant makers around the world. She recently received the Lifetime Achievement award from NTEN. In this episode, we speak with Beth about her life and work, beginning with her days as a flute student unafraid to knock on the door of an admired musical giant.


The Inheritance and The Gift: A Conversation with Carlton Ford

Carlton Ford is an innovative changemaker, nonprofit sector leader, and fundraiser for the arts. A native of southside Chicago, he found his calling for music early and pursued a successful career as an operatic baritone, performing at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and beyond before taking his talent and vision to nonprofit leadership. Today he serves as Chief Effective Philanthropy Officer at The Taproot Foundation, which drives social change by connecting social good organizations with skilled volunteers. In this conversation, we hear about the trajectory of his career as an artist and leader, the gift, and the inheritance. We begin with his earliest memories of finding his way to music.


Philanthropy Needs to Change: A Conversation with Sean McCarthy

In April, Sean E. McCarthy was honored as an Outstanding Young Professional by AFP, an award reserved for individuals under 31 displaying excellence in raising funds, inspiring donors, managing campaigns, and demonstrating dedication to the charitable sector. Following corporate and foundation fundraising successes at both the Center for American Progress and CSIS, Sean took on the role of Development Manager at the National Center for Transgender Equality, advocating for trans youth, conducting groundbreaking surveys, and increasing corporate support 100-fold in just over two years. Today, Sean serves as Development Manager at the National Housing Trust (NHT), which works to protect and improves existing affordable rental homes so that low-income individuals and families can live in quality neighborhoods with access to opportunities. In this episode, we speak with Sean about reimagining philanthropy for the 21st century and how both donors and fundraisers must be held to a higher standard.


Once a Nurse, Always a Nurse: A Conversation with Lynnie Meyer

In this episode, we speak with Lynnie Meyer, RN, EdD, CFRE, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Norton Healthcare, and recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from AFP, the association’s highest honor. Lynnie has been leading the operations of the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation and Norton Healthcare Foundation since 2004, generating over $300 million in support, following key roles at The Center for Women and Families in Louisville, Caritas Health Services, University of Louisville Hospital, Caretenders, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has received numerous honors during her career, including the Center for Nonprofit Excellence Art of Leadership Award, the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award, the Presentation Academy Tower Award, and the National Philanthropy Frank W. Penick Founders Award for excellence in fundraising. In this interview, she talks about how her beginnings as a registered nurse in clinical care still inform her work as a fundraising leader today.


The Dream I’ve Had My Whole Life: A Conversation with CNN Hero Nelly Cheboi

In this episode, we speak with Nelly Cheboi, Founder of TechLit Africa, one of Forbes' "30 Under 30 for Social Impact," and 2022 CNN Hero. She shares her journey from childhood poverty in rural Kenya to raising money to build a school while only a junior in college, bringing computers and training to thousands of children in her home country, and her vision of a world where young girls have enough to eat, a roof over their heads, the resources to go to school, and can grow into women who will be known by their own names.


Creating a New Capitalism: A Conversation with Masataka Uo

In this special episode, we speak with Masataka Uo, Founder and CEO of the Japan Fundraising Association, the nationwide network that promotes philanthropic giving and social impact investment. He discusses the rapid evolution of the nonprofit sector and the fast growth of the association, his efforts to expand links between nonprofits throughout Asia, and how charitable fundraising is key to creating "a new capitalism." This interview was recorded live in the exhibit hall at AFP ICON in New Orleans.


On the Road to Generosity: A Conversation with Tim Sarrantonio and Benjamin Johnson

In this special episode, we speak with Tim Sarrantonio and Benjamin Johnson who were just completing their first Generosity Roadshow, a cross-country listening tour with three aims: to learn about the ways nonprofit practitioners do their jobs; to better understand the role that data plays in that work; and, to chart a path forward on how nonprofits can use data in actionable and insightful ways. This conversation was recorded live in the exhibit hall at AFP ICON in New Orleans.


Building a Field of Dreams - A Conversation with Jay Love

Jay Love is a charity sector titan whose profound influence spans four decades and counting. He has developed and led a succession of major software firms serving the nonprofit fundraising world, beginning with Master Software in the 80s, eTapestry at the turn of the century, and Bloomerang starting in 2012. In each case, he identified a problem bedeviling nonprofits, pioneered a solution, and then was a key figure in transforming the way organizations build relationships with supporters. Today he continues in that work, serving as Chief Relationship Officer at Bloomerang while advising a rising generation of social good tech pioneers. We begin this conversation by hearing about his Indiana roots, the field of dreams he and his brothers built, and his first encounters with philanthropy as chauffeur to one of his college community’s major donors.


Nothing is Possible, Everything is Possible: A Conversation with Richard Pordes

Richard Pordes is one of the foremost figures in global fundraising. For decades, he has been pioneering, introducing, and successfully executing extraordinary direct response efforts throughout the world, first with UNICEF’s national chapters and country offices and later with many of the leading international charities, including MSF, WWF, Save the Children, UNHCR, and others. Born in Shanghai to Jewish refugees from Europe, raised in Hong Kong, and educated in the UK and USA, he is frequently traveling between Europe, Asia, and America, showing organizations that “everything is possible.” We begin our conversation with the stunning story of his mother’s flight from the recent Nazi occupation of Vienna.


Coming Together: A Conversation with Rajiv Vinnakota

In this episode, we speak with Rajiv Vinnakota, a pioneering social entrepreneur with a passion for civic education. In past years, he co-founded the SEED Foundation, the nation’s first network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools for underserved children, and then served as Vice President of the Aspen Institute, where he launched and led the Youth & Engagement Programs division devoted to youth leadership development, civic engagement, and opportunity. Today, he is President of the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, leading its mission to cultivate the talent, ideas, and networks that develop lifelong, effective citizens. In our conversation, we speak about a range of issues, from building “unlikely alliances” among funders and the importance of patient philanthropic capital to his vision for how the nation can come together to solve the problems of our communities, states, regions, and nation. We begin by hearing the remarkable journey of his family to the US and learn how reading the paper and debating the news with his father over the dinner table influenced his view of civic responsibility.


The Juice: A Conversation with Tony Myers

In this episode, we speak with Tony Myers, internationally acclaimed consultant, strategist, author, speaker, teacher, mentor, board member, and executive coach who has guided leaders to realize their vision, mission, and financial goals at over 60 nonprofit organizations on six continents. Dedicated to building a sector guided by sustainability, accountability, and leadership, his approach is to listen first, seek deep understanding, identify challenges, and find ways to work collaboratively to meet those challenges head-on. We began our conversation by exploring his earliest days, learning how he found “the juice” to persist when others only saw limits, and discovering his vision for “a world driven by love.”


A Theology of Fundraising: A Conversation with Paul Edwards

For nearly forty years, Paul Edwards has been at the center of several miraculously successful philanthropic efforts. He began his career with a record-breaking higher education campaign and then decided he needed to leave the field for his faith, entering the seminary. There he unexpectedly discovered a new and profound spiritual role for fundraising which he applied when tapped to lead the fundraising effort at Prison Fellowship. Since then, he has led a successful major campaign for Mercy Ships International, Gordon College's $75.5 Million Capital Campaign, and Wycliffe's $2 Billion Last Languages initiative, making the Bible available in all the world’s languages, as well as serving as a teacher and guide to hundreds of other organizations. Today, as Principal Consultant at Edwards & Creson, he collaborates with inspired leaders and organizations to produce inspiring results. In this episode, I speak with Paul about his remarkable journey and what he describes as his Theology of Fundraising.


Finding Our Voices: A Conversation with Rachel Hutchisson

In this episode, we speak with Rachel Hutchisson, a social impact executive with over three decades of experience working at the intersection of business, society, and the nonprofit sector. Rachel is a former leader of the Global Social Responsibility effort at Blackbaud, a 3,300-person publicly traded cloud software company. During her tenure at Blackbaud, Rachel built the company’s “give back” function from the ground up, relying on her expertise in ESG/sustainability, strategic communications, corporate philanthropy, and building programs that drive social impact while engaging employees, customers, and the community. Rachel is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, women's leadership, and investing in future generations. She currently serves on the board of various organizations, including The Giving Institute, Common Impact, and Athletes' Voices. We begin with her earliest recollections as a world traveler at the age of five.


Serving Others with Joy: A Conversation with Jennifer Oyer

“Serving Others.” That is how Jennifer Oyer, Founder and Chief Joy Officer of Community Impact Advisors, describes the foundation of her life and her work in Hawaii, across the pacific islands, and around the world. For two decades, she has led and grown development efforts at organizations across Hawaii, including The Salvation Army, the Arthritis Foundation, the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, and her own alma mater, Hawaii Baptist Academy, before launching her firm in 2019. Always leading by example and with generosity, Jennifer has been active on several nonprofit boards as well as in supporting the profession, including her current role on AFP’s US Foundation for Philanthropy. In this episode, she describes her personal and professional journey and shares what we can do to connect with others and build meaningful relationships.


Control Over The Chaos: A Conversation with Andrew Olsen

Andrew Olsen is a best selling author, popular podcaster, speaker, and nonprofit marketer who has guided over 500 nonprofits in raising more than half a billion dollars. Over the years, he has built and led fundraising programs on behalf of organizations ranging from Covenant House International to CARE USA, and dozens of Rescue Missions and Food Banks across the U.S. and Canada. Today, he serves as Senior Vice President of Fundraising Solutions at DickersonBakker & Associates, leading the firm’s major gift consulting practice, overseeing the Impact Messaging division, and with responsibility for developing and launching new products and services for the firm. In our conversation, he takes us on the journey from the rough neighborhood and tough times of his LA childhood to farm country in Tennessee with his family and menagerie of 227 animals and counting.