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Hi! We're Kim and Diana, the Freshman Fundraisers. two "elder millennials" who found themselves stuck in the gray area between being an early-career fundraiser and an experienced pro - wanting to learn more about the nonprofit world, and having our own thoughts and ideas to share. AND WE KNOW WE'RE NOT ALONE! On the podcast, we talk to fundraisers, nonprofit professionals, and other experts in all stages of their careers. Our guests are thought-leaders, innovators, problem-solvers, and creative thinkers who want to share their knowledge, first-hand experiences, and a few hot takes with others. Interviews are casual conversations, and we hope that listeners come away having learned something that they can apply to their own careers and work in the nonprofit sector.

Hi! We're Kim and Diana, the Freshman Fundraisers. two "elder millennials" who found themselves stuck in the gray area between being an early-career fundraiser and an experienced pro - wanting to learn more about the nonprofit world, and having our own thoughts and ideas to share. AND WE KNOW WE'RE NOT ALONE! On the podcast, we talk to fundraisers, nonprofit professionals, and other experts in all stages of their careers. Our guests are thought-leaders, innovators, problem-solvers, and creative thinkers who want to share their knowledge, first-hand experiences, and a few hot takes with others. Interviews are casual conversations, and we hope that listeners come away having learned something that they can apply to their own careers and work in the nonprofit sector.

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United States

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Hi! We're Kim and Diana, the Freshman Fundraisers. two "elder millennials" who found themselves stuck in the gray area between being an early-career fundraiser and an experienced pro - wanting to learn more about the nonprofit world, and having our own thoughts and ideas to share. AND WE KNOW WE'RE NOT ALONE! On the podcast, we talk to fundraisers, nonprofit professionals, and other experts in all stages of their careers. Our guests are thought-leaders, innovators, problem-solvers, and creative thinkers who want to share their knowledge, first-hand experiences, and a few hot takes with others. Interviews are casual conversations, and we hope that listeners come away having learned something that they can apply to their own careers and work in the nonprofit sector.

Language:

English


Episodes

Dust Yourself off and Try Again: Falling forward from failure with Anastasia Schriber

11/2/2021
You failed. You were let go (or left before you were) and find yourself at an all-time low. How do you bounce back and move on better than you were before? Anastasia Schriber joins us to talk about her personal story about how she dusted herself off and found herself in a better place after being let go from an organization. Anastasia Schriber is the Development Director of the Respiratory Health Association in Chicago. She uses her creative brain and love for data to identify and implement...

Duration:00:31:51

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Turnover, retention, and burnout in the sector with Ben Chambers

10/19/2021
At some point or another, all fundraisers have been there - overworked, underpaid, burnt out. Nonprofits find themselves dealing with issues with turnover and retention. Join us for a frank conversation on these issues with Ben Chambers. Ben is a fundraising consultant with a group called Team Kat & Mouse. After spending nearly a decade in politics, public advocacy, and nonprofit fundraising, he decided to take the exciting and terrifying leap into consulting! Support the show...

Duration:00:39:35

Strategery: Components of a Fundraising Plan with Lisa Tarshis

10/5/2021
With the go go go mode that most fundraisers find themselves in, there’s not always time to sit down and write a fundraising plan, but according to Lisa Tarshis, these plans are of the utmost importance. Lisa discusses all the components of a plan and troubleshoots with us some common issues. From Lisa: I've been learning about philanthropy for as long as I can remember. My grandparents were involved with many organizations and as kids, they would tell us about them and take us to events....

Duration:00:34:01

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Program Evaluation Made Simple with Chari Smith

9/21/2021
Every fundraiser knows the importance of making a measurable impact, but how do you measure what most of us see as intangible? Chari Smith is the Founder of Evaluation into Action and believes evaluation should be accessible, practical, and usable. She founded Evaluation into Action to help nonprofit professionals create realistic and meaningful program evaluation processes. Learn more at: www.evaluationintoaction.com Book: Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple: Get Your Data. Show Your...

Duration:00:34:34

IYKYK: Knowing When to Make the Ask (and how to prepare) with Elizabeth Abel

9/7/2021
What do you need to know in order to make an ask? According to Elizabeth Abel, 80% of the work is done before you even walk in the room to meet with the donor. Elizabeth is a Corporate Vice President at CCS Fundraising, a fundraising consulting firm for nonprofit organizations worldwide. She has designed, advised, and directed development initiatives and capital campaigns that have collectively raised more than $250 million, positively impacting tens of thousands of lives. Connect with the...

Duration:00:32:08

Okay boomer: Generational shifts in Donor behaviors with Travis McDearmon

8/31/2021
Guest: Travis McDearmon Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z - each generation has its own set of core values and priorities, and for fundraisers, it’s important for us to think about how this impacts our work. We’re seeing a dramatic shift as the “boomers” move on from being the top major and principal-level donors to organizations worldwide. We talk to Travis McDearmon, a Lead Development Officer at Butler University and founder of Role Identity Solutions about what this means for...

Duration:00:39:13

I hate fundraising: The art and science of turning around reluctant fundraisers with Cindy Wagman

8/17/2021
If you work in a nonprofit organization, you’ve likely dealt with someone who is a reluctant fundraiser. These are the people who don’t have the primary responsibility of raising money but, by nature of their role in an organization are expected to help raise funds - your board members, program staff, and even the Executive Director. Cindy Wagman, President and CEO of The Good Partnership joins us to talk about how to motivate even the most reluctant people to be championship...

Duration:00:37:42

Season 2 trailer

8/13/2021
Welcome to season 2 of the Freshman Fundraisers podcast! We decided to change up the format a bit and we can't wait for you to hear from all of our fabulous guests! New episodes drop every other Tuesday starting Aug 17! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/FFpod)

Duration:00:02:36

Digging into fundraising myths

3/16/2021
Jack Silverstein began his fundraising career as a high school student in London, Ontario, canvassing for the Canadian Cancer Society and has never looked back. He spent four years with a consulting firm in Burlington, where he ran numerous capital campaigns from Churches to the Masons to a Symphony. He has brought his passion, creativity, and flair for raising money to professional positions in Ottawa with Carleton University, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Executive Director of the Annual...

Duration:00:49:59

Rapid Fire Stewardship

2/23/2021
We talk with Christina about all things stewardships. Top practices, do's & don'ts, upcoming trends, and more! Christina McNamee is currently the Senior Director of Advancement Services at an independent K-12 in the Washington, DC area. Previously, she worked in two roles for the University of Maryland, focusing on donor stewardship and recognition. She has worked in donor relations for the George Washington University, where she also received an MPA in Public Administration and the John F....

Duration:00:43:24

Beginning a development career

1/19/2021
With so many development professionals that just happen to fall into this work, there's a new generation of individuals venturing into this field with intention. We spoke to Jess (our first GenZ guest), a recent college grad who aspired to work in fundraising and is just starting out. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/FFpod)

Duration:00:31:34

Choosing words carefully

1/5/2021
In fundraising, we recognize the importance of our words when talking to donors. In this episode, Kim and Diana sit down with Valerie Johnson, the Director of Institutional Advancement for Pathways to Housing PA to discuss the importance of the language we use when talking about participants in our programs (specifically when it comes to populations that are often marginalized or disenfranchised). We also chat about the importance of recruiting a board with lived experiences (and what a...

Duration:00:46:45

Networking as a Superpower

12/15/2020
Whether you're an extrovert (like Kim) or an introvert (like Diana), networking is generally considered to be part of the job for most fundraisers. Sam Provenzano, founder of NextGenFundraisers, joins the podcast to talk about tips and tricks for fundraisers, including how to leverage LinkedIn to grow your network. Not all fundraisers wear capes, but Sam will inspire you to be a superhero networker. Join the NextGen Fundraisers group on Linkedin Support the show...

Duration:00:40:26

Difficult conversations on equity in fundraising

12/1/2020
In this episode, Diana chats (Kim had a family emergency) with T. Kebo Drew, the Managing Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project – QWOCMAP, where she directs capacity building, development, communications, and engagement. This is a frank conversation about the power structures inherent in Fundraising and nonprofits and the lessons that can be learned by centering equity in your work and from listening to organizers/organizations led by Black, Indigenous, Queer, People of...

Duration:01:09:03

Authenticity in Fundraising

11/17/2020
We talk to Mallory Erickson, Executive Leadership & Development Coach about the importance of authenticity in fundraising. Mallory Erickson is the fundraising coach for passionate leaders making a big social impact. She uses innovative tools to transform mission-driven leaders like you into powerful and authentic fundraisers. During her 13 years in the nonprofit sector, Mallory served as the Managing Director and Executive Director of multiple organizations and had multi-million dollar...

Duration:00:54:46

A Donor's Perspective: Hilary Zalla

11/3/2020
Join us as we get the inside scoop on working with donors in our first donor perspective episode. Hilary Zalla is a resident of Tampa Bay and a donor with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Hilary is a donor, ambassador, advocate, and former media personality. She shares with us some tips and tricks on working with media in your area, cultivating your donors, and the impact donor advocates can make on your nonprofit. You can get your copy of The Gutsy Journal here Support the show...

Duration:00:35:56

Your couch to 5K

10/27/2020
Pandemic required an almost universal requirement for fundraisers to adapt and work from home so we wanted to share our experiences as well as tips and tricks. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/FFpod)

Duration:00:15:32

Feet First Peer to Peer Fundraising with Kat Gunsar-Smith

10/20/2020
Feet First Peer to Peer Fundraising Join us as we talk with Kat Gunsar-Smith, Manager - Triathlon, National Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement with Team Challenge, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Kat shares how she got started with fundraising (by doing her own p2p fundraiser), the struggles event-based fundraisers are experiencing in the pandemic, setting up people for success in their p2p fundraising, and a few other tips and tricks. Sign up to participate with Team Challenge...

Duration:00:48:51

You've got Email

10/13/2020
So email is the #1 way to communicate. So how do you do it? How do you write an email that will both catch attention and encourage a response. Our Top 5 Tips Subject - avoid words that might be filtered out (anything to sales-y)Salutation- Address them by first nameOpeningBody - Ask for advice/get money vs ask for money/get adviceClosingWant our sample emails? Sign up for our email list here and get Email Templates to Snag the Donor Meeting - https://bit.ly/33PHORY Support the show...

Duration:00:25:18

Visibility as a Trans Fundraiser

10/6/2020
Join us as we talk with Chloe Corcoran, the Senior Associate Director of Constituent Engagement - West Coast for Emory University about her career journey in advancement and her experience as an out transgender woman in fundraising. Chloe shares her guiding principals in working with donors (passion and impact) and how the impact of a gift can be great, even if the gift is relatively small. To give to Chloe's fundraiser for the Transgender Law center - https://bit.ly/3ixIAad Support the...

Duration:00:46:43