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You are going to change the world. We can help. Running a small nonprofit is not for the faint of heart. With limited resources and fueled by a combination of caffeine and passion, small charity leaders are unsung heroes. The Small Nonprofit podcast, by Further Together, gives you down-to-earth, practical and actionable expert guidance on how to run a small nonprofit. From leadership and law to fundraising and finance, we’ve got you covered. Forget comparing your organization to the big shops, we’re creating a community of nonprofit leaders who are going to change the world, one small nonprofit at a time.

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Canada

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You are going to change the world. We can help. Running a small nonprofit is not for the faint of heart. With limited resources and fueled by a combination of caffeine and passion, small charity leaders are unsung heroes. The Small Nonprofit podcast, by Further Together, gives you down-to-earth, practical and actionable expert guidance on how to run a small nonprofit. From leadership and law to fundraising and finance, we’ve got you covered. Forget comparing your organization to the big shops, we’re creating a community of nonprofit leaders who are going to change the world, one small nonprofit at a time.

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English

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6479857061


Episodes

Ethical Fundraising Practices with Marie-France Roche

2/20/2024
The nonprofit-industrial complex - are we stuck? In this episode, we delve into the intricate - and evolving - world of ethical fundraising within the nonprofit sector, featuring insights from Marie-France Roche, the Director of Community Engagement and Major Gifts at TNG Community Services. We discuss the challenges and opportunities in adopting Community-Centric Fundraising. Key Takeaways: Navigating Power Dynamics: Challenges for White Fundraisers: Allyship in Action: Innovative Fundraising Strategies: Community First Approach: Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/YsndeUvRwdI Links and Resources: linkedin.com/in/marie-france-rochehttp://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:40:45

Leading Human-First: The Intersection of Work and Well-Being in Nonprofits with Lacey Kempinski

2/13/2024
Are you feeling torn between supporting your team's work-life balance and striving to hit those all-important organizational milestones? For those managing small nonprofits, where every hour and every dollar counts tenfold, balancing personal growth and professional success can be a challenge. Today, we dive deep into creating a workforce that thrives on the “leading human-first” approach with Lacey Kempinski, CEO and Founder of Balanced Good. Balanced Good provides parental leave coverage – from the day-to-day hands-on work to big picture transition planning. Balanced Good believes that a supported transition to parenthood will benefit both our sector and the parents working in it. Lacey has a big vision, she wants parental leave to become a celebrated life milestone, not a feared employment gap. Key Episode Highlights: Leading Human First:Beyond Parental Leave:Flexibility as a Retention Tool:Support at Every Stage:Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/tNxjzz1q6Fo Links and Resources: linkedin.com/in/laceykempinskibalancedgood.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/balanced-good/https://icy-base-20781.myflodesk.com/1986644d-75ba-476f-a37f-788cd7e5d48dhttps://icy-base-20781.myflodesk.com/vipwaitlisthttp://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:32:26

Building a Culture of Collaboration: Tips to Get Started with Lanrick Bennett

2/6/2024
Are you leaving the 'dirty work' to others? It's time for leader to embrace the saying, "no task is too small!" In this episode, we'll delve into the art of leading by example, fostering a culture of collaboration, and the transformative power of saying "yes and" to opportunities. Today, I'm thrilled to welcome Lanrick Bennett to The Small Nonprofit. Lanrick is not only the executive director of Charlie’s Free Wheels, a nonprofit teaching young people leadership through bicycles, but also Toronto's first bicycle mayor, a comedian, and a champion of community engagement. Our conversation promises to be an insightful journey into what it means to be a hands-on leader who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty – quite literally! Key Episode Highlights: Leading by Example: Saying "Yes And" to Opportunities:Collaboration over Competition: Vulnerability in Leadership: Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/P9LqhfPMV6c Links and Resources: https://twitter.com/LanrickBennetthttps://www.charliesfreewheels.ca/lanrickbennettjr@gmail.cominfo@charliesfreewheels.cahttp://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/Support the show: https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/new Support the show

Duration:00:41:05

How Small Nonprofits Make Big Policy Waves with Alison Stewart

1/30/2024
Advocating for change seems daunting, especially when you're working with limited resources and a small team. What if you knew the insider strategies to make a significant impact in your community and get your voice heard at city council meetings? In today's episode, we'll pull back the curtain on the power of local engagement and show you how a small team can pedal their message to the top. Join us as we chat with the super inspiring Alison Stewart from Cycle Toronto. Her passion for sharing the joy of biking paired with her desire to make Toronto a vibrant cycling city led her to take on several volunteer roles since 2013. Her background includes senior leadership roles in the post secondary sector which saw her develop strategic plans that focused on supporting the diverse needs of international and domestic students on the one hand, while also securing funding and developing government and community partnerships on the other. Key Episode Highlights: The Importance of Personal Stories:Strategic Relationship Building:Leveraging Volunteer Passion: Effective Messaging Across Mediums: The Power of Collaboration: Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Watch this episode on Youtube: Links and Resources: https://youtu.be/NBZsYb21eUs linkedin.com/in/alisonvstewarthttps://twitter.com/AlisonVStewartAlison.Stewart@CycleTO.cahttps://www.cycleto.ca/http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:38:39

The Art of Letting Go as a Nonprofit Leader with Mike Prosserman

1/23/2024
What if walking away from the organization you've built is the bravest and most selfless choice you can make? Struggling to let go, battling founder’s syndrome, feeling like an organization will fall apart without you, and putting your life above your work—these are emotions many leaders in our sector face. Today's must-listen episode is a conversation with one such leader who tackled these issues head-on. Then, he turned that experience into expertise he now shares with others. Mike Prosserman shares his story in this episode; from founder, to leaving the organization, to helping others transition gracefully from their roles. Mike ‘Piecez’ Prosserman is a bestselling author, professional B-Boy (breakdancer), university instructor, and certified coach who specializes in scaling non-profits, team culture, and succession. In Michael’s book Building Unity: Leading a Non-Profit From Spark to Succession, he shares practical tools to building resilient and responsive organizations. He founded and scaled Unity Charity, a grassroots movement using Hip-Hop to improve youth mental health. Through EPIC leadership, Michael is empowering non-profit leaders to build more resilient and responsible organizations. Key Episode Highlights: Recognizing Founder Syndrome:The Journey to Distance:Teaching Leaders to Prioritize Themselves: Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/cgxK1coghmU Links and Resources: https://www.instagram.com/bboypiecez/https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelprosserman/EPIC Leadershiphttps://www.epicleadership.ca/Unity Charityhttps://www.unitycharity.com/http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:37:54

The Nonprofit Email Strategy That Works with Sara Hoshooley

1/16/2024
Feeling lost in the noise and chaos of social media? Let's shift our perspective and rediscover the power of emails. In today's episode of we'll explore why emails remain a timeless tool for building meaningful supporter connections. While social media can be attention-grabbing, it's through emails that genuine conversations and long-lasting bonds are nurtured. Our guest, Sara Hoshooley is a fundraising consultant and coach with a passion for small nonprofit organizations. As a former small charity Executive Director, she understands the challenges and opportunities facing small but growing nonprofits. Her unique approach uses each organization's strengths to grow fundraising in an authentic and achievable way. Key Episode Highlights: Acquire Donors Through Email: Growing Your ListThe Strength of Recurring DonationsBuilding a Community, Not Just NumbersEmail Etiquette - Respect Boundaries and LawsDon’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/W1PAtQ2x7dI Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/Sarahoshooley/https://www.charityshift.ca/http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:44:34

From Toxic to Thriving: Evolving Your Culture With Miriam Dicks

1/9/2024
Are the challenges in your nonprofit growing pains or signs of deeper issues? With a New Year, we have the opportunity to reflect on what is working and what is not! If we don't address the roots of operational dysfunction, our mission is at risk. In today’s episode, we’re exploring how the heart and soul of our work – our culture – plays a huge role in our success. We're discussing how nurturing the right environment can make your nonprofit more effective, scalable, and fundable. On this episode of The Small Nonprofit, we're talking with Miriam Dicks, owner of 180 Management Group. Miriam has over two decades of operational management and consulting experience. She brings her insights to the operational challenges facing our sector. From the perils of toxic workplace cultures to the smart outsourcing of HR functions, Miriam opens up about what truly can move the needle for small nonprofits. Key Episode Highlights: Mutual Accountability: Embracing Change:Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch: Smart Operations for Small Teams: The Long Game in Decision Making:Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miriampdickshttps://www.180managementgroup.com/http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:41:59

✔️ Major Gifts That Reflect Your Values With Sarah Staiger

1/2/2024
Is your major gifts fundraising aligned with your organization’s core values? In today’s episode, we're tackling the sometimes intimidating (but rewarding!) world of major gifts through a values-aligned, community-centric lens. We are joined by Sarah Staiger, a fundraiser with over two decades of experience. Sarah is passionate about building power through organized people and organized money. She is a partner at Staiger Vitelli Associates and has been exploring Community-Centric Fundraising methodologies since 2017. She also volunteers with the Minnesota Association of Fundraising Professionals. Key Highlights: Put Values at the Forefront:Educate and Empower Your Donors: Values-Based Qualification for Major Gifts: Investing in a Community-Centric Approach: Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/VhzvjcgPQcI Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/company/staigervitelli/https://www.staigervitelli.com/vbdqhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/new Support the show

Duration:00:43:03

The Big Nonprofit Strategy You Can Adapt For Free with Jerome Cheung

12/26/2023
Does face-to-face fundraising feel out of reach for your small nonprofit? Many you think you need a big amount saved just to start. What if I told you there's a way to step into large-scale face-to-face fundraising, just like the big, well-funded organizations, but without the financial barrier of hiring an agency? Today, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of pricey face-to-face campaigns and reveal accessible (and scalable!) paths for smaller nonprofits. Joining me is Jerome Cheung, a seasoned fundraiser whose 18-year career has spanned across high-profile charities and agencies. His expertise in monthly giving, telefundraising, face-to-face engagement, and other fundraising avenues has made him a distinguished professional in our field. I met Jerome at Public Outreach, a face-to-face fundraising agejcy, where he honed strategies to manage donor attrition and has successfully spearheaded initiatives for organizations like the American Red Cross, Greenpeace Canada, and Ecojustice. Key Episode Highlights: Rethinking Big-Budget Campaigns:Volunteers to the Rescue: Start with a Hello, Not an Ask:Take it to the People: Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/lDuNNHprP9I Links and Resources: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jerome-cheung-a0819912http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:45:17

Aligning Mission with Practice with Sheetal Puri

12/19/2023
Is your nonprofit aligned with your values or is it perpetuating harm? How does the culture within our organizations shape our effectiveness and well-being?In today's episode, we're diving into the realities many of us face in the nonprofit sector. From acknowledging ethical dilemmas in our work practices to recognizing our alignment (or misalignment) with organizational values, we discuss the complexities of working for a cause. Sheetal Puri, our guest today, has dedicated her career to non-profit fundraising, marketing and communications for organizations globally. Having raised hundreds of millions for multiple organizations over the past 15 years, Sheetal’s commitment to the sector has given her the insight to identify areas in present day fundraising models that perpetuate colonial modes of power and prevent the ability to practice and implement our core values and missions. She is a strong advocate for community-centric approaches to fundraising that prioritize the return of power and agency to those who have experienced disempowerment. Key Highlights: Finding Your Value Alignment: Overcoming Power Dynamics:The Courage to Speak Up: Leadership's Responsibility:Advocacy and Allyship: Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Links and Resources: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sheetalpersaudhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/new Support the show

Duration:00:39:36

To Lobby or Not to Lobby? with Tristan Downe-Dewdney

12/12/2023
Are you wondering if your small nonprofit is getting the attention it deserves from key decision-makers? Today's episode of The Small Nonprofit is all about unlocking the potential of government relations to amplify the impact of small organizations. We're chatting with Tristan Downe-Dewdney, a lobbyist who's an expert at turning influence into real action. Tristan is a seasoned government expert with over 15 years in policy and advocacy. His expertise spans both community-level and systemic advocacy strategies, making him the perfect guide for small nonprofits looking to make a significant impact through government engagement. Key Highlights: The Art of Legitimacy: Tristan talks about how crucial it is for small nonprofits to demonstrate their legitimacy and wield influence. He shares anecdotes from various campaigns, such as the contrasting approaches between the casino and elephant campaigns, showing how to make your voice heard by important people. The Strategy of Relationships: Building personal relationships is at the heart of nonprofit’s success. We delve into the tactics for augmenting your advocacy, from press conferences to the more subtle art of engaging through social media. Tristan will show you how to make sure your nonprofit stands out and gets noticed. First Steps to Making a Difference: So, where do you begin? Tristan advises to start small and focus on policy overlaps. It's all about identifying your goals, learning the ropes, and growing your campaign. And remember, the journey of government relations is not just a duty, but can also be a joy. Navigating the Political Landscape: For many, the world of lobbying is uncharted territory. Tristan demystifies the process, discussing how to engage with government on multiple levels and how to approach the registration process if necessary. We tackle concerns about partisanship and how to keep your nonprofit’s mission front and center. The Network Effect: If you're not already reaching out to key office holders and preparing your presentation for a political audience, it's time to start. As Tristan emphasizes, it's essential to maintain these relationships to ensure ongoing support for your nonprofit’s initiatives. Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tristan-downe-dewdney-21523b28/ www.downedewdney.comhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:36:56

Why You Need Consent & Ethics in Your Stories with Fai Hassan

12/5/2023
Today we're talking about how nonprofits share their stories - especially in the digital age - and the ethical issues that can arise from how we choose to share stories. We'll explore how lived experience influences how we portray community members and how we can can use social media to connect with supporters while staying true to our values. For this conversation, I'm excited to have Fai Hassan with me, an expert in digital fundraising. She's the Associate Director of Digital Fundraising at Public Outreach. Fai's role is all about helping non-profit organizations create digital campaigns that engage supporters and convert them into donors. She's got a wealth of experience working with various non-profits, but what really sets her apart is her advocacy and her knack for crafting, executing, and managing compelling campaigns Key Highlights: Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Links and Resources: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/fai-hassan-50561b271https://www.publicoutreachgroup.com/http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:45:13

Understanding Today's Fundraising: Insights with Frank Mumford

11/28/2023
Is your nonprofit facing challenges with staff leaving, keeping donors happy, or having competent leaders? This episode of The Small Nonprofit talks about these big issues in the charity world and how they affect your fundraising. We also look at possible ways to fix these problems. Our guest is Frank Mumford, a seasoned fundraiser with 14 years in the charity sector. Frank started as a student fundraiser and now works at Gravyty, where he helps charities with new software solutions. He's been a CFRE since 2019 and is active in several nonprofit boards. Frank will share his views on the challenges that charities and fundraisers face today. Don’t forget to become a supporter of our show! Key Highlights: This episode is a must-listen for insights on evolving fundraising strategies, maintaining meaningful donor relationships, and leveraging technology in the nonprofit sector. Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frank-mumford/frank.mumford@gravyty.comhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/https://www.buzzsprout.com/208666/supporters/newSupport the show

Duration:00:44:07

New Beginnings for The Small Nonprofit Podcast…

11/21/2023
In this brand new episode of 'The Small Nonprofit'—we have some exciting news! Our beloved host Cindy is handing over the microphone to Maria Rio, another leader in the non-profit world. A dynamic and passionate personality, Maria started her career as a face-to-face fundraiser, climbed the nonprofit ladder with dedication and hard work, and eventually found her niche in community-centric fundraising. She's worked with many small nonprofits, and knows the struggles that come with low capacity and limited funds. She is the proud founder of Further Together, a fundraising consultancy dedicated to supporting organizations implement community-centric fundraising values. So, gear up, get comfortable and join us as we embark on this new season with our new host! Key Episode Highlights: Cindy and Maria talk about their respective journeys in fundraisingMaria's Transition to Community-Centric FundraisingFractional FundraisingCindy's Role Beyond HostingThe Future of The Small Nonprofit PodcastLinks and Resources: Connect with Maria: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/ Connect with Cindy: https://cindywagman.com/ Confessions Podcast: confessionswithjessandcindy.com Support the show

Duration:00:30:54

government relations foundations with Jesse Clarke

6/20/2023
Often we take government funding for granted. Or, we treat it like an impenetrable black box that’s a mystery so we write our applications and cross our fingers. Today, we’re joined by Jesse Clarke, CEO of JN Clarke Consulting who shares insider tips on how to form successful relationships with government partners to secure new funding, keep the existing funds rolling in, and have champions at the decision making table. Key Highlights: Connect with Jesse: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jnclarke/ Support the show

Duration:00:29:57

Communicating like a leader with Erica Barnhart

6/13/2023
Do you ever find yourself questioning whether your message was clear or if you expressed your thoughts effectively? If so, this episode is for you. Tune in as Erica Barnhart, the CEO of Claxon, delves into the art of communication. Discover the significant impact of effective communication on both your personal and professional life, and learn how to inspire and mobilize the people around you. Key Highlights: Connect with Erica: Podcast: Communicate for Good Website: claxon-communication.com. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericamillsbarnhart/ Support the show

Duration:00:30:26

Optimize your website with David Pisarek

6/6/2023
Today's digital world demands an impactful online presence. In the era where a website is your business card and more, do you know how to leverage it for your small nonprofit organization? In this episode of the Small Nonprofit Podcast, David Pisarek, founder and CEO of Wow Digital, dive into the critical aspects of websites and digital marketing. Discover how your organization can improve its online presence, foster engagement, and attract more donations. Key Highlights: Connect with David: Website: https://wowdigital.com/ Free website audit: https://wowdigital.com/audit Nonprofit Websites Done-For-You: https://mightynpo.com/ Support the show

Duration:00:39:13

Are you a hidden micromanager? with Erin Allgood

5/30/2023
Have you ever encountered a micromanager in your professional life? That person who just can't resist scrutinizing every little detail and checking in with you constantly? It's not only frustrating but can also hinder productivity and growth. On today’s episode I’m joined by Erin Allgood, a social impact strategist from Allgood Strategies, to discuss the detrimental effects of micromanagement in organizations. She delves into the reasons behind micromanaging tendencies, the impact of remote work, and explore effective strategies for delegating tasks. So, whether you're a leader looking to break free from micromanagement or an employee seeking autonomy, this episode is packed with valuable insights. Key Highlights: The extremes of management styles The rise of micromanagement and it’s negative impact on organizations Delegating tasks and building relationships with employees Finding the root cause of micromanagement The role of empathy in addressing micromanagement Connect with Erin: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinallgood/ Podcast: https://www.allgoodstrategies.com/rise-and-rouse Support the show

Duration:00:25:00

Simple fundraising that works for small nonprofits with Sara Hoshooley

5/23/2023
Are you tired of feeling like your small nonprofit is constantly trying to catch up with the big organizations? What if there was a way to shift your perspective and leverage your size to create unique fundraising opportunities? In today's episode we explore exactly that! I've invited Sara Hoshooley, founder of Charity Shift to discuss how to make small but impactful shifts in your nonprofit that can significantly boost your fundraising success. Key Highlights: Connect with Sara: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahoshooley/ Website: https://www.charityshift.ca/ Support the show

Duration:00:29:20

Strategic planning from the ground up with Carol Hamilton

5/16/2023
Have you ever struggled with strategic planning? Do you find it challenging to bring people along in the process? In this episode of the Small Nonprofit Podcast, I talk with Carol Hamilton, Principal of Grace Social Sector Consulting, about the importance of strategic planning in today's changing world. Carol discusses how to involve all stakeholders in the process, what to do when things get off track, and how to integrate the plan into your day-to-day practices. Key Highlights: Connect with Carol: Website: http://www.gracesocialsector.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-hamilton-0052b71/ Support the show

Duration:00:20:19