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A filters-off series for nonprofit professionals hosted by straight-shooting expert Danielle Johnson Vermenton. During these open-mic sessions, you’ll hear honest advice to help you do more for your cause.

A filters-off series for nonprofit professionals hosted by straight-shooting expert Danielle Johnson Vermenton. During these open-mic sessions, you’ll hear honest advice to help you do more for your cause.
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A filters-off series for nonprofit professionals hosted by straight-shooting expert Danielle Johnson Vermenton. During these open-mic sessions, you’ll hear honest advice to help you do more for your cause.




Episode 54: Networked Advocacy Trends All Nonprofits Can Learn From

Networking and digital trends have brought about big changes in politics and culture. For nonprofit organizations to keep up, they have to lean into these trends and change the way that they operate as well. The digital landscape and networking capabilities have created new opportunities for building power and allowing large-scale, effective collaborations. Today’s guest is Tom Liacas. Tom is a Senior Strategist at NetChange. NetChange is a Canadian digital consulting agency that helps...


Episode 53: Just say "No" to Nonprofit Burnout ft. Beth Kanter

Burnout. We’ve all been there or know someone who has. While work-life balance can be difficult for anyone to maintain, professionals in the non-profit sector face certain challenges that put them at a greater risk for experiencing burnout. How can you prevent burnout on an individual level, and how can an organization’s leadership help prevent employees from experiencing burnout? Today’s guest is Beth Kanter, consultant, trainer, and author of the book, The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit:...


Episode 52: The Power of Movements

In recent years we’ve seen the power of movements. They can bring people together in support of a common cause and drive meaningful change in the social good community. But how do they start? What gets a movement started, and once a movement has been started, what causes it to grow and accelerate? To help us answer those questions and more, joining Steve on this episode is Henry Timms. As president and CEO of the 92nd Street Y in New York City and a co-founder of GivingTuesday, Henry is...


Episode 51: Analytical Activism ft. David Knapf

The digital age provides enormous opportunity for non-profit organizations to collect data, but it’s not enough for non-profit organizations to simply collect information. In order to use that data to make better decisions, nonprofits need good testing and analytics strategies. Today’s guest, David Knapf, has a long history of involvement in advocacy organizations. David is currently a professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and has just...


Episode 50: How Giving Bounced Back in 2017

Understanding how giving trends change of the years can be the key to predicting what’s going to happen in the future and planning how you’re going to address those trends. In today’s podcast, Ashley Thompson, Managing Director of the Blackbaud Institute, stands in as host to interview Steve MacLaughlin, regular host of this podcast and Blackbaud’s Vice President of Data and Analytics and Senior Advisor to the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact. Steve is the author of the annual...


Episode 49: Professional Development Keep Your Team Happy & Here For The Long Haul

The nonprofit world has seen rapid change over the last five to ten years. On last week’s episode we talked about how change can be difficult and positive at the same time. This week, we are tackling change from the perspective of professionals and organizations who are searching for ways to not just keep up with changing trends and technology, but to stay ahead of the curve. The answer is professional development. A multi-pronged professional development strategy can help professionals...


Episode 48: Change is Hard, But Change is Good

Accepting change is hard for everybody, but it’s an important part of life, and it’s definitely important in the fundraising world. The ability to accept and embrace change, whether it be change in process, staff or technology, is what allows your nonprofit organization to remain relevant and active in a changing world. Today’s guest is an expert on the subject of change. Michael Reardon is a change management expert, former professor at the College of Charleston with a Ph.D. in...


Episode 47: Millennial Voices: Advocates and Activists Over Donors and Volunteers

We hear this group discussed a lot in the social good community: Millennials. More specifically, the importance of digital technology for understanding how Millennials, the first generation of people who grew up with digital technology, use the internet when it comes to social issues and charitable works and giving and how to properly engage with this group to convert their interests into action. Today’s guest, Derrick Feldman, is the founder and producer of MCON, the nation’s premiere...


Episode 46: The New (Fundraising) Kid in Town

The professional life of a fundraiser often involves changing gears. Fundraisers frequently move to new organizations to set new goals and take on new challenges. However, being the “new kid” in the organization can be a challenge of its own. Today’s guest, Jerusha Schmalzel, has some experience with the challenges of coming into a new organization. Jerusha is now the Customer Success Manager at Blackbaud, but she was formerly a Director and Vice President of development in the nonprofit...


Episode 45: Midterm Elections Digital Trends Nonprofits Should Leverage

A big election, like the upcoming 2018 midterms, can get people fired up about a variety of issues. Can nonprofits, including 501(c)(3) organizations, take advantage of these political moments to raise awareness, build support, and inspire donors? Today’s guest is Colin Delany, the founder of epolitics.com, a site that focuses on digital advocacy and strategy. In this episode, Colin will share some of his knowledge of and thinking about the intersections between nonprofits and...


Episode 44: Fundraising with Social Ambassadors ft. Beth Kanter

As nonprofit marketers, fundraisers and executives, we always need to be looking for new and more effective ways to reach new people. One of the best and most underutilized ways to do that is through social ambassadors – people who love your work, support your mission and have a wide reach of their own. They can reach out to their own networks on your behalf, bringing in new donations and awareness of your cause. Today’s guest, Beth Kanter, is an international non-profit thought leader...


Episode 43: What the Heck Is Happening in Digital Marketing

In the nonprofit sector, digital engagement and fundraising is a hot topic. But are donors and activists on the same page as organizations when it comes to digital engagement and giving online? Are nonprofits taking the right steps to engage them digitally? Do nonprofits understand what metrics matter online? To answer these questions and more, Steve’s guest today is Carie Lewis Carlson, of CLC Consulting and formerly of the Humane Society of the United States. Listen in to hear Steve and...


Episode 42: Speakin' My Language How to Engage Multilingual Donors

In the nonprofit sector, it’s easy to think of the pool of donors as being limited. You end up returning to the same group time and time again. But is there a different pool of donors out there that you’re not reaching, perhaps because your organization isn’t reaching out to them with the right language or operating within the right cultural context? Joining Steve for today’s episode is Adrian White Slagle, the Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Supporter Experience at Operation...


Episode 41: Testing, Testing, 123…

We’ve all been there: the latest reports show this one color donate button works best, everyone is blogging about shortening subject lines, our board is inspired by another organization’s successful campaign and suggests we emulate. We find ourselves at the crossroads of “Should we do that?” and “Will that work for us?” Steve MacLaughlin, VP of Data and Analytics at Blackbaud and the host of today’s episode, explains that the answer is almost always going to be “it depends”. It depends on...


Episode 40: How to Be a Good Manager and Still Rock Your Goals

On today’s podcast episode, we are talking about how to be a manager, a badass coach, and a fundraiser all at the same time. My guest today, is the Fund Diva Kishshana Palmer. She is the founder of Kishshana & Co. Today, she shares how to be a manager and coach while achieving her mission of helping fund raising organizations grow. Topics discussed this episode: The importance of management and people skillsMaking sure your people have the tools for successBeing strategic and creating...


Episode 39: Managing Change (and Avoiding Grey Hairs) in the Nonprofit Sector

Today’s episode is all about Change Management and how you can better your organization by implementing change at all levels. My guest is Tiffany Getch, an Organizational Change Manager at Blackbaud, and she is an expert at creating data-driven solutions while defining and improving processes for non-profits. Join us as we cover specific tactics and resources you can use to create change and improve efficiency at your organization. Topics discussed this episode: Project management and...


Episode 38: The Intersection of Offline and Online Tactics in Major Gifts Don't Be Afraid to Make It Work

Our topic this week is the intersection of major gifts when it comes to online and offline tactics. Many organizations resist the idea that major gifts can be done online, so we will go over how it works and what the concerns are. My guest to discuss is Jerusha Schmalzel, a Customer Success Manager at Blackbaud’s Arts and Cultural Verticle. She has over 10 years experience working with nonprofits and Arts and Cultural organizations as a VP of Development and Major Gifts Officer. Join us as...


Episode 37: Your #NoFilter Checklist for EOY Prep

On today’s episode we’re talking about our unfiltered end of the year campaign checklists - the things we need to stop doing and things we should be doing instead. My guests to discuss are Scarlett Bauman, Director of Marketing at Air Force Enlisted Village, and Brock Warner, Senior Manager of Fundraising at War Child Canada. Listen in as they share what their end of the year planning looks like and give us great advice on campaign organizing. Topics discussed this episode: When and how...


Episode 36: When Giving Tuesday isn't on Tuesday

Today’s topic is about local Giving Days that don’t fall on Giving Tuesday - how does an organization decide which day to focus on? My guest to discuss is Amy Daly, Director of Marketing and Communications for Project Angel Heart. Her organization participates in Colorado Give Day and she shares how they balance their popular local event with the global Giving Tuesday movement. Listen in as she shares marketing and communication tips around Give Day campaigns. Topics discussed this...


Episode 35: Email Deliverability: The Seismic Shift You Didn't See Coming

Welcome to the Raise + Engage podcast where we help organizations with online communications and development. Today, I am talking about the important topic of email deliverability with Ryan O’Keefe, Product Manager at Blackbaud. There are a lot of misconceptions with how email is delivered because the process is handed off to so many different entities. Listen in as we go over the ins and outs of email delivery, and how to ensure that your communications reach your target audience. Topics...


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