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The Nonprofit Radio Show podcast offers bite-size, practical information to help small nonprofits thrive.

The Nonprofit Radio Show podcast offers bite-size, practical information to help small nonprofits thrive.

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United States

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The Nonprofit Radio Show podcast offers bite-size, practical information to help small nonprofits thrive.

Language:

English

Contact:

(206) 683-3576


Episodes

The Importance of Formers

5/10/2022
People who used to work on behalf of your mission are important people in your movement. Former staff members, board members, volunteers and others have played in important role in forming your work. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about "formers," why they matter, and how you can keep them connected to your mission and programs.

Duration:00:22:41

Become a trustful nonprofit

4/19/2022
There have been a few reports out over the past year that warn us that trust in institutions has decreased, including in nonprofits. One body of research that we will link in the show notes says that only 19% of people highly trust nonprofits. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about what causes people to trust a nonprofit, how you know if people trust your nonprofit, and what you can do to increase trust. Trust us, you'll want to take a listen. Philanthropy New Digest...

Duration:00:18:36

Understand your donors' why

4/7/2022
Your donors give for a reason. Do you know what it is? In this episode, Sarah and Nancy explore four common reasons why donors give. They give advice on which of these groups of donors you should spend more of your time with and why. If you don't know why your donors give, listen for some ways that will help you find out. Your mission matters, and money is the fuel for you to deliver that mission. Take 20 minutes to reflect on your fundraising practice so you build your movement for the next...

Duration:00:22:37

2022 Series: Staffing our organizations in a time of the great resignation

3/16/2022
The Nonprofit Radio Show continues its three-part 2022 leadership series with a focus on staffing. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about what is important to remember about building your team in 2022. On the table is an honest conversation about whether you need to pay your staff more in our current marketplace of work. If you are in a position of hiring staff, listen for specific advice on small steps you can take to strengthen your team. Our people matter. What will you do to...

Duration:00:21:31

2022 Series: The ED (or other senior staff member) Search

3/1/2022
The Nonprofit Radio Show continues its three-part 2022 leadership series with a focus on the ED search. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah reflect on the "great resignation" and offer thoughts on how a nonprofit might approach recruiting and hiring an Executive Director or senior staff member during these tight staffing times. They reframe the job description, as well as the questions that a search committee might ask. Ultimately, Nancy and Sarah offer insights into how to engage in a search...

Duration:00:28:59

2022 Series: Strategic Planning

2/14/2022
The Nonprofit Radio Show is kicking off 2022 episodes with a series on three inter-related topics on the minds of nonprofit leaders: strategic planning, succession planning, and staffing. This is the first episode in the series. So many organizations want to launch a new strategic planning effort after two years of "being on hold" through the pandemic. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about what strategic planning looks like in 2022 and how an organization can implement a planning...

Duration:00:21:25

Refreshing the board matrix to build a diverse board

2/2/2022
The board matrix is a tool that many boards use to be intentional about the diversity of members needed to best achieve their mission. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah reflect on the purpose of a board matrix and how we can update this tool to better capture a fuller diversity of the humans tasked with moving forward our mission and movement. The complex topics in front of us require a range of perspectives, experiences, knowledges, and approaches. And the work doesn't stop at recruitment....

Duration:00:17:22

Breaking the rules

1/9/2022
There are a lot of rules that guide nonprofit practice. We name three in this episode: Robert's Rules of Order, overhead rules, and best practice rules that we hear at trainings or in conversations with others. Where did these rules come from, and why do they matter? In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about what kinds of rules we face as nonprofit leaders and what rules we can break--should break!-- as we build strategy and intention around our programs and practice.

Duration:00:18:28

It's time to tidy up your nonprofit

12/21/2021
Have you gotten caught up in Marie Kondo and the KonMari method of organizing your closet? Our sheets are rolled and shirts stacked, and so now it is time to KonMari our nonprofits. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about why it is a good time to pull everything out of your metaphorical nonprofit closet to be intentional about what you load back in for 2022.

Duration:00:18:24

What and how. The difference matters.

12/5/2021
When we communicate about our programs, we often get tangled in what we are doing and how we are doing it. The difference between what and how matters across many elements of running a successful nonprofit. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about what and how, what the difference is, and how you can apply the difference to how you communicate, engage your board, and plan your strategy.

Duration:00:21:22

Program evaluation (with Chari Smith)

11/19/2021
At the end of the day, we want to make sure we are running good programs that make a difference. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk with evaluation expert Chari Smith to learn some simple strategies for tracking the right data to both show our impact and learn from our work. Chari Smith is author of “Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple.” Question to reflect on before you listen: What data do you track now that shows you are making a difference?

Duration:00:33:09

Here we go again... ideas for dealing with burnout

10/19/2021
We are tired, and we know others are too. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about what so many people are feeling in our nonprofit sector: burnout. They share some ideas for getting to the other side of this feeling of exhaustion and disconnection. Question to reflect on before you listen: How are you feeling?

Duration:00:18:57

Successful End-of-Year Fundraising

10/19/2021
October marks the start of end-of-year fundraising efforts. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about what a small nonprofit might consider to maximize end-of-year giving. We build on earlier discussions about strategic fundraising to give concrete steps to take in October and November to increase your odds of success in December. Question to reflect on before you listen: Who do you want to reach this giving season?

Duration:00:23:56

Nonprofit Radio Show LIVE @ Idaho Nonprofit Center conference

10/14/2021
In September 2021, Sarah and Nancy recorded a live episode of the Nonprofit Radio Show with an audience of Idaho nonprofit leaders. They talk about maintaining morale, boards, fundraising, and more. Hear the voices of nonprofit executive directors as they ask what is most on their minds. Question to reflect on before you listen: What keeps you up at night?

Duration:00:50:11

TECH SERIES: Your website is your front door (with guest Margaret Schulte)

10/4/2021
Your website is the front door to your organization. Is it inviting people into your movement? In this episode, Nancy and Sarah welcome special guest Margaret "Meps" Schulte of 3 Choices Creative Communications to talk about what you need to know about nonprofit websites. Meps talks us through four main points and gives us ideas on how small nonprofits can manage it all. Question to reflect on before you listen: Why do people most often come to your website? What are they looking for?

Duration:00:19:29

TECH SERIES: All things databases

9/14/2021
The number one question Sarah gets asked is about databases. How do you choose the right one? How do you make it really work for you? In this episode, Sarah talks us through databases and what we need to know about them to help drive our movement forward. Question to reflect on before you listen: How do you organize your information about donors, participants, volunteers, etc. now?

Duration:00:21:41

TECH SERIES: How to make the most of social media (with guest Tom Lang)

9/1/2021
We decided this summer of 2021 to spend three episodes talking about technology topics. Specifically, we are going to focus on social media, websites, and databases. We have invited some of our friends to join us. In this episode, Tom Lang leads us through a conversation about what nonprofits need to know about social media. Question to reflect on before you listen: How do you currently use social media to grow your movement?

Duration:00:26:30

Summer reflections

8/19/2021
We are in the middle of August, a time when many people are on vacation or taking time to reflect on the next year. Some of us, like co-host Sarah Brooks, are experiencing the challenges of natural disasters and trying to find their equilibrium. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about what they are reflecting on this summer. Questions to reflect on before you listen: What are you reflecting on this summer?

Duration:00:19:25

Useful free or low cost resources for nonprofits

7/21/2021
We know that a lot of nonprofits we work with have very limited budgets. They are trying to make things work without spending money. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah share their favorite free or low-cost tools available to nonprofits. Here's the list of tools and links to...

Duration:00:13:16

Reclaiming Your Nonprofit Power

7/6/2021
We read an interesting article by Nell Edgington of Social Velocity about power in social change movements. It got us thinking. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about ways that nonprofits give their power away and ways that we can take that power back to better achieve our missions.

Duration:00:19:28