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Join your hosts Sarai Johnson, and Jerrica Becken as they discuss the ins and outs of nonprofits with some of the sector's most talented and passionate luminaries.

Join your hosts Sarai Johnson, and Jerrica Becken as they discuss the ins and outs of nonprofits with some of the sector's most talented and passionate luminaries.
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Join your hosts Sarai Johnson, and Jerrica Becken as they discuss the ins and outs of nonprofits with some of the sector's most talented and passionate luminaries.




Episode 15: Love Languages of Fiscal Sponsorship with Andrew Schulman

Fiscal Sponsorship is a great way to get nonprofit projects started, running, and changing the world without going to the trouble, time, and expense of starting a whole new organization. Join Andrew Schulman of Schulman Consulting ( as he discusses the ins and outs of Fiscal Sponsorship with your hosts Sarai Johnson and Jerrica Becken.


Episode 14: Applying Empathy in Nonprofit Relationships with Carrie Rice

Host Sarai Johnson talks with Carrie Rice about how to approach our relationships in nonprofits - among staff, board, volunteers, funders, and partners - with empathy and genuine concern. Carrie Rice is the brilliant consultant behind Carrie Rice Consulting, where she helps nonprofits solve their problems. Sarai and Carrie discuss how to be generous in our interactions - whether from leadership positions or line staff positions - and everything in between.


Episode 13: The Frenzy of the Activist with Mazarine Treyz

“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for...


Episode 11: Engaging Influencers for Your Organization with Kylie Travers

Kylie Travers talks about how to leverage influencers for your cause by developing strong, long term relationships with them, being specific about what you want and need in that relationship, setting up agreements to work together, and speaking the truth and sharing your stories. Along the way, you’ll learn about Tall Poppy Syndrome, and be exposed to a good lot of Australianisms, which will make your heart soar. And you’ll be smarter for it.


Episode 10: Creating Safe Space Through Communications With David Betke

As nonprofits, we aim to change the world – and we do it through changing one mind at a time. What if we could learn to create conversations that offered greater solutions? What if we could find ways to get to both/and solutions instead of making either/or choices? David Betke of Avatar Brand Management does exactly that, and has for a quarter century. Join him and your host, Sarai Johnson, today as they talk about how to create safe space through communications.


Episode 9: All in the Family with Sarah Puleo

How can nonprofits lead the way in creating family-friendly workplace policies? What can we do in a nation where there is no paid family leave – and rare occasions when unpaid leave is warranted or allowed? How can we join together to create a world where parents get to raise their awesome kids and contribute to changing the world with a nonprofit? For more good stuff from Lean Nonprofit, go to Nonprofits can lead the way in creating a big change when it comes...


Episode 8: How to Make Funders Your Allies

Want to make the world a better place? Let’s learn how to strategically and effectively invest the charitable dollars we have so we can do so.


Episode 7 : Stop Going for Going’s Sake with Lori Bumgardner

It’s the last thing we want to do – but what can we do when we find our organization has worked itself out of a job, or no longer has financial viability to continue? Learn how one organization closed their doors with grace.


Episode 6: Fun with Fraud Prevention and Financial Controls

It’s not talked about all that often, but fraud can and does happen in nonprofits all too often. If you think “trust” is a financial control, you are sorely mistaken. Learn what to watch out for and how to get your nonprofit to a safer, better place when it comes to fraud.


Episode 5: Network Your Way to Success in Fundraising

Fundraisers face a lot of challenges – the least of which is raising huge sums of cash for their organizations. On today’s episode, we’ll explore how you can ensure your success in the development world by making sure you pick the right place to work, build a strong network and think conscientiously about your career.


Episode 4: Aligning Values With Your Work

Hear from my friend and colleague, Michelle Bixler, as she walks us through how she navigated a situation at work where she found herself asked to compromise her values. You'll get five clear ways to make sure you are aligned with your work, and what to do when you're not.


Episode 3: 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Career

A lot of people ask me how I became a consultant for nonprofits. They want to know what I did, what I learned, where I learned it and how, because they have similar goals and dreams. So, today I’ll tell you all about how I got into nonprofit work, how I applied myself, invested in myself, and ended up where I am now, doing what I get to do everyday – help nonprofits build better businesses to get real mission results.


Episode 2: Addicted to Do-Gooding: Workaholism in Nonprofits

Chances are, if you're addicted to work, you think you're helping. But you're not. You're overwatering a plant, overfeeding a cat...killing the thing you love. Get a handle on your workaholism, understand how and why it happens, how to overcome it, and what to do to get your life back.


Episode 1: Overview

No Nonsense Nonprofit is a podcast for nonprofit practitioners and admirers the world over. It exists to provide actionable information that you can use right now in order to do your mission work with more focus, more energy and bigger results. Join Sarai Johnson, of Lean Nonprofit, while she brings you the foremost guests and information to help you be even more amazing.