People · Reflection · Strategy

Episode 16: 2021 Nonprofit New Year’s Resolutions

In this episode, Nancy and Sarah reflect on what they learned in 2020 and make a few resolutions for the next year. They share some updates for the Nonprofit Radio Show, including a guest -- Skye Mercer-- joining us in January to talk about HR and a live show taking place February 19, 2021. Questions… Continue reading Episode 16: 2021 Nonprofit New Year’s Resolutions

Boards · People · Strategy

Episode 14: Why have a board?

In this episode we talk about the core purpose of a nonprofit board. We know that boards can be challenging. There is a certain about of tension that comes with having a group of people who don't know each other well making important decisions together. We start by underscoring why our nonprofits have boards and… Continue reading Episode 14: Why have a board?

People · Strategy

Episode 13: Stressed in Unpredictable Times

In this episode we recognize that we are a little stressed out and talk about how we are navigating through these unpredictable times. Nonprofit people know stress. We are used to doing a lot with very little. But there comes a time when stress turns into fatigue which becomes burnout. We explore why we are… Continue reading Episode 13: Stressed in Unpredictable Times

Fundraising · Programs · Strategy

Episode 11: Effective Online Meetings

In this episode we talk about online meetings and how to make them engaging and productive. We break down the key elements of a successful online meeting and give some tips on how to increase engagement. We know that nonprofit people spend a lot of time in meetings--board meetings, staff meetings, event planning meetings, etc.… Continue reading Episode 11: Effective Online Meetings

Fundraising · Programs · Strategy

Episode 10: Good Programs as a Core Strategy

In this episode, we define what we mean by a "good program." We talk about how you know a program is good, and how you can leverage them as a core strategy to strengthen your board, collaborations, and fundraising. The episode is only 11 minutes long. Why not play it for your board and have… Continue reading Episode 10: Good Programs as a Core Strategy

Finance · Strategy

Episode 9: Money–Time for a Six Month Financial Forecast

Money. It is a topic that many of us are thinking a lot about right now. Will we have enough money to get through this crisis? How do we make decisions about money when there is so much uncertainty around us? In this episode, we make the case for why you need a financial forecast… Continue reading Episode 9: Money–Time for a Six Month Financial Forecast

Strategy

Episode 5: What is your North Star? Finding Strategy

Imagine if everyone in your organization had their eyes on the same destination. That's what a strategy gives you. While a strategic plan too often sits on the self, a strategy gives you a practical tool to make decisions and move forward with your board and partners.  Questions to reflect on before you listen: What… Continue reading Episode 5: What is your North Star? Finding Strategy

Finance · Strategy

Episode 2: Building Financial Strength

Today we're talking about the frequently unpopular topic of finance. Nancy, Sarah, and JoAnn explore how we can position our organizations today to be financially stronger tomorrow. Questions to reflect on before you listen: Think about how your board talks about the financial situation of your organization. Is it a comfortable topic? Does everyone engage… Continue reading Episode 2: Building Financial Strength