Advocacy

Episode 7: Advocacy: Your Voice a Little Louder

When policymakers hear your voice on issues in front of them, they are better able to do their jobs. They hear the impact of decisions on your work, the stories of people impacted by policies, and opportunities to do better by your community. Nonprofits are directly impacted by decisions being made at the local, state,… Continue reading Episode 7: Advocacy: Your Voice a Little Louder

People

Episode 6: Working with People: Compassion, Connection, and Culture

Whatever our mission is, ultimately our work is about people. We work with people, our boards are made up of diverse people with different interests, and we engage people as clients or participants in our programs. As we release this episode, many nonprofits are returning to work after being out of the office due to… Continue reading Episode 6: Working with People: Compassion, Connection, and Culture

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

People

Episode 4: Making Space for Conversations about Racism

We recorded this episode the week of George Floyd’s funeral. We acknowledge the need to address what is happening in our communities today. We did not tape our usual banter about nonprofit topics. We took the week to be in conversation with each other and people in our communities on racism, privilege, and what we… Continue reading Episode 4: Making Space for Conversations about Racism

Boards

Episode 3: Engaging Your Board When You Can’t Meet

It is hard to get your board fully engaged in the best of times. How are you supposed to do it when you can't meet? Sarah, Nancy, and JoAnn answer that, sharing some tips on ways to bring your board together when they can't meet in person. If you follow some of these suggestions, you… Continue reading Episode 3: Engaging Your Board When You Can’t Meet

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

Fundraising

Episode 1: Fundraising in Uncertain Times

We raise money to achieve our mission. It is hard to raise enough money in good times, and COVID just made fundraising even harder. Join Nancy, Sarah, and JoAnn for a conversation about how to reach out to donors. Question to reflect on before you listen: What words come to mind when you think about… Continue reading Episode 1: Fundraising in Uncertain Times