Nonprofit Innovator Podcast

Nonprofit Innovator Podcast

The Nonprofit Innovator Podcast is a weekly update for nonprofit professionals who are driving innovation at their organization or looking for the ideas and inspiration to make it happen. Co-hosted by Jeff Patrick and Taylor Shanklin, each week the podcast features three stories of inspiring, inventive, and creative organizations that are fundamentally reshaping social impact in the 21st century.... Show More

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This week we’ve got a special episode, the first of a three-part series on Feeding America and their new hunger awareness campaign, called the Face of Hunger. The campaign uses artificial intelligence in a couple of unique ways to help, literally, generate and animate the face of hunger in America. It’s pretty clever stuff and I think you’ll find it really interesting.

To get things started, this week we talk with Catherin... Read more

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This week we’re talking about Behavioral Economics in Individual Giving. It’s a term coined by AI fundraising company Arjuna Solutions that describes how the  AI models work that power their solution for gift array optimization. We get more into the definition, the product, and the real value and benefit for nonprofit individual giving programs in this episode.

Our guests for this week's podcast including Michael ... Read more

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 In this week’s Nonprofit Innovators in AI podcast my podcast partner Taylor Shanklin joins me for a practical sidebar into the question - Is AI real or hype? 

It turns out that plenty of people are making lots of noise about AI in the nonprofit sector. By noise, I mean pitching new products, announcing new applications, getting funding for all of that, and some nonprofits are standing up and saying … we did this with AI a... Read more

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In this week’s episode, we have two segments that delve into deepfake technology. This special edition looks first at two pieces of news that surfaced last week about a scam using deepfake audio that resulted in a UK energy company mistakenly transferring $243,000 to bad guys before it realized that they’d been fooled by a deepfake bot that sounded like the CEO from its company. Confused? Don’t worry, we sort it all out and talk... Read more

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This week we take a virtual trip to Chicago where we have a chat with a company called Narrative Science. Their AI-powered software is pretty clever - it ingests data - think financial data or marketing/fundraising performance data - and it automatically generates stories about the data. In effect, it looks at the data and identifies useful trends, observations, or projections from the chart. It uses AI in the form of natural la... Read more

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This week we talk with the NGO Direct Relief about the AI-powered Facebook Messenger chatbot they successfully fielded for customer service during disaster response events. 

During a natural disaster like Hurricane Maria they field thousands of calls from people with needs ranging from emergency clean water and food to those who want to volunteer, donate, or simply learn more about the organization. Call volume goes u... Read more

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This week we talk with Bill Tedesco, CEO at DonorSearch and Nathan Chappell, President at Futurus Group about the product partnership they announced recently.

Of course, Bill and DonorSearch are well-known in the industry for their donor prospecting tool incorporating the nation's largest philanthropic database and serving 1,000's of nonprofit, higher ed, and foundation organizations. 

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August 12, 2019 49 min

This week we talk with Art Komorov from Wisely, a startup focused on helping major gift officers raise more revenue using AI. Art, based in Toronto is the founder and CEO at Wisely, and a member of Next Canada, an accelerator program for startups. Art gives us the low-down on the Toronto start-up scene ("its frothing"), the twisty-turny path he took to leading a startup by way of public policy and sales at Blackbaud, and... Read more

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August 6, 2019 46 min

Misinformation, disinformation, fake news, deepfake videos, and the big event. We talk with think tank researcher Claire Leibowicz from the Partnership on AI -  the organization formed by the AI leaders at Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, and others. Its mission is to ensure AI technology has a positive impact on the people using it. That's a tall task given the nascent, chaotic, largely unregulated nature of the industry. We ... Read more

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AI is making its way into fundraising at higher education institutions. This week Dana Gresko, from EAB (a Washington DC-based fundraising agency for advancement organizations) shares her insights on how AI is helping tune the direct marketing promotion for alumni communications. 



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This week we’re taking a look at AI and fundraising jobs. We investigate a few key questions: Will AI take away jobs from people, and if so, what kind of jobs? Will AI create new jobs, and if so what kind of jobs? What can nonprofit employees do to make their role and career better suited to an AI-focused future? 



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Meet Matt Spaulding, CEO and Founder at Givvn. We talk Messenger giving bots, making the ask for recurring monthly gifts within a chatbot session, what it takes for a nonprofit to set up a giving bot, pricing, and the potential pitfalls of the technology. 



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Join us for a look at "The Dawn of Robot Surveillance" report as we interview author Jay Stanley from the ACLU. The wide-ranging and fascinating discussion covers the following:

  • Video Analytics: The new era of video analytics that has seen previously mostly dumb surveillance cameras become smart by bolting on deep learning AI technology to analyze the video.

  • New Techniques: A half dozen new tec... Read more

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  • In this week's episode, we feature a special interview with CEO of Futurus Group, Nathan Chappell.  The Futurus Group is using artificial intelligence to help organizations fundraise. 

    We also recapped one breaking story on the ACLU's release of The Dawn of Robot Surveillance report.





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    In this week's episode, we did a deep dive on deep fake videos created through artificial intelligence technology.

    A recent flurry of deep fake videos has gotten federal lawmakers' attention in the runup to the 2020 elections. In this episode, we explain deep fakes including:


  • Why deep fake media - video and audio - pose such a big threat to government, elections, business, and nonprofits. Read more

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  • In this special episode, we interview and discuss AI for Fundraising.  We featured three different products for nonprofit fundraising that are powered by artificial intelligence.  And, we had a special guest, Dave Linn, COO of the Generosity Series join us.

    Story / Interview  #1: Gravyty and their work in major giving

    Story / Interview  #2: Arjuna for direct marketing fundraising

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    In this week's episode, our theme is AI in education.  Jeff Patrick and special guest, Charis Loveland, discuss these three charities in-depth. They are changing the landscape in education with their focus on AI.

    Story #1: Quill a website that provides free online education tools to low-income students, uses deep learning to automate grading and give instant feedback.

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    This week we’re jumping on a breaking story about AI in government, and namely, a new bi-partisan bill that promises $2 billion in federal spending on AI. Lightly sticking to our show format, we’ll break it into three parts.

    Therefore, this week we have a little twist on our usual format:

    Part 1: The critical areas the budget and bill promise to address

    Part 2: What the Bill actually includes

    Pa... Read more

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    Theme: This week we’re looking at three winners of the Google AI Impact Challenge who are all nonprofits using AI in Health applications.

    Story #1: Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit that connects people experiencing a crisis with ... Read more

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    In this episode, we shift our focus exclusively to AI, and we bring three stories that are centered around AI called Generative Adversarial Networks.

    Story #1: Malaria Must Die's global campaign featuring a deep fake of David Beckham eclipsed 400 million impressions globally. The campaign features international soccer star, David Beckham in a video where malaria survivors speak through him in different languages. ... Read more

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