Nonprofit Radio Show

Nonprofit Radio Show

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

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August 10, 2022 18 min

There is a world of help available to nonprofits. The question is how to access the kind of help you need when you need it! In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk through a list of who is available to help nonprofits. They highlight how these types of help might be most useful. Who do you find most helpful? Let us know. 

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How do we make sure our boards are fully functioning in a joyful, productive way? In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk to nonprofit staff members about what they can do to support their board as they build a movement for their mission. They talk about three ways staff members can help boards today: time, job roles, and communication. 

This is the second in a two-part series on boards. Nancy and Sarah shared tips for board members ...

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How do we make sure our boards are fully functioning in a joyful, productive way? In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about why nonprofits have a board and what boards need to focus on to build a movement for their mission. They talk about what governance means in every day language, and how a board is accountable to their community, their purpose, and the organization. This is the first in a two-part series on boards. Nancy and ...

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Nonprofit Radio Show co-host Sarah Brooks has a new job as Executive Director of the Methow Conservancy in Eastern Washington.  In this episode, Nancy asks Sarah about leadership transition and building a movement during the turbulence of 2022. Have you recently changed jobs? How would you answer these questions?

(Read about the Methow Conservancy's recent work returning land to the Colville Tribe.)

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May 10, 2022 22 min

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. 

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April 19, 2022 18 min

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 ...

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April 7, 2022 22 min

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 ...

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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 strengt...

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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. Ultim...

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February 14, 2022 21 min

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...

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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...

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January 9, 2022 18 min

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 ...

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December 21, 2021 18 min

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.

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December 5, 2021 21 min

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.

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November 19, 2021 33 min

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 ...

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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? 

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October 19, 2021 23 min

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? 

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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? 

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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 peopl...

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September 14, 2021 21 min

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? 

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