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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July 21, 2021 13 min

?We know that a lot of nonprofits we work with have very limited budgets. They are trying to make things work without spending money. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah share their favorite free or low-cost tools available to nonprofits. ?

Here's the list of tools and links to them:

TECHNOLOGY

  • TechSoup (low cost software)? |? https://www.techsoup.org/
  • YouTube (video storage)? |? https://www.youtube.com/
  • Surveymonkey (online survey too...
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    We read an interesting article by Nell Edgington of Social Velocity about power in social change movements. It got us thinking. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about ways that nonprofits give their power away and ways that we can take that power back to better achieve our missions. 

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    At their core, nonprofits exist to build community around important missions. That community needs to be one defined by equity and belonging, where everyone is welcome and seen. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk with Tara Qallaq Ramos about racism and nonprofits and what we can do to build equitable communities.

    Tara is an equity consultant based in Spokane, Washington. She is I?upiaq (Alaska Native) and a survivor of the educat...

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    A nonprofit spends a lot of time growing its database of people, whether that database is an excel spreadsheet or something fancy. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about how to know who is in your community and how best to engage them. They talk about the assumptions we make about people when we give them binary options-- give or don't give-- something that we can fix by expanding what we ask of people. They share ways to ...

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    Effective communication is key to community building. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk generally about ways to think about communication as a way to bring people in to your community. They also break down some practical steps on how to manage your database and cull names out when people aren't engaged. Sarah makes the case for going beyond the binary of inviting people to give (or not), challenging you to think about ways ...

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    April 12, 2021 19 min

     Wildfire season is coming in much of Washington. Other parts of our state face earthquakes and tsunamis. And our friends elsewhere in the country face winter storms, tornadoes, flooding and more. It is hard to set time aside to get ready for something you don't really know when or how it will come. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah give you three steps to put a nonprofit disaster plan in place. They tell you about a new disaste...

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    Hard problems require collaboration. But collaboration is hard! In this episode, Nancy and Sarah share some tips on how to think about collaboration and position yourself to succeed at building strong collaborations. They talk about starting small, building trust, and taking time to shape a relationship that will hold your shared work into the long run. 

    Questions to reflect on before you listen:
    Name a collaboration that you are a p...

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    So many of the nonprofit organizations in our communities are run by volunteers. There is no paid staff moving forward their mission. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah speak to these organizations and how they can be sure to provide both the governance and management functions every organization needs. They point out the challenges these organizations often face, challenges that can be overcome with purpose and intention. 

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    Daffodils are blooming and the days are warmer, and that means that people are starting to think about getting together in person. More specifically, boards are thinking about gathering for a board retreat. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah implore board members not to pull out their old retreat agenda but to use this opportunity to refresh their purpose, culture, and focus. We talk about what a retreat is and isn't. We share ho...

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    We hear about culture a lot, but what does it really mean, and how do we influence it to help us deliver our mission? Nancy and Sarah pull apart what culture is and what makes a culture. Culture is malleable, so they talk about how a small nonprofit can shift its culture to be more inclusive, more learningful, and more reflective of their values. Of course they need to mention the oft-cited quote, "Culture eats strategy for lun...

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    March 5, 2021 57 min
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     In this episode, Nancy and Sarah recognize that fundraising can be overwhelming. Many nonprofit leaders set out with the simple goal of raising more money, which makes it hard to prioritize what to do. In this episode, we provide some focus around four metrics that matter the most. These are numbers that are accessible with any form of database. Having these numbers in mind will help you and your board prioritize your work. 

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    February 1, 2021 20 min


    In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about ways to engage volunteers so they feel more commitment to your organization. Too often nonprofits see volunteers as free labor when in reality they are vital to your movement. Sarah and Nancy share tips for seeing volunteers in a new way and therefore strengthening the role that your volunteer program plays in achieving your mission.

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    February 1, 2021 17 min

    In this episode, Nancy and Sarah consider whether there are aspects of 2020 that we might hold onto in delivering purposeful gatherings in 2021. They talk about the role of purpose in shaping effective gatherings. Zoom has brought an interesting intimacy to our conversations, which can build deeper connections. Because being on Zoom all of the time is stressful, Nancy and Sarah draw on learning research to see how using on demand t...

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    Nancy and Sarah welcome Human Resources expert Skye Mercer to talk about what nonprofit people-- particularly "accidental HR managers" -- should be thinking about as we start 2021. Skye tells us why it is worth our time to get HR right, even if we are an all volunteer organization with no staff. We talk about how to boost morale when so many people are working from home. Skye shares her wish for all nonprofits when it comes...

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    December 14, 2020 17 min

    We’ve been thinking about our 2020 Nonprofit Radio Show conversations, and in today’s episode, we’re each going to share three resolutions for 2021 that we hope your nonprofit will consider.

    There's a lot of value in taking stock of the past year and resolving to do some things differently – even if you don’t meet every resolution perfectly. Setting good resolutions starts with understanding what you’ve learned this past year  a...

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    December 7, 2020 16 min

    In this episode we talk about evaluation and how to measure what matters. With everything a nonprofit needs to do, evaluation is often an afterthought. Our funders expect us to gather data about what we do, so we count heads at our events or use surveys to get feedback. There are a few ways that we can better measure what matters for our organization, giving us the data we need to better tell our story.

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    November 12, 2020 14 min

     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 then talk about three ways to strengthen your board. 

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    October 29, 2020 11 min

    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 so exhausted and what we can do about it.  

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    October 19, 2020 14 min

    In this episode we talk about cloud storage and why it is so important for your organization. Think about it. A disaster destroys your documents and you lose everything. How long would it take you to recreate everything you need to keep your organization running? Consider your financial documents, your board history, your organizational paperwork, etc. It would take a long time--and it may be that you can't replace certain docu...

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