The Nonprofit Lab

The Nonprofit Lab

Welcome to The Nonprofit Lab, a podcast dedicated to the ongoing discovery of how we can all be a part of bigger social change through the lens of the nonprofit sector. Listen in for conversations with nonprofit leaders about their missions, impact, and opportunities for change.


April 17, 2024 40 mins

Learn how Rebecca went from being a community champion, to founding her nonprofit Stable Moments, to replicating and scaling her organization across more than 40 locations across the United States.

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What if you could raise money for a nonprofit by listening to Spotify, going for a walk, or even playing Fortnite? In today's episode, we delve into some really cutting-edge technology in the world of social impact with our guests Mario and Maurizio Hernandez, brothers and founders of Knobl.

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On this episode we interview Carol Hamilton, Principal, Grace Social Sector Consulting, LLC.

Carol helps nonprofits become more strategic and innovative for greater mission impact. She provides organization effectiveness consulting, meeting design and facilitation, and training to organizations.

A strategic thinker, Carol works with teams and organizations to envision and frame their future strategic direction. As you’ll hear she’s...

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It's great to be back! Our latest episode is out now and features Mark Miller, who has helped over 100 nonprofits rebrand their organization from the inside out.

Mark is a brand strategist, Co-Founder and President of Historic, producer of Future Nonprofit Podcast, and author of Culture Built My Brand. People create work culture, culture defines brands, and Mark helps redefine brands.

Listen to learn more about the st...

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February 23, 2024 2 mins

Quick update, where we've been, where we are, and where we're going with the podcast. Thanks for your listenership, we're looking forward to sharing more impactful content with you all soon!

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In this interview we get to know and discuss how Trevor and Erin approach nonprofit consulting and the ways in which they meet their clients where they are to take them where they want to go. Listen for an:

🧠 An inside-glimpse into nonprofit consulting mindsets

🎯 Foundational strategies to achieve fundraising goals

💬 Questions to ask when working towards a big vision

📝 Realistic approaches to achieve ambitious results

🎙️ ...

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In this episode we interview Pamela Davis, CEO of Nonprofits Insurance Alliance and we discuss the technicalities of insurance while spending time discussing the heart of socially conscious leadership. Listen for:

1) A brief history of insurance in the nonprofit sector

2) Recent shifts in coverage availability for nonprofits

3) Policies that all grassroots nonprofits should consider

4) The importance of challenging status quo ...

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On today’s episode we have the privilege of interviewing Nisha Anand, an Indian-American activist, mom of two teenagers, and a boundary-busting national leader for social and racial justice. Once a grassroots activist arrested in Burma for pro-democracy demonstrations, Nisha is known today as a leader in cultivating unlikely and unconventional partnerships to create change. As Dream.Org’s CEO, Nisha guides a team of storytellers, o...

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Our episode today is all about values and my guest is Brenda Boyle.Brenda is all about helping leaders and teams translate their values into specific, simple actions! She spent years in the non-profit and social impact sector. We discuss:

1) Why values are important for organizational culture

2) How to define simple, powerful, actionable values

3) What it means to truly live out values inside and out

4) When clear values can protec...

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We cover a wide variety of topics in this episode, but there’s one recurring theme: generosity is not a commodity. Tim Sarrantonio, a generosity experience designer and Director of Corporate Brand at NeonOne, a nonprofit CRM solution. Listen to this episode as we discuss: 💸 Personal stories painting the reality of fundraising 🤖 The role of AI and tech in digital giving strategies 💥 Why contextual friction can help with online do...
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What makes people give? It's a question that my next guest has obsessed over for more than a decade. Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a fundraising research lab consultancy and training institute that works with charities, nonprofits and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity. Tim and his team at NextAfter and have conducted 5,000+ experiments spanning 600+ millio...

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In this episode we speak with Omondi Peter and cover a broad spectrum of lessons that nonprofits leaders and aspiring change makers can learn from based on stories for how anyone can: 🌍 Translate local nonprofit efforts to global impact 🏃🏽‍♂️ Organically evolve and scale your programming 📱 Use social media to gain support across borders 💚 Connect with authenticity and a growth mindset 🎯 Turn vision into reality through belief...
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In this episode we speak with Stephen Kump, CEO of Charityvest about how they're democratizing Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) and cover: 🏦 What DAFs are and how they work 💙 Why you might consider starting one 💚 How nonprofits can win more DAF grants 🤔 The ethics and misconceptions around DAFs 🙌 The future of collaborative giving through DAFs Charityvest is a donor-advised fund technology company making purposeful generosity more...
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In this episode we speak with Lori Kross Zaska, Founder and Chief Principal of Growth Owl, LLC to understand:

♟️ The playbook to win more corporate sponsorships

📈 What the corporate fundraising landscape looks like

🏢 How nonprofits can navigate corporate sponsorships

💚 Ways to effectively engage corporate decision makers

⭐️ How to personalize and differentiate your nonprofit's ask

Lori brings over 22 years expertise in reve...

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Did you know volunteers are 2x likely to donate to your nonprofit? Listen to Episode 18 of The Nonprofit Lab where I speak with Geng Wang, CEO and Cofounder at Civic Champs to understand:
📋 The capabilities of volunteer management platforms
🦾 How the technology has evolved and is being innovated
🙋🏻‍♀️ Ways nonprofits can convert volunteers into donors
⭐️ What makes an outstanding volunteer experience
📈 The ROI o...

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What, how, and why impact impact measurement is important to improve outcomes for nonprofits, donors, staff, and the communities we serve.

My guest today is Sheri Chaney Jones, co-founder, President and CEO of SureImpact, a case management and impact measurement software company. For more than 20 years, Sheri has applied performance management, evaluation, and organization behavior best practices to non-profit or...

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My guest today is Lucia Kanter St. Amour is the VP for UN Women USA, attorney of 25 years, international negotiation superhero, and bestselling author of For the Forces of Good: The Superpower of Everyday Negotiation.In this episode we go to a lot of places. We’ll learn about Lucia’s journey into the nonprofit sector as a founder, explore the inspiration and lessons learned in her grassroots nonprofit, successes and challenges of b...

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Allison Cousins is an educator and entrepreneur living in St. Louis, Missouri. Recognizing a gap in the availability and access to sports and extracurriculars in her school, Allison dedicated to take action and launched St. Louis City League, a nonprofit on a mission to develop  the  next  generation  of  youth  through engagement in school sports. Founded in 2021, City League  partners  with  middle  schools  in  St.  Louis City  ...

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Aliza Shatzman is the President and Co-Founder of ⁠The Legal Accountability Project⁠, a nonprofit aimed at ensuring that law clerks have positive clerkship experiences, while extending support and resources to those who do not. This episode provides a first-person roadmap through the seat of Aliza to the creation of a new nonprofit mission, a go-to-market strategy for nonprofits, sustainable fundraising approaches, and the approach...

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We actually weren't planning for our conversation to be an episode for The Nonprofit Lab. Laura is one of our key advisors for MatchNice, and I was recording this call to share with my co-founders, but as you’ll hear at the end of the episode I thought her feedback was too good not to share. We run through a variety of status quo practices in the nonprofit sector we’ve uncovered get Laura’s feedback on each. Spoiler alert, it a...

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