Using the Whole Whale - A Nonprofit Podcast

Using the Whole Whale - A Nonprofit Podcast

Nonprofit News, Tech & Marketing Stories


May 22, 2024 45 mins

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In this episode of the Whole Whale Podcast, host George Weiner sits down with Seth Godin, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and founder of, to discuss how nonprofits can innovate their fundraising strategies and engage donors more effectively.

Seth introduces the concept of positive auctions, a new approach to fundraising where every bid i...

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📌 This week on the Nonprofit News Feed: Join George Weiner, Chief Whaler at Whole Whale, and Nick Azulay, Digital Strategist, as they dive into the latest developments affecting the nonprofit sector.

🔹 Special Guest: Get insights from Seth Godin on raising over $70,000 through positive auctions with 🔹 AI Advancements: Discover the implications of OpenAI's GPT-4.0 and Google's new AI-driven search overviews for nonp...

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Episode Summary: Navigating Google's Core Update and Nonprofit Impacts

In this episode of the Nonprofit News Feed, George Weiner, Chief Whaler of Whole Whale, and Nick Azoulay, Digital Strategist at Whole Whale, delve into the recent Google core update and its implications for nonprofits. They also cover other significant news, including personnel changes at the Gates Foundation and new grant opportunities from Amazon Web Services.


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**Embracing the Seasons of Change: A Fresh Perspective on Nonprofit Growth with Michael Randel**

In an enlightening episode of our nonprofit-focused podcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Randel, the visionary founder and director of Randel Consulting Associates. Michael, a distinguished member of the nonprofit ISD network, shared his innovative framework known as the "Seasons of Change," offering a fresh lens throug...

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May 7, 2024 20 mins

🌟 Episode Highlight: Adapting to Google's Algorithm Updates and the Power of AI in Nonprofit Marketing

In the most recent episode of Whole Whale's nonprofit news feed, George Weiner, Chief Whaler, alongside digital strategist Nick Pazerle, embarked on a comprehensive discussion beginning with the pressing challenges presented by Google's recent core updates. These updates, particularly those in October 2023 and March 2024, have si...

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**Whole Whale Podcast Episode: Innovations, Advocacy, and the Future of Nonprofit Strategy**

In this enlightening episode of the Whole Whale Podcast, George Weiner, alongside digital strategist Nick Azoulay, unravels a series of compelling updates and discussions that span the gamut of nonprofit innovation, legal advocacy, and strategic insights aimed at navigating the dynamic landscape of the nonprofit sector.

**Whole Whale's Goog...

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  📍  📍 So I want to play something for you, but first want to call out that in 1905, John Philip Sousa predicted that recordings like the   📍 phonograph would lead to like the demise, the ruining.  Of music. So I'm going to play this real quick.

  📍  📍  📍  📍  I've been writing till my thoughts expired Found soul in the tunes I've spun  Lost it to the code and data 

There's no telling where my songs have been  Been wondering ...

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Legislation Impacting Nonprofits: A Mixed Bag of Pros and Cons

This week's focus begins with a dive into the Kids Online Safety Act (COSA), legislation aimed at enhancing online protections for minors. Despite its bipartisan support and backing by over 200 organizations, COSA has sparked controversy among nonprofits, with debates centering around free speech concerns and the subjective nature of "harmful con...

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The Giving Block makes accepting Bitcoin donations easy with the #1 crypto solution for nonprofits, charities, universities, and faith-based organizations. We make fundraising cryptocurrency easy for nonprofits. Discover why cryptocurrency is the fastest-growing donation method for Millennial and Gen-Z donors.


This podcast discusses the current state and future potential of cryptocurrenc...

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**This Week's Highlights: Tax Deductions and Corporate Philanthropy Shifts**

Welcome back to the Nonprofit News Feed with your hosts, George Weiner, Chief Whaler of Whole Whale, and Digital Strategist Nick Azulay. This week, we dive into the misconceptions surrounding charitable donations and tax deductions, and explore the evolving landscape of corporate philanthropy.

**Myth-Busting Tax Deductions in Charita...

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Headline: AI's Impact on Nonprofit Sector: Language Translation, Education, and Philanthropy Trends

This week on Nonprofit News Feed, George Weiner and Nick Azoulay of Whole Whale discuss the potential implications of AI-powered language translation for the nonprofit sector, survey data on AI adoption in nonprofits, and optimistic predictions for philanthropic giving in the coming years.

The conversation kicks...

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### Nonprofit News Roundup: Mackenzie Scott's Millions, Catholic Charities Under Fire, and the Battle for DEI

🎙️ **Mackenzie Scott's Philanthropic Impact and the Nonprofit Lottery** In this episode of the nonprofit newsfeed, your hosts George and Nick from Whole Whale dive into Mackenzie Scott's latest philanthropic move, where she donated a staggering $640 mil...

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Inside the Movement to Ban Lab-Grown Meat | Mother Jones  

Nonprofits like the Good Food Institute are stepping into the fray, advocating against bans on cell-cultured meats and pushing for progress in alternative proteins, arguing that stifling this nascent industry could hinder innovation and fails to advance health or safety. These organizations emphasize the potential environmental benefits of lab-grown meats, considering the s...

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  • George Weiner and Nick Azulay of Whole Whale discuss various topics including a milestone for Whole Whale's YouTube account, the first nonprofit-backed satellite launched into space, election concerns for nonprofits, and a nonprofit initiative to eliminate medical debt.
  • The Environmental Defense Fund's MethaneSAT, the first nonprofit satellite, aims to map methane emissions globally.
  • Nonprofits are prepari...
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The episode covers the Open AI lawsuit filed by Elon Musk, the NYPD mandated to change protest response tactics, the rise of anti-DEI bills in several states, the history of Women's History Month, and ends with a lighthearted dad joke. The hosts also discuss the behind-the-scenes tactics of editing and adapting content for YouTube and share their thoughts and insights on various nonprofit-related topics.

The Clash Over Nonp...

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Title: Nonprofit News Highlights: IVF Information, NRA Verdict, and Deforestation Crisis

In this week's edition of Nonprofit News Feed, we dive into three major stories that are making headlines in the nonprofit sector. From the legal implications of IVF to the NRA's guilty verdict, and the alarming increase in deforestation, these stories highlight the ongoing challenges and opportunities for nonprofi...

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**Nonprofit News Digest: Honoring Jimmy Carter, ESG & B Corps Scrutiny, and a Homeless Advocacy Victory**

This week's episode of the Nonprofit News Feed, hosted by George Weiner, Chief Whaler of Whole Whale, and Digital Strategist Nick Azulay, celebrates President's Day with a tribute to former President Jimmy Carter's legacy in the nonprofit sector. The conversation also delves into current challenges facing ESG frameworks a...

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Nonprofit Gets Their Feet Wet With Jesus-Themed Super Bowl Spots

A 60-second ad spot and an additional 15-second spot for the ad campaign “He Gets Us” made a stir for being among the largest ad buys for a registered charity. The ads featured images of people washing the feet of others within diverse circumstances and environments and closed with an acknowledgment of Jesus’ non-discriminatory feet washing.


The nonprofit behind t...

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How The Nonprofit Sector Lost Out On $17 Billion In The Soon-To-Lapse Charitable Deduction Act

In a giving season when many smaller and medium-sized nonprofit organizations wonder about how to retain and expand their small-dollar donors in relation to stagnant donations, perhaps one of the more salient solutions is about to expire. House Resolution (H.R.) 3435, better known as the “Charitable Act,” (see also S. 556) is soon to meet...

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Nonprofit Newsfeed Highlights: GoFundMe's Charitable Gap, Ocean Cleanup Concerns, and AI's Role in Preserving Indigenous Languages

GoFundMe's Charitable Chasm Exposed In this episode, George Weiner delves into the disparities in GoFundMe's distribution of disaster funds. A New York Times analysis revealed that households with incomes over $150,000 received 28% more aid than those under $75,000 after the 2021 Marshall fire. This gap...

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