Ep 57: You Can Do Hard Things

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The TV icon and a personal hero of mine is Mr. Rogers. His mom once told him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Whether you are a CEO of an international organization, or a helper who is just starting out, my aim has been to support all kinds of helpers across all sectors of the ideological spectrum.

This podcast delves into what it takes to make daunting tasks doable for nonprofit leaders and it showcases the efforts of a handful of passionate committed people who have done their part to change the world. Consider it a big dose of nonprofit inspiration.

Last year I created the Nonprofit Leadership Lab to support these efforts and in so doing realized the benefit has been mutual. Today, I’d like to share some of what I have learned over this past year from board and staff leaders of small-but-mighty nonprofits in the Nonprofit Leadership Lab who are committed to cause, community, and to being the voice of the voiceless.

After hearing their stories, I came up with the top five things they all have in common. Do you have these things in common too?

In this episode

  • What is the #1 challenge nonprofit leader’s face?
  • How long does it take to build a board?
  • Me, raise money?
  • How can I build an audience given everything else I have to do?
  • Is there a way to get help and support on a low budgetContinue Reading

The Best Nonprofit Career Advice I Ever Got

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It turns out I have a pretty mixed track record when it comes to giving career advice. A story for another day. But you know who gives the best career advice? My wife. And the advice she once gave me is a perfect example…

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Ep 56: Anatomy of a Crisis (with Emily Klehm)

When a major crisis hit – an employee had been mugged at gunpoint and a dog stolen – Emily Klehm stepped up big time as the leader of the South Suburban Humane Society. But she never could have guessed what would happen next.

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My Big Fundraising “AHA” Moment

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There was a very specific moment in my career that completely altered my view of fundraising. It’s connected to Don King, the boxing promoter. And it changed everything.

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Ep 55: The Nonprofit Sector Has Serious Money Hangups (with Belinda Rosenblum)

Do you get anxious asking people for donations? How much salary should the leader of a nonprofit make? How do you feel about wealthy people? The answers to these questions all come down to your deeply rooted feelings about money. How can we recognize and understand these feelings so we can make them more productive?

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The 5 Pillars of a Thriving Nonprofit

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Leading a nonprofit can feel completely overwhelming. It helps to have a clear roadmap. Here are the 5 pillars that every thriving nonprofit focuses on.

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The Case of the Clueless New Board Member

How do you set a clueless new board member up for success, as someone who understands and appreciates his or her fundraising obligation?

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