Ep 49: How To Make 2018 a Whole Lot Better

nonprofits are messy

Good riddance, 2017!

For many of us, this past year was challenging. I myself faced personal and professional challenges that I would have never seen coming including, but not limited to, my wife’s emergency brain surgery.

But now it’s time to think ahead to 2018. What can we do to make this year a whole lot better? What is within our control (and what do we need to relinquish control of) to become more well rounded people, more effective and empathetic leaders who empower others to also be their best selves.

This podcast is about resolving to bounce back – victories and challenges notwithstanding. It’s about living in a world of unease while keeping your passion and desire to improve it — alive and well.

In this episode, I share, not resolutions but, “15 things worth a shot in 2018”. These non-resolutions have three things in common. They are doable, universal, and meaningful.

In this episode:

  • Why you should listen to people you disagree with
  • A great way to get more buy-in
  • Are you guilty of lateral violence?
  • How can you use data to guide your decisions?
  • Why Elsa, the princess in Frozen, had it right
  • Why I just can’t get enough of Kermit the Frog

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How Nonprofits Should React to the New Tax Law

new tax law

Is the new tax law making your anxious? You’re not alone. Will our worst fears be realized and way fewer people will donate? Or simply donate less? Or will philanthropists now have more to give? Time will tell. But here’s some advice on how you can get proactive and put yourself in the best position to succeed…

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Ep 48: Building a Culture of Gratitude


A strong leader builds an organizational culture of gratitude. It impacts your staff, board, volunteers, donors, and more. But how do you do it? And when?

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It’s Time to Hire Your First Development Staffer

first development

Congrats! Your nonprofit is ready to make its first development hire. Who exactly should you be looking for? My downloadable job description should help.

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Ep 47: How to Engage Millennials (with Abra Annes)

engage millennials

How do we engage millennials and get them to support causes we care about, and that we hope they care about too? That’s the topic of today’s podcast…

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The Roles and Responsibilities of the Board Chair and Executive Director


Let me break it down for you: The roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director, the board chair, and the grey area where you need to work together.

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Ep 46: Strategic Program Design (with Lindsay Hoffman)

program design

Too often, nonprofits become distracted by the newest and shiniest programming. This can cause big opportunities to be missed. Lindsay Hoffman explains…

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