Ep 57: You Can Do Hard Things

by Joan Garry

How can you run a nonprofit with so little staff? You want to make a difference with that budget? There is so much hard work to be done – surely you can’t do these hard things, can you? Guess what… you can. Here’s the proof.


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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 budget