Nonprofit Vision With Gregory Nielsen

Episode 29: Jennifer Harris: From Fed Up to Well Fed – Conversation Around Fundraiser Turnover

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Nonprofit Vision with Gregory Nielsen presents informative and entertaining conversations spotlighting critical issues in nonprofit leadership and the visionaries who are addressing them.
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Episode 31: Christina Carr: Engaging NextGen Board Leaders
Highly effective Board teams are composed of a diverse group of talented and passionate leaders.  Christina Carr joins Greg to discuss the importance of age diversity on nonprofit Boards and strategies to engage nextgen Board leaders.  
26:07
September 18, 2019
Episode 30: Gary Romano: HR Trends and Hot Topics for Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations face a particularly challenging labor market, at a time when it is critical to attract and retain talent.  Gary Romano joins Greg to discuss HR trends and hot topics for nonprofits.  
29:38
September 11, 2019
Episode 29: Jennifer Harris: From Fed Up to Well Fed – Conversation Around Fundraiser Turnover
Recent articles discuss the high turnover rate of nonprofit fundraising professionals, some even referring to it as a "fundraising exodus."  Jennifer Harris joins Greg to discuss this challenge and ways in which leaders can empower their teams to co-create a more positive, shared culture where individuals feel valued and connected to the mission.   
35:34
August 28, 2019
Episode 28: Jen Bokoff: Elevating Philanthopy's Unheard Voices
While the perspectives and contributions of thought leaders with established platforms are valuable, we must continue to elevate the unheard voices in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership in order to deepen critical conversations and move the sector forward.  Jen Bokoff, Director of Stakeholder Engagement at Candid, joins Greg to discuss her recent article and efforts aimed at lifting up philanthropy's unheard voices.  
36:27
August 21, 2019
Episode 27: Scarlett Hawkins: Building Your Narrative With Audacity
Your nonprofit has a mission that is vital to the community you serve, and you can't afford to be the best kept secret in town!  Scarlett Hawkins, a Senior Consultant in International Development, joins Greg to discuss not just the importance of narrative, but how to add a dash of audacity to build a compelling communication strategy that is embraced by the entire organization.  
32:16
August 14, 2019
Episode 26: Chari Smith: Evaluation Into Action
Highly effective nonprofits leverage the tools of program evaluation to build a culture of continuous improvement.  This allows nonprofit and Board leaders to make better strategic decisions.  Chari Smith joins Greg to discuss the steps necessary to translate evaluation into action for your nonprofit. 
30:21
August 7, 2019
Episode 25: Janeal Ford: The Path to Grant Readiness
Many nonprofit leaders face uncertainty on their journey to mission impact.   In this episode, Janeal Ford joins Greg to discuss the importance of a clear, concise case for support, tips for choosing and working successfully with a grant writer, and guidance on identifying funders with a passion for your mission.
27:04
July 31, 2019
Episode 24: Barr Foundation: Walking a Mile in Grantee Shoes
Following an intentional process of listening to and learning from their grantee partners, the Barr Foundation implemented a series of changes to enhance the relationship between the Foundation and grantees.  Kerri Hurley and Yvonne Belanger join Greg to discuss the importance of a strong relationship between philanthropy and nonprofits, and the efforts of the Barr Foundation to incorporate continuous feedback from their nonprofit partners to effect meaningful change.  
33:26
July 10, 2019
Episode 23: Deepa Iyer: Your Role in a Social Change Ecosystem
Within each nonprofit organization or movement, individuals play a variety of critical roles in pursuit of equity, inclusion, and justice.  Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American activist, writer, and lawyer.  Her areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants, national security and immigration policies, and racial equity and solidarity practices.  Currently, Deepa is a Senior Fellow at the new Race Forward.  Deepa joins Greg to discuss her recent article outlining a framework for understanding the roles you play within your social change ecosystem.  
31:12
June 26, 2019
Episode 22: Rusty Stahl: Fund the People
Nonprofit professionals address complex community challenges each day in an effort to create communities in which everyone can thrive and have their needs met.  However, the profession currently faces a significant deficit of investment in the development of these critical leaders.  As funding challenges grow, leadership investment frequently suffers.  In this episode, Rusty Stahl -- President and CEO of Fund the People -- joins Greg to discuss the importance of leadership investment, tips to engage in this critical dialogue with funders and Board members, and a new Talent Justice Initiative.  
39:53
June 21, 2019
Episode 21: Amy Waninger: Network Beyond Bias
Nonprofit leaders and organizations face continuing challenges in efforts to diversify their boards, better serve their communities, and build sustainable staffing pipelines.  Amy Waninger, CEO of Lead at Any Level, works with organizations that want to build diverse leadership bench strength for a sustainable competitive advantage.  She is the author of multiple books including Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career.  Amy joins Greg to discuss steps nonprofits can take to further their efforts in the areas of diversity and inclusion.   
35:05
June 3, 2019
Episode 20: Skye Mercer: Creating a Promote From Within Culture
Nonprofits operate in a dynamic environment where change is rapid and the need for talent and passion is great.  Skye Mercer is a human resources professional who is passionate about helping organizations create positive, productive work environments.  Skye joins Greg to discuss trends in nonprofit HR and strategies to create a promote from within culture.    
33:31
May 16, 2019
Episode 19: Melissa Russom: Building a Compelling Brand Strategy
What does your brand represent to the community?  Looking to define or evolve your brand strategy?  Melissa Russom is a questioner, storysharer and strategic thinker obsessed with clarifying messaging for maximum (and purposeful) impact.  Melissa shares tools for better understanding your organization's brand, strategies to clarify your messaging, and tips to activate social media ambassadors.   
36:51
May 9, 2019
Episode 18: Dennis Miller: Moppin' Floors to CEO, An Inspirational Leadership Journey
Dennis C. Miller is a nationally recognized strategic leadership coach and executive search consultant with more than 35 years of experience working with nonprofit board leadership and chief executives across the country. Dennis shares with Greg his inspirational journey from hopelessness and failure to happiness and success, a story of overcoming obstacles to achieve success. 
33:37
April 30, 2019
Episode 17: Jaime Campbell: Budgeting to Translate Vision to Reality
Jaime Campbell is the Co-Founder and CFO of Tier One Services, providing outsourced accounting and CFO services for organizations.  Jaime and Greg discuss tips to make the budgeting process collaborative, enjoyable, and ultimately successful in advancing the bold and compelling vision of your nonprofit organization.   
36:44
April 24, 2019
Episode 16: Jarrett Ransom: Developing a Compelling and Achievable Fundraising Plan
Jarrett Ransom, the self-described "Nonprofit Nerd," is the President and CEO of the Rayvan Group.   From start-ups to multi-million dollar charitable organizations, Jarrett has helped create sustainable fundraising strategies for over 20 years.  Jarrett and Greg discuss tips and leading practices for organizations of all sizes to create a compelling and achievable fundraising plan.   
30:34
April 19, 2019
Episode 15: Christine Robertson: Talking Donor Data
Christine Robertson is a Vice President for Wist Data Solutions, helping nonprofits harness data to further their mission.  Christine and Greg discuss leading practices in managing donor data and tips when selecting or transitioning to a donor management system.   
27:19
April 3, 2019
Episode 14: Kyle Kramer: Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation for Nonprofit Leaders
Kyle Kramer is the Executive Director of the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center.  Kyle and Greg discuss mindfulness, meditation, and the many ways in which they can positively impact the health and performance of nonprofit leaders.   
38:17
March 27, 2019
Episode 13: Rebecca Dupras: Addressing Toxic Workplace Culture
Rebecca Dupras is an attorney and former Vice President of Development for a large philanthropic foundation.  Rebecca and Greg discuss the impact of a toxic workplace culture on an individual, organization, and the public trust.  Rebecca shares thoughts and considerations for staff members who find themselves in a similar situation. 
35:49
March 21, 2019
Episode 12: Chuck Brown: Donor Advised Funds and "Zombie Philanthropy"
As a former Development Officer for Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Chuck Brown possesses unique insight into Donor Advised Funds, which he shared in an article entitled "Zombie Philanthropy: What I Learned About Donor-Advised Funds as a Foundation Insider."  Greg and Chuck discuss the growth of Donor Advised Funds, critiques, and potential ways to reform this charitable giving vehicle to more equitably serve communities.  
32:50
March 13, 2019
Episode 11: Vu Le: Addressing Funder Fragility and Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Capacity
 Vu Le is a talented writer, speaker, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.  Vu is also the author of the wildly popular blog nonprofitaf.com.  In this episode, Vu and Greg discuss issues of equity in the nonprofit sector, funder fragility, and the importance of trust as a critical ingredient in building partnerships to address community challenges.  
33:44
March 7, 2019
Episode 10: Sarah Olivieri - Strategic Planning for Impact
Sarah Olivieri is the founder of PivotGround, where she leads her team of digital experts to help human-service nonprofits increase capacity, deliver better programming, attract more funding, and make the world a better place.  In this episode, Sarah and Greg discuss strategic planning for nonprofits, including leading practices, key trends, and potential pitfalls to avoid.  
36:28
February 27, 2019
Episode 9: Barry Wadsworth - Effective Governance in Education
Barry Wadsworth is an educational leader who has served for over 25 years as a teacher, coach, administrator and consultant.  He has comprehensive management experience in schools and districts designing and supporting programs for students from infant/toddler – university levels.  Barry and Greg discuss equity in education and effective Board governance models and practices in education.   
44:59
February 21, 2019
Episode 8: Drew Reynolds: Data-Driven Decision Making For Nonprofits
Drew Reynolds, PhD, is the CEO of Common Good Data Consulting. He advises nonprofit organizations to use data-driven decision-making to secure funding and improve community wellbeing.  Greg and Drew discuss practical ways in which nonprofit leaders can create a positive culture that values data as a critical tool in decision-making.  *Note: apologies for audio issues at the end of the episode.  Cold weather and internet connections don't always mix well!  
28:17
February 5, 2019
Episode 7: Steven Shattuck: Donor Retention and Engagement
Steven Shattuck is Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang.  A prolific writer and speaker, he curates Bloomerang’s sector-leading educational content, and hosts a weekly webinar series which features the top thought-leaders in the nonprofit sector.  Steven and Greg discuss tools and strategies for building lasting relationships with donors.  
36:20
January 29, 2019
Episode 6: Will Myers: Engaging Volunteers and the Profession of Nonprofit Leadership
Will Myers is the CEO of CASA of the River Region.  Listen as Will and Greg discuss the profession of nonprofit leadership, the importance of professional development, and tools for engaging committed volunteers
34:58
January 23, 2019
Episode 5: Clare Wallace: Developing an Authentic Leadership Style as a New Executive
Clare Wallace recently made the transition from Development Director to first-time Executive Director. Learn about Clare’s leadership journey, lessons learned as a new Executive, and thoughts on developing an authentic leadership style.
41:16
December 22, 2018
Episode 4: Positive Psychology for Nonprofit Leaders
Tony Zipple is an experienced nonprofit CEO, consultant, and executive coach. Learn from Tony about positive psychology as an approach to enhancing the happiness and effectiveness of individuals and teams.
33:49
December 11, 2018
Episode 2: Judy Kasey Houlette: Friend For Life Connecting Survivors and Patients
Learn about the fascinating leadership journey of Judy Kasey Houlette. Judy has served as Executive Director of Friend for Life Cancer Support Network since November 2000. Under her leadership, the number of persons served annually by Friend for Life has quadrupled; volunteer numbers and staff hours have tripled. The organization was awarded the Innovative Nonprofit Award by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network in 2009 and the American Cancer Society’s C.A.R.E. Award in 2012.
39:22
December 10, 2018
Episode 3: Paul Robinson: Building Team Culture
Paul Robinson is the President and CEO of Home of the Innocents. He possesses a unique and diverse background as a mission-driven leader of a large nonprofit organization and as a former entrepreneurial business owner. Paul talks with Gregory about his views on building team culture within a nonprofit organization.
45:56
December 10, 2018
Episode 1: Introduction
The very first episode of Nonprofit Vision With Gregory Nielsen.
04:27
December 10, 2018
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