Nonprofit Lowdown

Communicating with Clarity with Leah Bonvissuto

An episode of Nonprofit Lowdown

By Rhea Wong
This is Nonprofit Lowdown where I review and recommend the best ideas, resources, tools, tricks and tips to run your nonprofit like a pro!
Available on 11 platforms
Intentional Leadership with Erica Hamilton
Joyful.  Thought-provoking.  Truth-telling.  Join me for this wide-ranging conversation with Erica Hamilton.  Erica shares her wisdom and perspective as an expert leader, manager and "nonprofit whisperer."  We talk about the women of color tax, the benefits of saying NO and how to survive and thrive as a nonprofit executive.  A must-listen for current and aspiring nonprofit execs!
37:11
April 18, 2019
Leading as Women of Color with Dianne Morales
Hold onto your hats because Dianne is about the blow the roof off.  #Realtalk: we're addressing some of the elephants in the room about why it can be so exhausting to be a woman of color in the top job.  Dianne is the Executive Director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods and has been wildly successful in her role.  So, what did she do when she was told she was "flying too close to the sun"?  What emotional labor does it take to do the work every day?  Please let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments.  
35:30
April 11, 2019
History of Philanthropy with Micah McElroy
I LOVED this interview with Columbia University doctoral candidate Micah McElroy.  Micah is pursuing his PhD in the history of philanthropy in the US and we delve into all sort of interesting historical examples of philanthropy in America.  What cycles of wealth and philanthropy are we seeing today?  Can we expect Jeff Bezos to lift the rock upon which he stands?  Let me know what you think in the comments!
30:08
April 4, 2019
How to Create a Data-Driven Culture with Emily Hicks-Rotella
We all talk about it, but how do you achieve it?  Join me in my conversation with Emily Hicks-Rotella of Make Tech Work For You.  Get control of your data and digital life, slay those tech phobias and find actionable ways to become a data-driven organization.  
26:53
March 28, 2019
How to Prep for an Audit with Howard Cohen
What to expect when you're conducting your first audit?  If you're like most EDs, dealing with the financial side is just a wee bit mysterious.  Join me as I chat with Howard Cohen CPA, Partner of Mazars to learn about how to prepare for your audit, what best practices you can implement in a small shop and how to be BFF with your accountants.  Click here to get in touch with Howard for your next audit.
33:36
March 21, 2019
Communicating with Clarity with Leah Bonvissuto
Did you know that 93% of all communication is non-verbal?  How do you incorporate feedback about your communication and still stay true to yourself?  Join me as we talk with Leah Bonvissuto, founder of Present Voices to learn about how to communicate with power and intention.
36:27
March 14, 2019
What We Wish We Had Known with Brooke Richie-Babbage
Join me and my dear pal Brooke Richie-Babbage for this super-intimate and #realdeal convo about what we wish we had known before becoming Executive Directors.  Brooke was the Founder and Executive Director of the Resilience Advocacy Project for ten years at the ripe old age of 28.  We talk about the emotional labor of leadership, what we learned the hard way and some of our biggest lessons learned.  This is a must-listen for new leaders!
37:11
March 7, 2019
Episode 23-Board Management and Raising $$ with David King
Today I'm chatting with David King, President of Alexander Haas, a fundraising consulting firm.  We discuss how to build and manage a giving board, how to hire development staff and some future trends in philanthropy.  David brings a wealth of experience to the convo along with some good ol' Southern charm. Check out Alexander Haas here.
40:41
February 28, 2019
Episode 22-Your Purpose and DEI work with Jovian Zayne
This is a wide-ranging conversation with Jovian Zayne, leader, activist, coach and DEI expert.  Diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind for so many leaders, but how do even get started?  Don't miss this episode! https://www.jovianzayne.com/ #DEI #nonprofit #leadership
39:34
February 21, 2019
Episode 21-Taking Your Brand to the Next Level with Emily Heyward
DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!  I'm sitting down with my pal Emily Heyward, co-founder of Red Antler to talk about launching iconic brands.  Emily is the genius behind Casper, Birchbox, Allbirds, to name a few.  What can this brand whisperer teach the nonprofit community?  You will rethink your brand after this chat. https://redantler.com/
25:27
February 14, 2019
Episode 20-What Funders Think with Carol Argento
Join me in today's conversation with Carol Argento, VP of the Charles Hayden Foundation.  What are program officers really looking for?  How important are connections in getting funded?  What makes a great site visit?  
25:35
February 7, 2019
Episode 19-The Real Deal with NYC Real Estate with Andrew Chase
For my peeps who have to negotiate new office space in NYC, I've got two words for you: loss factor.  It will make you crazy.   Join me and Andrew Chase, commercial real estate broker at Cushman and Wakefield, to discuss negotiating leases, where to find the best deals in NYC (spoiler alert: there aren't any except for one surprise location in Manhattan), how to understand the mythical "loss factor" and usable square footage and how to estimate your space needs for today and tomorrow.   You thought NYC real estate was nuts?  Well, you are correct, my friend.  Andrew is here to shed some light on what to expect. Check Andrew Chase out here and get in contact with him here.  Tell him Rhea sent you:)
27:46
January 30, 2019
Episode 18-How to exit the ED role gracefully with Kelley Perkins
For all of my ED peeps out there.  My guest is Kelley Perkins, former ED of the Read Alliance.  We share some of our lessons learned about leaving the big job. If you're thinking about transitioning out, check out this episode for advice about leaving gracefully and setting your successor up for success.   #nonprofitmanagement #nonprofitleadership
33:20
January 24, 2019
Episode 17-Blockchain and Social Good Use Cases with Thomas Rush
Join me in today's conversation with Thomas Rush, Head of Platform of Consensys.  What is blockchain?  How can it be used in nonprofit/social enterprise use cases. For more information, check out Litepaper.
27:40
January 17, 2019
Episode 16-Digital Storytelling with Deroy Peraza
My oh my!  Don't miss this episode that is loaded--I mean SUPER-MEGA-LOADED--with amazing tips about marketing, digital story-telling and engaging your online audiences.  I'm sitting with Deroy, co-founder of Hyperakt who leads his team of Hyperaktivists in helping social impact orgs tell their stories through beautiful, compelling visuals. To get hyperaktive, check out: Hyperakt Some other sites that Deroy likes: Vera Institute of Justice, Outrider and The Pudding
42:03
January 10, 2019
Episode 15-Getting Control of Your Nonprofit with Sarah Olivieri
Happy 2019, friends!   In order to start the year off right, I'm chatting with Sarah Olivieri, founder of PivotGround about how to optimize, maximize and do more with less.  She discusses great tools and strategies to use when time and resources are limited.  Quick note: the audio quality on this is not great, but the content is really worth it!  Also, here's where to find Sarah: Pivot Ground Here is a link to a video overview of an Impact Strategy™:  Here is a link to an article on using the accountability chart with a download for the template: 
30:21
January 3, 2019
Episode 14-Sticky HR situations with Chip Fournier
Whether we like it or not, dealing with sticky HR situations is part of the job.  Join me as we chat with HR law expert Chip Fournier about best practices in HR and how keep an employee termination from terminating your nonprofit.  
28:17
December 21, 2018
Episode 13-Generosity and Fundraising with Jennifer McCrea
Join me as I talk with Jennifer McCrea: writer, speaker, teacher and master fundraiser. What are the blocks that you're putting in the way of your fundraising? How do we help ourselves and others access a mindset of abundance and grace when combining resources? Are you attached or committed to your donors? For more about Jennifer, please visit: jennifermccrea.com To get her book, visit: https://amzn.to/2UIbDgt
34:04
December 13, 2018
Episode 12-Salesforce Implementation with Staci Rice
Salesforce--it's not just a database, it's a lifestyle choice. Join me as we chat with Staci Rice of Idlewild Consulting to discuss how to implement Salesforce to track your outcomes. Take your relationship with data from "it's complicated" to "happily married." You can find Staci and her rockstar team at www.idlewildinc.com
39:08
December 6, 2018
Episode 11-The ABCs of Your Nonprofit Financials with Freda Gimpel
Do budgets, spreadsheets and projections have you running for the hills? Don't be scared! Freda is here to help, especially for those of us who aren't accountants! Listen to nonprofit finance pro Freda Gimpel about how to understand and present your financials. Don't miss her tips about how to best present financials to your board! For more information about Freda, email her at fredakate@yahoo.com
33:14
November 29, 2018
Episode 10-Being a Better Boss with Radical Candor
Happy Thanksgiving to all! In this week's episode, I review Radical Candor which gives you a framework to be both caring and candid with your people. Enjoy your turkey!
06:54
November 21, 2018
Episode 9-Foundation Fundraising with Jane Geever
Just in time for Thanksgiving and #givingtuesday! Join me and this master class with Jane Geever, President of JC Geever. She's been fundraising in New York City for over 40 years and wrote the book on grantwriting (literally!) Tune in to hear some of her insights on foundation fundraising. For more information on JC Geever, check out jcgeever.com To purchase the book on grantwriting, visit: https://amzn.to/2DBvSY5
29:17
November 13, 2018
Episode 8-Putting the Fun in Fundraising with Cleo Cavolo
Ok, kids, hold onto your hats because master fundraiser Cleo Cavolo is coming in hot! She shares with us all of her wisdom that helped her achieve 20% year over year growth, how to talk to your board members about raising money and the future of philanthropy. Don't miss this one! For more information about Cleo and her firm, check out: https://reyespartners.co/ #nonprofit #fundraising #cleoisagenius
38:49
November 7, 2018
Episode 7-The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Nonprofit
I'm joined once again by John Rinaldi to talk about our shared obsession with Marie Kondo. Listen in to how applying The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up can be applied to your nonprofit. https://amzn.to/2JonR8X
11:41
October 29, 2018
Episode 6-Your Admin is the Robin to your Batman
Today's podcast features my guest, John Rinaldi. As busy executives, have you ever wondered how to find a good admin to turbocharge your impact? What makes for a good relationship with your admin? Tune in with my friend and career administrator, John Rinaldi and learn how to create a beautiful relationship.
11:53
October 24, 2018
Episode 5-Get out of Advice Mode and into the Coaching Habit
Hey folks! In this week's episode, I review The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier. Ever get into the mode of trying to "fix" people by piling on advice and knowledge? How can you help people shift out of their own obstacles for success? As a leader, I believe we can all listen more and talk less: Get your copy here: https://amzn.to/2CLG5ko
08:32
October 15, 2018
Episode 4-Finding Your Purpose with Lara Galinsky
Podcast friends, join me for this tasty snack with the wise and wonderful Lara Galinsky. Have you ever wondered what your unique contribution to this planet will be? Do you know what lights up your soul? Listen in to help you gain clarity about what your life's purpose is. Lara is a coach, entrepreneur and author. Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact https://amzn.to/2E64IcT Work on Purpose: https://amzn.to/2NvQyRL https://www.laragalinsky.com/
42:32
October 8, 2018
Episode 03-Getting the Word Out About Your Nonprofit
On this episode, we talk to Jeff Simmons of Anat Gerstein, the go-to PR and communications agency for nonprofits in New York. Listen in for -Free or low-cost ways to drive awareness -Avoid basic mistakes -Tips to pitch your nonprofit to the media www.anatgerstein.com
23:04
September 26, 2018
Episode 2: Creating Culture
"Culture eats strategy for breakfast." -Peter Drucker Ever wonder how to create positive organizational culture and how to root out negative culture? What about those pockets of dissent? In this week's episode, I review Tribal Leadership and how to intentionally upgrade your culture.
08:26
September 17, 2018
Episode 1-Hiring better
In this podcast, I share interviews with top social entrepreneurs, books, tips, tools and concepts that will help you to excel in the business of nonprofit. In this episode, I review Who: The A Method for Hiring to help create a process to recruit, screen and hire people better. Let me know how it goes! To purchase (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2wUI6oU
06:50
September 10, 2018
Make your own podcast for free with Anchor!