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The business of vulnerability

The business of vulnerability

By Blake Kohler
Hear about how organizations and individuals around the world are serving vulnerable individuals.
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8 Pillars of a Successful Nonprofit

The business of vulnerability

8 Pillars of a Successful Nonprofit

The business of vulnerability

Reconnecting with nature during vulnerable times w/ Kendra Penry @ Stokes Nature Center
Millions of people set about to reconnect with nature during 2020 and nature focused nonprofits around the country fought to adapt to a new normal that saw an increase in need with a decrease in direct funding. Kendra Penry the executive director of the Stokes Nature Center - a nonprofit nature center in Logan, Utah joined the podcast to talk about the challenges of getting people outside without being able to physically connect with them. 
July 19, 2021
Personalized mental health care for students w/ Katherine Grill @ Noelth
Katherine Grill the CEO/Co-Founder of Noelth joins the podcast to share the remarkable work her team at Noelth is doing to help students utilize technology to improve their mental health. Learn about how their fighting stigma, how they got started, and areas you can help the young people in your life deal with mental health challenges. 
June 2, 2021
The CompassionEquation w/ Dr. Stephen Trzeciak @ Cooper University Healthcare
Empathy + Action = Compassion. Dr. Trzeciak shares how this simple equation can help reduce burnout, improve your life and provide better outcomes for patients, clients, and customers around the world. Learn about the amazing science behind his hit new book Compassonomics and how a focus on compassion is driving him to new and exciting areas of research. 
May 26, 2021
Investing in digital mental health tools for youth with Allyson Plosko @ Telocity
Allyson Plosko the Director of Telocity stops by to share why they are investing in startups building digital tools to help young adults with their mental health. She talks about some of the work their portfolio companies are doing, how COVID has affected their work and how we can all work to reduce the stigmas around mental health. 
May 19, 2021
What is VHL? W/ Chandra Clark @ VHL Alliance
Chandra Clark the Executive Director at the VHL Alliance swings by to help increase our awareness of the rare chronic disease: VHL or von Hippel-Lindau disease. Take a listen to learn how this disease effects individuals, how the alliance is helping and how you can help. 
May 12, 2021
Embracing millennial giving in a corporate setting with Rachel Klausner @ Millie
Organizations all over the world are trying to figure out how to boost engagement at work, reduce burnout and increase retention of their best employees. What if one simple program could help you do all of that just by helping your employees give some of their own money to the causes they care about?  Rachel Klausner, the Founder of Millie (, joins the podcast to share how the Millie platform is helping organizations from the largest to the smallest start a charitable giving program without all of the stress. 
May 5, 2021
Helping vulnerable groups own their own healthcare journey with Kistein Monkhouse @ Patient Orator
Kistein Monkhouse, the CEO & founder of ​Patient Orator​, joins the podcast to share how her team is using a mobile app to help underserved patients document their medical symptoms to empower their voices in their healthcare experience.
April 13, 2021
Housing for the bottom billion w/ Annie Brannon @ New Story
Annie Brannon, the Brand Director for New Story, joins the podcast to share the amazing work New Story is doing to help end homelessness on a global scale. Learn more about the communities they're building in Latin America, why they're tackling homelessness outside of the US and how you can help house a person each year!
April 6, 2021
Helping men find meaning and purpose in life w/ Art Wilson @ People's City Mission
Art Wilson, Curtis Center Director at People's City Mission in Lincoln, Nebraska, shared a few minutes of his day to help us understand the amazing work that his team at the Curtis Center does to help men experiencing homelessness. We talk about the programs they offer, the challenges that have come from COVID and how they're helping people make better decisions while offering them housing. 
March 31, 2021
Helping women have a seat at the table w/ John Hart @ The Impact Center
John Hart, the CEO of the Impact Center stops by to share information about the Women’s Leadership Institute. We talk about why helping women have a seat at the table is important, what we hope for in the future for our daughters, and how we can help nudge those women leaders in our lives to take on even more challenging and impactful roles. 
March 18, 2021
A new way of thinking about mental health in the workplace with James Hadlock @ Blunovus
James Hadlock the Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of BluNovus joins the podcast to talk about the work that BluNovus is doing to help protect mental health in the workplace. James is a former drug-addicted entrepreneur and multi-millionaire turned purpose-driven family man who speaks nationally on the transformative power of meaningful connection and has harnessed his energy to create a solution that gives a place for authentic connection inside the workplace.  Listen to James describe his amazing journey and how with the help of his team he's providing a safe way for employees of companies large and small to bring their whole selves to the workplace.
March 9, 2021
It's not Heroic, it's humane: being on watch with the Malouf Foundation
Jake Neeley, the Malouf Foundation executive director, shares their work to combat sex trafficking by educating everyday people like you and me. We talk about the Malouf Foundation's future holds more awesome tooling to help parents deal with the challenges of raising 'digital native' children and keeping them safe from online predators. 
March 2, 2021
The friends you didn't know you had: How your local Red Cross is helping with personal and global disasters
Del Brady, the executive director of the greater Salt Lake area of the American Red Cross stops by the share the work that your local Red Cross is doing to help people deal with disasters of all types. Listen as Del explains the critical role the Red Cross plays in helping procure America's blood supply, how they help with local tragedies such as a house fire, and how you can help your local Red Cross save lives and bring hope. 
February 22, 2021
Are you helping the 100's and 1000's? - Using faith and quality programs to fight homelessness w/ Paul Armstrong @ San Diego Rescue Mission
Paul Armstrong from the San Diego Rescue Mission stops by to share the work that they do to help homelessness, how faith plays a role in their programming and how they measure the impact that they are having each day. We talk about how to expand your impact from helping individuals to helping entire communities. 
February 4, 2021
What is the vulnerability gap?
In this week's podcast, we're guestless and discussing a topic we call the 'Vulnerability Gap'. What is the vulnerability gap? How does it affect your organization and what things can you do to close the gap? Find out answers to all of those questions in this week's episode.
January 26, 2021
Do you know your VSO?
Ally Rodriguez, the Director of Veteran Services at the Town of Foxborough joins the podcast to talk about the work that a VSO does to help veterans around the country. Learn about what VSO's day is like, how different states handle the VSO programs, and ways that you can help veterans in your community during COVID-19. 
January 19, 2021
Flourishing after COVID-19 with Larissa Malcolm
Larissa Malcolm the owner of Flourishing Focus stops by to share her story of being mental health professional dealing with the mental health effects of getting COVID-19.  
January 5, 2021
Using software to help count individuals experiencing homelessness
Zak Miller the CEO/Founder of Hyperion Data visits the podcast to share how Hyperion is helping Continuum of Care organizations conduct their yearly count of homeless individuals using technology. Learn about the Point in Time count, how organizations are using technology to make it more efficient, and how COVID is affecting the count in 2021.
December 18, 2020
Connecting beyond health challenges with Our Odyssey
Seth Rotberg, the Co-founder of Our Odyssey, joins the podcast to talk about the work Our Odyssey does to help connect young adults with rare chronic conditions. 
December 8, 2020
The glue that holds homeless systems together
Gaither Stephens the Chief Technology Officer at Gulf Coast Partnership stops by to talk about how he's using his love of technology to help improve the work being done by Continuum of Care organizations around the county. We talk about Gaither Dynamic, the amazing dashboards he creates for COC's and the COC Alliance.
December 2, 2020
User experience skills can help improve services for vulnerable populations
Wesley Meacham and Tyrell Fenn from the Pulse For Good user experience team drop by to share some of the work the Pulse team has had to do to build a solution that works for the world's most vulnerable. Learn about how they applied their training to engage and solve problems from the eyes of the clients and how nonprofits can utilize the same techniques to improve their services.  
November 20, 2020
Providing dignified shelters for vulnerable individuals w/ Pallet
Learn about how Pallet builds affordable shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness. These shelters are a safe way to house individuals in the short term and are made by individuals with experience being homeless. Socially distanced shelter options are few and far between, but Pallet offers a way to help keep your community safe and happy.
November 10, 2020
Driving the mission of your organization forward using data
Ginger Bandeen the CEO/Founder of Mission-Driven Data joins the podcast to talk about how behavioral health organization can use their data to improve outcomes for their clients. We talk about the pandemic that has changed how we measure our effectiveness, how telehealth has changed what we should measure, and how you can see what's going on with the populations you serve. 
November 3, 2020
Filling in the gaps of domestic abuse response
Darlene from Domestic Abuse Recovery Solutions (DARS) stops by sharing the work she and her team have been doing to fill in gaps they personally have experienced in society's response to those recovering from domestic abuse. Learn about how you can support those recovering from abuse and support organizations like DARS.  To learn more about DARS visit:
October 28, 2020
Using story telling to maximize your impact w/ Jacob hoehne @ ISSIMO
Jacob Hoehne the Chief Impact Officer of ISSIMO stops by to share how they help make the world a better place by using their filmmaking to inspire people to look beyond themselves. 
October 19, 2020
JEDI's, COVID, and Project Room Key w/ Kelly Bruno @ The National Health Foundation
Helping vulnerable individuals safely recover from health challenges is difficult in the best of circumstances let alone during a pandemic. Kelly Bruno, the CEO of the National Health Foundation stops by to share how they've adapted to the pandemic to provide excellent care to the people they serve, build a culture of safety amongst their staff and drive forward the fight for diversity, inclusion, and equity. 
October 7, 2020
Sharing your Luck with the Lucky Duck Foundation
Drew Moser the Executive Director of the Lucky Duck Foundation joins the podcast to share some of the amazing work that is being done to end homelessness in San Diego. 
October 1, 2020
Helping people at scale with David Hoke @ Walmart
How would you help 1.3 Million people? David Hoke the Senior Director of Associate Health and Wellbeing at Walmart shares how Walmart has built a culture of helping associates change their lives for the better. Hear about how the Walmart wellness team faced the challenge of building a wellness program for the largest private employer in the world, how they help their associates that are vulnerable, and how they're helping maintain a safe work environment for their employees during COVID. 
September 23, 2020
Strengthening Veterans minds with HeadStrong
Jim and Gerard from HeadStrong ( join us to share the origin of their work with Veterans around the country. They share the ways they are impacting leaders and helping change the stigmas that can prevent Veterans from seeking the help that they need. 
September 14, 2020
Agility in Social Impact during COVID w/ Samira Khan @
Samira Khan, senior manager for global impact engagement at, stops by to talk to us about the work that she and her teammates at are doing to make an impact using technology. Learn more about the work that Salesforce is doing, ways to get involved in the impact space, and how COVID has changed social impact for the better. 
September 9, 2020
8 Pillars of a Successful Nonprofit
Karen Kalish shares her experience starting three different nonprofits as well as what she looks for when she donates money to a nonprofit. 
August 24, 2020
Using data to amplify your impact w/ Matt Simmonds & Simtech Solutions
Matt Simmonds, from Simtech Solutions, stops by to share the work that the Simtech team is doing to help utilize data in the fight against homelessness. Learn about how the first homeless data warehouse was developed, how communities are modernizing their homeless point in time count, and how Simtech has helped San Diego with its COVID response. 
August 21, 2020
Building a Platform for change with Josh Hall @ Hark
Josh Hall, the executive director of Hark an innovative organization helping providers in Northwest Arkansas, joins us to share the wonderful work his team is doing to help connect vulnerable individuals with services and how they're using technology to make drastic improvements in the way clients navigate the human services system. 
July 21, 2020
The value of IT in a Nonprofit with Helen Knight
Helen Knight shares how investment in technology can help nonprofit organizations accelerate their impact. Helen share's her experience leading IT teams in the nonprofit world and gives us the outline of the first steps a nonprofit needs to take to make a transition from paper and antiquated technology to having a secure and effective IT infrastructure.    Helen talk's about what steps a nonprofit should take today, how going from 'free' software and donated hardware to make the needed investment in IT can be hard but incredibly rewarding, and how the nonprofit and tech community need to build up Nonprofits as a viable tech profession.  Lastly, she shares how to best utilize technological consultants and areas of low hanging fruit to start your quest towards modernizing your organization's IT. 
July 6, 2020
Genesis of Pulse For Good
How did Pulse For Good get started? Hear about some of the eventful and crazy ways that Pulse For Good has bootstrapped its way into organizations all around the country.  Learn more at
April 30, 2020