Nonprofit Architect  Podcast
Nonprofit Architect Podcast
Travis Johnson
The Nonprofit Architect Podcast is designed to build, launch, and improve your nonprofit! We will build the bridge from business to nonprofits by interviewing experts from both sides.
Catherine Ashton: Preview
Check out this video preview of The Nonprofit Architect Podcast where Travis interviews Catherine Ashton.  Catherine tells us the three pillars to grow your grant program. She explains the importance of language choices, getting organized, and where to find the money. Catherine is passionate about helping nonprofits raise money. You will enjoy these conversations with Catherine.  You don't want to miss the full episode, which will be released Tuesday, July 27th, 2021!  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast using your favorite podcast player!  i.e. Apple Podcast, Google Play, or Spotify    Excited to announce we made Feedspot's Top 45 Nonprofit Podcasts! Check out the full list at https://blog.feedspot.com/nonprofit_podcasts/ 
Jul 23
2 min
Video
Sarah Olivieri: The Impact Method
In this episode of Nonprofit Architect, Travis talks with Sarah Olivieri.  Sarah Created the Impact Method, a framework that helps non-profits simplify their operations. Sarah and Travis talk about the process of improvement, the need to hear from the people on the ground, and why It is O.K. to pay your staff.      Conversation Highlights:  {00:35} Introduction of our guest {02:39} Explanation of the Impact Method {05:03} The Process of Improvement {09:54} The analogy of a sailboat racer  {12:10} Get your people to the point where they are coming with solutions instead of problems {20:19} How to make sure you are not strangling the growth of your organization {24:30} It is O.K. to pay yourself and others for the talents they bring to the table {28:12} How to be sustainable  {30:47} There are no unsolvable problems {32:04} The charitable experiments that showed people on the ground have the solutions {41:54} Solutions that are relatable, reliable, easy to implement {51:43} Finding the better, easier way to accomplish your goals   Remarkable quotes:  It is a living breathing thing that everybody who is running the organization is involved with.  Your essentially looking for trouble, we want to find it before it comes and finds you.  You need to be clear on who you are as an organization. If you cannot get by on 90% of your income than 120% of your income won’t make a difference. You must refill your cup. You must put on your own mask first. Regulations and loopholes and weird things that happen because policymakers, not people on the ground, are setting the constraints for who gets money. The people in the non-profit who are doing the workday today need to be the ones who are determining strategic direction. If you're not including people that are boots on the ground or the direct care workers, you're missing the opportunity to get a solution. We have a structured process of how to set goals. Resources:  sarah@pivotground.com www.pivotground.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-olivieri/ https://www.facebook.com/sarahfolivieri/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxB2J-XcixGeGaZvcu_cVxA  Bio: Sarah Olivieri   Sarah Olivieri is a non-profit business strategist, #1 International Best-Selling author, and former Executive Director. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and online trainings and has been a featured expert on more than 50 podcasts. Sarah is the creator of the Impact Method™ - a framework that helps non-profits simplify their operations, build aligned teams, and make a bigger impact without getting overwhelmed or burning out. Sarah received her BA from the University of Chicago with a focus on globalization and its effect on marginalized cultures and holds a master's degree in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz. Sarah has over 15 years of non-profit leadership experience. She was the co-founder of the Open Center for Autism, the Executive Director of the Helping of War Foundation, and co-author of Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs. As the founder and heart behind Pivot Ground, Sarah helps non-profits make a big impact with relative ease. Nonprofit Architect Podcast Links     Website: http://nonprofitarchitect.org   Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NonprofitArchitect    Ultimate Podcast Guide https://www.fatfreecartpro.com/ecom/gb.php?&i=1698463&cl=377219&c=cart&ejc=2&custom=card Subscribe and leave a review https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nonprofit-architect-podcast/id1481292481 Patreon https://www.patreon.com/NonprofitArchitect Watch on YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQm8fnR2sHyrmLpV2jKYajA Listen to these other great podcasts from Veterans. https://nonprofitarchitect.org/veteran-podcast-network/ Want help getting your podcast started? https://nonprofitarchitect.org/podcast-production-services/  
Jul 20
58 min
Sarah Olivieri: Preview
Check out this video preview of The Nonprofit Architect Podcast where Travis interviews Sarah Olivieri.  Sarah Created the Impact Method, a framework that helps non-profits simplify their operations. Sarah and Travis talk about the process of improvement, the need to hear from the people on the ground, and why It is O.K. to pay your staff.  You don't want to miss the full episode, which will be released Tuesday, July 20th, 2021!  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast using your favorite podcast player!  i.e. Apple Podcast, Google Play, or Spotify    Excited to announce we made Feedspot's Top 45 Nonprofit Podcasts! Check out the full list at https://blog.feedspot.com/nonprofit_podcasts/ 
Jul 16
2 min
Video
Mark Pfister: How to Build your Board
In this episode of Nonprofit Architect, Travis talks with Mark Pfister.  His popular book, 'Across The Board: The Modern Architecture Behind an Effective Board of Directors,’ an Amazon best-seller with circulation in over 70 countries, has influenced a whole new generation of Board Directors. Travis and Mark talk about setting up a Board, finding the perfect Board Members, and structuring a Board that will be successful. Conversation Highlights:  {00:48} About Mark Pfister. {02:47} Background on Mark’s Board and what it looks like. {06:48} The size and structure of a modern Board without wasting bureaucracy. {12:05} Being a Chief Executive Officer, and what Mark’s organization looks like. {17:34} When you have top-level guys, especially on boards, working on something they have no business spending time on?  {25:02} Being challenged to ask uncomfortable questions, not being compliant.   {28:24} What happens when you are stuck with a sudden emergency that knocks you off your feet. {31:19} Be open to feedback. Once you have your mission have you checked your impact on the community? Are you meeting your goal? Do you have goals? {35:15} How do you structure awards intentionally, and make sure you are starting your board or recreating your board with the success that you want to have sure?  {40:58} Why having a marketing expert on the board is essential. {42:03} Where do you find the perfect board members? {46:49} Planning for the future and picking board members that will spread your message. {49:42} Why Mark has worked on over 800 Boards. {55:18} Advice for Board of Directors, preparing for the eventual changing of the guard.   Remarkable quotes:  90 plus percent of their problems or inefficiencies are due to the fact they were not structured properly from the beginning.  You must know where you came from to know where you are going.  I think this is one of the biggest misses right now that a board is viewed as a hindrance. 20% of the time, as a CEO or Executive Director, I'm going to now put on a different hat and I'm going to ask questions 80% of the time and give my opinion or my input 20% of the time. The maturity of that decision-maker's ability to allow for discourse, but not take it as an example as a personal attack on them. A board director is not going to be comfortable going out and representing a program, that is not as impactful as it should be.  Three components create the depth of the board.  The vertical component creates your expertise Influence. The horizontal component is your planes of congruence that create your character and then your coverage and balance create the depth of the board. If you can get those three areas balanced in some way, these boards are unstoppable.      Resources:  Mark@PfisterStrategy.com      Bio: Mark A. Pfister   With a strong focus in Strategy, Governance, and Technology / Cybersecurity, Mark A. Pfister is CEO & Chief Board Consultant of M. A. Pfister Strategy Group, an executive advisory firm that serves as a strategic advisory council for executives and Boards in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He is also Chairman & CEO of Integral Board Group, a specialized Board services and consulting company.    Mr. Pfister is a 'Board Macro-Influencer' and his success has been repeated across a wide range of business situations and environments. He prides himself on being a coach and mentor to senior executives and directors.    In Board Director circles, Mr. Pfister has earned the nickname 'The Board Architect.’ The overarching theme throughout his career has been his aptitude in leadership positions, passionate focus on people, unique governance models, and ability to create value for stakeholders through innovative business strategies and operational excellence.    Michael Lorelli, Executive Chairman of Rita’s Franchise Company, has said, “Mark’s unusual combination of excelling at a macro and micro grasp of business, genuine interest in Governance, and ability to coach and mentor a Management Team make him a terrific Independent Director.” Mr. Pfister is a certified project management professional and frequently serves as an expert Project Executive, consulting on global projects in their initiation and operational phases, as well as programs requiring remedial focus to bring them back on track. He has deep knowledge and experience in Board design & operations, strategic planning, business transformation, technology implementations, decisioning processes, continuing education programs, executive coaching, and governance models.    Previously, Mr. Pfister was CEO of Pro4ia, Inc., an international consulting and professional services company specializing in a wide range of technology solutions utilizing formal Project Management as a proven and repeatable delivery method. With a Fortune 50 client list, Pro4ia was Citibank's Nominee for Crain’s Magazine 'Entrepreneurship of the Year' Award in 2005. He simultaneously served as CEO of Onit, Inc., a national sourcing company specializing in placements for all levels of technology skill sets.   Mr. Pfister was also the National Program Office Leader for American Express leading some of the largest technology transformation initiatives in the company’s history. He served as a Licensed Engineering Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine, holds a B.S. from the State University of New York Maritime College in Facilities Engineering, and completed Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program for Board Directors.   Mr. Pfister is the creator of the ‘Board as a Service’ (BaaS) engagement model, an industry he is credited with inventing. He is a Master Speaker and conducts national speaking tours, lectures, and seminars focused on effective leadership, strategy, Board architecture, becoming an exceptional Board Director candidate, professional project/program management, and entrepreneurship.    His popular book, 'Across The Board: The Modern Architecture Behind an Effective Board of Directors,’ an Amazon best-seller with circulation in over 70 countries, has influenced a whole new generation of Board Directors.    Mr. Pfister is a proficient Board Director and CEO with experience across multiple industry verticals. He is typically the Chair, or a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Governance Committee, Technology & Cybersecurity Committee, and Nominating Committee. Mr. Pfister’s experience as a renowned Board Consultant, having guided and coached hundreds of Boards, Board Committees, and Board Members, additionally offers up unique and informed viewpoints to the companies he serves.    He holds an Executive Masters Professional Board Certification through the American College of Corporate Directors (ACCD), is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI), holds a Global ESG Certification through Competent Boards, and holds a Certified Cyber Intelligence Professional Board Certification (CCIP) through the McAfee Institute.           Nonprofit Architect Podcast Links     Website: http://nonprofitarchitect.org   Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NonprofitArchitect    Ultimate Podcast Guide https://www.fatfreecartpro.com/ecom/gb.php?&i=1698463&cl=377219&c=cart&ejc=2&custom=card Subscribe and leave a review https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nonprofit-architect-podcast/id1481292481 Patreon https://www.patreon.com/NonprofitArchitect Watch on YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQm8fnR2sHyrmLpV2jKYajA Listen to these other great podcasts from Veterans. https://nonprofitarchitect.org/veteran-podcast-network/ Want help getting your podcast started? https://nonprofitarchitect.org/podcast-production-services/
Jul 13
1 hr 2 min
Mark Pfister: Preview
Check out this video preview of The Nonprofit Architect Podcast where Travis interviews Mark Pfister.  His popular book, 'Across The Board: The Modern Architecture Behind an Effective Board of Directors,’ an Amazon best-seller with circulation in over 70 countries, has influenced a whole new generation of Board Directors. Travis and Mark talk about setting up a board, finding the perfect Board Members, and structuring a board that will be successful. You don't want to miss the full episode, which will be released Tuesday, July 13th, 2021!  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast using your favorite podcast player!  i.e. Apple Podcast, Google Play, or Spotify    Excited to announce we made Feedspot's Top 45 Nonprofit Podcasts! Check out the full list at https://blog.feedspot.com/nonprofit_podcasts/ 
Jul 9
2 min
Video
Asha Curran GivingTuesday: What Good Can I Do Today?
In this episode of Nonprofit Architect, Travis talks with Asha Curran the CEO of GivingTuesday, and co-founder of the global generosity movement. Asha tells the story of how she started Giving Tuesday, and how it has become an international movement. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at the organizations, and tips to make your GivingTuesday a success.      Conversation Highlights:  {00:51} How giving Tuesday started.  {05:02} Tool kits available for Giving Tuesday.  {07:28} Behind the scenes at Giving Tuesday. {09:18} How startups and nonprofits can maximize their impact through Giving Tuesday. {13:42} Key ingredients that turn a project into a movement. {16:14} Idea of Co-ownership and the shared mission idea.  {29:10} The pay it forward model.   Remarkable quotes:  It's really like everybody is in on the action of GivingTuesday at this point.  It is an extraordinary amount of money, especially given those are largely grassroots givers. Facebook has been a partner for GivingTuesday for years now, they have done a $7 million match for several years. It is not a movement until it moves without you. People do much better with GivingTuesday when they come to it with lots of enthusiasm and energy for the idea. Resources:  madelaine@givingtuesday.org  @givingtuesday on IG, FB and Twitter  @RadioFreeAsha on Twitter     Bio: Asha Curran   GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity.  Our global network collaborates year-round to inspire generosity around the world, with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life.  Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.      Asha Curran is CEO of GivingTuesday and co-founder of the global generosity movement. She was formerly Chief Innovation Officer and director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, where GivingTuesday was founded. Asha serves as Chair of the board of directors of Guardian.org, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism at The Guardian and elsewhere; and on the board of directors of the Scout Film Festival, which amplifies the work of teen filmmakers. She is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab within the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. She was named to the Nonprofit Times’ Top Fifty Power and Influence list in 2019.       Nonprofit Architect Podcast Links     Website: http://nonprofitarchitect.org   Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NonprofitArchitect    Ultimate Podcast Guide https://www.fatfreecartpro.com/ecom/gb.php?&i=1698463&cl=377219&c=cart&ejc=2&custom=card Subscribe and leave a review https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nonprofit-architect-podcast/id1481292481 Patreon https://www.patreon.com/NonprofitArchitect Watch on YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQm8fnR2sHyrmLpV2jKYajA Listen to these other great podcasts from Veterans. https://nonprofitarchitect.org/veteran-podcast-network/ Want help getting your podcast started? https://nonprofitarchitect.org/podcast-production-services/  
Jul 6
31 min
Asha Curran: Preview
Check out this video preview of The Nonprofit Architect Podcast where Travis interviews Asha Curran from GivingTuesday  Asha tells the story of how she started Giving Tuesday, and how it has become an international movement. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at the organizations, and tips to make your Giving Tuesday a success.  You don't want to miss the full episode, which will be released Tuesday, July 13th, 2021!  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast using your favorite podcast player!  i.e. Apple Podcast, Google Play, or Spotify    Excited to announce we made Feedspot's Top 45 Nonprofit Podcasts! Check out the full list at https://blog.feedspot.com/nonprofit_podcasts/ 
Jul 2
55 sec
Video
Wes and Debora Jones: Podcasting for Your Cause
In this episode of Nonprofit Architect, Travis talks with Wes and Debora from The Multipurpose Room Podcast about using podcasting to promote your non-profit. Podcasting is the best way to get your message heard by today’s audience.  Wes and Debora talk about finding topics that matter to your audience, using social media, the length of your podcast and so much more. If you are already a podcaster, Wes, and Debora give some tips on how to improve your podcast.  To find these tips listen to today’s episode.     Conversation Highlights:  {02:37} Behind the scenes with the Multipurpose room podcast. {03:55} Choosing topics that matter to your audience.  {06:21} Why Podcasting is the most convenient way for your audience to receive your message.  {08:16} Picking a time length for your podcast episode. {14:09} Being part of the podcast community. {15:32} Give your guest and listener the most engaging way to hear the clip or full. {17:11} How to get your audience to rate and review the show. {20:11} Using social media, Tick-tock, Instagram, reels, etc... {25:45} Why you need a great summary at the end of your episode. It is a WOW factor. {32:19} Pulling value points from the conversation. Making sure your guest looks good and is comfortable. {35:32} The pre-call is essential.  {39:04} How to find the right guests. {46:17} Getting ads for your podcast.  $18.00 per 1000 downloads on a 15-second intro spot or 25.  {52:26} The importance of staying committed.   Remarkable quotes:  Whether it is social or direct outreach, podcasting made a lot of sense. The great thing about a podcast is you can also fast forward to the part you're interested in.  No matter what your style, your preferred length is, there is an audience that you are going to be able to reach based on their needs and what they are looking for. I went through 60 audiobooks, in 2019. Just commuting back and forth to work and listening.  Preparation is critical. People undervalue preparation sometimes, but when you are bringing on a guest, I always like to tell the guest what we are trying to get out of the episode. What is your kind of call to action at the end of your episodes? One of the most creative things I have seen for an intro was pulling clips from a few episodes talking about the host or what that looks like and then splicing those together.  Try and stay connected with our audience and do things that matter to them at those given times.     Resources:  djones@k12clothing.com www.k12clothing.com www.facebook.com/k12clothing www.instagram.com/k12clothing podcast: themultipurposeroom.school    Bio: Wes and Debora   Wes Wesley is a PTA dad, entrepreneur, Air Force Veteran, host of the Multipurpose Room podcast, and owner of a K-12 Clothing, a school apparel supply company. Prior to K-12, Wesley worked in higher education managing graduate degree programs and building business partnerships for the University. After sitting in a PTA meeting, Wesley realized that schools all over the country were going through similar challenges of managing spirit wear, school uniforms, and fundraising. In 2016, he launched K-12 Clothing as a direct-to-customer solution to make the process of managing school apparel easy for schools year after year. Wes also co-hosts the Multipurpose Room podcast - a show focused on practical tips for school leaders. When not hanging out or traveling with his family, Wes can be found under the hood of his ‘66 Mustang or tinkering with his recording studio set up. Debora Debora is a PTA mom of two, a lawyer turned business executive and a podcaster excited about helping educational organizations achieve their goals. Debora brings two decades of business experience in sales, marketing, and operations to the education sector borrowing from effective corporate principles to help PTAs, PTOs, and school administrations achieve their goals. As a business leader, Debora has grown business units from the group up to over $10M in revenue. As co-founder of K-12 Clothing, Debora focuses on strategic growth initiatives to propel K-12 Clothing into a leading role in the K-12 apparel market. She is highly involved with her daughter’s schools whether creating the yearbook, volunteering in class, or attending PTA meetings. Debora is a frequent speaker, writer, and blogger with articles published in a variety of online and hardcopy publications. Debora also co-hosts the Multipurpose Room podcast - a show focused on practical tips for school leaders. When not hanging out or traveling with her husband, kids, and three dogs, Debora can be found running around her hometown in Northern California.      Nonprofit Architect Podcast Links   Website: http://nonprofitarchitect.org   Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NonprofitArchitect    Ultimate Podcast Guide https://www.fatfreecartpro.com/ecom/gb.php?&i=1698463&cl=377219&c=cart&ejc=2&custom=card Subscribe and leave a review https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nonprofit-architect-podcast/id1481292481 Patreon https://www.patreon.com/NonprofitArchitect Watch on YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQm8fnR2sHyrmLpV2jKYajA Listen to these other great podcasts from Veterans. https://nonprofitarchitect.org/veteran-podcast-network/ Want help getting your podcast started? https://nonprofitarchitect.org/podcast-production-services/  
Jun 29
58 min
Wes and Debora Jones: Preview
Check out this video preview of The Nonprofit Architect Podcast where Travis interviews Wes and Debora from The Multipurpose Room Podcast, who explains why podcasting is the best way to get your message heard by today’s audience.  Wes and Debora talk about finding topics that matter to your audience, using social media, the length of your podcast and so much more. You don't want to miss the full episode, which will be released Tuesday, June 28th, 2021!  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast using your favorite podcast player!  i.e. Apple Podcast, Google Play, or Spotify    Excited to announce we made Feedspot's Top 45 Nonprofit Podcasts! Check out the full list at https://blog.feedspot.com/nonprofit_podcasts/ 
Jun 25
58 sec
Video
Courtney DeRonde: What are the 5 Blind Spots Encountered when Trying to Grow your Organization?
  In this episode of Nonprofit Architect, Travis talks with Courtney DeRonde, a CPA and Co-Managing Partner of TDT CPAs and Advisors, a boutique advisory and accounting firm for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. They help overwhelmed, successful leaders, understand and maximize financial information so they can achieve better results and move their organization to the next level.  Conversation Highlights:  {00:51} Courtney explains her role {03:50} Why nonprofit organizations have a mission and why you have programs that support that. {05:01}  Why you need to know which programs are providing the funding you need to be sustainable in this organization {08:43} Why failure comes from not having accurate, timely financial information {11:21} Why you need to not go in alone. Reach out to someone like cornea, TCP, and advisors {21:26} The situation where nonprofits actually owe taxes {28:43} Start by listing out all the things that you do in the organization and then put them in buckets of which things are really best done by you. {34:05} Why spending a lot of time putting out fires instead of preventing them leads to failure {38:09} The surprising problem of having more cash than you're used to. {41:44} Why you need to be good at thinking through  vision   Remarkable quotes:  most people just match someone up with the next person available What we really need to be looking at is where do I expect my bank account balance to be going up or down?   Nonprofit is a tax status, not a business plan.  Just because something like COVID happens doesn't mean your mission stops doesn't mean there are no longer people in need. People give money for specific restricted purposes. You have an obligation to account for those restrictions If someone comes to you as a donor and offers you money with restrictions, you can decline their donation. I love quality feedback so I can do it better next time   Resources:  Courtney DeRonde  courtneydr@tdtpc.com  tdtpc.com  515-657-5814  in/courtney-de-ronde-10381180     Bio: Courtney DeRonde   Courtney DeRonde is a CPA and Co-Managing Partner of TDT CPAs and Advisors, a boutique advisory and accounting firm for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. They help overwhelmed, successful leaders, understand and maximize financial information so they can achieve better results and move their organization to the next level.  Courtney is primarily responsible for the firm’s vision and strategic direction. Her professional background includes almost two decades of serving small businesses and nonprofits. As an owner in her firm and co-managing partner, she also has firsthand experience running and scaling a small business. Courtney and her husband Brian live in Des Moines, Iowa, along with their three children, M’lynn, Brady, and Callen, and their Whoodle, Oscar.      Nonprofit Architect Podcast Links   Website: http://nonprofitarchitect.org   Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NonprofitArchitect 
Jun 22
47 min
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