October 10, 2019
Nonprofit accounting expert, Tosha Anderson, shares lessons and advice for maximizing your nonprofit’s accounting efficiency. She offers insights on best practices for accounting staff, effective software solutions, and aligning your accounting function as your nonprofit grows.
October 2, 2019
About six months ago, we asked folks to email in their pressing questions. Of course, we responded to each question in real-time, but we also saved the best questions to answer on the air. So in this very special solo podcast episode, we answer four questions that are as old as the nonprofit sector itself!
September 24, 2019
About six months ago, we asked folks to email in their pressing questions. Of course, we responded to each question in real-time, but we also saved the best questions to answer on the air. So in this very special solo podcast episode, we answer four questions that are as old as the nonprofit sector itself!
September 11, 2019
A conversation with Mathew Passy, the Podcast Consultant, about why every nonprofit should have a podcast and how they easily start one.
August 27, 2019
Every nonprofit (and every nonprofit funder) wants to focus on collaboration opportunities.  Traci Stanley and Joshua Fulcher are on the forefront of nonprofit partnerships and are the driving forces behind the Chicago Benchmarking Collaborative. The collaborative is an alliance of seven education and human service agencies that collectively work with more than 12,000 low-income individuals throughout some of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods.
August 16, 2019
Arlene Cogen shares her guidance getting the largest contributions from donor-advised funds. Arlene is a financial planner with more than 20 years of experience in the trust and investment services industry but also a considerable background in nonprofit fundraising and administration. She guided the nation’s 9th largest community foundation for over a decade and authored her book, Give to Live, Make a Charitable Gift that you Never Imagined.
July 30, 2019
France Hoang has some pretty amazing credentials. France is a serial entrepreneur trading in everything from jets to law firms to coworking space to technology for nonprofits. So you may be asking, “Why is this for-profit guy on a nonprofit podcast?” The answer is simple: This West Point grad, Army Ranger and serial entrepreneur understands how to build and strengthen organizational culture better than anyone else. He’s led teams in combat, on peace keeping missions, in the office and the board roo
July 9, 2019
Appreciative inquiry is a strengths-based approach to facilitating positive change in human organizations. Dolph talks with two seasoned practitioners of this method, Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair, about the intersection of hope, despair, and forgiveness that leads to resilience.
July 2, 2019
Surprise! We're talking big growth with Maurya Couvares, founder of Code Nation,formerly known as ScriptEd. Maurya walks us through how she successfully grew the nonprofit from $0 to $3 million by prioritizing data collection and deep impact.
June 25, 2019
We invite psychologist Barbara Van Dahlen to walk us through the origin story of her 100% virtual nonprofit, Give an Hour. Hear her perspective on the importance of prioritizing mental health.
June 18, 2019
Dolph talks with Evan Marwell, successful serial entrepreneur, about his move into the nonprofit world with the creation of EducationSuperHighway. Evan compares and contrasts his experiences starting for-profit companies with the startup of a nonprofit organization.
June 11, 2019
Former Director of Corporate Giving Joe Vella dishes on how nonprofits can develop the cutting edge to increase their chances of securing corporate funding.
May 14, 2019
In Part Two of his Mini Program Planning Series, Dolph outlines the steps to set goals, track program outputs vs outcomes, secure initial funding, and obtain sustaining funding. He also throws in a few out-of-the-box ideas to consider and shares a real-deal timeline for program planning.
May 9, 2019
Mini Program Planning Series, Part One: The elements of due diligence necessary to create a program that addresses the right need and the right community.
April 30, 2019
Board builder Rob Acton joins us to discuss specific strategies and tactics to optimize your board. He offers actionable tactics that you can implement today. Acton, founder of Cause Strategy Partners, discusses the three categories of tactics: making better use of board meeting, treating board members as individuals not “the board” and reshaping board culture. ****Timestamped Highlights***** (10:00) Designing board meetings that are not snooze fests (11:30) An alternative to simply reading the Executive Director’s report (13:30) The “Plus, Delta, Question” exercise every executive director can use with their board (17:00) The power of generative questions (21:40) Building the strategic dashboard your board needs (28:00) Uncovering the unique strengths of board candidates (33:15) Rob’s advice for nonprofit board candidates to consider (35:45) The amount of time a board candidate should expect to volunteer each month.   Links: Cause Strategy Partners: Robert’s Twitter: Cause Strategy’s Twitter:
April 23, 2019
For part two of this episode, Kevin Chase and Dolph continue their discussion on the approach to an executive-level position. Key takeaways: Shine brighter than your resume and be thorough but realistic when negotiating an offered position.
April 16, 2019
Podcast Veteran Kevin Chase returns for part one of his two-part episode to discuss how to better position yourself for an executive-level job. A tip: Invest in your professional development!
April 9, 2019
Part true crime expose, part cautionary tale, today’s conversation with Tiffany Couch of Accuity Forensics is a must-hear. Tiffany shares the most common nonprofit fraud schemes and offers surprisingly easy steps to prevent them.
April 2, 2019
Dolph is joined by Brad Wolff, author of the bestseller, People Problems? How to Create People Solutions for a Competitive Edge. Brad shares tha “aha!” moment that informs his work as a consultant with his firm, PeopleMax, and explains his belief that all professional success is derived from personal development.
March 26, 2019
Class for career coaching is in session! Mazarine Treyz, founder of Wild Woman Fundraising, joins Dolph to offer career advice ranging from resume writing to salary negotiation to setting aside time to find your passion.
March 19, 2019
Evaluation consultant Shelby Roberts joins Dolph to disuss how to squeeze the most out of your data by tracking as you go along. Simply put, start counting! Shelby also explains how she helped implement the strategic plan of Intown Collaborative Ministries.
March 12, 2019
She’s back! Kim Powell, author of The CEO Next Door, outlines 5 myths about CEOs and 5 behaviors of those CEOs who make it to the high-performing category.
March 5, 2019
Dolph talks with Rick Alexander, author of Benefit Corporation Law and Governance: Pursuing Profit with Purpose. Rick schools us on the various Bs: B certified, B Lab, and B Corporation. He also outlines the similarities and differences between B corps and nonprofits, and shares instances where nonprofits spinoff for-profit entities with B corp legitimacy.
February 26, 2019
Kate Hayes of Echoing Green talks with Dolph about the care and feeding of baby boards.
February 19, 2019
We invite Larry Velez, founder and CTO of Sinu, to help us understand and accommodate the changing generational landscape in our workplaces.
February 12, 2019
Kelsey Vatsaas and Dolph talk about the nonprofit finance department: more information is not always better.
February 5, 2019
Peter Gross of Build Consulting is a nonprofit technology expert. And he’s here to tell you that the real issue around technology in many nonprofits is not that they have the wrong system. Nope. It’s the failure of leadership to get behind the system and support its implementation and use across the organization. Peter never wants to hear another ED say, “Well, I’m not a tech guy…” again!
January 29, 2019
Greg Warner, author of Engagement Fundraising: How to Raise More Money for Less in the 21st Century, returns, and once again, it’s a no-holds-barred conversation! In this episode, Dolph and Greg discuss what engagement fundraising really means, and why it’s a live-or-die proposition for nonprofits today.
January 22, 2019
Dolph and Greg Warner, author of Engagement Fundraising: How to Raise More Money for Less in the 21st Century, upset a few apple carts in the nonprofit world on the way to an in-depth discussion of engagement fundraising.
January 15, 2019
We’ve all known that guy: The Disengaged Board Member. Cindi Phallen, president of Create Possibility and author of The Impact Triangle, talks with Dolph about the should-we/shouldn’t-we question, along with the how, of reengaging disengaged board members.
January 8, 2019
Dolph talks with Emily Parks, owner of Organize for Success, about, well, organizing for success!
January 2, 2019
Ring in 2019 by revisiting our wonderful conversation on leading and implementing your nonprofit's strategic priorities with Patty Azzarello author of MOVE.
December 18, 2018
Jon Denham and Paul Wolf, founders of Denham Wolf Real Estate Services, prove why they are an unstoppable force in New York’s nonprofit real estate market. Join us as Paul and Jon share invaluable ideas and philosophies for nonprofits to adopt in real estate endeavors.
December 11, 2018
Join us for part two of Dolph’s conversation with Dean Crownover, owner of My Benefit Auctioneer. In part one, Dean outlined the key elements of a great event, including the prescription for “golden time” and holding the fund-a-need first. Part two offers Dean’s account of The Little Auction That Could, as well as best practices for getting and folks to attend and spend.
December 4, 2018
In part one of this two-part episode, Dolph talks with Dean Crownover, owner of My Benefit Auctioneer. Dean takes us through the key elements of a financially and socially successful charity auction, including how to get and keep the audience’s attention (without resorting to shushing!).
November 27, 2018
Today Dolph talks about a different kind of MVP with Ann Mei Chang, author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. Ann Mei draws upon the work of Eric Ries in defining and optimizing the Minimum Viable Product approach when tackling issues for the betterment of our world.
November 13, 2018
Today, Dolph talks with Rachel Clemens of Mighty Citizen about crafting donor surveys for results that “kill opinion.”
November 6, 2018
Ranlyn Tilley Hill, J.D., president of Benevolent Vision, gives us the scoop on fostering a successful relationship between family offices and your nonprofit.
October 30, 2018
Key Takeaways from the 2018 Bridge Conference Presentation: You Want Me to Do What? 10 Ways to Get Your Executive Director to Fundraise with You Getting the Credit! June Kress and Chris Rutledge dish.
October 23, 2018
Dolph talks with Jesse Lane, Chief Marketing Officer of Pure Charity, about nonprofit website design – the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly.
October 16, 2018
Join us as we revisit our conversation with Kathleen Janus, author of Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference.
October 9, 2018
Tiffany Lawrence of Orion Strategies describes the approach and attitude to use in storytelling for nonprofit fundraising.
October 2, 2018
Melissa Wyers, Executive Director of EveryAction, shares how we can use automation to develop more robust communication with and cultivation of donors…and save time to boot!
September 25, 2018
Rachel Kottler, Digital Account Manager with Lautman Maska Neill & Company, shares key takeaways from her hugely successful collaboration with the Human Rights Campaign’s recurring donor program.
September 18, 2018
We revisit the topic of charitable auctions with Adam Capes, founder of Getaway2Give. Adam shares his top three rules for best-in-class live auctions.
September 11, 2018
Jason Lewis, author of The War for Fundraising Talent and How Small Shops Can Win, talks about his belief that fundraising is in its “messy adolescence,” and offers his views on how it can mature.
September 3, 2018
Daria Torres, founder and managing partner of the Walls Torres Group, discusses the methodology of the Equity Maturity Model, and how it is deployed to help organizations grow toward their ideals.
August 28, 2018
Dr. Joynicole Martinez, founder and CEO of The Alchemist Agency, discusses building the best board for nonprofits.
August 21, 2018
Erica Waasdorp, president of A Direct Solution and author of Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant, talks about cultivating your small-gift sustaining givers.
August 14, 2018
Michael Sabat, founder of @mssg, shows nonprofits how to take messaging to the next level.
August 7, 2018
Ira Horowitz, founder of Cornershop Creative, shares how to make your nonprofit’s online donation form a thing of beauty – and revenue! Learn the do’s and don’ts of asking for gifts from your nonprofit’s website.
July 31, 2018
In part two of our conversation with Sherry Truhlar, benefit auctioneer at Red Apple Auctions, Sherry talks about improving small auction events (simplify, simplify), bidder psychology, and the importance of M.E.S.S.
July 23, 2018
Dolph discusses the often-discussed, hot topic of executive director contracts. He explores the pros and cons of offering the executive director an employment contract, specifically as they relate to transition planning.
July 23, 2018
In part one of this two-part episode, we speak with Sherry Truhlar, founder of Red Apple Auctions. Sherry tells us how she became an auctioneer and how organizations of all sizes can boost their fundraising revenue by fine tuning their techniques.
July 19, 2018
Some leadership transitions are straightforward – the executive director gives a month’s notice before their final day. These are often the simplest and easiest transitions to plan for, but the board needs to prepare for more abrupt and even temporary transitions. In this bonus break, we will outline the four types of executive transitions your organization may experience and help you begin the succession planning process
July 17, 2018
Maurya Couvares, CEO of ScriptEd, a nonprofit providing free coding instruction to students in under-resourced schools, joins us to discuss the program’s phenomenal growth and documented impact.
July 12, 2018
With such positive feedback on our strategic planning series, I have decided to begin a new series that focuses on executive transition planning aka. Succession planning. In part one, I will help you become familiar with the executive transition planning so that you grasp its definition and necessity to your nonprofit organization.
July 10, 2018
Conflict is inevitable. Nate Regier, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Next Element and author of Conflict without Casualties, invites us to use the energy of conflict to grow personally and professionally.
July 3, 2018
Our comfort with office organization and cleanliness varies, with some choosing to be neat freaks and others thriving in mess. Regardless of your place on the organizational spectrum, you will benefit from this conversation with Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, founder of Organized Maniacs.
June 26, 2018
When interacting with the media, a nonprofit is concerned not only with getting coverage, but with obtaining the best coverage for the organization. Today’s guest, Antionette Kerr, CEO of Bold & Bright Media and founder of The Write Folks, LLC, is here to help. Antionette offers us sage advice on how nonprofits can generate exposure and optimize outcomes by creating strong media relations.
June 19, 2018
Successful people intentionally start their days to jumpstart their creativity and productivity. On today’s show, Doug Borwick, Nathan Flemming, Alexandra Black-Paulick, Susan Bacon, Doug Barker, Matthew Goings, Jeb Banner, and Liz Frayer share what they do each morning to make the most of every day.
June 14, 2018
The ability to research prospective funders and develop a highly targeted list of possible foundations is a key skill that all grant writers must develop. Dolph shares how you can build a list of likely funders, narrow down the list, and create a great grant calendar.
June 7, 2018
Look before you leap by asking these three questions before you even start writing a grant proposal.
June 5, 2018
Liz Frayer, CEO of Intrepid, offers ideas for providing a great benefits package without breaking the bank.
June 1, 2018
Taking time off work for self-care is essential. Sure, financial and work obligations are reasons to forgo vacation, but Dolph shares his tricks for making the time to take a trip - - - even when your budget won’t allow a vacation at the Ritz.
May 29, 2018
This episode has something for every nonprofit professional- whether you are a veteran, active duty, or never served in the military. Those who never served will enjoy a crash course in leadership and explore possible biases about veterans as employees (or bosses). Veterans and active duty listeners will gain valuable insight about transitioning into the nonprofit sector.
May 22, 2018
Serial entrepreneur and CEO of Boardable Jeb Banner discusses the pending nonprofit leadership crisis, what your nonprofit can do to prepare for it, and how you as a professional can benefit from it.
May 15, 2018
Attorney Matthew Goings helps nonprofits protect their own intellectual property and use the intellectual property of others without fear of the piracy police
May 10, 2018
Dolph Goldenburg offers 14 interview questions that will help ensure you find a good consultant in your local market.
May 8, 2018
Major gift fundraising is a team sport, and every strong team needs a playbook. Doug Barker is the nationally recognized designer of major gift playbooks for nonprofit teams, and he shares the purpose, components, and best practices of drafting and implementing your major gifts playbook.
May 3, 2018
When it comes time to hire a new member, there is a lot of pressure to settle for the candidate that seems sufficient but not stellar. Beware, settling for the short term actually causes more pain in the future.
May 1, 2018
Since many nonprofit professionals dream of becoming a grant writing consultant, we recorded this session with Susan Bacon. Susan, who built and sold a successful grant writing business, shares the nuts and bolts of how to start a your own grant writing consulting practice.
April 26, 2018
This is the tenth segment of our strategic planning blog series, and in this final segment, we will discuss overcoming the most common objections to strategic planning.
April 24, 2018
Nonprofits for the Future’s Alexandra Black-Paulick discusses how and why nonprofits benefit from using earned income strategies.
April 19, 2018
Learn the key roles strategic planning consultants have and how this factors into their services' costs.
April 17, 2018
Pediatrician and Founder of Pathways to Population Health Nathan Fleming joins us to share the keys to cross- sector collaboration with nonprofits.
April 12, 2018
Learn how to maximize your strategic plan to enhance your public relations, support fundraising efforts, attract visitors to your website and build your social media base.
April 10, 2018
CEO of Arts Engaged and author of Engaged Now Doug Borwick discusses the benefits of community engagement.
April 5, 2018
We share how to structure your strategic plan, offer hacks for writing your plan, and discuss the ideal length.
April 3, 2018
Previous podcast guests share the most important career lessons they learned. This episode is a compilation of all new content from our recent guests.
March 27, 2018
While I have often discouraged prospective nonprofit founders from starting another nonprofit, Sandra Pfau England offers a counter perspective on this week’s episode of the podcast.
March 22, 2018
The board retreat is among the most important steps of your strategic planning process. This episode shares techniques to ensure your board retreat fully engages participants in the planning process.
March 20, 2018
Otis Fulton, author of Dollar Dash, delves further into peer to peer fundraising and shares how to cultivate donors and improve campaigns
March 13, 2018
How do some fundraisers seem to get all the gifts? How do they convert that $50 donor to a $100,000 donor? Is it magic? Is it a secret formula? Michael Strader shares his secrets to raising more money for your nonprofit.
March 9, 2018
At this point in the planning process, the work group has spent two to three months to research and fully understand the organization’s history, constituencies, strengths, challenges, and opportunities. So now it’s time to focus on strategic goal setting. Specifically, the work group needs to identify one or two strategic goals - you might call them big bold goals, big hairy audacious goals, or cathedral goals.
March 6, 2018
Kim Powell explains the traits of successful executive directors and debunks CEO myths.
February 22, 2018
As noted in the first two parts of this series, there is a lot of work involved in the environmental scan and reviewing the mission. In this segment, we discuss the role of the strategic planning work group and how to recruit high performing people to volunteer for it.
February 20, 2018
Far too often we either send donors a lackluster "thank you" or forgo one completely. Listen to this episode as Rachel Muir, author of Makeover my Board and founder of Girlstart, shares how to steward your donors like your favorite brands. Rachel shares how meaningful follow-ups, unconditional gift recognition, and getting to know donors will raise even more money for your organization.
February 15, 2018
This bonus break is the third installment of a multi-part series about strategic planning. This episode focuses on developing a mission, vision, and core values that is both memorable and inspirational.
February 13, 2018
Do you want your board to raise more money? Of course, you do! Listen to episode 72 as Kim Horton and Greg Giles, the dynamic duo behind The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, explain how to strengthen your board's ability to communicate, connection to the mission and become an engaged, fundraising machine.
February 9, 2018
This Bonus Break is the second installment of a multi-part series about strategic planning. This series is based on a lunch and learned that I presented last month, and I am breaking the lunchtime presentation into several Bonus Break podcasts. This bonus break dives into the first stage of planning process: The Environmental Scan
February 6, 2018
Founder of Cathexis Partners Mark Becker explains how your organization can flourish using innovative peer to peer fundraising strategies.
February 1, 2018
As a consultant, I get a lot of questions about strategic planning: What is a strategic plan? Do we need a strategic plan? How does an organization actually write a strategic plan? How long will it take? If we start now can we have a strategic plan next week (next month, next year)? If we want a consultant to manage the process, how do we find the money to hire that person. And what does this consultant actually do? What components should be in a strategic plan How can I overcome objections to strategic planning Last month, I answered these questions at a presentation at The Commerce Club in Atlanta. I felt it would be worthwhile to turn this into a series of blog posts. These posts might anger some nonprofit consultants because the isn’t always “go ask a consultant”
January 30, 2018
Sometimes we take a position, form a fortress around it, and block out everyone who doesn't agree. This shuts down all possibility of growth and engagement, and it is detrimental to an organization's culture. To help build a healthy organizational culture, we speak with McKenzie Wren about building your "culture on purpose".
January 25, 2018
Learn how a commitment to attendance, communication, shared agendas, inclusion, participation, and more will warrant more productive meetings for your nonprofit.
January 23, 2018
Constantly, we are looking to start new nonprofits, if not modify ours to fit another. However, it would be in our best interests to maximize what our organizations already have to strive towards innovation. This week, we host Co-Founder of Spark Kathleen Janus who shares excerpts of her book, Social Startup Success. Kathleen also shares how your nonprofit can have the impact intended by paying special care to data metrics, focusing on your own model, and more.
January 18, 2018
Are your gift acknowledgement letters connecting donors to your mission? Do you feel that donors cherish your thank you letters? Listen to this bonus break to learn some of the techniques necessary to craft and send sincere thank you letters that strengthen the relationship between you and your donor.
January 16, 2018
Risk may not seem important to your nonprofit until you receive a demand letter from your lawyer or a media inquiry about an alleged malicious act. However, risk is not a bad thing if we identify it and prepare to manage risk. Listen to episode 68 as we host Ted Bilich, CEO of Risk Alternatives, LLC, who helps us better understand risk and implement risk management practices.
January 11, 2018
January is a great time to cultivate all the donors who gave to your organization in 2017. And one way to cultivate those who gave last year is by sending a thank you letter that shares the many accomplishments their 2017 gifts made possible. As an added benefit for your donors, this letter should also include a summary of all 2017 gifts that can be used for tax purposes. Listen to this week’s bonus break to learn more about this best practice.
January 8, 2018
Every nonprofit professional agrees that a healthy executive director – development director relationship enhances fundraising, but many non-profits suffer from a messy relationship between these key executives. On this week’s podcast, Emma Kieran joins us to discuss ways a Chief Development Officer (CDO) and CEO can build a strong relationship.
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