The Podcast for Nonprofit Pros like YOU!

Nonprofit life isn’t just about fundraising. It’s about storytelling and data and email marketing and website content and demonstrating gratitude and advocacy and graphic design and copywriting and management and grant writing and… 

Let’s start again: Nonprofit life encompasses a wide range of topics. Sometimes, you don’t have time to keep on top of all of it. The Your Weekly Dose of Nonprofit Podcast is here to help! Each week we’ll feature a sector professional with an expertise in a specific field related to nonprofit life. In 15 minutes you’ll have actionable items you can implement right away at your organization.

This podcast will deliver information that is relevant to any nonprofit role you fill. You’ll meet nonprofit experts who are more than happy to share their smarts with you. They’ll utilize their years of experience in the field to help you improve your work. 

Our goal is to help you broaden your horizons. Personal growth and professional development are not only important for you but they’re critical to the survival of your organization.

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Learn, implement and grow.

Year-End Fundraising Success with Laura Amerman

Episode aired Sept. 16, 2020: Year-End Success

As an experienced and expert fundraiser and copywriter, Laura Amerman of Blue Canoe Philanthropy knows the ingredients needed to make a year-end direct mail appeal a success. In this episode Laura discusses

  • when to prepare the appeal. November is not acceptable
  • why length matters
  • how crucial the outer envelope is to success
  • what 3 things must be included in the appeal
  • why proofreading by committee is a recipe for disaster and
  • why your P.S. better be strong.

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Gifts in Wills with Ligia Pena

Episode aired September 9, 2020: Gifts In Wills

Ligia Pena is a global legacy giving expert. Through her company Globetrotting Fundraiser, she is helping nonprofits understand the value in investing in tomorrow and not just thinking about today. In this episode Ligia discusses

  • why it should be called “gifts in wills” 
  • surprise surprise! Which of your current donors should you be targeting for gifts in wills?
  • whether you need to be a lawyer or accountant to develop a gifts in wills program 
  • what the gifts in wills page on your website must contain and
  • the difference between major gifts and gifts in wills.

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Speaking with nonprofit audiences with Dave Tinker

Episode aired August 26, 2020: Public Speaking

Dave Tinker is a fundraising authority. With 30 years experience in the field, he is a sought after speaker at small and large conferences. He knows what needs to be prepared in advance of a talk and how to engage an audience. In this episode Dave discusses

  • how to personalize a talk
  • what 3 things to prepare in advance
  • which topic causes the most eye rolls in the audience 
  • what a “no” from a donor actually means and
  • which group of fundraisers don’t receive the respect and recognition they deserve.

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Building nonprofit community with Dan Hanley

Episode aired August 19, 2020: Building Community

When it comes to building relationships, nonprofit and fundraising expert Dan Hanley of Altrui Consulting is a pro’s pro. How can your nonprofit build a community? Put your mission in front of more people. In this episode Dan discusses

  • what fundraising is- and what it isn’t
  • how critical it is to get out and meet new people
  • how social media helps you build community and 
  • the need to invest in volunteers- one of your major forefront communities.

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Nonprofit transparency with Nick Savarese

Episode aired August 12, 2020: What Is Transparency

Nick Savarese knows that transparency isn’t just posting your financials on your website. It’s much deeper than that. The organization he heads, the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation For Autism has adopted a more holistic approach to transparency. In this episode Nick discusses

  • why unrestricted donor funds = transparency
  • why being vulnerable as an organization is liberating
  • the importance of constantly producing fresh content and 
  • why not being perfect- and saying publicly that you don’t have all the answers- is okay.

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Life as a donor with Lisa Greer

Episode aired August 5, 2020: What Donors Think And Want

Have you ever sat down and had an honest conversation with your donors? If not, then you should listen to philanthropist and donor Lisa Greer of Saving Giving. Fundraisers have a LOT to learn! In this episode Lisa discusses

  • 3 things a nonprofit must do (besides a thank you letter) to retain a donor
  • what happens when you make a donor feel uncomfortable
  • the assumption that one gift will lead to more and 
  • why fundraisers should read the emails they send.

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Sharon Rosenblatt discusses website accessibility

Episode aired July 29, 2020: Access For All

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the signing into law of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). 20% of the population has a disability. As accessibility expert Sharon Rosenblatt of Accessibility Partners says, if 20% of your website traffic can’t access your donate page, how much money are you leaving on the tale? In this episode Sharon discusses

  • what we can implement right now to make our sites and content accessible
  • how to test your website for accessibility issues
  • the importance of labeling form fields and
  • why “nothing about us without us” has a long way to go.

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Kimberley MacKenzie discusses organizational culture

Episode aired July 22, 2020: Change the culture

Kimberley MacKenzie of Kimberley MacKenzie and Associates says that changing the organizational culture starts from the very top. That means modeling certain behaviors and creating a culture of philanthropy where everyone is onboard with the mission. In this episode Kimberley discusses

  • 4 organizational characteristics successful nonprofits possess
  • the greatest challenge for a fundraiser
  • what a CEO can do to promote a positive atmosphere
  • how to go from survive to thrive and
  • why are we pulling babies out of the river?!

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T. Clay Buck discusses the ask

Episode aired July 15, 2020: The Ask

T. Clay Buck of Tactical Fundraising Solutions has 30 years of fundraising experience. So who better to have as a podcast guest to find out: Is “the ask” the hardest part of fundraising? In this episode Clay discusses

  • what the key to successful fundraising is- it’s not necessarily the money
  • when a donor says no, what are the 2 most important words in fundraising
  • the importance of clean data
  • 3 things to do to increase chances of getting a “yes” and
  • the excitement of sitting with a donor to make the ask.

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Fundraising strategy with Barbara O'Reilly

Episode aired July 8, 2020: NPO Sustainability

After more than 20 years in fundraising, Cherian Koshy knows all about short vs. long-term planning…and which one will make your nonprofit more successful. In fact, his organization discusses with donors their 40 year plan! In this episode, Cherian discusses 

  • scarcity vs. abundance mindset and operating from a position of fear
  • the need for taking the long view of donor relationships
  • the importance of diversifying your fundraising portfolio
  • integrating sustainability into your operations and donor communications and
  • addressing the whole human and all their needs.

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Fundraising strategy with Barbara O'Reilly

Episode aired June 24, 2020: Fundraising Strategy

Barbara O’Reilly has over 25 years experience building fundraising strategies for organizations. That strategy has to focus on the resources, skills and tactics needed to build more effective donor relationships and catapult revenue. In this episode, Barbara discusses 

  • what a fundraising strategy has to include
  • the importance of conducting a campaign feasibility study
  • the need to always be planning and growing and
  • what has changed and what has stayed the same in fundraising over the last 25 years.

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Fundraising copywriting expert Julie Cooper discusses how to write for your donors

Episode aired June 17, 2020: Storytelling in Grant Writing

Diane H. Leonard and her team have secured over $65 million in grant funding. She knows how critical storytelling is to a proposal receiving funding. In this episode, Diane discusses 

  • how critical building a relationship with a grant maker is (hint: You want them advocating for you)
  • the importance of having a storytelling bank
  • how a grant proposal budget can also tell a story and
  • why you never want to force a grant maker to do algebra. 

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Fundraising copywriting expert Julie Cooper discusses how to write for your donors

Episode aired June 10, 2020: Writing For Donors

Julie Cooper is an expert fundraising copywriter. She understands that for your donor material to be successful, it has to be written with the donor- and only the donor- in mind. In this episode, Julie discusses 

  • moving donors from ordinary person to hero
  • 3 things every piece of donor material MUST include
  • the importance of an email welcome series for new subscribers
  • why writing is a conversation with the donor and
  • embracing the concept that fundraising is meant for you to grow, not to preserve what you have.

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Jim Martin discusses small shop fundraising

Episode aired June 3, 2020: Small Shop Fundraising

Jim Martin is a passionate fundraising pro who has spent most of his career working in small shops. He knows what it takes to get the job done. In this episode, Jim discusses 

  • the ability to change lives
  • the flexibility of being in a small shop
  • what MUST be done before making an ask of an individual donor
  • direct mail vs. face-to-face: What’s harder?
  • getting stuck in the snow is why he loves Canada so much

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Episode aired May 27, 2020: Building Lasting Relationships

Mary Cahalane has over 30 years experience with hands-on fundraising. She knows what’s needed to strengthen trust and relationships with donors. In this episode, Mary discusses 

  • why retention in the NPO sector remains alarmingly low
  • why gratitude, reporting back to donors and soliciting feedback are key to building relationships with donors
  • the importance of building relationships with foundation partners
  • direct mail and why “trying to appear official” is the wrong way to go.

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Episode aired May 20, 2020: Nonprofit Storytelling

Miriam Brosseau is a talented and expert storyteller. Whether via video, direct mail or email, Miriam knows how a nonprofit can show their footprint and demonstrate real change. In this episode, Miriam discusses 

  • the role stories play in fundraising success
  • her M-A-K-E-R method for telling impactful stories
  • direct mail vs. video
  • taking a peek into smaller stories and
  • her roller rink fantasy!

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Episode aired May 13, 2020: Cause Marketing

Joe Waters is THE cause marketing expert. He’s the author of 2 books on the subject and writes the leading newsletter on the topic. In this episode, Joe discusses 

  • why cause marketing is a “win win, work work” proposition
  • what 3 things your nonprofit has to have ready in advance before approaching a corporation about a partnership
  • where the corporate money is
  • why corporate partnerships fail and
  • his love of gardening.

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Episode aired May 6, 2020: Being Your Own Boss

Leah Esutace has extensive experience as both a nonprofit employee and a consultant. As an owner of an agency, she knows the positives and negatives of working for others vs. being your own boss. In this episode, Leah discusses 

  • the importance of building your own brand and leading with authenticity
  • why joining an existing agency is a good idea before going out on your own
  • how vital it is to take care of yourself and
  • her obsession with canoes!

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Episode aired April 30, 2020: Gratitude Attitude

Beth Ann Locke knows that having a gratitude attitude is critical to the success of every nonprofit. Over the last 25 years she has been a donor champion and raised millions of dollars for small and large shops in North America. 

In this episode, Beth Ann will tell you

  • why it’s important to remove the transaction from a donation
  • how to improve your thank you letters to donors
  • why handwritten notes and cards are so important and
  • why fundraisers need to possess grit, grace and gratitude.

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