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Hosted by Joan Garry, the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, Nonprofits Are Messy is a discussion of the most pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership. Joan and her guests tackle topics like the overhead myth, the best way to run special events, how to make a big fundraising ask, board-staff relations, and so much more. At times hilarious, uplifting, and frustrating, the stories told in this podcast should feel very familiar to anybody working in a nonprofit today.



Topics include fundraising, leadership development, building a great board, Executive Director / Board relations, communications and messaging, staff management, nonprofit career advice, crisis management, digital marketing, social media, and so much more.



Listen to real stories of nonprofit leaders like you and how they handled the mess. Because the truth is, nonprofits ARE messy. There’s not enough money, too many cooks, and an abundance of passion. Leading nonprofits isn’t easy. This podcast will help.

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Hosted by Joan Garry, the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, Nonprofits Are Messy is a discussion of the most pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership. Joan and her guests tackle topics like the overhead myth, the best way to run special events, how to make a big fundraising ask, board-staff relations, and so much more. At times hilarious, uplifting, and frustrating, the stories told in this podcast should feel very familiar to anybody working in a nonprofit today.



Topics include fundraising, leadership development, building a great board, Executive Director / Board relations, communications and messaging, staff management, nonprofit career advice, crisis management, digital marketing, social media, and so much more.



Listen to real stories of nonprofit leaders like you and how they handled the mess. Because the truth is, nonprofits ARE messy. There’s not enough money, too many cooks, and an abundance of passion. Leading nonprofits isn’t easy. This podcast will help.

    Ep 146: Why Unbecoming Is the Key to Innovative Leadership (with Kerri Hoffman)

    Ep 146: Why Unbecoming Is the Key to Innovative Leadership (with Kerri Hoffman)

    Innovative leadership involves more than just figuring out which new ideas or technologies will propel your nonprofit organization toward its mission. It also involves determining which old ways of doing things need to be left behind in order for your org to thrive in the present moment.

    This has never been more evident than right now.

    As our post-Covid world emerges, many of us are finding out that the changes that we once thought were temporary are here to stay — and that many of the systems, processes, revenue models, and leadership styles that used to be so “normal” to us were actually quite flawed.

    So we are left with two choices. We can keep hoping that things will return to what we used to call “normal” or we can innovate in (and around) how we do things.

    Today’s guest, Kerri Hoffman (CEO of the nonprofit media company, PRX), credits this philosophy of “unbecoming” one thing to become “something else” as a catalyst that has helped her lead her organization gracefully through a transformational merger.

    But what does this process of “unbecoming” look like for today’s nonprofit leader? And how can it help your organization emerge stronger than ever in our post-Covid world?

    Kerri has some very valuable insights on this subject. Listen in as we discuss why “unbecoming” just might be the key to innovative leadership in the “new normal.”

    Listen to learn:



    * How does the process of “unbecoming” foster innovation?

    * Why is it important for today’s nonprofit leaders to embrace the “new normal”?

    * What is the definition of innovative leadership?

    * What is the role of innovation in nonprofit leadership?

    * How has nonprofit leadership changed since the onset of the global pandemic?





    Resources



    Learn more about PRX

    Free Webinar: The 5 Practices of Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders

    Ep 99: What Visionaries Do Best

    Ep 145: How Tiny Habits Create Big Change

    * Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership – 2nd Edition by Joan Garry

    * Free Webinar: The 5 Practices of Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders

    * Your Nonprofit Life Podcast

    * Joan Garry’s Instagram

    * Explore the Nonprofit Leadership Lab

    * Music by Jukebox the Ghost

    * Voiceover Work by Cindy Cap Solutions



    Contact Kerri Hoffman



    * LinkedIn

    Twitter

    PRX’s Twitter

    * PRX’s Instagram



    About Kerri:

    As CEO of the nonprofit media company PRX, Kerri Hoffman has played a key role in the building and evolution of PRX, and led the launch of the Radiotopia podcast network, ‘The Moth Radio Hour,” “Reveal,

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    Ep 145: How Tiny Habits Create Big Change (with BJ Fogg)

    Ep 145: How Tiny Habits Create Big Change (with BJ Fogg)

    Today’s guest is Stanford professor and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything, BJ Fogg. According to BJ, you are far more likely to succeed at something if you don’t bite off more than you can chew.

    But for nonprofit leaders, this habit can seem impossible to break (been there). Especially during those times when everything feels equally important — the donor who is all about her thank you note…the grant proposal due at 5pm…a client who will be homeless if they don’t get the check from your org on time…

    With so much important work to juggle at once, you’re probably wondering, “Is prioritization even possible?”

    The answer is yes, but as my guest, BJ Fogg, explains in this episode, good habit formation starts by first creating tiny habits that over time add up to monumental changes. In this episode, we discuss what this looks like for busy nonprofit leaders like you and how you can apply his strategies to improve your everyday life.

    BJ’s book, Tiny Habits, is based on twenty years of research on behavior design. He has also coached over 40,000 people in the art of habit formation.

    In This Episode:



    * What are tiny habits?

    * Why is good habit formation important for nonprofit leaders?

    * Which tiny habits help with prioritization?

    * What is the Fogg Behavioral Model?

    * What is behavior design?





    Resources



    Get BJ’s Book: Tiny Habits

    Tiny Habits Academy

    TinyHabits.com

    7 Ways to Avoid Burnout

    Take Back Your Time. Here’s How

    Ep 68: No, You Can’t Do It All

    * Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership – 2nd Edition by Joan Garry

    * Free Webinar: The 5 Practices of Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders

    * Your Nonprofit Life Podcast

    * Joan Garry’s Instagram

    * Explore the Nonprofit Leadership Lab

    * Music by Jukebox the Ghost

    * Voiceover Work by Cindy Cap Solutions



    Contact BJ Fogg



    * LinkedIn

    * Twitter

    * Instagram

    * Website: BJFogg.com



    About BJ Fogg:

    BJ Fogg, Ph.D., founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. In addition to his research, Fogg teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works. He created the Tiny Habits Academy to help people around the world. He lives in Northern California and Maui.

    Find out more at a href="http://BJFogg.

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    144: A Fresh Perspective on Inclusive Leadership (with Dr. Ella Bell Smith)

    144: A Fresh Perspective on Inclusive Leadership (with Dr. Ella Bell Smith)

    Inclusive leadership requires more than just attending DEI training and then integrating what you learn into your nonprofit organization — this work goes much deeper. Join me as I dive into this topic and do some self-reflection with today’s guest, one of the leading experts in the management of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, Dr. Ella Bell Smith.

    It is no secret that the nonprofit sector has a major diversity problem. Don’t believe me? Consider the fact that the percentage of people of color in the ED/CEO role in our sector has remained under 20% for the last 15 years.

    As a white woman involved in this work, I can admit that at times I have found myself totally oblivious to my own privilege and power. Before embarking on my own DEI journey with my team at the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, I naively assumed that my time as an LGBTQIA+ activist would make the road less bumpy.

    But when it comes to DEI work, there is no room for assumptions — especially for leaders. Inclusive leadership requires you to keep your mind open so you can ask the right questions. This is how you begin to build the bridge between you and the people in your organization and lay the groundwork for a culture of belonging. That’s what inclusive leadership is about.

    In today’s episode, leadership and DEI consultant and professor of business administration at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Dr. Ella Bell Smith, shares a fresh perspective on this topic and shares some sound advice for nonprofit leaders who are ready to invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

    You see, DEI training is not some not some standalone project or checklist — it is a must-have for intentional leadership in today’s world.

    In This Podcast:



    * Why is diversity and inclusion important?

    * How do leadership and diversity intersect?

    * What is DEI training?

    * Should nonprofit leaders invest in DEI training?

    * Why is it so important for nonprofit leaders to self-reflect on their own privilege?





    Resources



    Learn more about Ella’s work: Know Who You Are

    Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity

    Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate (Paperback)

    Why Diversity Matters and How to Get There

    * Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership – 2nd Edition by Joan Garry

    * Free Webinar: The 5 Practices of Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders

    * Your Nonprofit Life Podcast

    * Joan Garry’s Instagram

    * Explore the Nonprofit Leadership Lab

    * Music by Jukebox the Ghost

    * Voiceover Work by a href="http://www.cindycapsolutions.

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    Ep 143: Lollipop Moments and Everyday Leadership Lessons (with Drew Dudley)

    Ep 143: Lollipop Moments and Everyday Leadership Lessons (with Drew Dudley)

    Your value as a nonprofit development director – or somebody in any nonprofit leadership position – is not (entirely) measured by the amount of money you bring in.

    In fact, sometimes the money you end up making for your organization comes in long after you are gone. You see, when you approach everyday leadership in a way that prioritizes impact and culture, your value extends well into the organization’s future.

    Feeling relieved?

    Drew Dudley is a highly dynamic speaker and leadership expert who’s on a mission to help people unlearn the most dangerous leadership lessons.

    According to Drew, we may not be in charge of what we need to get done everyday, but we are always in charge of who we are. He joins me today to talk about this and other valuable leadership lessons, and their impact on the biggest source of leadership in the world — the nonprofit sector.

    As the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership, Drew Dudley has helped top organizations around the world increase their leadership capacity. His popular TED Talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” was voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED Talks of all time”.

    You’re going to love this one!

    Listen in to learn:



    What are some of the most dangerous leadership lessons impacting nonprofits today?

    What are lollipop moments?

    What role does identity play in everyday leadership?

    What happens when you think your work matters more than you do?

    How can a nonprofit leader ensure that their values become intrinsic to their organization’s culture?





    Resources



    Learn more about Day One Leadership

    The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader- by James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner

    Learn more about the Memorial School of Nursing – Newfoundland

    Check out Drew’s book: This is Day 1

    * Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership – 2nd Edition by Joan Garry

    * Free Webinar: The 5 Practices of Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders

    * Your Nonprofit Life Podcast

    * Joan Garry’s Instagram

    * Explore the Nonprofit Leadership Lab

    * Music by Jukebox the Ghost

    * Voiceover Work by Cindy Cap Solutions



    Contact Drew Dudley



    * Twitter

    * Facebook

    * Instagram

    * LinkedIn



    About Drew Dudley

    Drew credits the Day One process with saving his life—he began applying the process to improving his mental and physical health. Recognizing how many people were struggling silently with similar battles, Drew began infusing these experiences into his keynotes,

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    Ep 142: How Kindness and Community Empower Today’s Nonprofit Leaders (with guest John Hoffman)

    Ep 142: How Kindness and Community Empower Today’s Nonprofit Leaders (with guest John Hoffman)

    I love a good AHA moment.

    I recently had one on the role of kindness in the work of today’s nonprofit leaders while watching the 2020 documentary, The Antidote. In this episode, I’m joined by one of the film’s directors, my friend and six-time Emmy Award winner, John Hoffman.

    As I watched this film, which features the stories of people who are really touching the work in their communities, I realized the true reason why I embrace the word kindness — it implies action. It requires commitment. You see, kindness can be thought of as something gentle, but it also has real strength.

    To quote one of the heroes the movie spotlights, “Kindness is a practice. Kindness is a stance.”

    Much like the nonprofit leaders of our world, The Antidote inspires a commitment to using kindness as a force for good and a vehicle to bind our communities together.

    Listen in as John and I continue the conversation that the film drives on the roles that kindness, decency, compassion, and respect play in nonprofit work and our society as a whole.

    In this episode:



    What role does kindness play in the work of today’s nonprofit leaders?

    How is kindness defined in today’s world?

    What is the difference between an act of kindness and sustainable kindness?

    What can nonprofit leaders take away from The Antidote?





    Resources



    * Watch The Antidote

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Facebook

    The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Nonprofit Leaders

    Small Nonprofits Move the World

    * Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership – 2nd Edition by Joan Garry

    * Free Webinar: The 5 Practices of Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders

    * Your Nonprofit Life Podcast

    * Joan Garry’s Instagram

    * Explore the Nonprofit Leadership Lab

    * Music by Jukebox the Ghost

    * Voiceover Work by Cindy Cap Solutions



    Contact John Hoffman



    * LinkedIn



    About John Hoffman

    John Hoffman is a six-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, whose most recent films include Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, and Out of Many, One, which premiered at the New York Film Festival, followed by Netflix in 2018. Much of John’s work as a filmmaker has focused on the key health issues of our time, including The Weight of the Nation (HBO), Addiction (HBO), The Alzheimer’s Project (HBO), and First in Human (Discovery) – a 6-hour series set in the world’s largest research hospital, the NIH’s Building 10.

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    Ep 141: Why So Many Nonprofit Fundraisers Struggle With Donor Stewardship (with Lisa Greer)

    Ep 141: Why So Many Nonprofit Fundraisers Struggle With Donor Stewardship (with Lisa Greer)

    If you lead a nonprofit organization with a mission that requires financial support, an effective donor stewardship strategy is a must-have. My guest today, philanthropist Lisa Greer, knows this all too well…

    When she and her husband became members of the 1% overnight, they were thrilled at the idea of contributing to causes as five-star philanthropists…but, as more and more nonprofit fundraisers began to reach out seeking sizable gifts, Lisa uncovered some hard truths.

    Only 18% of people who give do so a second time. Why? Because unfortunately, many nonprofit fundraisers struggle to maintain positive donor relations that stand the test of time — and this ends up costing their orgs (and the causes they champion) millions of dollars.

    As a philanthropist and the author of Philanthropy Revolution, Lisa Greer has some valuable, firsthand insights on how organizations can cultivate strong, lifelong donor relationships.

    From treating donors like ATMs to not keeping them in the loop, she joins me today to fill us in on some of the most common donor stewardship mistakes organizations make and how you can avoid them.

    Listen in to find out:



    What are the most common mistakes nonprofit fundraisers make when it comes to donor stewardship?

    How can nonprofit fundraisers improve donor relations for their organizations?

    What inspires a one-time donor to give again (and again)?

    What exactly do nonprofit donors need to hear (or not)?

    Why are there currently $150 billion in donor advised funds that are not going to individual charities?





    Resources



    * Philanthropy Revolution

    * Fear of Asking for Money

    * Philanthropy is Sexy

    * How to Make Your Donors Feel Like a Million Bucks

    * Why Donors Who Know More, Do More

    * ​​5 Ways to Expand Your Pool of Donors and Volunteers

    * Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership – 2nd Edition by Joan Garry

    * Free Webinar: The 5 Practices of Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders

    * Your Nonprofit Life Podcast

    * Joan Garry’s Instagram

    * Explore the Nonprofit Leadership Lab

    * Music by Jukebox the Ghost

    * Voiceover Work by Cindy Cap Solutions



    Contact Lisa



    * Website

    * LinkedIn

    * Twitter

    * Facebook



    About Lisa Greer

    Lisa Zola Greer is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, convener and the author of Philanthropy Revolution. Over the last decade,

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