55 episodes

"IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast" is a dynamic and insightful series hosted by Josh Hirsch, M.S., Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions, and created by Sheryl Soukup, President of Soukup Strategic Solutions. Each episode looks at the multifaceted world of nonprofit organizations, offering expert advice on issues ranging from fundraising and management to Board development and marketing. Josh, with his extensive background in the nonprofit sector, engages with a variety of experts to provide valuable perspectives and practical solutions to the challenges faced by nonprofit leaders.

Listeners will find each episode rich with knowledge and inspiration. The podcast covers a wide array of topics, ensuring relevance for a diverse nonprofit audience. Whether it’s discussing innovative fundraising strategies, exploring effective Board governance, or the nuances of nonprofit marketing, "IMPACTability" serves as an essential resource for leaders looking to enhance their organization's impact. This podcast is an excellent tool for anyone in the nonprofit sector seeking to grow professionally and make a more significant impact in their community.

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IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast Soukup Strategic Solutions

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"IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast" is a dynamic and insightful series hosted by Josh Hirsch, M.S., Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions, and created by Sheryl Soukup, President of Soukup Strategic Solutions. Each episode looks at the multifaceted world of nonprofit organizations, offering expert advice on issues ranging from fundraising and management to Board development and marketing. Josh, with his extensive background in the nonprofit sector, engages with a variety of experts to provide valuable perspectives and practical solutions to the challenges faced by nonprofit leaders.

Listeners will find each episode rich with knowledge and inspiration. The podcast covers a wide array of topics, ensuring relevance for a diverse nonprofit audience. Whether it’s discussing innovative fundraising strategies, exploring effective Board governance, or the nuances of nonprofit marketing, "IMPACTability" serves as an essential resource for leaders looking to enhance their organization's impact. This podcast is an excellent tool for anyone in the nonprofit sector seeking to grow professionally and make a more significant impact in their community.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    Vision and Action: Striking a Balance in Nonprofit Leadership

    Vision and Action: Striking a Balance in Nonprofit Leadership

    In this episode, host Josh Hirsch interviews Meredith Rae Feder, Deputy Director for the Museum of Discovery and Science, about vision and action in nonprofit leadership. They discuss starting and completing capital campaigns, building a high-performing team, balancing long-term goals and short-term needs, building a professional network, and hiring team members with complementary skills.
    Takeaways
    Believing in the mission and having a passion for the workare critical for success in nonprofit management.Building a high-performing team is essential for completingsuccessful campaigns and achieving organizational goals.Striking a balance between long-term goals and short-termneeds requires setting aside time for strategic thinking and seeking input fromtrusted colleagues.Building a professional network and seeking out resources and mentorship opportunities are important for personal and professional growth in nonprofit leadership.
    Chapters
    05:06 Starting and Completing Capital Campaigns
    07:16 Building a High-Performing Team
    08:57 Hiring Team Members with Complementary Skills
    20:00 Building a Professional Network
    24:30 Coaches Corner: How can we engage corporate partners in a mutually beneficial way
    Guest Bio
    Meredith Ray Feder serves as the Deputy Director for the Museum of Discovery and Science. As a member of the executive team, Feder is responsible for setting departmental goals, generating $12M in earned revenue and philanthropic support annually. During her tenure at MODS, she has also overseen two capital campaigns. By connecting advancement and engagement elements to the mission of the institution, Feder and her team have been successful in enhancing the reputation, relationships and resources of the organization, emphasizing partnerships, outcomes and impact.
    Feder is a leader in nonprofit management and brings over 20 years of strategic advancement, operational, marketing and communications experience to the Museum of Discovery and Science. Prior to joining the museum, she was senior director of advancement for Gulliver Schools, one of largest private schools in South Florida. In this role, Feder oversaw development, marketing, branding, publications, web content management, public and community relations, divisional operations, government and community relations, alumni relations, social media and strategic partnerships. 
    She has also held positions with Pensacola Museum of Art, Northwest Florida Ballet, and Starlight Children’s Foundation. Feder graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in art history and studio arts from the University of West Florida, a certificate in fine and decorative art appraisal from New York University and a master’s in arts administration from Florida State University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) professional and a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute program for museum professionals.
    Her industry contributions have earned the Broward Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals the Ten Star designation for accomplishments toward the association’s strategic plan and have earned institutions various Hermes Creative Awards, Muse Awards, Audio Visual Arts Awards, Communicator Awards and National Medallion by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for excellence in the industry. In addition, Feder was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Broward Chapter of AFP, as the Mother of the Year by Health Mothers Healthy Babies and a Distinguished Fellow by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Global.
    She is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Broward Chapter as well as the Greater Florida Caucus,

    • 31 min
    Bridging the Digital Divide: Making Technology Accessible for All

    Bridging the Digital Divide: Making Technology Accessible for All

    In this episode, Dave Tinker discusses the importance of accessibility in fundraising. He shares his personal connection to the disability community and explains why making the world more inclusive is his passion. Dave provides practical tips for interacting with constituents with disabilities and highlights the curb cut effect in fundraising. He also discusses the importance of incorporating accessibility features on websites and social media platforms. Dave emphasizes the ethical and strategic importance of accessibility, and encourages organizations to stand out by prioritizing accessibility in their communications. He concludes by providing his contact information for further discussion.
    Takeaways
    Incorporating accessibility in fundraising is important to ensure inclusivity for all potential donors.Interacting with constituents with disabilities should be done in a way that is accessible and accommodating.Websites and donation pages should include accessibility features such as alt tags and high contrast colors.Direct mail should also consider accessibility through large fonts and clear layouts.Tracking data, on donors with accessibility needs, can help organizations better understand and serve this audience.Building websites and communications with accessibility in mind is both ethical and strategic.There are various tools and resources available to help organizations improve website accessibility.
    Guest Bio
    Dave is Vice President of Advancement at Achieva and a consultant with GoalBusters Consulting. In these roles he raises funds and helps nonprofits with their communications. He was also an adjunct professor of informatics at Muskingum University for over a decade. 
    A certified Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Master Trainer, Dave received the Outstanding Fund Raising Executive Award from the AFP Western PA chapter in 2013. In October 2016, he was honored by AFP International as one of six in the inaugural class of Distinguished Fellows. Dave has published numerous articles in professional journals and has written fundraising curriculum for The Fund Raising School® at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.
    Dave is a past president of the AFP Western PA chapter and has served in many volunteer roles for AFP International and his own chapter. 
    In addition to AFP, Dave has served as a member of the Ethics Committee for the Grant Professionals Association where is also an approved trainer. 
    Dave received a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and English and a Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology from Muskingum University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Works - Indianapolis, Class III and the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware, Class 44.
    Chapters
    02:03 Dave's Passion for Accessibility in Fundraising
    03:26 Incorporating Accessibility in Daily Interactions
    04:53 The Curb Cut Effect in Fundraising
    05:56 Interacting with Constituents with Disabilities
    06:04 Technological Considerations for Website Donation Pages
    07:36 Using Alt Tags on Social Media Platforms
    08:32 The Future of Accessibility in Fundraising
    10:45 Tips for Creating Accessible Websites and Donation Pages
    12:56 Considerations for Direct Mail Accessibility
    17:37 Tracking Data on Donors with Accessibility...

    • 30 min
    Partnerships for Nonprofits

    Partnerships for Nonprofits

    On this week’s episode of IMPACTability® we are joined by James Woller, the International Executive Director for Thrive For Good. James discusses partnerships in the nonprofit sector, giving expert testimony on how to find the right partners, the challenges you may face, and the benefits you can gain. By the end of this episode, you'll learn how to change your organization's culture in order to strategically find beneficial partnerships that will grow your nonprofit to a higher level of impact!
    Thrive For Good empowers people with the training and simple tools they need to grow an abundance of healthy, organic, disease-fighting foods for life — sustainably. He started his first partnership when he was nine years old, using the money he made from cutting lawns. His experience over the years has helped him take small organizations and scale up, and his work at Thrive is impacting hundreds of thousands of people.
    Highlights 
    Introductions 00:30James Woller - Background info 02:40First steps of finding the right partner 04:50James' 5 signifiers of a successful partnership 07:00Example of how two nonprofits can work together and grow from a partnership 08:40Why are nonprofit organizations hesitant to partner with other organizations? 10:50How can your nonprofit organization be optimized for working with others? 17:00Forecast for the future of nonprofits, will partnerships change the game? 20:10Wanna get started today? Here's what you need to know 21:15Coaches Corner - "Given the recent hurricane, what tips do you have for emergency preparedness?" 24:40
    Got a question that you'd like to ask a nonprofit professional? Check out the Coaches Corner in every episode, where our Impact Coaches answer your questions regarding your nonprofit. Email your questions to IMPACTcoaches@IMPACTability.net and listen to next week’s episode to see if your question gets answered! 
    Like this episode? Subscribe to our podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app. 
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    • 34 min
    A Deep Dive Into Data

    A Deep Dive Into Data

    On this week’s episode of IMPACTability®, we are joined by Liz Liston, Chief Development Officer at HOPE Atlanta. We’ll look at different aspects of data and get expert tips on how it can help you. Get ready for a deep dive into data with this week’s episode of IMPACTability®!
    HOPE Atlanta was founded in the early 1900s, and it is the regions most established agency dedicated to fighting homelessness. With over 120 years in service, their mission remains the same. They aspire to end homelessness, one individual at a time. They accomplish this mission through housing and food programs aimed at helping the most vulnerable.
    Highlights 
    Introductions 00:30HOPE Atlanta fundraising backstory 02:18How did you grow your database? 04:21Why should you collect data? 05:22Why nonprofits are behind on data 07:00Where do we start with growing our database? 08:33What type of data should nonprofits be collecting? 10:13Donor management software 12:28Conversion strategy 15:27Best practices for donor data 17:40“People don’t need what we are selling” 19:49Technology tips 20:52One thing to add to donor collection that you might not be looking or asking for 22:07Coaches Corner Question "How do you celebrate your organizations anniversary in order to get the most out of it publicly?" 23:39
    Got a question that you'd like to ask a nonprofit professional? Check out the Coaches Corner in every episode, where our Impact Coaches answer your questions regarding your nonprofit. Email your questions to IMPACTcoaches@IMPACTability.net and listen to next week’s episode to see if your question gets answered! 
    Engage with other nonprofit professionals by joining our IMPACTability® Facebook community! 
    Like this episode? Subscribe to our podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting
    app. 
    Leave a review: They're extremely important because they help new people discover this podcast. If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave us a review.


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    • 29 min
    Making your Succession Plan a Success

    Making your Succession Plan a Success

    On this week's episode of IMPACTability®, we are joined by Joshua Borenstein, Art Executive and Yale Lecturer on "Theatre Organizations." We'll look at the value of a proper succession plan and get expert tips on how to achieve the best possible results regardless of the situation. Save yourself from the future headaches with this week's episode of IMPACTability®!
    About Joshua Borenstein:
    As a teacher, he has been a Lecturer in Theater Management at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale since 2017. He served at Long Wharf Theatre for 13 years, including eight as its Managing Director, and he guided the organization through three different leadership transitions. Josh was recognized in Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Class of 2014.” He is also a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale University's David Geffen School of Drama.
    Highlights 
    Introductions 0:30Why succession plans can be "scary" 2:00Who should create the plan? 2:30Is a succession plan as important as policy? 3:40Best practices for making a plan 4:18Beware of ego's, stick to missions 6:27How often should nonprofits assess their own leadership? 7:20Should you have multiple plans? 8:45Josh's Interim leadership story 13:00Should a nonprofit include interim leadership in their plan? 16:20Do interim Leaders have a say in the choice for the next director? 17:29How to motivate staff during a surprise leadership change 18:40Dealing with the donors 20:58Coaches corner 22:59
    Got a question that you'd like to ask a nonprofit professional? Check out the Coaches Corner in every episode, where our Impact Coaches answer your questions regarding your nonprofit. Email your questions to IMPACTcoaches@IMPACTability.net and listen to next week’s episode to see if your question gets answered! 
    Engage with other nonprofit professionals by joining our IMPACTability® Facebook community! 
    Like this episode? Subscribe to our podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app. 
    Leave a review: Reviews are hugely important because they help new people discover this podcast. If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave us a review.


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    • 28 min
    50th Episode Special: Highlighting the best nonprofit tips and advice

    50th Episode Special: Highlighting the best nonprofit tips and advice

    This week is a special episode of IMPACTability® as we celebrate our 50th episode by highlighting some of the best nonprofit tips, tricks, and resources that our experts have shared with us on the podcast. We have hand-picked some of the best segments from our first fifty episodes, featuring guests who have shared their expertise in the nonprofit sector. It's IMPACTability's Greatest Hits!
    Highlights 
    Introductions 0:30Common donor development mistakes. 1:30
    (With Lou Traina, Senior Consultant at Soukup Strategic Solutions.)
    What is world class stewardship and how do you get there?  2:45
    (With Mark Litzler, Director of Institutional Giving at The Cleveland Orchestra.)
    What are nonprofits missing with fundraising? 4:11
    (With Tim Kachuriak, Founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter.)
    The who, what, when, where, and why of donors 5:10
    (With Tim Sarantonio, Director of Corporate Brand at NeonOne.)
    Why are some nonprofits tech shy? 6:32
    (With Aby Jarvis, Nonprofit Education Manager at Qgiv)
    New developments in fundraising 7:45
    (With Nidhi Doshi, The Founder of PayBee)
    Benefits of donor research and tips for the field 9:30
    (With Daryl Moser, Business Developement Manager at DonorPerfect )
    How to get media publicity 13:45
    (With Kimberly Lohman-Clapp, Founder & CEO at Golden Hour Communications, LLC)
    Website identity thieves 17:00
    (With Jeanne Seewald, Trademark, Copyright, and Licensing Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney)
    Advice on nonprofit collaborations 20:00
    (With Jayson Roa, President and Chief Executive Officer at Avow Hospice, Inc.)
    Risk mitigation  22:00
    (Tony Olivo, Senior Vice President, Software Engineering at FlexGen®)
    How to handle a Board, tips and tricks 26:30
    (With Jamie Ross, the President and CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition.)
    Executive succession plans 28:00
    (With Peggy Monson, Nonprofit Consultant at Soukup Strategic Solutions)
    Engage with other nonprofit professionals by joining our IMPACTability® Facebook community! 
    Like this episode? Subscribe to our podcast on Apple, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app. 
    Leave a review: Reviews are hugely important because they help new people discover this podcast. If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave us a review.


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    • 32 min

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