170 episodes

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.

Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications Joan Garry

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    • 4.5 • 23 Ratings

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 167: For the Love of Strategic Planning

    Ep 167: For the Love of Strategic Planning

    In this episode, my guest compares strategy to love — tune in as Robert Raben and I dig deep into the topic of nonprofit strategic planning and how the right approach can help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    • 48 min
    Ep 166: Uncovering New Nonprofit Funding Sources

    Ep 166: Uncovering New Nonprofit Funding Sources

    Are there nonprofit funding sources out there that are not being sufficiently taken advantage of? According to my guest, Candid CEO, Ann Mei Chang, the answer is yes. Tune in to learn more.

    • 47 min
    Ep 165: Eye-Opening Tales of a Board Nominations Committee Chair

    Ep 165: Eye-Opening Tales of a Board Nominations Committee Chair

    Getting the right people on your nonprofit board is no easy task. Tune in to this episode to learn how one nominations committee chair helped her org build the board of its dreams!

    • 40 min
    Ep 164: A 7-Step Succession Planning Process for Nonprofits

    Ep 164: A 7-Step Succession Planning Process for Nonprofits

    Want to leave your nonprofit in good hands even after you move on to your next adventure? Tune in to discover the 7 crucial steps to a successful succession planning process.

    • 27 min
    Ep 163: What It Takes to Be a Successful Director of Development (with Lori Abrams)

    Ep 163: What It Takes to Be a Successful Director of Development (with Lori Abrams)

    Join me for an eye-opening conversation about fundraising mistakes, fundraising anxiety, and what it actually takes to be a first-rate development director for your nonprofit.

    • 48 min
    Ep 162: Inside the Heart & Mind of a Program Officer (with Rebecca Cokley)

    Ep 162: Inside the Heart & Mind of a Program Officer (with Rebecca Cokley)

    What does an ideal relationship between a program officer and a grantee actually look like? Experienced program officer, Rebecca Cokley, joins me in this episode to answer this frequently asked question.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

full fun ,

Great tool for new Executive Directors

I’m about to take on my first Executive Director position and I’m so happy to have discovered this podcast. Taking notes!

Baobab_123 ,

Useful information for newbies

As both a staff member at an NGO, and a new board member at other non-profits, I find the range of topics useful and interesting. But I would prefer shorter podcasts — maximum 30 minutes. There’s too much repetition in each show, and even the same basic ideas coming up in multiple shows.

Lucky Jen ,

So helpful

Really enjoying this podcast - so helpful for those in the nonprofit leadership world.

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