200 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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    • 4.4 • 25 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 197: Stop Calling It Microaggressions: A Call To Action To Intercept Subtle Acts Of Exclusion

    Ep 197: Stop Calling It Microaggressions: A Call To Action To Intercept Subtle Acts Of Exclusion

    It is a misnomer. There is nothing ‘micro’ about microaggression. What is the real meaning of microaggression, what should it truly be called, and how can a leader recognize and take action to tackle it? Dr. Tiffany Jana shares her insights, why she has stopped using the word ‘crazy’, and what organizations can do to create a culture of awareness.

    • 44 min
    Ep 196: How Risky Is AI For Nonprofits? (with Beth Kanter)

    Ep 196: How Risky Is AI For Nonprofits? (with Beth Kanter)

    Organizations around the world are using artificial intelligence to improve processes, delegate tasks, and drive progress. What do nonprofit leaders need to know?

    • 45 min
    Ep 195: Conflict Resolution and Finding the Third Ground (with Ken Cloke)

    Ep 195: Conflict Resolution and Finding the Third Ground (with Ken Cloke)

    World-renowned conflict resolution expert, Ken Cloke, shares his secrets for overcoming conflict using proven strategies from his mediation practice that have brought "impossible" conflicts to peace across the world for 4 decades.

    • 52 min
    Ep 194: Leaders of Color in Nonprofits: Challenges and Opportunities (with April Frazier Camara)

    Ep 194: Leaders of Color in Nonprofits: Challenges and Opportunities (with April Frazier Camara)

    In this episode, I chat with April Frazier Camara about how diversity is the secret sauce in nonprofit leadership. Her insights? Eye-opening. You'll see our sector in a whole new light.

    • 57 min
    Ep 193: Is "Martyritis" Killing Your Organization? (with Kishshana Palmer)

    Ep 193: Is "Martyritis" Killing Your Organization? (with Kishshana Palmer)

    In our sector, time often feels like a scarce resource. You're likely juggling countless tasks, believing that maximum productivity is the key to fulfilling your mission. But what if we're approaching time all wrong?

    • 41 min
    Ep 192: Embracing Our Finite Time (with Oliver Burkeman)

    Ep 192: Embracing Our Finite Time (with Oliver Burkeman)

    In our sector, time often feels like a scarce resource. You're likely juggling countless tasks, believing that maximum productivity is the key to fulfilling your mission. But what if we're approaching time all wrong?

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 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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