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You are going to change the world. We can help. Running a small nonprofit is not for the faint of heart. With limited resources and fueled by a combination of caffeine and passion, small charity leaders are unsung heroes. The Small Nonprofit podcast, by The Good Partnership, gives you down-to-earth, practical and actionable expert guidance on how to run a small nonprofit. From leadership and law to fundraising and finance, we’ve got you covered. Forget comparing your organization to the big shops, we’re creating a community of nonprofit leaders who are going to change the world, one small nonprofit at a time.

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You are going to change the world. We can help. Running a small nonprofit is not for the faint of heart. With limited resources and fueled by a combination of caffeine and passion, small charity leaders are unsung heroes. The Small Nonprofit podcast, by The Good Partnership, gives you down-to-earth, practical and actionable expert guidance on how to run a small nonprofit. From leadership and law to fundraising and finance, we’ve got you covered. Forget comparing your organization to the big shops, we’re creating a community of nonprofit leaders who are going to change the world, one small nonprofit at a time.

    equity in data with Meena Das

    equity in data with Meena Das

    So many small nonprofits don't know where to start when it comes to managing the data they have. How can we use our data effectively and efficiently? And how do we make sure it’s being used with an equity lens? If you're struggling with this, definitely give this episode a listen!
    On today’s episode, I’m joined by Meena Das, Founder & Philanthropy Analytics Consultant at NamasteData, and her focus of work is grounding data and analytics solutions for nonprofits in the ideas of equity and inclusion.
    Key Highlights:
    Best practices of equitable data management for small nonprofitsHow to apply an equity lens in data collection as a nonprofit?Ethical challenges of data collection in the nonprofit sectorHow to balance DEI values with funders and partners?Connect with Meena Das:
    Meena’s LinkedIn https://ca.linkedin.com/in/meenadas Website: https://www.namastedata.org/Resources: 
    FREE Fundraising Strategy Guide: https://www.thegoodpartnership.com/guide
    Our friends and sponsors at Keela asked me to put together a guide of fundraising tips I wished every small nonprofit knew. Go ahead and download the guide here: https://www.keela.co/consultant/the-good-partnership (and don't forget that Keela offers our listeners 40% off their first year's subscription).

    • 30 min
    employee volunteering with Heather Nelson

    employee volunteering with Heather Nelson

    “Everybody pays, nobody pays. Because I think one of the most important principles that we put in place with our clients around corporate is transparency” - Heather Nelson
    employee volunteering with Heather Nelson
    Is corporate volunteerism trendy right now? Absolutely! Should you still include it in your corporate giving strategies? Probably.
    In this episode, I sat down with Heather Nelson of Bridgeraise, and talked about how your nonprofit can benefit from corporate volunteerism and how to get started with building a strong relationship with your corporate partners.
    Key Highlights:
    The value of corporate volunteerism to for-profit organizations and how to leverage it for your small nonprofitTypes of employee engagement: In-person, online, employee educationActivity ideas for an employee engagement programHow to gain revenue from corporate volunteeringHow to set up corporate partnerships with transparencyConnect with Heather: 
    LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/nelsonheather
    Website: https://www.bridgeraise.com/
    Resources: 
    FREE Fundraising Strategy Guide: https://www.thegoodpartnership.com/guide
    Our friends and sponsors at Keela asked me to put together a guide of fundraising tips I wished every small nonprofit knew. Go ahead and download the guide here: https://www.keela.co/consultant/the-good-partnership (and don't forget that Keela offers our listeners 40% off their first year's subscription).

    • 37 min
    practicing community centric fundraising with Maria Rio

    practicing community centric fundraising with Maria Rio

    “Community-Centric Fundraising is about reimagining how we engage our communities, so whether that's our service users or volunteers, our donors, to make everyone feel really valued and invested in the work. - Maria Rio”
    practicing community centric fundraising with Maria Rio
    You may have heard of a growing movement called Community Centric Fundraising (CCF) but have lots of questions of how it works and how you might apply it to your organization.
    Maria Rio, joins me in this conversation today on The Small Nonprofit Podcast. She has been working in nonprofits for ten years, has personal experience as a service user, and has spent the last year and a half testing out various CCF approaches. Maria is going to talk about how community-centric fundraising works—and how it can enable your fundraising program to raise money AND fulfill your mission at the same time. 
    Highlights: 
    What is community-centric fundraising and what makes it different?Equitable donor stewardshipBuilding non-transactional relationships in fundraising eventsCommunity Advocacy and public policy workCollective missionConnect with Maria: 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariario/
    Resource: 
    FREE Fundraising Strategy Guide: https://www.thegoodpartnership.com/guide
    Our friends and sponsors at Keela asked me to put together a guide of fundraising tips I wished every small nonprofit knew. Go ahead and download the guide here: https://www.keela.co/consultant/the-good-partnership (and don't forget that Keela offers our listeners 40% off their first year's subscription).

    • 36 min
    in between asks - with Mike Duerksen

    in between asks - with Mike Duerksen

    Sometimes fundraising in a small nonprofit can feel start-stop. You put in effort and maybe see results, but then as soon as you slow down, the money stops coming in. 
    But on today’s podcast, guest Mike Duerksen, Founder and CEO of BuildGood, shares with us his “flywheel” method for creating a fundraising program that operates on momentum, so that the longer you fundraise, the less effort it takes to grow.
    Sounds dreamy, right? Mike covers:
    The Flywheel analogy of fundraising for small nonprofitsFive parts of Flywheel analogy Listening to donorsHow to engage donors through virtual and in-person eventsThe tactics of a good “ASK”Connect with Mike: 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeduerksen
    Website: https://buildgood.com/
    Resources: 
    5minutefundraisingfix.com
    FREE Fundraising Strategy Guide: https://www.thegoodpartnership.com/guide
    Our friends and sponsors at Keela asked me to put together a guide of fundraising tips I wished every small nonprofit knew. Go ahead and download the guide here: https://www.keela.co/consultant/the-good-partnership (and don't forget that Keela offers our listeners 40% off their first year's subscription).

    • 47 min
    direct mail isn’t dead with John Lepp

    direct mail isn’t dead with John Lepp

    And the small charities can slow down a little bit and stop automating. I remind people that direct response, whether it's direct mail or if it's online, I don't care what it is. It is an opportunity for conversation. You are talking to other human beings that we call donors. And that's an opportunity to have something, a meaningful connection with someone who wants to help you achieve your goals. And just like relationships are in real life. - John Lepp
    direct mail isn’t dead with John LeppIn today’s episode, we are joined by John Lepp, a partner at Agents of Good and the author of Creative Deviations. He has over 25 years of experience in the fundraising and design industry and is an expert in direct-response fundraising. John is breaking down how to raise more money through direct mail using design and authenticity. 
    Highlights:
    The role of creative design in fundraisingThe importance of direct mail in fundraising, despite the common belief that it is no longer effective.The advantages that small organizations have in terms of being able to stand out and be more personal with their donor communications.Debunking myths about direct mail in fundraising How can small nonprofits stand out in direct mail to raise more moneyConnect with John: 
    Website: https://agentsofgood.org/creativeLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnlepp/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnlepp_aog/Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnleppResources:
    The Good Partnership - FREE Fundraising Strategy GuideOur friends and sponsors at Keela asked me to put together a guide of fundraising tips I wished every small nonprofit knew. Go ahead and download the guide here: https://www.keela.co/consultant/the-good-partnership (and don't forget that Keela offers our listeners 40% off their first year's subscription).

    • 28 min
    networks for impact with Michelle Shumate

    networks for impact with Michelle Shumate

    “Your first goal is let's create a win where we can begin to work on these relationships, where we can begin to build some trust, and then we're going to come back and we're going to see what the next step is. ” - Michelle Shumate
    networks for impact with Michelle ShumateIn today’s episode, we are joined by Michelle Shumate from Northwestern University and the author of Networks for Social Impact. If you’ve ever wondered about working in partnership with other organizations, Michelle shares her experience and framework to help that go smoothly so that everyone benefits. 

    Highlights: 
    How small nonprofits can benefit from collaborationHow to make partnerships work for your organization without depleting your resourcesTwo paths of sharing vision and goals in partnershipsImplementing an equitable collaborationManaging collaborations during unexpected circumstancesConnect with Michelle: 
    Website: https://nnsi.northwestern.eduTwitter: https://twitter.com/ProfShumateLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleshumateResources:
    The Good Partnership - FREE Fundraising Strategy GuideOur friends and sponsors at Keela asked me to put together a guide of fundraising tips I wished every small nonprofit knew. Go ahead and download the guide here: https://www.keela.co/consultant/the-good-partnership (and don't forget that Keela offers our listeners 40% off their first year's subscription).

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Ash A H ,

Corporate Fundraising Building Blocks with Heather Nelson

What a great episode! Heather’s extensive corporate partnership knowledge is incredible, and the rapport between her and Cindy creates a great discussion. I highly recommend for small org fundraisers to also take a listen, and the big shops too. 😉Everyone will have a useful takeaway.

Adildhalla ,

Excellent Resource

This is such an excellent resource for non-profit leaders and more generally, humans who are invested in their growth and education.

reluctantconsultant ,

A stellar interviewer

Cindy is such a warm, authentic and sincere interviewer. This podcast is a weekly staple for me. The content is always helpful, relevant and entertaining! Thanks Cindy. Well done!

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