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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.

    beyond the boilerplate - grant writing that works with Shavonn Richardson

    beyond the boilerplate - grant writing that works with Shavonn Richardson

    Grant writing. It’s one of those things that every organization struggles with. Often grant writing seems like it’s a bad investment of time and effort - you put 100 out there, you hear 1 back. So how can nonprofits be more “grant-ready” and less overwhelmed with the process. On today’s podcast, CEO of Think and Ink Consulting, Shavonn Richardson, walks us through the key steps to prepare for a successful grant writing cycle. 
    Myths that Shavonn wants us to walk away
    “Let’s start writing right away!”. Getting straight into the writing without doing any pre-work is not necessarily a sign of proactiveness when it comes to grant-writing. There are steps to set your organization’s grant strategy and writing up for success, See tips below.Shavonn’s tips on preparing your organization to be grant-ready
    Building relationships with funders. Do the research to find funders that are truly in alignment with your needs and values and have a conversation with them before applying if possible. This step will help you narrow down the list of prospects. Conduct a logic model exercise. What is the theory of change that your program has, and how are you going to deliver the impact you want to deliver? Articulating the logic model of your program will help you anticipate and answer so many grant questions that by the time you write, it will feel effortless. Establish measure of success and track metrics consistently. You don’t have to follow a grantor's definition of success, but you do need to establish your own measure of success and be able to track those metrics consistently. Regardless of which grant you’re applying, have these measures in place and develop the habit for tracking metrics now. Have a detailed program/project budget. Build out a program budget that has a very detailed, line-by-line program budget so that if the funder asks for a detailed budget, you already have it, and if they don’t, then you can simplify it. Train your board to take part in the process. The board needs to be involved in collaboration with the staff to come up with the strategic direction of programs, and they should be involved talking to funders when needed. Make sure your board understands their role and is supporting the staff.
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    “Really take the time and focus on quality over quantity and do the research to only select foundations that are really aligned with what you do. Not a stretch. Not outside of your current program. But are really aligned with what you do. And if you take the time to cultivate a relationship with that funder, you will go much further when you go to submit an application.”
    “A logic model will pull out all those juicy details that funders ask for. They will ask what are your smart outcomes? What are your short term, intermediate term, and long term objectives? What's your overall vision? What are your activities? How are you measuring them? One logic model can answer 500 questions that a funder would ask you.”
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    The Good Partnership

    Keela - Donor Experience Week Rethinking Stewardship in the Digital Age - September 27 - 29 and October 1, 2021Why we give, how we give, and where we give have revolutionized over the course of the last 18-months as the sector looks inward while outwardly paving the way for future generations of donors. As we veer towards digital giving methods, shouldn’t our stewardship practices adapt alongside?
    Support the show (https://paypal.me/smallnonprofit)

    • 27 min
    stop tripping over your triggers, an excerpt from Raise It! with Cindy Wagman

    stop tripping over your triggers, an excerpt from Raise It! with Cindy Wagman

    Our sector - especially in small nonprofits - is filled with reluctant fundraisers who were assigned the responsibility of fundraising so that they can keep the organization afloat. Reluctant fundraisers know a lot about fundraising best practices, but when it comes to actually doing it, fundraising still feels difficult and even impossible. 
    To support all the reluctant fundraisers, our very own Cindy Wagman wrote a book titled Raise It! The Reluctant Fundraiser’s Guide to Raising Money Without Selling Your Soul. On this very first episode of the season, Cindy shares with us an excerpt from the book. 
    Myths that Cindy wants us to walk away from
    “How dare I ask people?”  There is always a hesitation to ask because of our assumptions about donors and funders. A helpful reframe for this thought is - “how dare I not ask people?”  Our organization’s mission is too important for it to be sitting in dust and not rally people’s support. “If this strategy works for other organizations, it must work for us. Right?!” The comparison game shows up a lot for small organizations. The truth is - a cookie cutter approach to fundraising doesn’t work. What works for another organization is not a magical solution to your problem. Start from where you are. “We need this and that in place before we can fundraise” Is this thought true, or is this another excuse to delay the action of actually doing the fundraising? You don’t need a fancy branding guide or marketing plan before starting to fundraising. Cindy’s philosophy on addressing the root cause of fundraising pain
    Focus on changing how we think and feel when we fundraise, rather than chasing for the magical solution. Recruiting a board member that knows fundraising won’t fix all your fundraising pain. Speaking to another organization that does individual giving well is not going to drastically increase your donations. If you are reluctant to fundraise, you will never prioritize it. Check in how our beliefs around fundraising show up in different fundraising situations. For example, before going into a donor meeting, what are all the thoughts that are showing up on your mind? How are you feeling? Write these down and see if these thoughts are true or just assumptions that you’re bringing into the situation. For more on how to change our mindset around fundraising, listen to the podcast and get your hands on Cindy’s new book and the amazing bonuses exclusive to the presale period. Pre-order your copy of Raise It! here today. 
    Resources from this Episode
     The Good Partnership
    Pre-order your copy of Raise It! The Reluctant Fundraiser’s Guide to Raising Money Without Selling Your Soul and get all the amazing bonuses today. 
    Keela - Donor Experience Week Rethinking Stewardship in the Digital Age - September 27 - 29 and October 1, 2021Why we give, how we give, and where we give have revolutionized over the course of the last 18-months as the sector looks inward while outwardly paving the way for future generations of donors. As we veer towards digital giving methods, shouldn’t our stewardship practices adapt alongside?
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    • 29 min
    Finding your voice with Lucia Cesaroni

    Finding your voice with Lucia Cesaroni

    Do you get butterflies in your stomach before making a big pitch or presentation? To end the season off, we invited Lucia Cesaroni, world renowned opera singer and voice consultant, to share with us how to find our own voice and project it with confidence and ease. 
    Myths that Lucia wants us to walk away from
    “I get nervous before presenting because I am not good at it.”  Everyone gets nervous. We’re biologically wired to get nerves before a big presentation. Our brain perceives the presentation as a threat. Our nerves are a signal that our brain is trying to protect us from danger. “I am not an extrovert and so I am not good at presenting.” Despite the fact that we’re often informed by the assumption extroverted people are better at public speaking, finding your own voice and projecting your voice is not related to introversion or extroversion.Lucia’s tips on preparing the body and mind for presenting
    Do some breathing exercises to find your own voice modulation. We often subconsciously model our voice after our role models or what society projects as our role models, without realizing that we have a tonal range and voice modulation that we can explore and leverage according to different situations. Tune into the breathing exercises that Lucia shares on the podcast to explore the different possibilities of your own voice. Stretch to take up more space. When you stretch, you will find that your body naturally sits up a little straighter and taller. When you take up more space, your voice will project with more confidence and the receiver of your voice will feel your presence. Take time before responding. Whether you are making a big speech, or responding to comments in an intense meeting, make sure you take pauses. Take a second to bring back awareness to your body and breathing. Take a second to feel your grounding, whether you’re sitting or standing. 
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    “When our brain, mostly incorrectly, perceives a high pressure situation as a threat, adrenaline rises, certain chemicals are released. What we need to do is to learn to reroute that process, and that requires body awareness, vocal awareness and mental focus, mindful preparedness, and coping strategies.”
    “When we are confronted with a challenging situation, we have to focus on body first and brain second.”


    Resources from this Episode
     The Good Partnership
    Find Lucia at Cesaroni Consulting


    Keela - Donor Experience Week Rethinking Stewardship in the Digital Age - September 27 - 29 and October 1, 2021Why we give, how we give, and where we give have revolutionized over the course of the last 18-months as the sector looks inward while outwardly paving the way for future generations of donors. As we veer towards digital giving methods, shouldn’t our stewardship practices adapt alongside?
    Support the show (https://paypal.me/smallnonprofit)

    • 39 min
    Giving Trends with Jacob O'Connor

    Giving Trends with Jacob O'Connor

    How have donors been giving this past year? And what’s the outlook for the future of giving? On today’s podcast episode, Jacob O’Connor, Vice President of Engagement at CanadaHelps, comes to share with us the latest giving trends published in CanadaHelps’ 2021 Giving Report. 


    Jacob’s highlights of 2021 giving trends 
    Charities are adopting digital giving rapidly. During the pandemic, online giving grew 86% while overall giving decreased by 10%. While many charities needed to put a stop to their in-person fundraising efforts, they are seeing significant growth to their online giving. There is huge potential for charities that have not yet adopted online giving to make that shift. Young donors are giving to causes they deeply care about. Young donors who don’t necessarily have a very high income have stepped up in major ways during this pandemic. Not only are they giving to individual charities, they are also donating to cause based funds that will benefit a larger number of charities. Because of the diversification of donors, important issues and sectors are being supported in more significant ways. For instance, we’re seeing an increase for individual donation to Indigenous charities and arts and cultural sector6
    Favourite Quotes from Today’s Episode


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    “Young people are really engaged with the issues that are top of mind right now, and that's playing out across the board in all the given trends.”
    “From a financial perspective, the shift from big checks to community-based giving is much more sustainable and less volatile, when you have 1000 donors versus one funder as your source of funding.”


    Resources from this Episode
    The Good Partnership
    Connect with Jacob on LinkedIn
    Read The 2021 Giving Report by CanadaHelps


    Keela - Donor Experience Week Rethinking Stewardship in the Digital Age - September 27 - 29 and October 1, 2021Why we give, how we give, and where we give have revolutionized over the course of the last 18-months as the sector looks inward while outwardly paving the way for future generations of donors. As we veer towards digital giving methods, shouldn’t our stewardship practices adapt alongside?
    Support the show (https://paypal.me/smallnonprofit)

    • 27 min
    creating our future with André Pawan Vashist

    creating our future with André Pawan Vashist

    How can we actively create the future we want to see beyond the COVID-19 pandemic? On today’s podcast, André Pawan Vashist, ecosystem facilitator, system solution designer, and seasoned nonprofit leader, shares with us his insights on how to move from a transactional way of thinking and doing to bringing about transformational changes in our sector and in our society as a whole. 
    André’s insights on how we move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic 
    Move beyond transactional based processes. Recognize the limit of the transactional processes (like a grant application for funding) in our system and assess how they can better reflect relationships and perspectives from different communities. Actively learn different ways of knowing and thinking. To bring about transformational changes, We must learn not only the different ways of doing but also the different ways of knowing. In the episode, Audre gives the example of learning from Indigenous communities and how they view ways of knowing.Hold space to heal our intersectional identities. We see through experiences from our different lived experiences and identify. It is important to not only recognize the different identities and perspectives that co-exist, but also celebrate that identities are intrinsically intersectional. Increase transparency and openness. Say goodbye to job postings that don’t disclose salary range. Question the lack of transparency and what kind of structure and value they try to uphold that no longer fit into the equitable world we want to see. 


    Favourite Quotes from Today’s Episode


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    “To go from transactional to transformation - in the middle of that is our relationships”
    “Revisit what it means to be an actor in society and not having to always be structured within a hierarchical organizational structure, it's okay to have those structures because they’re foundational in terms of holding space and resources, but they also interact in terms of transformation that requires actors moving in between those spaces"


    Resources from this Episode
    The Good Partnership
    Connect with André 


    Keela - Donor Experience Week Rethinking Stewardship in the Digital Age - September 27 - 29 and October 1, 2021Why we give, how we give, and where we give have revolutionized over the course of the last 18-months as the sector looks inward while outwardly paving the way for future generations of donors. As we veer towards digital giving methods, shouldn’t our stewardship practices adapt alongside?
    Support the show (https://paypal.me/smallnonprofit)

    • 30 min
    06 - 22 Neurodiversity in the workplace with Isabella He and Isabelle Hsu

    06 - 22 Neurodiversity in the workplace with Isabella He and Isabelle Hsu

    Despite all the research that shows the untapped talent and capabilities of neurodiverse population, neurodiverse individuals are still facing significant barriers when seeking employment and adapting to workplace culture and practice that is not made accessible to them. How can employers proactively design a healthy workplace to support neurodiverse individuals to shine with their incredible talents? On today’s podcast, Isabella He and Isabelle Hsu, two young leaders of advocacy for neurodiversity, join us to share their insight and experience. 
    Isabelle and Isabella’s tips on making workplace accessible for neurodiverse individuals: 
    Adopt a strength-based approach. Neurodiverse individuals might need specific accommodations to equip them to work in the style they feel comfortable with and show their amazing strengths. Focus on their strengths when you communicate and work with neurodiverse individuals. Adopt the mindset of how you can design the workplace to unleash the amazing strengths of your neurodiverse teammates. Raise general awareness and literacy about neurodiversity. The literacy around neurodiversity is still relatively low in our society. Seek resources that raise awareness at your workplace to learn more about neurodiversity so that you and your team know how toSeek help to design the accessibility policy and practice at your workplace. There are professional accessibility specialists that can help you design your workplace practice and support your workplace to be certified neurodiverse workplace. Favourite Quotes from Today’s Episode


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    “I founded SN Inclusion after realizing that some people I knew that I had no idea were neurodiverse were actually neurodiverse and they had such struggles getting into the workplace and face so many adversities due to a lot of the stigmas that still perpetuate yeah in our world today. Unemployment rates among individuals with autism spectrum disorder is at 85%. I was shocked by that statistics.” - Isabella


    “One thing to keep in mind is that so many of us with neurodiverse conditions have unfortunately learned to keep our conditions private and try not to bother others or to advocate for our specific needs. Of course, there are also people who are the complete opposite of that. But in general, if an employer wants to make a workplace more friendly, I suggest they approach it in a more proactive way to ask what needs to be done instead of waiting for employees to approach you and tell you what they need.” - Isabelle


    Resources from this Episode
    The Good Partnership
    SN Inclusion


    Keela - Donor Experience Week Rethinking Stewardship in the Digital Age - September 27 - 29 and October 1, 2021Why we give, how we give, and where we give have revolutionized over the course of the last 18-months as the sector looks inward while outwardly paving the way for future generations of donors. As we veer towards digital giving methods, shouldn’t our stewardship practices adapt alongside?
    Support the show (https://paypal.me/smallnonprofit)

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Kyra JT ,

A weekly reminder

Each podcast I’m in awe of what I learn; from the incredible guests, to Cindy’s insights. Many fundraising myths and and the future of the nonprofit world gets unpacked in these episodes, which serve as a great reminder that there is so much more to learn to be able to work better and improve our sector. A must listen each week!

KylieHut ,

Weave this into your commute

I love recommending this podcast to my nonprofit clients. Executive directors are so strapped for time, but if they can weave this little podcast into their commute they’re sure to come away with practical advice and ideas they can use immediately.

BW4200 ,

Just keeps getting better

I’ve been a fan of Cindy’s podcast since the “early days” and it just keeps getting better. Well worth your time if you’re in a small charity, or just getting started in the industry.

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