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What goes on behind closed doors at nonprofits?
Listen and find out what goes wrong, what goes right and what we can learn from it all.
Irreverent and informative Dear Abby style Q & A with your host Jess Birken and a cavalcade of guests.

Charity Therapy Jess Birken, MNM, JD

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What goes on behind closed doors at nonprofits?
Listen and find out what goes wrong, what goes right and what we can learn from it all.
Irreverent and informative Dear Abby style Q & A with your host Jess Birken and a cavalcade of guests.

    It’s a Burner-Outer

    It’s a Burner-Outer

    When you think about fundraising, lots of us think about DOLLARS. It’s all about raising that revenue, dollar by dollar, right? But what if we changed the way we think about fundraising altogether? This week’s guest, Noah Gerding, fundraiser extraordinaire, breaks down how the best way to increase those dollars is to focus instead on the relationships. Tune to hear about what you should do to reliably raise revenues and how to track what REALLY matters!
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    • 25 min
    Here Comes the Drama Sh#tstorm

    Here Comes the Drama Sh#tstorm

    No matter what kind of nonprofit you run, it all depends on the people. Board, staff, volunteers, program participants, partners – it’s humans involved that make the mission delivery happen. But where humans are involved, drama follows! What happens when the folks involved in the nonprofit do bad things? What do you do when you uncover fraud, prior convictions, assault, or other unsavory things in your community? And how do make sure the organization weathers the storm? Don’t miss this episode!
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    • 22 min
    Survey Says…

    Survey Says…

    There are several different topics in the nonprofit sector that can reliably kick up some drama, and today we’re talking about a big one – executive compensation. How much money should a nonprofit leader be paid? How much is too much, or too little? And what the heck is a “rebuttable presumption of reasonableness”??? Tune into this episode for some mild rants and lots of good info about paying your people.
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    • 21 min
    Let’s Get Existential

    Let’s Get Existential

    Shutting down a nonprofit organization is a whole messy process – from the legal requirements to the emotional impact, there’s a lot to consider. Meghan and I teamed up for this episode to answer your questions about nonprofit dissolution. When do you know it’s time to dissolve? What happens if you actually accomplish your mission? What do you do with leftover money? Tune in, and let’s get existential!

    • 18 min
    Screaming into the Void

    Screaming into the Void

    Social media for nonprofits – is it a huge opportunity, or just another task to add to your growing to-do list? I invited nonprofit social media consultant Julia Campbell to join me on this episode to talk all things social. Do you NEED an account on every single platform? What’s the difference between a social platform being active versus actually effective? How can you leverage a big audience online? You won’t want to miss this!
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    • 26 min
    Welcome to Survivor Island

    Welcome to Survivor Island

    If your nonprofit has voting members, that means your members have REAL LEGAL standing and rights. So, what happens when things go sideways with a voting member? Membership association expert and CEO of Management HQ Dara Rudick joined me to answer all your thorny member questions! Can you remove a member from the nonprofit? What happens when the entire membership is divided into two warring factions? Tune in to find out!
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    • 24 min

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ShmooZee ,

All the things you forget to ask!

Thanks Jess for a super insightful podcast. You cover all the little questions non-profits forget to ask!

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