50 episodes

Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind. Here we will band together across disciplines within the ecosystem of the nonprofit sector to illuminate perspectives, decode motivations, and leverage strategies in the business of generosity. On this show, your host, Lindsay Simonds, invites you to a friendly conversation about contributing to good. With this, we will ultimately increase empathy, create stronger bonds and make more impact on mission-driven work. Whether you are a nonprofit executive, a legacy donor, a major gifts fundraiser, a crowdsource hacker, program director, impact investor, corporate partner or beneficiary, this space is for all of us to inform, inspire and evolve.

Creating Community for Good Lindsay Simonds

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Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind. Here we will band together across disciplines within the ecosystem of the nonprofit sector to illuminate perspectives, decode motivations, and leverage strategies in the business of generosity. On this show, your host, Lindsay Simonds, invites you to a friendly conversation about contributing to good. With this, we will ultimately increase empathy, create stronger bonds and make more impact on mission-driven work. Whether you are a nonprofit executive, a legacy donor, a major gifts fundraiser, a crowdsource hacker, program director, impact investor, corporate partner or beneficiary, this space is for all of us to inform, inspire and evolve.

    50: Jordan Langer | The Mentality that Makes a Nonprofit Mission Undeniable

    50: Jordan Langer | The Mentality that Makes a Nonprofit Mission Undeniable

    My guest today is Jordan Langer, a wildly creative and successful business entrepreneur, and a high-school dropout. As the founder of Non Plus Ultra, best known for hosting large-scale parties or conferences in its myriad portfolio of properties, Jordan works 20-hour days, but still found time to invest in the community. His desire to do something truly impactful for people and his own story with the American education system led him to create Project Wreckless, a San Francisco-based capacity development non-profit organization centered around the restoration of badass old American classic cars.
    Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways, and episode resources.

    • 54 min
    Julie Ordoñez | Courageous Fundraising For Bigger Donations

    Julie Ordoñez | Courageous Fundraising For Bigger Donations

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    There are so many issues, local to global, that it seems almost impossible to find a solution to all of them: poverty, access to education, clean water, housing, human trafficking… you name it. Furthermore, there are a ton of other issues that seem to be reaching a tipping point like climate change and the refugee crisis. 
    But you know what? We already have the solutions to many of these problems. The nonprofit space exists to mend these issues through participation and programming. It’s a matter of time, energy, and resources to make it happen. This is a hard question: if there is enough money out there, are we fundraisers doing enough to activate extraordinary giving? Organizations need stability. They need overhead funding. And they need ambitious goals to fulfill their missions. If we have the guts to solicit bigger gifts, we can see the change. 
    Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways, and episode resources.

    • 52 min
    Choice in Aging | How to Make An Ask For Our Future

    Choice in Aging | How to Make An Ask For Our Future

    Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind. WITH THE INTENTION TO inform, inspire and evolve.
    What would it be like to be a fly on the wall as a nationally recognized, 9-figure donor talks to an executive director about giving motivations and priorities? This episode does just that (with consent and some gentle guidance from yours truly, of course.) Our goal in this episode was to make it a working meeting – and to share it with you! We talked about how to refine a case for support, activate best practices for capital campaign engagement, consider how to cultivate potential prospective donors, and learn about foundation giving at large – especially during a spend-down. 
    Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways, and episode resources.

    • 49 min
    Rick Happy | The State of Philanthropy and Key Lessons From The Pandemic

    Rick Happy | The State of Philanthropy and Key Lessons From The Pandemic

    Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind. WITH THE INTENTION TO inform, inspire and evolve.
    In this episode, Rick Happy, renowned philanthropic advisor for over 35 years— and a mentor to me — shares wisdom and advice all members of nonprofit leadership would benefit from considering. Take a listen to the first interview Rick did with me at the height of the pandemic, episode 8. In that episode, we talked from the eye of the hurricane about techniques to find funders and stay afloat. It’s been almost 18 months since then and things have definitely changed. Today I am interested in exploring with him what humanity has learned in this time about giving, and about our own human behavior when it comes to times of crisis. Join in!
    Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways, and episode resources.

    • 43 min
    Bill Tortorici and Ryan Marshall | Pandemic Layoffs & Job Seeking

    Bill Tortorici and Ryan Marshall | Pandemic Layoffs & Job Seeking

    Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind. WITH THE INTENTION TO inform, inspire and evolve.
    In this episode of Creating Community for Good podcast, I talked to Ryan Marshall and Bill Tortorici. Both are talented fundraisers from different parts of the country and in different roles in the sector who were laid off during the pandemic. And they were not the only ones who met this same fate: 926,045 nonprofit jobs were lost by the end of February 2021. With an average recovery of 39,520 jobs per month, it will take the sector around two years to return to its pre-covid level of employment, according to the March 2021 updated estimates following the procedures laid out on Candid’s December Report.
    Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways and episode resources.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Shanti Brien | Radical Empathy From a Criminal Defense Attorney

    Shanti Brien | Radical Empathy From a Criminal Defense Attorney

    Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind. WITH THE INTENTION TO inform, inspire and evolve.
    In today´s episode of Creating Community for Good I was joined by criminal defense attorney and author, Shanti Brien. Being a defense attorney is a work of tremendous responsibility and pressure since your client’s life is essentially in your hands. Shanti specializes in criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings; the very last instances of the criminal justice system like the habeas corpus. Shanti’s clients are those who have already been convicted and are fighting the system from the inside; many of them convicted to life in prison.
    Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways and episode resources.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Lindsay, host of the podcast, highlights all aspects of philanthropy and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

RusnBear ,

Non Profit Curious

As someone who has spent a majority of his time in the for profit world and is trying to transition to potentially into the non profit world I found Lindsay’s podcast incredibly relevant, informative and very helpful! Can’t miss!

oliviabaker13 ,

Inspiring, engaging, and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re a well-established fundraiser or simply interested in learning more about philanthropy and some of the amazing non-profits out there - this is a must-listen podcast for you!

Lindsay is an expert host whose passion really shines through her interviews. She does a fantastic job leading conversations with an impressive lineup of founders, fundraisers, and other social impact leaders.

Each Creating Community for Good episode contains a wealth of information and actionable tips. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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