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.
Mallory Erickson | A New Way to Fundraise
Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind. WITH THE INTENTION TO inform, inspire and evolve.
On today’s episode of Creating Community For Good, I was joined by Mallory Erickson, a certified fundraising coach with experience serving over 50 fundraisers and organizations. She, like myself, believes in the importance of changing the narrative of nonprofits around money, engagement, and donor-organization relationships. It is not about begging or chasing donors for money anymore, it’s about providing people with an awesome opportunity to join a cause and fuel a movement!
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42: Tiffany Williams | Behind the Scenes of a Fundraising Consultant
In this episode a fellow consultant and dear friend of mine, Tiffany Williams, and I explore a day in the life of a consultant. In this interview you’ll hear the challenges we grapple with in terms of what clients we will take, and what we won’t; how to prioritize the assignment while opening the space to pressing current events and societal demands; and techniques of building trust. Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways and episode resources.
41: Camera On | Not your Typical Zoom Room with Dana Snyder
Now, I know a lot of you are glad you don’t have to go to any more (proverbial) rubber chicken dinners. Not me! I loved galas! I’m a social butterfly who liked connecting with new and old friends, experiencing delight of an orchestrated festivity, and then floating away lit up about the cause we rallied to support that evening. I’m not really one for TV in general, so, when I tell you I did NOT enjoy pre-recorded, virtual Zoom events in Q1 of SIP, believe me, I mean it. Good news! Creativity wins again!! I am jazzed by the astute genius that has proven me wrong: virtual events can be captivating, dynamic, and ...dare I say, fun! The entertainment- and community-engagement-experts of the world pivoted and innovated quickly to enchant us, all from the comfort of our PJs. No doubt some of these new strategies will inform how we connect in person or virtually going forward. Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind (...and nature and animals and environment and all the things.) With the INTENTION to inform, inspire and evolve, allow me to introduce to you my new go-to social / virtual / positivity gal: Dana Snyder. Dana is a bad@ss. Just listen to her! Her enthusiasm and optimism are contagious. She rolls through this interview spilling creativity and solutions effortlessly. As someone who thought she was allergic to virtual events, I’m sincerely excited to know what we saw months ago is not what we’ll see going forward. Innovation abounds and Dana’s got all the juice you need to hook your event up with something your audience will be talking about for the ages.Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways and episode resources.
40: We Are For Good | Employee Giving Campaigns: From Staff to Ambassadors
We Are For Good is a place dedicated to celebrating the power of philanthropy, and equipping this generation of nonprofit leaders and philanthropists with the mindsets, tools, and innovative ideas to make a bigger impact. Becky Endicott, Co-Founder and Chief Storyteller, started her career in philanthropy at the Oklahoma State University Foundation and worked for over a decade at INTEGRIS Foundation where she led teams in annual giving events, stewardship, major gifts, prospect research and campaigns. Jonathan McCoy, Co-founder and CEO at We Are For Good, has consulted on branding, marketing and fundraising for more than 25 organizations and served the sector as a front line fundraiser for nearly a decade as a Director of Annual Giving for INTEGRIS Foundation in Oklahoma City. Jon, Becky and their wonderful Content & Production Manager, Julie Confer, and I became fast friends in 2020 and now collaborate on various projects from podcasting to fundraising advising to clubhouse co-hosting. Check out the interview of me on their show where I explained the 5 steps in making a successful solicitation. They’re truly kind, curious and capable humans whom I am grateful to know. You will hear the warmth and comfort in our voices as we discuss the topic of employee giving.Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways and episode resources.
39: The Giving Block | The Skinny On Cryptocurrency for Nonprofits
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “cryptocurrency”? I know that, for me, that word meant little more than intangible money, but after getting to know more about it, I can tell you that cryptocurrency concerns us philanthropists, and that it is already shifting the game in our community. The world and the way people are handling their money are changing. Most importantly, the way they donate to charity is changing too. Although Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been around for a while now, it’s only recent that nonprofits have really acknowledged their existence almost by necessity. At the beginning of 2021, the cryptocurrency market hit an all-time high exceeding $1 trillion for the first time according to the World Economic Forum. This community of users is not only growing incredibly fast, but it is also beginning to shift its attention towards charity-giving.Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways and episode resources.
38: Lisa Greer | Re-framing your Dialogues for Higher Quality Donor Relationships
Fundraising is a TOUGH job. What’s even harder is that there is more and more pressure to raise the funds from donors that ultimately operate critically important societal needs and services. In some cases, fundraising can feel transactional, urgent and stressful. This doesn’t feel good for anyone. Let’s examine the nature of our relationships and how we communicate with more grace, generosity and purpose. I am quite excited to share this incredible episode from the perspective of a “major gifts donor” with you. As you know, the Creating Community for Good podcast was born as a platform to open up and have authentic and real conversations with everyone involved in the world of philanthropy. I want to know about fundraisers, volunteers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and share their perspectives to keep adding value to our community. In this episode, I bring in Lisa Greer, a philanthropy powerhouse, to talk about a very unique perspective in the philanthropy game — the donor. I won’t lie, this conversation was enlightening, as Lisa shared not only her own experience as a donor, but reframed the entire way fundraisers approach and establish conversations with potential donors, so be ready to take notes!Head to http://CreatingCommunityForGood.com for full show notes, key takeaways and episode resources.
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!
Refreshing & REAL
Lindsay is such a joy to listen to and asks guests the REAL down-to-earth questions we all want answers to.
Lindsay’s voice is an important one for nonprofits
If you’re looking for introspective, thought-provoking conversations with a serious thread of humanity in them - then this is the podcast for you. Lindsay takes her expert knowledge of nonprofits, development and marketing and curates progressive topics and guests that are answering the questions of how we need to be innovating the sector. It’s also a breath of fresh air in terms of uplifting storytelling, which is simply icing on the cake.