“How We Run” investigates the multi-faceted approach needed to run a non-profit. We tackle topics such as managing your board, fundraising, and measuring your impact. Each episode features an interview with a successful nonprofit director who shares their insight about running an organization.
Hosted by Julie Lacouture (non-profit consultant and founder of Good Ways Inc) and Trent Stamp (founder of Charity Navigator and CEO of the Eisner Foundation).
Season 5 starts April 2022.
Big Swings: Reinventing an Organization
Season 5, Episode 3 of the How We Run podcast has an amazing leader that has built an amazing organization.
Our guest is Nichol Whiteman, the CEO of the Dodgers Foundation who shares with us how she led a turnaround to build an organization with a deep understanding of its mission and goals.
"It was very important for us to focus first on youth and families who we know needed us most, who could truly help us drive programming moving forward. We created a grant making program. We knew that it was essential to be supporting nonprofits here on the ground in the Los Angeles community."
"In a weird way, I feel like a founder which is really special. We recreated ourselves. We created programs, we redefined our mission. We made it certain that clarity was provided for Dodger fans and for the broader Los Angeles community on who we are and what we're doing and why we're doing these things."
Find a transcript here: www.goodwaysinc.com/podcast-s5-e3-dodgers-foundation
Growing By Merging
We are joined by Liz Forer, CEO Venice Family Clinic, who tells us about the recent successful merger of two nonprofits: Venice Family Clinic and South Bay Family Health Care. Liz talks through how the board started planning and coordinating this merger for almost two years and what she feels makes it successful.
Succession planning for the whole organization
Jenna Hauss started as an intern at ONEgeneration and today she is the President and CEO of this $9 million organization in Southern California. Jenna shares what she's learned about the importance of succession planning and how she views it as a tool for the whole organization, not just executive roles.
"Succession planning is also about replacing key staff, not just executive leadership, but our program directors who are truly carrying the programs. Recognizing internal potential candidates that have leadership ability and giving them the tools and resources that they need."
"We are very selective when it comes to an individual who wants to potentially be on our board. There's a pretty in-depth process. We want to make sure that we're selecting individuals that are a good representation of the work that we do and of our community."
"What we've learned over this past year is that we can only do so much as an organization and the power of collaboration really can create a positive impact."
Our favorites from season 4
Since we're giving thanks this week, we thought we'd look back on all the fantastic guests we've had on Season 4 of the How We Run podcast and share what we've learned from them. Leslie Ito of Armory Center for the Arts, Tony Brown from HOLA, Johng Ho Song from KYCC, Roger Castle from the LA Regional Food Bank, and Mollie Marsh-Heine from Earthjustice.
For a transcript please visit: https://goodwaysinc.com/season-four-highlights/
Leading Through Crisis
Before Leslie Ito was the Executive Director of Armory Center for the Arts, she assumed the leadership at an organization that was struggling. Leslie shares with us how she approached that turnaround and what she learned about leading during a crisis (something that may have come in handy in 2020). Leslie shares with us what she prioritized, how she led the organization to be sustainable, and how she sees her big vision as a series of tiny steps.
Click here for a transcript of this episode
Embracing Community Centric Fundraising
Mollie Marsh-Heine joins us to talk about how and why the fundraising department at Earthjustice has embraced the principles of Community-Centric Fundraising. From conversations on race, inequality, and historic injustice with donors, to examining the ways they work together as a team, Mollie’s team has taken a thorough and methodical approach. Although they acknowledge this work will take time, they have seen very positive results from donors, staff, and partners.
(Before you listen, be sure to check out the resources at communitycentricfundraising.org)
For a transcript please visit: https://goodwaysinc.com/podcast-Mollie-Marsh-Heine-community-centric-fundraising
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Expert advice from people who know
Julie and Trent are true experts in the field of Nonprofit and they, and their accomplished guests, give you unvarnished insights and advice that you need to hear. Great show.
Something useful in every episode
I learn something in every episode, and that’s great. But I’m also entertained by every episode, and that’s unusual for these kinds of podcasts. This is one podcast on which I’m always up to date!