15 episodes

In any field of endeavor, there are a precious few who, by their accomplishments, insights or force of will, distinguish themselves as singular and unique. In the world of philanthropy, we call that group of people, the Oracle League. Taken from the name of the Oracle of Delphi, the source of wisdom in ancient Greece, the Oracle League is our name for that group individuals who have made and continue to make fundamental achievements in philanthropy and fundraising.Each month, Larry Johnson, Founder of The Eight Principles interviews leaders and changemakers in the world of philanthropy and fundraising from across the globe. Inspirational and aspirational, these interviews provide stories and ideas that are transforming peoples’ lives.

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In any field of endeavor, there are a precious few who, by their accomplishments, insights or force of will, distinguish themselves as singular and unique. In the world of philanthropy, we call that group of people, the Oracle League. Taken from the name of the Oracle of Delphi, the source of wisdom in ancient Greece, the Oracle League is our name for that group individuals who have made and continue to make fundamental achievements in philanthropy and fundraising.Each month, Larry Johnson, Founder of The Eight Principles interviews leaders and changemakers in the world of philanthropy and fundraising from across the globe. Inspirational and aspirational, these interviews provide stories and ideas that are transforming peoples’ lives.

    Sherry Quam Taylor, Take No Prisoners Fundraising Success

    Sherry Quam Taylor, Take No Prisoners Fundraising Success

    My interview this month is with Sherry Quam Taylor.


    Sherry Quam Taylor, CEO of Quam Taylor, LLC, works with Nonprofit CEOs.  But not just any CEO.  First they have to prove themselves to her that they are ready for a change.  Really ready for a change.  The change? Going from never enough to more than enough.
    Once a nonprofit executive have proved themselves to her, Sherry breaks then and their teams free from the black hole of transactional fundraising and helps them reimagine their entire approach to revenue generation
    Once done, nonprofits who emerge from this reimagination, go on to achieve dramatic organizational and fundraising success.
    Sherry attributes the success of her business to her passion for modeling radical confidence to the future CEOs in her house – her two teenage daughters.
    Sherry is the no-nonsense and can-do gal.  I found her articulate, driven and an honest delight.  Once you listen to our conversation, I think you’ll agree.

    • 40 min
    Travis Johnson, When Giving Back is an Adventure Novel

    Travis Johnson, When Giving Back is an Adventure Novel

    My interview this month is with Travis Johnson–no relation but I’d be delighted to claim him!
    Despite numerous obstacles he’s had to surmount, Travis is a successful giver in every sense of that term.
    His humble beginnings include 36 moves before graduating high school at 17, 6 states, 5 foster homes, and surviving 2 murder attempts. Although this was very rough, there was always a person, group, or church willing to help him and his family. Now that he’s in a position to give back, he’s made it his mission to “Help the Helpers”.
    Travis shares his perspective as the former vice president of Books by Vets; a board member at the S.H.I.N.E. foundation; he’s donated over $30,000; volunteered over 1,500 hours; raised more than $500,000; helped start 6 nonprofits; event coordinator; and published author.
    My conversation with Travis is like delving into an adventure novel with giving back as the theme.

    • 42 min
    Sheryle Gillihan, Technology for Positive Impact

    Sheryle Gillihan, Technology for Positive Impact

    My interview this month is with Sheryle Gillihan.
    Sheryle joined CauseLabs in 2010 and has grown with the company as a leader, strategist, and cultural ambassador. Growing up with her own poverty story, she has found her purpose in creating social impact for others. She fuses her hope for a better, brighter future with over 15 years of leadership, operations and technical management experience.
    My conversation with Sheryle explores the weft and weave of technology and ideas.

    • 38 min
    Shawn Olds, Creating Relationships through Digital Engagement

    Shawn Olds, Creating Relationships through Digital Engagement

    My conversation this month is with Shawn, Olds. Shawn is a technology and communications thought leader currently serving as the CEO for boodleAI, an AI-powered Enriched Analytics and Advertising solution that has been used to significantly lift conversion, engagement, and retention rates among current and prospective donors. Shawn is a military veteran who served on active duty in the 82nd Airborne Division. After September 11th, 2001, he elected to work with the U. S. Department of States’ Office for Counter-Terrorism and in 2020, was appointed and currently serves as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
    Larry’s conversation with Shawn explores the weft and weave of technology and ideas.

    • 26 min
    Shawn Olds, Creating Relationships through Digital Engagement

    Shawn Olds, Creating Relationships through Digital Engagement

    My conversation this month is with Shawn, Olds. Shawn is a technology and communications thought leader currently serving as the CEO for boodleAI, an AI-powered Enriched Analytics and Advertising solution that has been used to significantly lift conversion, engagement, and retention rates among current and prospective donors. Shawn is a military veteran who served on active duty in the 82nd Airborne Division. After September 11th, 2001, he elected to work with the U. S. Department of States’ Office for Counter-Terrorism and in 2020, was appointed and currently serves as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
    Larry’s conversation with Shawn explores the weft and weave of technology and ideas.

    • 26 min
    Becky Endicott, Using the Power of Authenticity to Connect

    Becky Endicott, Using the Power of Authenticity to Connect

    My conversation this month is with Becky Endicott, co-founder of We Are For Good.  Becky, in her words, is a “storyteller, kindness champion, philanthropy celebrator, justice seeker, humanity endorser, envelope pusher, people lover and just a general awkwardness embracer.”
    She believes so firmly in authenticity to drive a narrative, she often shares the most self-deprecating things about herself in the process, because she understands connection isn’t simply derived from the joy-filled moments – they’re found in the messiest ones too.
    Her life and work is truly Principle 2 of The Eight Principles®:  Begin at the Beginning™ in action.
    Becky values the power of words and the personal connections among each of us. She believes both are critical to stitching together the fabric of every powerful experience leading to giving. When combining the right tenor, pacing, and word choice by a courageous storyteller, she believes a story can unfold to move the hearts and minds of a large population who want to do good. This is transformational philanthropy at its finest, and it’s her passion to set it in motion.
    Larry’s conversation with Becky is truly a delight.

    • 44 min

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