31 episodes

Welcome to the Nonprofit Science Podcast! This workshop-style podcast helps nonprofit leaders grow their impact through science. Through weekly episodes, host Sheela N. Mahajan teaches you how to raise more funds, advance your nonprofit’s mission, and lead more effectively all by harnessing the power of scientific thinking.

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Welcome to the Nonprofit Science Podcast! This workshop-style podcast helps nonprofit leaders grow their impact through science. Through weekly episodes, host Sheela N. Mahajan teaches you how to raise more funds, advance your nonprofit’s mission, and lead more effectively all by harnessing the power of scientific thinking.

    Episode 30: How to adapt to changing values in your community (part two)

    Episode 30: How to adapt to changing values in your community (part two)

    Whether your nonprofit was formed decades ago or in the last year, the value system upon which the organization was founded may no longer align with the community the organization serves. This values mismatch can mean that, while there is still a need for the nonprofit to exist, the community is not being served.


    On part two of this two-part episode we discuss how leaders can identify leverage points and facilitate actions that take the organization from theoretical change to improved outcomes.

    Episode 29: How to adapt to changing values in your community (part one)

    Episode 29: How to adapt to changing values in your community (part one)

    Whether your nonprofit was formed decades ago or in the last year, the value system upon which the organization was founded may no longer align with the community the organization serves. This values mismatch can mean that, while there is still a need for the nonprofit to exist, the community is not being served.

    On part one of this two-part episode, we explore how organizations can use a systems change framework to respond and adapt to the changing views of their constituency.

    Episode 28: How coordinated vs. independent fundraising campaigns affect donor behavior

    Episode 28: How coordinated vs. independent fundraising campaigns affect donor behavior

    Many nonprofits send out regularly scheduled direct or email appeals throughout the year, as well as participate in “day of giving” fundraisers such as #GivingTuesday. We know that these campaigns differ in the content that gets created and how that information is delivered. But, as it turns out, donors may respond differently to these campaigns because of how asks are structured.

    On this episode, we’ll discuss research that indicates how nonprofits can leverage two fundraising mechanisms- coordinated and independent- to raise more money.

    Episode 27: Barriers to nonprofit leadership succession planning

    Episode 27: Barriers to nonprofit leadership succession planning

    The idea of nonprofit leadership succession planning can be a little touchy but unfortunately, we’ve got to do it. The disruption caused by the sudden departure of the chief executive could mean that the community served by the organization, isn’t served as well. Even though nonprofits know that succession planning is important, why is it that so few actually lay down plans?

    On this episode, we discuss what barriers nonprofits face when it comes to succession planning and offer a new perspective on what it means to undertake succession planning.

    Episode 26: How to design a program in six steps

    Episode 26: How to design a program in six steps

    Intervention mapping is a six-step framework for designing programs. It takes the daunting task of creating programs that advance your mission and breaks it down into easy to follow phases.

    On this episode, you’ll learn what intervention mapping is and how to use this approach to design programs at your nonprofit.

    Episode 25: How to mobilize rage donations- according to science

    Episode 25: How to mobilize rage donations- according to science

    Rage donating is a fundraising phenomenon that was catapulted to the mainstream during Donald Trump’s election and presidency. We’ve witnessed organizations like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and Black Lives Matter raise millions of dollars for their important work and maybe you’re wondering if your nonprofit could mobilize such support as well.

    On this episode, you’ll discover what drives rage donations and why some organizations are better suited to mobilize this support than others.

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