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Welcome to the Lead with Heart Podcast, where the heartbeat of philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, and fundraising resonates in every episode. I'm Haley, your host—a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, Certified EmC trainer, and, most importantly, a recovering nonprofit burnout survivor.
In this empowering space, we invite nonprofit professionals to amplify their voices and unveil the heart behind their missions. Our mission is clear: to empower, elevate, and engage nonprofit leaders, fostering the growth of healthy, thriving organizations.
Join me and a lineup of inspiring guests as we delve into real stories of Philanthropy, Leadership, Courage, and Empathy. Together, we explore the strategies and practices employed by these remarkable leaders to heal from burnout, propel their missions forward, raise crucial funds, and ultimately, make a lasting impact in the nonprofit world.
Discover the unwavering commitment to making a difference, the resilience required to navigate the challenges of philanthropy, and the innovative approaches to leadership that drive positive change. Whether you're a seasoned nonprofit professional or just starting your journey, the Lead with Heart Podcast is your go-to resource for insights, inspiration, and actionable strategies to enhance your leadership, elevate your organization, and amplify your impact on the world of philanthropy. Tune in and let the heartbeat of leadership guide your nonprofit journey.

Lead with Heart | Philanthropy, Nonprofit Leadership, Nonprofit Management & Fundraising Haley Cooper | Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, Certified EmC Trainer

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Welcome to the Lead with Heart Podcast, where the heartbeat of philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, and fundraising resonates in every episode. I'm Haley, your host—a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, Certified EmC trainer, and, most importantly, a recovering nonprofit burnout survivor.
In this empowering space, we invite nonprofit professionals to amplify their voices and unveil the heart behind their missions. Our mission is clear: to empower, elevate, and engage nonprofit leaders, fostering the growth of healthy, thriving organizations.
Join me and a lineup of inspiring guests as we delve into real stories of Philanthropy, Leadership, Courage, and Empathy. Together, we explore the strategies and practices employed by these remarkable leaders to heal from burnout, propel their missions forward, raise crucial funds, and ultimately, make a lasting impact in the nonprofit world.
Discover the unwavering commitment to making a difference, the resilience required to navigate the challenges of philanthropy, and the innovative approaches to leadership that drive positive change. Whether you're a seasoned nonprofit professional or just starting your journey, the Lead with Heart Podcast is your go-to resource for insights, inspiration, and actionable strategies to enhance your leadership, elevate your organization, and amplify your impact on the world of philanthropy. Tune in and let the heartbeat of leadership guide your nonprofit journey.

    E37: Trauma-Informed Leadership And Creating a Psychologically Safe Workplace with Dimple Dhabalia, founder of Roots in the Clouds

    E37: Trauma-Informed Leadership And Creating a Psychologically Safe Workplace with Dimple Dhabalia, founder of Roots in the Clouds

    Welcome back to the Lead with Heart podcast. I am so honored to have Dimple Dhabalia on the podcast today. She has an amazing background in human-centered leadership and I’m truly excited to dive deep into this needed conversation.

    Dimple is the founder of Roots in the Clouds, a boutique consulting firm specializing in normalizing workplace mental health care and using the power of story to heal individual and organizational trauma and moral injury.

    Today we are talking about trauma-informed leadership, redefining self-care, creating a psychologically safe work environment, and more.

    In this episode:
    [01:11] Dimple’s personal experience that led her to humanitarian work and her background as an asylum officer[05:03] Vicarious trauma, secondhand trauma, and compassion fatigue[07:40] How to start investing in yourself when you are experiencing compassion fatigue[14:22] Taking a trauma-informed leadership approach to address occupational traumas and mental health challenges that are faced by people working in nonprofits[18:46] Creating a psychologically safe work environment[29:04] Redefining self-care and building micro practices
    RESOURCES
    Tell Me My Story: Challenging the Narrative of Service Before Self by Dimple Dhabalia
    Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek Murthy

    CONNECT WITH DIMPLE
    Dimple Dhabalia is the founder of Roots in the Clouds, coach, facilitator, storyteller, and leader of leaders. Dimple’s cutting-edge work at the intersection of leadership, mindful awareness, storytelling, and advocacy serves to unpack and heal old narratives, mitigate trauma and burnout, and create meaningful connections between people working in mission-driven spaces.
    Facebook: @DimpleDhabalia
    Instagram: @dimpstory
    LinkedIn: Dimple Dhabalia
    Website: rootsintheclouds.com





    CONNECT WITH HALEY
    Haley is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, and Certified EmC train the trainer. She is the Founder of The Savvy Fundraiser, a nonprofit consulting and coaching business. She has worked in both small and large nonprofit teams in the human services, homelessness, and youth sectors; and she specializes in the EmC process, nonprofit leadership, board development, and fundraising. Haley is a passionate, impact-driven, experienced nonprofit professional whose mission is to empower, elevate and engage nonprofit leaders to build healthy, thriving organizations.
    Instagram: @thesavvyfundraiser
    LinkedIn: Haley Cooper, CFRE
    Website: thesavvyfundraiser.com

    • 36 min
    E36: Creating an Inclusive Work Environment in Your Nonprofit with Carmita Semaan, founder and CEO of the Surge Institute

    E36: Creating an Inclusive Work Environment in Your Nonprofit with Carmita Semaan, founder and CEO of the Surge Institute

    Welcome back to the Lead with Heart podcast. Today, I have Carmita Semaan, founder and CEO of the Surge Institute, on the podcast. The Surge Institute focuses on educating and developing leaders of color – who can then create transformative change for young people, their families, and our broader communities.

    We talk about empowering leaders of color, creating a safe space for people to share their stories, uncovering inclusivity gaps in your organization, and more.

    In this episode:
    [01:21] Carmita’s path to nonprofit leadership and why she founded the Surge Institute[06:03] Empowering leaders of color[11:46] Core leadership skills that involve both the head and the heart[15:23] Empowering leaders to drive change by listening to their communities[20:40] Creating a safe space for people to share their stories[28:16] Creating inclusive environments for diverse teams[33:45] Uncovering inclusivity gaps in your organization
    RESOURCES
    Episode 17: Empowering Nonprofits through Data Equity and Communication Strategies with Meenakshi Das

    CONNECT WITH CARMITA
    Carmita is a builder, creator, seer, and problem solver. Her expertise lies in supporting and elevating the genius of emerging and seasoned leaders - particularly women and people of color - and shining a light on the brilliance and ingenuity that is too often overlooked and untapped in solving systemic issues. She has spent nearly 20 years in executive leadership in nonprofit and socially-responsible organizations following engineering, global strategy, and marketing success in the private sector early in her career.
    Twitter: @CarmitaSemaan
    Instagram: @carmitasemaan
    LinkedIn: Carmita Semaan
    Website: surgeinstitute.org



    CONNECT WITH HALEY
    Haley is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, and Certified EmC train the trainer. She is the Founder of The Savvy Fundraiser, a nonprofit consulting and coaching business. She has worked in both small and large nonprofit teams in the human services, homelessness, and youth sectors; and she specializes in the EmC process, nonprofit leadership, board development, and fundraising. Haley is a passionate, impact-driven, experienced nonprofit professional whose mission is to empower, elevate and engage nonprofit leaders to build healthy, thriving organizations.
    Instagram: @thesavvyfundraiser
    LinkedIn: Haley Cooper, CFRE
    Website: thesavvyfundraiser.com

    • 40 min
    E35: What's a Fractional Executive or Fractional Fundraiser? With Cindy Wagman, founder of The Fractional Fundraising Movement

    E35: What's a Fractional Executive or Fractional Fundraiser? With Cindy Wagman, founder of The Fractional Fundraising Movement

    Welcome back to the Lead with Heart podcast. I’m so excited to have Cindy Wagman as my guest today. Cindy serves nonprofits and nonprofit consultants and she's the founder of the Fractional Fundraising Movement that connects small nonprofits to the fractional fundraisers that serve them. And that's what we're going to be talking about today.

    We cover what a fractional fundraiser is, how they can contribute to organizational growth and transformation, the challenges they may face, and more.

    In this episode:
    [01:27] Cindy’s background in the nonprofit space[04:38] What is a fractional executive or fractional fundraiser?[09:09] The difference between a fractional executive, consultant, and coach[11:31] Real-world examples of organizations that have benefited from a fractional fundraiser[15:04] How a fractional executive contributes to organizational growth and transformation and some of the key challenges they might face[23:20] The skills and qualities essential for a professional to thrive as a fractional executive[30:03] How to integrate a fractional fundraiser into your team and processes to realize transformational change
    RESOURCES
    Take Cindy’s consultant personality quiz here
    Learn how to become a fractional fundraiser or how to find a fractional fundraiser at fractionalfundraising.co

    CONNECT WITH CINDY
    Cindy Wagman is a coach, consultant, and speaker who helps nonprofit consultants shake off the “shoulds”, drop the scarcity hangover from the nonprofit sector, and find abundance in entrepreneurship. She is the founder of the Fractional Fundraising Movement.

    LinkedIn: Cindy Wagman
    Instagram: @cindywagman.consulting
    Website: cindywagman.com


    CONNECT WITH HALEY
    Haley is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, and Certified EmC train the trainer. She is the Founder of The Savvy Fundraiser, a nonprofit consulting and coaching business. She has worked in both small and large nonprofit teams in the human services, homelessness, and youth sectors; and she specializes in the EmC process, nonprofit leadership, board development, and fundraising. Haley is a passionate, impact-driven, experienced nonprofit professional whose mission is to empower, elevate and engage nonprofit leaders to build healthy, thriving organizations.
    Instagram: @thesavvyfundraiser
    LinkedIn: Haley Cooper, CFRE
    Website: thesavvyfundraiser.com

    • 38 min
    E34: Cultivating Courageous Leadership in Nonprofit Fundraising with Major Gift Strategist Julie Ordoñez

    E34: Cultivating Courageous Leadership in Nonprofit Fundraising with Major Gift Strategist Julie Ordoñez

    Welcome back to the Lead with Heart podcast. My guest today is Julie Ordoñez, the founder of Courage Lab. Julie is a major gifts strategist and expert advisor who helps nonprofit leaders learn the strategies and practice the habits to overcome their fear of asking for more and raise major gifts.

    We talk about major gift fundraising leadership, the essential qualities needed for nonprofit leaders to succeed, how to form 'mission-rooted friendships' with donors, and so much more.

    In this episode:
    [01:13] Julie’s path to fundraising[06:37] Key principles of major gift fundraising in Courage Lab[15:53] Case studies where effective leadership played a pivotal role in securing major gifts[20:34] Essential leadership qualities that fundraisers should possess to cultivate meaningful connections and secure donations[26:13] Staying ahead of the curve as a nonprofit leader[32:50] Nonprofit leadership challenges and how to overcome them
    RESOURCES
    The next round of Courage Lab is launching in February, 2024. Get on the waitlist now.

    CONNECT WITH JULIE
    Julie, the founder of Courage Lab is a change agent, a challenger, a bonafide fundraiser, and a certified risk taker. She believes in the power of courage, the good that comes from generosity, and the audacity of the ask. Her work is dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders fearlessly pursue their mission by raising major gifts that make major change. Through soul-shaking beliefs, resources, and programs like The Courage Lab, she changes what people believe, how they fundraise, and the size of their impact.
    Instagram: @juliemordonez
    LinkedIn: Julie Ordoñez
    Podcast: Nonprofit CourageLab Podcast
    Website: julieordonez.com


    CONNECT WITH HALEY
    Haley is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, and Certified EmC train the trainer. She is the Founder of The Savvy Fundraiser, a nonprofit consulting and coaching business. She has worked in both small and large nonprofit teams in the human services, homelessness, and youth sectors; and she specializes in the EmC process, nonprofit leadership, board development, and fundraising. Haley is a passionate, impact-driven, experienced nonprofit professional whose mission is to empower, elevate and engage nonprofit leaders to build healthy, thriving organizations.
    Instagram: @thesavvyfundraiser
    LinkedIn: Haley Cooper, CFRE
    Website: thesavvyfundraiser.com

    • 42 min
    E33: Leveraging Leadership in Nonprofits with Best-Selling Author & Fundraiser Darian R. Heyman

    E33: Leveraging Leadership in Nonprofits with Best-Selling Author & Fundraiser Darian R. Heyman

    Welcome back to the Lead with Heart podcast. I'm having a total pinch-me moment because I have Darian Rodriguez Heyman on the podcast today. A lot of his work has been foundational in my career.

    Darian is an accomplished fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and best-selling author. He has co-founded several social impact conference series, is an in-demand fundraising consultant, and is a frequent keynote speaker at social impact events around the globe.

    We talk about how valuable strong leadership is in a nonprofit, navigating effective meetings, how to manage stress while facilitating an organization that can fundraise successfully, and more.

    In this episode:
    [01:24] What led Darian to devote his work to philanthropy and social impact[03:49] Managing stress while facilitating an organization that can fundraise successfully [07:35] Expanding your board’s fundraising through connection[12:03] Navigating effective meetings[18:33] Helping leaders lead well[25:17] Maintaining and stewarding donor relationships[30:34] Coaching boards to build an inclusive environment[34:23] Collaborative leadership
    RESOURCES

    You can find the Consent Agenda template here and the Board Matrix Tool template here.

    Reach out to Darian to take advantage of the pro bono coaching session he offered to all of my listeners. Get in touch with your website and he will be happy to jump on a call for 15 minutes to find out a little bit more about your organization and struggles and point you to some resources and best practices that may help.

    You can find Darian’s books here.

    CONNECT WITH DARIAN
    Darian's life's work of “helping people help” started during his five-year tenure as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, where he launched their Nonprofit Boot Camp and grew it to the largest nonprofit gathering in history in only one year. That led to his two best-selling books as well as his work as Editor-in-chief at Blue Avocado, the popular online magazine for nonprofits. Darian has since co-founded several other social impact conference series, is an in-demand fundraising consultant, and is a frequent keynote speaker at social impact events around the globe.
    LinkedIn: Darian Rodriguez Heyman
    Twitter: @dheyman
    Website: helpingpeoplehelp.com




    CONNECT WITH HALEY
    Haley is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, and Certified EmC train the trainer. She is the Founder of The Savvy Fundraiser, a nonprofit consulting and coaching business. She has worked in both small and large nonprofit teams in the human services, homelessness, and youth sectors; and she specializes in the EmC process, nonprofit leadership, board development, and fundraising. Haley is a passionate, impact-driven, experienced nonprofit professional whose mission is to empower, elevate and engage nonprofit leaders to build healthy, thriving organizations.
    Instagram: @thesavvyfundraiser
    LinkedIn: Haley Cooper, CFRE
    Website: thesavvyfundraiser.com

    • 40 min
    E32: Co-Creation and Connection with The CEO of Thrive Impact Tucker Wannamaker

    E32: Co-Creation and Connection with The CEO of Thrive Impact Tucker Wannamaker

    Welcome back to the Lead with Heart podcast! Today, I have Tucker Wannamaker on the podcast with me and I'm so excited because we have a lot in common – so this will be a good conversation.
    Tucker is the CEO of Thrive Impact, and he is working to right the injustices happening against nonprofit leaders and solve nonprofit leader burnout for those in some of the toughest leadership conditions. He believes that burnout is the enemy of creating positive change.
    We talk about the injustices that are happening against nonprofit leaders, how nonprofits can embody their mission internally, how to build a culture of connection, and so much more.

    In this episode:
    [03:13] Tucker’s background and the injustices against nonprofit leadership[10:52] How nonprofits can shift their internal culture into one that embodies their mission[18:15] The power of co-creation[23:45] Building a culture of connection through appreciative inquiry[34:06] The power of generative questions[39:46] Tips for instilling a sense of belonging within ourselves
    NOTEWORTHY QUOTES
    “There's also this belief that if we're investing in ourselves as leaders, it's almost like we're stealing from the mission.”
    “Burnout is the enemy of creating positive change. And so how do we help nonprofit leaders to thrive from the inside out?”
    “The question is not whether or not you're a leader. The question is, what type of influence are you having?”

    CONNECT WITH TUCKER
    As the CEO of Thrive Impact, Tucker facilitates transformational leadership development training, strategic planning, and community experiences that unlock the best in nonprofit leaders and nonprofit teams. For the last 15 years, he’s been in the trenches of community and nonprofit work as a leader inside of Ashoka, Character.org, and Youth Service America – and as a founder of the startup nonprofit, Wild Fire Tees. He’s also developed leadership development programs and fundraising campaigns for the Red Cross, the United States Olympic Museum, Greater Nashua Mental Health, and more.

    Instagram: @tuckerwanna
    Twitter: @TuckerWanna
    LinkedIn: Tucker Wannamaker
    Website: thriveimpact.org
    Podcast: THRIVERS: Nonprofit Leadership for the Next Normal


    CONNECT WITH HALEY
    Haley is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, and Certified EmC train the trainer. She is the Founder of The Savvy Fundraiser, a nonprofit consulting and coaching business. She has worked in both small and large nonprofit teams in the human services, homelessness, and youth sectors; and she specializes in the EmC process, nonprofit leadership, board development, and fundraising. Haley is a passionate, impact-driven, experienced nonprofit professional whose mission is to empower, elevate and engage nonprofit leaders to build healthy, thriving organizations.
    Instagram: @thesavvyfundraiser
    LinkedIn: Haley Cooper, CFRE
    Website: thesavvyfundraiser.com

    • 49 min

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Haley is the perfect host for these vulnerable conversations. Every nonprofit professional needs this medicine!

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