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Welcome to Let’s Hear It, a podcast about foundation and nonprofit communications (among other things), hosted by non-relatives Eric Brown and Kirk Brown.



Let’s Hear It is sponsored through a generous contribution from the Knight Foundation.



On Let’s Hear It, Kirk and Eric speak with leaders in the field about who they are, what makes them tick, and how they think about their work. These conversations are freewheeling and (we hope) fun. We’re serious – it’s not all serious.



Together, Eric and Kirk have worked in and around hundreds of foundations, nonprofits and campaigns. For over a decade, Eric was Communications Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and now runs Brownbridge Strategies, a consulting firm that works with foundations and nonprofits on grantmaking, communications, and fundraising strategies.



Kirk is the former President of Resource Media, a nonprofit organization that provides communications support to environmental groups, and now runs Reach Strategies, a consulting firm that works with nonprofits, foundations and campaigns to sharpen their communications, strategic planning and evaluation strategies.



We hope that Let’s Hear It will provide insight into the people who run and work in foundations and nonprofits so that we can all find ways to do our jobs better and – oy, cliché alert – make the world a better place.

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    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Welcome to Let’s Hear It, a podcast about foundation and nonprofit communications (among other things), hosted by non-relatives Eric Brown and Kirk Brown.



Let’s Hear It is sponsored through a generous contribution from the Knight Foundation.



On Let’s Hear It, Kirk and Eric speak with leaders in the field about who they are, what makes them tick, and how they think about their work. These conversations are freewheeling and (we hope) fun. We’re serious – it’s not all serious.



Together, Eric and Kirk have worked in and around hundreds of foundations, nonprofits and campaigns. For over a decade, Eric was Communications Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and now runs Brownbridge Strategies, a consulting firm that works with foundations and nonprofits on grantmaking, communications, and fundraising strategies.



Kirk is the former President of Resource Media, a nonprofit organization that provides communications support to environmental groups, and now runs Reach Strategies, a consulting firm that works with nonprofits, foundations and campaigns to sharpen their communications, strategic planning and evaluation strategies.



We hope that Let’s Hear It will provide insight into the people who run and work in foundations and nonprofits so that we can all find ways to do our jobs better and – oy, cliché alert – make the world a better place.

    Race Forward’s Jeff Chang: A Cultural Wing Walker and Oracle of the Zeitgeist Talks about Hip Hop, Chris Rock, and Moving Forward

    Race Forward’s Jeff Chang: A Cultural Wing Walker and Oracle of the Zeitgeist Talks about Hip Hop, Chris Rock, and Moving Forward

    Jeff Chang has such a special view of race and culture in America that it’s almost impossible to do him justice. He draws on his Hawaiian/Chinese roots and his background as a hip hop DJ and indie label founder to help us better understand culture, politics, the arts, and music.

    Jeff was formerly the Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward. He now serves as a Senior Advisor and leads the Butterfly Lab for Immigrant Narrative Strategy.  Jeff also served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

    He has written for The Guardian, Slate, The Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, Foreign Policy, N+1, Mother Jones, Salon, and Buzzfeed, and is the author of three really terrific books: Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation.

    Jeff and Eric discuss the political voice of hip hop, the Chris Rock/Will Smith Oscars moment, what it means to be an American, and a lot more. Tune in and listen to Jeff walk on wings!  

    • 51 min
    Disability Rights Advocate Emily Ladau Blows Our Minds Wide Open

    Disability Rights Advocate Emily Ladau Blows Our Minds Wide Open

    When Emily Ladau appeared on Sesame Street at the age of ten, she probably didn’t realize that she was beginning a lifetime of advocacy for people living with disabilities. Emily is the author of Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be An Ally, the Digital Content and Community Manager for the Disability & Philanthropy Forum, and a highly sought-after public speaker.

    In a country were one in four people has some kind of disability, Emily has dedicated her life to providing a starting point and a safe space for people to learn about an issue that is hard for many to talk about, but which touches almost every life in our country on one way or the other.

    Emily speaks with Eric about how important it is for us all to create a more inclusive society for people with disabilities. Then she blows him away with her mad comms skills…

    Read the transcript here.

    • 44 min
    Aaron Belkin is a Stone-Cold Communications Genius

    Aaron Belkin is a Stone-Cold Communications Genius

    We don’t bandy about terms like these, but Aaron Belkin is a stone-cold communications genius. He was a leader of the communications strategy that helped end the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented gay and lesbian soldiers from serving openly in the military, and he followed that with a successful campaign to allow transgender individuals in the military to serve openly and have access to gender-affirming medical and psychological care.

    Aaron’s book How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should be required reading in every communications class, and for that matter every nonprofit or foundation communications department everywhere.

    Eric spoke with Aaron about his strategy to win on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and much more. Aaron is controversial, a little salty, and unafraid of taking on the conventional wisdom (and don’t get him started on George Lakoff).

    We really think you’re going to enjoy this one.

    • 1 hr
    Stupski Foundation‘s Glen Galaich Offers the Best Idea Yet for How Philanthropy Should Measure Success

    Stupski Foundation‘s Glen Galaich Offers the Best Idea Yet for How Philanthropy Should Measure Success

    Did you miss us? We missed you! Let’s Hear It has been on a brief hiatus but we’re thrilled to be back with what we think is a cracking great conversation with Glen Galaich, the CEO of the Stupski Foundation in San Francisco. Eric sits down (in person!) with Glen to discuss Glen’s colorful career as a drive time talk radio host, his full-throated endorsement of limited life philanthropy, and the ulcers he causes his communications director.

    Glen also offers our favorite recommendation for how philanthropy should measure success. We think it’s just plain genius.

    But don’t take our word for it – decide for yourself!

    • 54 min
    Jasmine Banks of UnKoch My Campus is Unafraid

    Jasmine Banks of UnKoch My Campus is Unafraid

    Jasmine Banks is unafraid. As the Executive Director of UnKoch My Campus, she is fighting to preserve democracy and protect higher education from undue corporate donor influence. She and her colleagues are taking on a nationwide network of think tanks, "action" groups, and academics funded by Koch Industries and its many subsidiaries. And you think your day job is challenging.

     

    Most recently, Jasmine's organization published a report that reveals a coordinated attempt to ban education about systemic racism in public schools and the teaching of what has come to be known as Critical Race Theory. Jasmine explains how she is pushing back against concerted efforts to foment culture wars in order to maintain the status quo.

     

    We had a great conversation with Jasmine, who approaches her work with enthusiasm, joy, and great deal of grace.

    • 47 min
    Edgar Villanueva’s Quest to Decolonize Philanthropy

    Edgar Villanueva’s Quest to Decolonize Philanthropy

    Edgar Villanueva is an author, activist, and expert on issues of race, wealth, and philanthropy. He is the Principal of the Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital and author of the bestselling book Decolonizing Wealth, whose second edition was just released in August.

     

    He advises a range of organizations including national and global philanthropies, Fortune 500 companies, and entertainment on social impact strategies to advance racial equity.

     

    As a Native American who has worked in philanthropy for nearly two decades, Edgar has an important vantage point to analyze what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve philanthropy.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Minnams ,

The perfect podcast for social sector communicators

The interviews are great, the commentary by the hosts, insightful and funny, and I agree, it’s the perfect length while walking your dog (if your dog likes exercise).

pmcwriter ,

Delightful and Informative

Mr. Brown and Mr. Brown have opened a new world for me: that of foundations, philanthropy, non-profits, and "communicating." Each week I look forward to hearing Eric Brown's discussion with Let's Hear It's latest guest. The discussions are erudite, breezy, and often, a pure delight. After that initial discussion, Eric and the other "Mr. Brown" talk about not only the insights offered by their guest, but stories about their own experiences in the codified world of "helping people." I only listen to a few podcasts every week, and this is one of them. Let's Hear It will make you believe again in the innate goodness of the world.

Nerdy on Jersey ,

The best comma podcast out there!

The podcast is insightful, provocative, and just plain fun. I love the format (a context-setting conversation, an engaging interview, and finally a discussion of the interview between the hosts to highlight the salient themes and points). I learn something new and interesting from every episode and it always gives me good food for thought. And it’s the perfect podcast for when I’m walking my dog!

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