62 episodes

The Nonprofit Jenni Show explores nonprofit management, marketing, and development topics. Host Jenni Hargrove invites professionals from a wide variety of cause areas to weigh in with their experiences. Each episode also includes an Anonymous Q&A segment where Jenni answers controversial questions submitted by nonprofit staff and board members.

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The Nonprofit Jenni Show explores nonprofit management, marketing, and development topics. Host Jenni Hargrove invites professionals from a wide variety of cause areas to weigh in with their experiences. Each episode also includes an Anonymous Q&A segment where Jenni answers controversial questions submitted by nonprofit staff and board members.

    S5E11 How to Hire Great Nonprofit Staff

    S5E11 How to Hire Great Nonprofit Staff

    You need to hire someone quickly who is well-qualified, can get along with the rest of your team, and feels passionately about your mission. The nonprofit hiring process can be extremely stressful or extremely exciting, depending on how well you prepare. This week on the Nonprofit Jenni Show, our guests share their tips for hiring your next great staff member.
    First we chat with Rhea Wong, a former nonprofit Executive Director and current consultant (plus a fellow podcaster!), who shares her personal experiences with hiring staff at a small nonprofit organization. She also talks about the book “Who: The A Method for Hiring” by Geoff Smart and Randy Street, which helps her clients objectively evaluate job candidates instead of simply hiring the person they feel acts the friendliest during the interview process.
     
    Then we hear from Chan Sheppard, the Executive Director of Preston Taylor Ministries, for another perspective on hiring. Chan works for a faith-based organization, which adds another layer of complication to the hiring process. He explains how Preston Taylor Ministries writes a letter to prospective job candidates as a way of clearly communicating their needs and expectations.
    Our guests this episode are:
    --Rhea Wong, a nonprofit consultant and host of the Nonprofit Lowdown podcast
    --Chan Sheppard from Preston Taylor Ministries
    Our sponsors this episode are:
    --Little Green Light, Jenni’s favorite donor management system. Check out their free resource library full of ebooks about fundraising at www.littlegreenlight.com/jenni and use the discount code JENNI to receive $150 off your first year of donor management services.
    --DipJar, Jenni’s favorite alternative to cash donation boxes. Empower your donors to make credit card donations with DipJar’s fun light-up donation gadget! Visit dipjar.com/jenni for a 5% discount on your first purchase. 
    Nonprofit Jenni provides consulting services and coaching calls for nonprofits and social impact organizations seeking guidance in the areas of Marketing, Fundraising, Growth, and Starting Up. Visit nonprofitjenni.com to learn more.
    All information in the Nonprofit Jenni Show is very general in nature, and may not apply to your specific nonprofit organization. Please direct clarifying questions to Nonprofit Jenni by visiting nonprofitjenni.com.
    Produced by Wayfare Recording Co. 
    Music by Emily Summers.
    ©2020 Nonprofit Jenni. All Rights Reserved.

    • 45 min
    S5E10 Should I Start a Nonprofit?

    S5E10 Should I Start a Nonprofit?

    I would guess that when Nonprofit Jenni Show listeners email me, about half of the emails are asking for my advice about how to start a new nonprofit organization supporting a cause they feel really passionate about. I love that passion--we need more of that spirit in the world! But is starting a nonprofit organization really the most effective way to create meaningful, lasting change in the areas that matter most? In this week’s star-studded podcast episode, two of my favorite nonprofit thought leaders share their advice on what you should consider before you decide to form a new nonprofit organization.
     
    First, Randy Hawthorne (CEO of Nonprofit Hub and podcast host of the Nonprofit Hubcast) shares his perspective on how aspiring philanthropists and do-gooders should decide whether starting a nonprofit is the right way to support their favorite cause. He shares some questions you can ask yourself to figure out whether you would be able to sustain a nonprofit organization in the long term.
    Then Molly MacCready (Founder/Executive Director of CROSO and podcast host of Nonprofit Optimist) shares the story of how she founded her nonprofit organization in her junior year of college, and what she would have done differently with the benefit of hindsight. She also offers some direction for people who think starting a nonprofit may not be the way to go, but aren’t sure where to turn next.
    Our guests this episode are:
    --Randy Hawthorne from Nonprofit Hub and the Nonprofit Hubcast
    --Molly MacCready from CROSO and Nonprofit Optimist
    Our sponsors this episode are:
    --Little Green Light, Jenni’s favorite donor management system. Check out their free resource library full of ebooks about fundraising at www.littlegreenlight.com/jenni and use the discount code JENNI to receive $150 off your first year of donor management services.
    --DipJar, Jenni’s favorite alternative to cash donation boxes. Empower your donors to make credit card donations with DipJar’s fun light-up donation gadget! Visit dipjar.com/jenni for a 5% discount on your first purchase. 
    Nonprofit Jenni provides consulting services and coaching calls for nonprofits and social impact organizations seeking guidance in the areas of Marketing, Fundraising, Growth, and Starting Up. Visit nonprofitjenni.com to learn more.
    All information in the Nonprofit Jenni Show is very general in nature, and may not apply to your specific nonprofit organization. Please direct clarifying questions to Nonprofit Jenni by visiting nonprofitjenni.com.
    Produced by Wayfare Recording Co. 
    Music by Emily Summers.
    ©2020 Nonprofit Jenni. All Rights Reserved.

    • 42 min
    S5E9 How to Host Better Events, Part Two

    S5E9 How to Host Better Events, Part Two

    Hosting a nonprofit event sounds easy...until you actually do it! There are a million little pieces that have to come together for the big day, and I wanted to talk about all of them. There was so much great information in my interviews this week that I have to break this episode into two parts.
    In Part Two, we continue chatting with Holly Clark, a seasoned nonprofit events planner and owner of Holly Clark Events. Holly tells me how she plans and coordinates an upscale signature event for a well-established nonprofit (Dancing for Safe Haven) and helped plan a brand new outdoor event for a young organization (FrankTown Festival of Lights). You’ll hear how she uses the support of volunteers in addition to nonprofit staff, how to set expectations for a new fundraising event, how to work with in kind donors and corporate sponsors, how to decide on event add ons (like silent auctions), and so much more.
    Our sponsors this episode are:
    --Little Green Light, Jenni’s favorite donor management system. Check out their free resource library full of ebooks about fundraising at www.littlegreenlight.com/jenni and use the discount code JENNI to receive $150 off your first year of donor management services.
    --DipJar, Jenni’s favorite alternative to cash donation boxes. Empower your donors to make credit card donations with DipJar’s fun light-up donation gadget! Visit dipjar.com/jenni for a 5% discount on your first purchase. 
    Nonprofit Jenni provides consulting services and coaching calls for nonprofits and social impact organizations seeking guidance in the areas of Marketing, Fundraising, Growth, and Starting Up. Visit nonprofitjenni.com to learn more.
    All information in the Nonprofit Jenni Show is very general in nature, and may not apply to your specific nonprofit organization. Please direct clarifying questions to Nonprofit Jenni by visiting nonprofitjenni.com.
    Produced by Wayfare Recording Co. 
    Music by Emily Summers.
    ©2020 Nonprofit Jenni. All Rights Reserved.

    • 38 min
    S5E8 How to Host Better Events, Part One

    S5E8 How to Host Better Events, Part One

    Hosting a nonprofit event sounds easy...until you actually do it! There are a million little pieces that have to come together for the big day, and I wanted to talk about all of them. There was so much great information in my interviews this week that I have to break this episode into two parts. In Part One, we’ll talk about how you can improve your next fundraising event with donor data and how to welcome newcomers who are attending their first event with you.
    Our first guest is Timi Paccioretti, the Senior Marketing Manager of Little Green Light. LGL is my favorite donor management platform, and Timi gives advice on how to use your donor management system to improve your events. She shares tips about segmenting your target audience, capturing event attendee information, tracking event outcomes, and more.
    Next, we chat with Holly Clark, a seasoned nonprofit events planner and owner of Holly Clark Events. Holly walked me through the details of how to plan and coordinate three very different types of nonprofit events: a “lunch and learn,” an upscale signature event, and an outdoor holiday event. In Part One, you’ll learn why Lunch & Learns are timeless and effective, even if you may think they sound a little outdated. Holly also offers some great advice on incorporating strong a strong call-to-action at your Lunch and Learn by using the examples of Safe Haven Family Shelter and Renewal House. Be sure to subscribe to the Nonprofit Jenni Show so you won’t miss Holly’s advice on hosting signature and outdoor events!
    Our sponsors this episode are:
    --Little Green Light, Jenni’s favorite donor management system. Check out their free resource library full of ebooks about fundraising at www.littlegreenlight.com/jenni and use the discount code JENNI to receive $150 off your first year of donor management services.
    --DipJar, Jenni’s favorite alternative to cash donation boxes. Empower your donors to make credit card donations with DipJar’s fun light-up donation gadget! Visit dipjar.com/jenni for a 5% discount on your first purchase. 
    Nonprofit Jenni provides consulting services and coaching calls for nonprofits and social impact organizations seeking guidance in the areas of Marketing, Fundraising, Growth, and Starting Up. Visit nonprofitjenni.com to learn more.
    All information in the Nonprofit Jenni Show is very general in nature, and may not apply to your specific nonprofit organization. Please direct clarifying questions to Nonprofit Jenni by visiting nonprofitjenni.com.
    Produced by Wayfare Recording Co. 
    Music by Emily Summers.
    ©2020 Nonprofit Jenni. All Rights Reserved.

    • 42 min
    S5E7 Why Peer to Peer Fundraising Should Be Mandatory

    S5E7 Why Peer to Peer Fundraising Should Be Mandatory

    When I talk about fundraising with leaders of small and midsize nonprofits, I frequently hear them tell me they want to increase their revenue either through grants or through fundraising events. Unfortunately, many of these nonprofit leaders don’t realize they’ve walked right past the low-hanging fruit, which is Peer to Peer Fundraising (also called P2P Fundraising). Whether you’ve tried P2P fundraising unsuccessfully in the past, you’re completely intimidated by the idea of asking your peers for money, or you just want to sharpen your P2P fundraising skills, you’ll love this week’s podcast episode!
    First, Jamie Lackey (CEO of Helping Mamas in Atlanta) tells me about the incredibly successful P2P fundraising events her organization’s supporters host while watching The Bachelor/The Bachelorette every week. She talks about how P2P fundraising is the easiest type of fundraising initiative because you can empower your donors and other supporters to run fundraisers for you with almost no staff involvement. She also describes what she includes in the Helping Mamas Fundraising Toolkit.
     
    Then Kathryn Bennett (GivingMatters.com Manager at CFMT) explains how P2P fundraising works with online initiatives, including through Facebook fundraisers and 24 hour online giving days. Kathryn runs Middle Tennessee’s annual online day of giving called “The Big Payback,” and she explains how using a hashtag like #BigPayback, #GivingTuesday, or your community’s local hashtag isn’t enough to run a successful social media fundraiser.
     
    Our guests this episode are:
    --Jamie Lackey from Helping Mamas
    --Kathryn Bennett from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s The Big Payback campaign
     
    Our sponsors this episode are:
    --Little Green Light, Jenni’s favorite donor management system. Check out their free resource library full of ebooks about fundraising at www.littlegreenlight.com/jenni and use the discount code JENNI to receive $150 off your first year of donor management services.
    --DipJar, Jenni’s favorite alternative to cash donation boxes. Empower your donors to make credit card donations with DipJar’s fun light-up donation gadget! Visit dipjar.com/jenni for a 5% discount on your first purchase. 
    Nonprofit Jenni provides consulting services and coaching calls for nonprofits and social impact organizations seeking guidance in the areas of Marketing, Fundraising, Growth, and Starting Up. Visit nonprofitjenni.com to learn more.
    All information in the Nonprofit Jenni Show is very general in nature, and may not apply to your specific nonprofit organization. Please direct clarifying questions to Nonprofit Jenni by visiting nonprofitjenni.com.
    Produced by Wayfare Recording Co. 
    Music by Emily Summers.
    ©2020 Nonprofit Jenni. All Rights Reserved.

    • 48 min
    S5E6 I’m Not Interested in Equality Because Equality Isn’t Good Enough

    S5E6 I’m Not Interested in Equality Because Equality Isn’t Good Enough

    When Jon Royal told me, “I’m not interested in equality because equality isn’t good enough,” I knew I needed to put together a podcast about this. Why shouldn’t nonprofits strive toward equality? And if equality isn’t good enough, what is? This week, we’re discussing the difference between equal opportunities and equitable outcomes, why nonprofits should prioritize equity, and some practical steps for getting started.
    Our guests this episode are:
    --Jon Royal, who works as a theatre director and a social sector thought leader
    --Chandra Williams, the CEO of Center for Student Achievement Solutions
    Our sponsors this episode are:
    --Little Green Light, Jenni’s favorite donor management system. Check out their free resource library full of ebooks about fundraising at www.littlegreenlight.com/jenni and use the discount code JENNI to receive $150 off your first year of donor management services.
    --DipJar, Jenni’s favorite alternative to cash donation boxes. Empower your donors to make credit card donations with DipJar’s fun light-up donation gadget! Visit dipjar.com/jenni for a 5% discount on your first purchase. 
    Nonprofit Jenni provides consulting services and coaching calls for nonprofits and social impact organizations seeking guidance in the areas of Marketing, Fundraising, Growth, and Starting Up. Visit nonprofitjenni.com to learn more.
    All information in the Nonprofit Jenni Show is very general in nature, and may not apply to your specific nonprofit organization. Please direct clarifying questions to Nonprofit Jenni by visiting nonprofitjenni.com.
    Produced by Wayfare Recording Co. 
    Music by Emily Summers.
    ©2019 Nonprofit Jenni. All Rights Reserved.

    • 48 min

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