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Nonprofit Lowdow‪n‬ Rhea Wong

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This is Nonprofit Lowdown where I review and recommend the best ideas, resources, tools, tricks and tips to run your nonprofit like a pro! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nonprofitlowdown/support

    #124-Real talk about starting a nonprofit with Kenneth Brown and Andrea Ortega

    #124-Real talk about starting a nonprofit with Kenneth Brown and Andrea Ortega

    This one is for all of you aspiring nonprofit founders.  In this episode, we serve up a hefty dose of reality about what it takes to found and run a successful nonprofit organization.  News flash: running a nonprofit is actually running a small business.  We speak with new founder, Kenneth Brown, about everything he's learned in the first year of his nonprofit and Andrea Ortega who helps founders establish 501c3s.  We chat about how much time is spent on fundraising, how to deal with rejection and the reality of funding (spoiler alert: grant money will not fall out of the sky into your lap).  This is an important one if you're thinking about starting up a nonprofit of your own.  


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    • 39 min
    #123-What Stand Up Comedy Teaches about Nonprofit Communication with Carlos Maestas

    #123-What Stand Up Comedy Teaches about Nonprofit Communication with Carlos Maestas

    True story: on top of my nonprofit work, I'm an aspiring stand-up comedian.  And, lemme tell ya, it's rough out there for a comic.  Join me and fellow stand-up comedian and Chief Story Smith Carlos Maestas to talk about how to be a better communicator.  We talk about how to find your own story, why it's a good idea to not take yourself too seriously and how to get out of pitch mode and into real connection with funders.  This interview was a ton of fun and jam-packed with value bombs for those looking to be better storytellers, and communicators.

    For more about Carlos and to get his book, check it out here: https://www.keyideas.net/

    To see Carlos's very funny work for the Human Services Council, check it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gELZnORV4U&feature=youtu.be


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    • 37 min
    #122-Leadership Transitions of BIPOC with George Suttles

    #122-Leadership Transitions of BIPOC with George Suttles

    Join me and George "In the Mix" Suttles to talk about a very important topic.  We discuss the myths of the lack of BIPOC talent, how to set BIPOC leaders up for success and how to celebrate leadership reclamation.  This is a hugely important topic for the sector because if we say that we want to center Black and brown leadership, then we have to be prepared to do business differently.  This conversation is honest, bold and asks important questions that will challenge the status quo.

    For more about George, connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgesuttles/


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    • 47 min
    #121-Finding Effective DEI Consultants with Naté Hoover

    #121-Finding Effective DEI Consultants with Naté Hoover

    This summer, after George Floyd's murder, everyone started looking for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultants for their teams and organizations.  Not coincidentally, all of a sudden, there were a whole bunch of people calling themselves DEI experts.  Join me as I chat with Naté Hoover about how to assess whether a DEI consultant is actually skilled, how to know when your organization and its leadership is "ready" for it and how NOT to do equity work.  Naté is a long-time DEI consultant and HR expert who shares valuable insight.  This is a must-listen before you hire your next DEI consultant.



    Here is the article that Naté referenced: https://www.mckensiemack.com/our-blog/2020/8/26/thinking-of-hiring-an-anti-racism-consultant-read-this-first

    To connect with Naté, here's her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/l-nate-hoover-shrm-scp-sphr-pmp-ctmd-mbti/

    For more about Mckensie Mack Group: https://www.mckensiemack.com/


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    • 40 min
    #120-Leading After a Founder with Anne Eidelman and Elandria Jackson Charles

    #120-Leading After a Founder with Anne Eidelman and Elandria Jackson Charles

    Ah, founders...they are the stuff of legend.  The ones who birth a nonprofit, nurture it through its infancy and watch it grow.  But, what happens when founders move on?  Today, we're talking with Anne Eidelman, CEO and Elandria Jackson Charles, VP of Development and External Affairs of Blue Engine about what happens when a charismatic founder moves on.  What are some of the lessons learned for Anne as she stepped into the role and forged her own path forward?  How did she manage board, funder, staff and client expectations and how did she become her own kind of ED?  We talk with Anne and Elandria about what went well, what they wished they had done differently and how to help an organization to thrive after a founder leaves.



    For more on Anne's perspective in SSIR: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/when_moving_a_nonprofit_forward_means_altering_the_founders_course






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    • 44 min
    #119-Telling Your Organization's Story through Video with Rachel Jellinek

    #119-Telling Your Organization's Story through Video with Rachel Jellinek

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a beautiful video worth?  We're visual animals and there's nothing more inspiring than beautiful visual stories that can move us.  Join me and expert Rachel Jellinek to discuss the art of vulnerable storytelling, what three stories your nonprofit should be telling and how to veer away from the poverty porn that is so embedded in our nonprofit culture.


    To find Rachel, check out her website: https://reflectionfilmsonline.com/

    Here are links that Rachel mentions in the interview:

    https://communitycentricfundraising.org/

    http://trabianshorters.com/asset-framing/

    https://www.ted.com/talks/stella_young_i_m_not_your_inspiration_thank_you_very_much?language=en


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    • 37 min

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