89 episodes

Hosted by Joan Garry, the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, Nonprofits Are Messy is a discussion of the most pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership. Joan and her guests tackle topics like the overhead myth, the best way to run special events, how to make a big fundraising ask, board-staff relations, and so much more. At times hilarious, uplifting, and frustrating, the stories told in this podcast should feel very familiar to anybody working in a nonprofit today.



Topics include fundraising, leadership development, building a great board, Executive Director / Board relations, communications and messaging, staff management, nonprofit career advice, crisis management, digital marketing, social media, and so much more.



Listen to real stories of nonprofit leaders like you and how they handled the mess. Because the truth is, nonprofits ARE messy. There’s not enough money, too many cooks, and an abundance of passion. Leading nonprofits isn’t easy. This podcast will help.

Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications Joan Garry

    • Government & Organizations
    • 4.8, 141 Ratings

Hosted by Joan Garry, the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, Nonprofits Are Messy is a discussion of the most pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership. Joan and her guests tackle topics like the overhead myth, the best way to run special events, how to make a big fundraising ask, board-staff relations, and so much more. At times hilarious, uplifting, and frustrating, the stories told in this podcast should feel very familiar to anybody working in a nonprofit today.



Topics include fundraising, leadership development, building a great board, Executive Director / Board relations, communications and messaging, staff management, nonprofit career advice, crisis management, digital marketing, social media, and so much more.



Listen to real stories of nonprofit leaders like you and how they handled the mess. Because the truth is, nonprofits ARE messy. There’s not enough money, too many cooks, and an abundance of passion. Leading nonprofits isn’t easy. This podcast will help.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

Grace Alfiero ,

Love this podcast!

Joan is succinct and artful with her productions! As a non profit leader, I look forward to every episode! True Gold!

thezwomann ,

Great podcast from someone who gets it!

Joan's podcasts is one of the few I never miss, and I've been known to listen to some episodes more than once. Each episode is packed with practical, actionable tips for nonprofit leaders, and she often says something that makes me laugh out loud! You can tell she enjoys motivating her listeners to take their organizations to the next level.

Carlap44 ,

Best thing ever!

This is my new favorite podcast! Joan knows her stuff and she had great guests who also know their stuff! Every episode is interesting and informative. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone working in non-profit!

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