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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, 135 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
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

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!

BestJP55 ,

This is sooooo helpful.

I am in the midst of starting a new nonprofit and it’s overwhelming to say the least. But this podcast has given me an incredible direction and I’m feeling enormously grateful to Joan and all of her guests for doing this. Thank you!

ElSteve9 ,

Great Content, if you can stand it

I used to love this podcast. But the audio quality has steadily dropped over the last few months. The most recent episode was unlistenable. It's a tragedy, because Joan has great stuff to say (especially if you're an ED, or on the board), but...if you can't hear it, what does it matter?

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