300 episodes

With over half-a-million downloads, the Successful Nonprofits Podcast shares insights, tools, and tips to help you and your nonprofit thrive. Our incredible content is the reason we're ranked in the top 2% of podcasts globally.

Each week, Dolph interviews nonprofit experts and leaders who share their experiences and wisdom on a wide range of topics relevant to the nonprofit sector. From fundraising and board development to leadership and strategic planning, and more!

We also offer shorter Bonus Break episodes you can listen to while taking a tea break – and get the added bonus of making you and your nonprofit stronger. These Bonus Breaks are solo episodes, where Dolph shares hard-learned (sometimes painfully learned) lessons from his 3 decades in the sector. And he often create worksheets and templates that accompany the bonus breaks.

The podcast is hosted by Dolph Goldenburg, a consultant, coach, and confidant to nonprofit leaders across the nation.

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    • 4.7 • 69 Ratings

With over half-a-million downloads, the Successful Nonprofits Podcast shares insights, tools, and tips to help you and your nonprofit thrive. Our incredible content is the reason we're ranked in the top 2% of podcasts globally.

Each week, Dolph interviews nonprofit experts and leaders who share their experiences and wisdom on a wide range of topics relevant to the nonprofit sector. From fundraising and board development to leadership and strategic planning, and more!

We also offer shorter Bonus Break episodes you can listen to while taking a tea break – and get the added bonus of making you and your nonprofit stronger. These Bonus Breaks are solo episodes, where Dolph shares hard-learned (sometimes painfully learned) lessons from his 3 decades in the sector. And he often create worksheets and templates that accompany the bonus breaks.

The podcast is hosted by Dolph Goldenburg, a consultant, coach, and confidant to nonprofit leaders across the nation.

    Employer Loyalty --- > Employee Loyalty with Joe Mull

    Employer Loyalty --- > Employee Loyalty with Joe Mull

    Joe Mull shares the secret to happy, productive employees who stay: employer loyalty and building humanity within the workplace. You read that right – employer loyalty is necessary before we earn employee loyalty. 
    In this episode, Joe discusses his new book Employalty: How to Ignite Commitment and Keep Top Talent in the New Age of Work. Joe and Dolph discuss practical strategies for increasing your retention rate, fostering a humane work environment, and transforming your leadership approach to meet your team’s needs. 
    This episode answers the following questions:
    Why are my employees resigning? How can I improve my organization’s retention rate? What is a human-centered workplace? How can I create a more humane workplace? What factors drive my staff members’ decision to leave?   Links mentioned in this episode:
    Joe Mull’s Website Employalty (the book) Joe Mull’s YouTube Channel Boss Better Now Podcast  Looking for more? Check out these amazing episodes:
    Ep 284: Attracting Great Development Staff (even when you can’t pay high salaries) with Emily Haynes and Rasheeda Childress (Episode Title on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Our Website with Show Notes) Ep 314: Build Stronger Teams and Team Members with John Augusto (Episode Title on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Our Website with Show Notes)

    • 32 min
    Make Your Donor Database Work Harder with Paul Morris

    Make Your Donor Database Work Harder with Paul Morris

    If you’ve ever signed a contract for a new CRM only to regret it a few months later, this episode will help you get the most out of your current donor database (and out of your next one, too).
    Paul Morris, a veteran in nonprofit fund development, shares invaluable insights from decades of CRM experience. This episode delves deep into the common pitfalls of CRM implementation and provides practical strategies to avoid costly mistakes and maximize the potential of your CRM to enhance donor relationships and streamline fundraising operations. This wide-ranging conversation also discusses the critical role of negotiating your CRM contract and ensuring that your CRM aligns with the unique needs of your organization’s fundraising strategies.
    This episode answers the following questions:
    What are the common pitfalls in CRM implementation for nonprofits? How can I choose the right CRM for my organization? What are effective strategies for negotiating CRM contracts? How can I use my donor database to better engage donors? How do I make sure the data in my CRM is right?   Links mentioned in this episode:
    Auxilia’s Website Paul’s Website, Foundry Fundraising  Paul’s Article: No Shortcuts to Success – A Real-Talk Guide to Successful Fundraising  Looking for more? Check out these amazing episodes:
    Ep 114: Everyone Must Get Onboard the Tech Train…or It’s Not Leaving the Station with Peter Gross (Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Our Website with Show Notes) Ep 164: How to Love Your Next CRM with Maureen Wallbeoff (Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Our Website with Show Notes)

    • 40 min
    Making Work Easier with Huggy Rao

    Making Work Easier with Huggy Rao

    As a nonprofit leader, you navigate the complexities of managing time, resources, staff, and your board. Today’s guest, Huggy Rao, wants you to create friction within your organization that makes the right things easier and the wrong things harder.
    Huggy and Dolph dive into practical strategies for reducing 'bad friction' that wastes time and energy, while advocating for 'good friction' that fosters deliberation and educated decisions. This episode is a must-listen for nonprofit executives seeking actionable advice on enhancing organizational efficiency and culture.
    Huggy Rao is co-author of  the best-selling book “The Friction Project: How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder,” and other best-selling books. And as a distinguished professor at Stanford Business School, Huggy has also authored “Scaling Up for Excellence” and “Market Rebels.” 
    This episode answers the following questions:
    What is 'bad friction' and how can it be identified and removed? How does 'good friction' benefit an organization? What are the impacts of time poverty and addition bias on organizational efficiency? How can nonprofit leaders effectively manage both types of friction? What simple steps can be taken to make work easier? Links mentioned in this episode:
    Huggy’s Website Friction Project’s Co-Author Buy the book The Friction Project  Huggy’s LinkedIn Page  Looking for more? Check out these amazing episodes:
    Ep 180: Creating a Strong Back Office with Sean Hale [Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website with show notes] Ep 277: Make the Most of Your Time with Shanice Miller [Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website with show notes)

    • 34 min
    Planned Giving: Your Nonprofit’s Guide to Big Impact with Tony Martignetti

    Planned Giving: Your Nonprofit’s Guide to Big Impact with Tony Martignetti

    My friend, colleague, and fellow podcaster Tony Martignetti was in the Atlanta area and stopped by to record this incredible episode about planned giving. Since my podcast studio is super-small, we recorded this week’s episode at my dining room table. (And I’d bet many of the best conversations with your planned giving prospects might happen at their dining room table.) 
    Together, we explore planned giving’s transformative power to help your organization achieve sustainable funding. Pull up a chair and get ready to learn why and how your organization should launch a planned giving program.
     With years of experience and a passion for helping nonprofits build sustainable funding, Tony offers invaluable insights, practical advice, and inspirational stories that empower organizations to embrace planned giving. 
    This conversation goes beyond the basics, discussing innovative approaches, common misconceptions, and actionable strategies for making planned giving a cornerstone of your fundraising efforts. Whether you're new to planned giving or looking to enhance your current planned giving efforts, this episode is a must-listen for executive directors and development directors dedicated to making a lasting impact.
    This episode answers the following questions:
    Should my organization have a planned giving fundraising program? (Yes!) How do I start a planned giving program? When is a donor too old to be solicited for a planned gift in their will?  Should I ask my donors under 60 about planned giving? How do I overcome my board or staff objections to starting a planned giving program?  Links mentioned in this episode:
    Planned Giving Accelerator  Tony Martignetti’s Website  Looking for more? Check out this amazing episode:
    Ep 157: Generosity Post-Mortem: Legacy Giving with Lori Kranczer (Apple | Spotify | Our Home Page)

    • 36 min
    Beyond Money: Incentives That Work with Uri Gneezy

    Beyond Money: Incentives That Work with Uri Gneezy

    Whether you're grappling with salary negotiations, seeking to enhance donor engagement, or aiming to motivate your team more effectively, Uri's expert analysis provides actionable advice tailored for the unique challenges you face as nonprofit leaders.
    In this episode, renowned behavioral economist Uri Gneezy and our podcast host Dolph Goldenburg explore the world of incentives and their profound implications for nonprofit leaders. We dive into Gneezy's groundbreaking book, "Mixed Signals – How Incentives Really Work" and uncover the often-overlooked complexities of incentive strategies within the nonprofit sector. From dismantling the overhead myth to harnessing the power of pro-social incentives and understanding the unintended consequences of well-meaning initiatives, this episode offers a treasure trove of insights.
    This episode answers the following questions:
    How do incentives impact nonprofit management? What are the most effective incentives for fundraising and donor engagement? What is the overhead myth, and how can my nonprofit navigate it? How can I effectively use incentives to motivate staff and volunteers? What is the best way to negotiate my salary? Links mentioned in this episode:
    Mixed Signals: How Incentives Really Work  Looking for more? Check out these amazing episodes:
    Ep 302: Maximize Your Employee Engagement and Retention with Rob Woronoff (Apple | Spotify | Our Home Page) Ep 307: Empower Your Team: Unleashing Leadership Potential with Luis Velasquez & Kristin Gleitsman (Apple | Spotify | Our Home Page)

    • 32 min
    Transforming Struggles into Strengths with Bobby Herrera

    Transforming Struggles into Strengths with Bobby Herrera

    In this transformative conversation with Bobby Herrera, author of "The Gift of Struggle," Bobby shares his journey from growing up in a large family where struggle was a constant companion, to becoming a leader who views every challenge as an opportunity to grow.
    Through personal anecdotes and profound insights, Bobby explores how struggles can be our most valuable teachers, guiding us towards empathy, leadership, and success. He helps us discover the profound impact of embracing struggle, not as a burden, but as a gift that shapes our character and destiny.
    In this episode, Bobby also delves into his leadership philosophy, illustrating through his life's work and stories how one act of kindness can set off a ripple effect, transforming not just individual lives but entire communities. Whether you're a leader seeking to inspire your team, or a single contributor navigating the ups and downs of life, this episode is packed wisdom on turning adversity into advantage.
    This episode answers the following questions:
    How can personal struggles serve as a catalyst for leadership growth? What role does empathy play in leadership? How can leaders foster a culture of giving within their organizations? How can I build resilience? What should I do when a key employee leaves? Links mentioned in this episode:
    Populus Group  Bobby’s Website The Gift of Struggle  Looking for more? Check out these amazing episodes:
    Bonus Break #34: Ten Toxic Trump Traits Every Leader and Manager Should Avoid (Apple Podcast | Spotify | Our Home Page) Ep 169: The Ripple Effect with Natasha Wallace (Apple Podcast | Spotify | Our Home Page)

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Trees13 ,

Awesome information for all businesses not just non profits!

Loved listening to my first episode with Steven Von cohen! Looking forward to using the information in my chiropractic office! Connection is key!

ExecutiveMom321 ,

Like a Longtime Friend and Mentor

I have listened to this podcast for years and have learned so much. There seems to be an answer or a thoughtful discussion on every topic I need help with. It is a wonderful resource for me.

The friendly tone always makes me feel like I’m sitting down for a cup of coffee and a conversation with trusted mentor and old friend when I listen to the podcast.

Andieo1997 ,

Informative and Engaging!

I recently stumbled upon this podcast, and it's quickly become one of my favorites. The conversations are always engaging, and the topics are relevant to anyone interested in making a positive impact in the world. Dolph is a fantastic host who brings on guests with diverse perspectives and expertise. As a listener, I truly feel like I'm a part of a community of people who care deeply about doing good in the world!

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