20 episodes

In every community, nonprofits compete for a narrow pool of supporters. Many struggle to stand out and make their case the most compelling a funder will hear. What is the difference that will allow your nonprofit to reach fundraising goals and ultimately achieve financial sustainability? That's exactly what this podcast will address! In each 15-20 minute episode, we'll interview fundraising industry experts from all sides of the table and discuss what has made the difference in major investments, feasibility studies, and successful capital campaigns. We hope to provide you with tips, trends, and topics that make you think and help your nonprofit grow in 2020 and beyond.

The Difference: Nonprofit Fundraising in a For-Profit World Jay Werth, Host

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

In every community, nonprofits compete for a narrow pool of supporters. Many struggle to stand out and make their case the most compelling a funder will hear. What is the difference that will allow your nonprofit to reach fundraising goals and ultimately achieve financial sustainability? That's exactly what this podcast will address! In each 15-20 minute episode, we'll interview fundraising industry experts from all sides of the table and discuss what has made the difference in major investments, feasibility studies, and successful capital campaigns. We hope to provide you with tips, trends, and topics that make you think and help your nonprofit grow in 2020 and beyond.

    Leveraging AI in Your Daily Activities: Increasing Productivity When You're Short on Resources

    Leveraging AI in Your Daily Activities: Increasing Productivity When You're Short on Resources

    In this episode, Jay discusses artificial intelligence tools with Michelle West,  founder and President of Chamber Speak. Michelle shares her thoughts on how to use AI tools to save time when you’re busy or short on resources. She and Jay discuss ways to prompt AI tools to produce rich, helpful information that saves time in the long run. Using AI in this way can also help chambers segment their audiences, identify their target audience, and tailor their messaging so they reach the right people.  

    • 25 min
    Bridging Generational Gaps: Navigating Workforce Development with Mark C. Perna

    Bridging Generational Gaps: Navigating Workforce Development with Mark C. Perna

    In this episode, Jay engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Mark C. Perna, the founder and CEO of TFS Results. Together, they delve into the intricate relationship between workforce development and generational disparities. Mark, a passionate advocate for bridging the gap between education and employment, shares his insights on the vital role of workforce development in shaping the future. Focusing on Generation Z, hailed as the "benchmark generation," Mark and Jay dissect the unique perspectives and aspirations of this dynamic cohort. From understanding Gen Z's mindset to offering strategies for hiring and retaining talent, their conversation provides actionable insights for parents, educators, and employers. Tune in as Jay Werth and Mark C. Perna explore the transformative impact of understanding generational differences in today's ever-evolving workforce.

    • 24 min
    The Blueprint for Economic Triumph: Insights with Chuck Sexton

    The Blueprint for Economic Triumph: Insights with Chuck Sexton

    Join us for an insightful episode of The Difference, featuring Chuck Sexton, the dynamic CEO of The Next Move Group. In this engaging conversation, Sexton unravels the intricate aspects of successful economic development. Explore the importance of a clear vision, collaboration among stakeholders, strategic planning, and adaptability in the pursuit of economic growth. Gain valuable insights into the significance of resources, investment, and effective marketing strategies. Discover how regions can leverage these key factors, as highlighted by Sexton, to create thriving economies and enhance the overall well-being of their communities. Tune in for a comprehensive exploration of the essential elements that make a difference in economic development!

    • 25 min
    Crafting Innovation: The Manufactory Collective Journey with Debbie Irwin

    Crafting Innovation: The Manufactory Collective Journey with Debbie Irwin

    Join us on The Difference as Debbie Irwin, co-founder of the Manufactory Collective, shares the dynamic evolution of this unique shared space for makers and entrepreneurs. Discover how a strategic shift from seeking funds to exploring creative solutions attracted investors and led to collaborations with JMU for a rapid prototyping center. Learn about the crucial role of John Downey's certificate program in the collective's success and the broader vision of fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the Shenandoah Valley through shared workspaces. Tune in for a concise yet insightful discussion on shaping the future of entrepreneurship in the Shenandoah Valley.

    • 21 min
    Empowering Giving Through Blackbaud's Impact

    Empowering Giving Through Blackbaud's Impact

    Discover the dynamic world of corporate philanthropy on The Difference! Join us as we chat with Matt Nash, Executive Director of Blackbaud Giving Fund. Learn how this 501(c)(3) charity revolutionizes workplace giving through donor-advised funds and diverse charity options. Uncover the crucial link between executive engagement, a company's purpose, and employee participation in social initiatives. Tune in for insights into driving meaningful change through purposeful giving!

    • 19 min
    Empathetic Leadership Unveiled: Navigating Nonprofit Challenges with Beth Napleton

    Empathetic Leadership Unveiled: Navigating Nonprofit Challenges with Beth Napleton

    In this episode of The Difference, Beth Napleton, a seasoned leadership coach, shares key insights on leading with empathy and achieving success in nonprofit organizations. She identifies challenges in external factors, team dynamics, and personal struggles. Beth emphasizes the use of personality assessments like Myers Briggs and StrengthsFinder for self-awareness and team improvement. From leadership strategies to fundraising tools, she provides practical advice. Drawing from her experiences, Beth stresses the importance of seeking support as a nonprofit leader. Her expertise offers a concise guide for navigating recruitment, retention, board engagement, and fundraising challenges. Tune in for a power-packed conversation on elevating nonprofit leadership and driving impactful change!

    • 21 min

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