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 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!
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.
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!
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!
Valley Visions: Jay Langston on Economic Evolution and Workforce Challenges
In this podcast, Jay Langston, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, shares his rich background in economic development and discusses the profound changes witnessed over the past four decades, accentuated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jay highlights the growing significance of quality of life in decision-making and explores how the Shenandoah Valley, despite its rural setting, has experienced both economic and population growth. He emphasizes the importance of educating educators about job opportunities and underscores the region's success in talent attraction, challenging stereotypes that young professionals need to migrate to metropolitan areas for career growth. The episode provides a concise yet insightful narrative on the evolving dynamics of economic development and talent acquisition in the Shenandoah Valley, offering a fresh perspective on the region's untapped potential.
Building Rural Prosperity: A Conversation with Susan Norris
In this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Susan Norris, the director of the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation in Nebraska. Susan shares her experience with economic development and rural communities. Susan's insights into how the residents of Pierce County view economic development shed light on the unique perspectives of rural America. She reminds us that it's not all about wealth creation; in rural settings, it encompasses community placemaking, parks, recreation, and fostering social connections. Join us as Susan Norris discusses the true essence of economic development in rural Nebraska, focusing on building not just financial capital, but also social capital within these tight-knit communities. If you're curious about the heart and soul of rural America, this episode is a must-listen.