Welcome to the Nonprofit Science Podcast! This workshop-style podcast helps nonprofit leaders grow their impact through science. Through weekly episodes, host Sheela N. Mahajan teaches you how to raise more funds, advance your nonprofit’s mission, and lead more effectively all by harnessing the power of scientific thinking.
How virtual work has changed managerial behavior
Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, almost every nonprofit organization has had to implement some sort of virtual work option. Even though many of the benefits and challenges of virtual work have been well documented, relatively little has been published about how virtual work has affected managerial behavior.
On this episode, we'll discuss research into how managerial behavior has evolved with the switch to virtual work, and how organizations can overcome some of the challenges of virtual work to bring the best out of managers and teams.
Why people resist change- even when it benefits them
Sometimes it seems like the people who would most benefit from a change are the most resistant to it. Think of anti-feminist women or students with loans who oppose canceling student debt. There are many examples of groups who exhibit this paradoxical behavior.
Whether it’s in advocacy or at the individual level working with participants, nonprofits face this opposition regularly.
This presents a unique challenge for nonprofits- how can you advance your mission if the very people who would benefit from your work, resist it?
On this episode we discuss research that offers insight into why people resist change and support a status quo that does not serve them, and how nonprofits can use this information to further their missions.
How to retain crowdfunding donors
For as much as nonprofits utilize crowdfunding and rely on it as a source of revenue, avenues for retention of donors that are acquired through these sites is lacking. In fact, nonprofits only retain about 25% of the donors acquired through crowdfunding sites.
On this episode, we discuss research into what factors influence donor donation and attrition behavior and how we can leverage this information to retain donors acquired through crowdfunding sites.
How flexible leadership can develop your team’s capacity
Nonprofits have been experiencing an increased demand for services, but that increased demand has not necessarily been matched with an increase in resources. How can nonprofit leaders achieve more with less? Research suggests the answer lies in developing the biggest resource you do have- your team.
On this episode, we’ll discuss a case study that demonstrates how nonprofit leaders can strategically use flexible leadership to develop their workforce and increase the organization’s capacity.
How survey mode can affect survey outcomes
Love them or hate them, many nonprofits use surveys in one form or another- whether it’s for something as simple as a satisfaction survey or as complex as an evaluation. While we, understandably, spend a lot of time thinking about the content of surveys- the questions we want to ask- how we administer a survey gets less attention. However, it’s possible that how we administer a survey could affect the data that we collect.
On this episode, we’ll discuss the differences between the various survey administration modes, as well as how these differences could inadvertently affect survey outcomes.
How suggested donations influence a donor’s decision to give
One tool that fundraisers often use on appeals is setting suggested donation amounts or default values. Recent research indicates that the values we set on these menus may have a big influence on a donor's decision give.
On this episode, we’ll discuss whether default donation values are a good idea and how they influence a donor’s decision to give.
I love how this podcast talks at the intersection of science and nonprofit management and leadership - a new and helpful perspective!