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You are going to change the world. We can help. Running a small nonprofit is not for the faint of heart. With limited resources and fueled by a combination of caffeine and passion, small charity leaders are unsung heroes. The Small Nonprofit podcast, by The Good Partnership, gives you down-to-earth, practical and actionable expert guidance on how to run a small nonprofit. From leadership and law to fundraising and finance, we’ve got you covered. Forget comparing your organization to the big shops, we’re creating a community of nonprofit leaders who are going to change the world, one small nonprofit at a time.

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    • 4.6 • 17 Ratings

You are going to change the world. We can help. Running a small nonprofit is not for the faint of heart. With limited resources and fueled by a combination of caffeine and passion, small charity leaders are unsung heroes. The Small Nonprofit podcast, by The Good Partnership, gives you down-to-earth, practical and actionable expert guidance on how to run a small nonprofit. From leadership and law to fundraising and finance, we’ve got you covered. Forget comparing your organization to the big shops, we’re creating a community of nonprofit leaders who are going to change the world, one small nonprofit at a time.

    nonprofit sector role models with Jarrett Ransom

    nonprofit sector role models with Jarrett Ransom

    “What am I doing in modeling for future leaders? I firmly believe everyone is a leader. Everyone has that ability just innately from birth. And so what are we doing to support the next leaders of the community, of the nonprofit sector in particular? - Jarrett Ransom
    NONPROFIT SECTOR ROLE MODELS WITH JARRETT RANSOM
    Join our conversation with Jarrett Ransom, known as The Nonprofit Nerd. We reflect on the legacy that we would want to leave behind in the nonprofit sector, which led to a discussion of the mindsets we don’t want to pass on, and how we can overcome these.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    The responsibility of teaching the next generation of nonprofit professionalsWhy investing in people is so important for our sector (and why we’re bad at it)Shifting to an abundance perspective

    CONNECT WITH JARRETT RANSOM:
    Jarrett’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jrransom/Jarrett’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nonprofit_nerd/ The Rayvan Group: https://www.therayvangroup.com/

    • 27 min
    indigenous protocols in fundraising with Rowena Veylan

    indigenous protocols in fundraising with Rowena Veylan

    “If you're learning about what indigenous protocols are applicable and relevant to your work? That's a journey. If we're learning how to balance decolonization and philanthropy, that's a journey. And I feel like that's also aligned with what I understand, or the people who I've worked with from the indigenous communities looking at how they've approached just everything. It is a journey.” - Rowena Veylan
    INDIGENOUS PROTOCOLS IN FUNDRAISING WITH ROWENA VEYLAN
    In today’s episode, we are joined by Rowena Veylan from New School Of Fundraising to talk about how to meaningfully incorporate Indigenous Protocols in fundraising through an authentic and impactful approach.
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    What are Indigenous Protocols and why is it important to fundraisingMeaningful and authentic land acknowledgmentsFundraising, colonization and anti-oppression work
    LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    The Good PartnershipNew School Of Fundraising
    CONNECT WITH ROWENA:
    Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/newschoolwayInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/newschooloffundraising/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rowena-veylan

    • 24 min
    fundraising through an empathetic lens with Kyle Empringham

    fundraising through an empathetic lens with Kyle Empringham

    One of the biggest tenets of empathy is just listening and doing an act of deep listening. So understanding where people are at. You know how to be able to engage with them in a way that makes sense. If you have the patience and ability to just be in a moment with people, understand what they do. I think that can, that can work wonders. - Kyle Empringham
    FUNDRAISING THROUGH AN EMPATHETIC LENS WITH KYLE EMPRINGHAM
    In today’s episode, we have Kyle Empringham from Starfish Canada to discuss building connections and empathy’s power in making small nonprofits stand out in their fundraising.
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Why fundraising is like selling (the good and the bad)Applying an empathetic lens to fundraisingTools and tips for fundraising in a small organization where everyone can get involved
    LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Starfish CanadaESG PartnershipsThoughtExchangeThe Good Partnership
    CONNECT WITH KYLE:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kbempringham/?hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/kbempringhamLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kbempringham/

    • 29 min
    broad and deep relationships for fundraising success with Janaiha Bennett

    broad and deep relationships for fundraising success with Janaiha Bennett

    “Sometimes you have to have the courage to say that you are walking away from a potential supporter because it's not missionly aligned.” - Janaiha Bennett

    BROAD AND DEEP RELATIONSHIPS FOR FUNDRAISING SUCCESS WITH JANAIHA BENNETT
    In today’s episode, we are joined by  Janaiha Bennett from Youth Leadership Foundation to teach us how to develop relationships with our donors and how to treat them as humans first than people who would just give you money.
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    How she got into fundraising without being a fundraiser herselfThe importance of leadership in raising fundsDeveloping a community who share the same vision 
    LINKS AND RESOURCES:
    Youth Leadership Foundation WebsiteInstagramThe Good Partnership
    CONNECT WITH JANAIHA:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janaiha/

    • 27 min
    giving Tuesday - hope or hype?

    giving Tuesday - hope or hype?

    Re-release curated by: Morgan Domijan, Peerfect Fundraising Solutions

    Every year before GivingTuesdays, a lot of fundraisers and Executive Directors are scratching their heads and wondering whether they should do something on GivingTuesday, and if do do something, what can make their organization’s messaging stand out? On today’s podcast, Lys Huggesen, the VP of Partnerships at CanadaHelps and one of the pioneers and leaders of GivingTuesday Canada, shares her insights on how charities might best leverage this day of giving and generosity.
    Myths that Lys wants us to walk away
    GivingTuesday is not just about fundraising. Giving Tuesday is a day to celebrate generosity that over 73 countries are now participating in. Any form of generosity is celebrated. There are 100 different ways to celebrate generosity without making a money ask. People are tired of GivingTuesday asks. 52% of people say that they want to give on GivingTuesday because they want to be part of something bigger. Lys likened it to Black Friday - just because everyone is having a sale, does that mean you shouldn’t? Of course not - it’s an opportunity to capitalize on people’s planned behaviour.Lys’ tips on leveraging GivingTuesday
    Don’t treat GivingTuesday as just a day-long campaign. The best campaigns launch before the day, and the campaign can continue beyond GivingTuesday. Be intentional about the campaign launches and the different touch points you design with your audience and donors. Have good messages in your ask and don’t rely on “just because it’s GivingTuesday.” GivingTuesday or not, people give when they are emotionally motivated and inspired. While the day provides a great opportunity to make an ask, make sure your communication also includes compelling messages and storytelling.Thank your supporters and express gratitude. If you are not planning to make an ask on GivingTuesday, there are still many ways to engage your audience. It is a day to celebrate generosity, and so why not thank your donors and share messages of gratitude and community togetherness? Favourite Quotes from Today’s Episode
    Post your favourite quote on social media to share with us!
    “People are primed to give. 52% of people say that they want to give on GivingTuesday itself because they're part of something bigger.”
    “I think one of the biggest myths is that GivingTuesday is just a day. It's more than just a day. The best campaigns start well before.”
    Resources from this Episode
    The Good Partnership
    Download toolkit and resources to support your GivingTuesday campaign
    Connect with Lys on Linkedin
    Learn more about Morgan at Peerfect Fundraising Solutions

    • 44 min
    changing the world through fundraising with David Love

    changing the world through fundraising with David Love

    Re-release curated by: Morgan Domijan, Peerfect Fundraising Solutions

    On today’s podcast, David Love, seasoned fundraiser also known as the Godfather of Good, shares with us his take on the role of fundraisers in achieving change in the world. When we centre our work around the mission and the journey that we are on as an organization and how that aligns with the journey our donors are making - we can impact meaningful and lasting change in the world.
    Myths that David wants us to walk away from
    The nature of a fundraiser's work to raise money. What fundraisers actually do is create value and make connections - connecting donors to the causes that matter deeply to them. Less people are donating nowadays. Donors are stepping up again and again for different causes. Less people are donating just for a charitable receipt, but more people are giving to causes they are deeply passionate of regardless of the tax receipt. This is why we don’t yet have a great metric on the current state of philanthropy.David’s tips on working with donors:
    Recognize that the donors’ journey already started and you’re here to support them on their journey. No hard sell is needed. There is a reason that a potential donor is interested in the organization's mission and vision. You’re just here to support them on a path that they’re already on, guided by their own values, interest, and passion.  Help them to find and support initiatives that speak to their values and the changes they want to see in the world. Ask questions or guide the donors to hone in what is it that will make them feel the spark or the connection with the impact that matters to them. Show passion and authenticity in your communication with your donors. Do away with aloof and formal language and focus on showing that you too deeply care about the mission and vision that your donors are invested in. Favourite Quotes from Today’s Episode
    Post your favourite quote on social to share with us!
    “It’s a fallacy to think that fundraisers raise money. What fundraisers spend their lives doing is creating value. Fundraisers make dreams come true. Small organizations with difficult causes need to find ways to make the values that are at the heart of what they do come alive in a donor’s soul.”
    “Donors are already on a journey. We as fundraisers didn't actually start that journey. They come to us because they're on a journey and they're actually trying to find out whether the road that we’re showing them is one we want to go down or not.”


    Resources from this Episode
    The Good Partnership
    Connect with David on Linkedin
    David’s new book: Green Green: Reflections on 51 Years of Raising Money for Nature
    Learn more about Morgan at Peerfect Fundraising Solutions

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Small Nonprofits: You Need This!

Cindy and her team do an incredible job of highlighting the issues, challenges, and opportunities that small nonprofits face. They have their pulse on the industry because they are practitioners and deeply want to see small organizations grow. From practical advice to inspiration, you’ll find it here.

Shireymama ,

Great advice in every episode!

Cindy’s approach to helping the small nonprofit thrive is unique and spot on, delivering great advice in every episode. I like Cindy’s down-to-earth take on everything from board management to annual fund campaigns, and her network of nonprofit professionals bring a wealth of expertise to this show. If you’re a small nonprofit, you need to be listening and taking notes!

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My go-to podcast!

The Small Nonprofit podcast is my go-to every week. Insightful conversations that make me feel like the host and guests really understand the needs of small organizations!

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