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We interview leading experts working in the field of technology and marketing that are working on using tech for social impact. the podcast explores what tech is working to create impact, and how data is being used effectively within elite organizations. Past guests have included Google Analytics Chief Evangelist Avinash Kaushik, and digital experts from DoSomething.org, Kiva, The Environmental Defense Fund, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donor's Choose and many others.

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We interview leading experts working in the field of technology and marketing that are working on using tech for social impact. the podcast explores what tech is working to create impact, and how data is being used effectively within elite organizations. Past guests have included Google Analytics Chief Evangelist Avinash Kaushik, and digital experts from DoSomething.org, Kiva, The Environmental Defense Fund, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donor's Choose and many others.

    240: (news) 5% Rise in US Giving & Juneteenth Official

    240: (news) 5% Rise in US Giving & Juneteenth Official

    Nonprofit news summary for the week of June 22nd, 2021. 

    Charitable Giving Reaches All-Time High In 2020 - Report
    A new Giving USA report says that U.S. charitable giving reached an all-time high of approximately $471 billion. Driven by factors such as an unprecedented pandemic and a broad reckoning over racial violence, giving increased 5.1% from 2019 to 2020 (3.8% when adjusted for inflation). Experts note that a strong finish by financial markets including the S&P 500 (changes in which track with changes in individual and foundation giving) likely contributed to the spike. While individual giving increased 2%, giving from foundations jumped nearly 17% year over year. While lots of nonprofits, especially civil rights organizations, saw increases in funding — arts, culture, and disease-specific organizations saw a decrease.Read more ➝

    Juneteenth Now A Federal Holiday
    Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill making Juneteenth a federally-recognized holiday. With a 415-14 vote in the House of Representatives, June 19th will be officially recognized as a day commemorating the end of slavery in America. This is the first new federal holiday to be authorized since the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

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    Nonprofit journalism grew in 2020 — and individual donors played a large part

    National Young Farmers Coalition | Young Farmers 2020 Accountability Report

    Girl Scouts Stuck With Over 15 Million Boxes of Unsold Cookies

    MacKenzie Scott’s latest round of $2.7B in gifts prioritizes philanthropy infrastructure

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    239: (news) DAF legislation & Nonprofit Wins Pulitzer

    239: (news) DAF legislation & Nonprofit Wins Pulitzer

    Nonprofit news summaries for the week of June 14th, 2021. 


    Featured product: A new Inclusivity Language Tool from Whole Whale. Helping organizations check their websites for inclusive language. 

    New Federal Legislation Aims To Speed Up Donor Advised Funds’ Impact To Charities
    New proposed legislation introduced by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) seeks to speed up the process by which donor-advised funds (DAFs) would be disbursed to nonprofit organizations. While controversial within certain philanthropic circles, the Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act would establish timeframes for DAF distribution and new rules for DAFs, including both 15 and 50-year options.

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    Chicago-based Journalism Nonprofit Wins Pulitzer
    The Invisible Institute, a nonprofit news organization based out of the south side of Chicago, along with the staffs of The Marshall Project, Alabama Media Group, and The Indianapolis Star, have won a coveted Pulitzer Prize in the “National Reporting” category for investigative reporting that looked into Police K-9 units.

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    Big law firms are donating pro bono hours to block unions at legal nonprofits where their partners are board members

    EveryAction’s Acquisition Spree Lands Salsa Labs

    Square Launches $5M Bitcoin Fund to Promote Crypto Inclusion

    What the donor-advised fund payout rate means for philanthropy and how it fits into the bigger charitable giving picture

    How An Oklahoma STEM Nonprofit Is Empowering Students To Digitally Rebuild Tulsa's Black Wall Street

    • 15 min
    238: How To Travel Ethically - Author interview

    238: How To Travel Ethically - Author interview

    Interview with Sarika Bansal, Editor and Author of Tread Brightly, a series of curated essays on Ethical Travel. George Weiner interviews Sarika about the themes and topics covered by some of the essays. They also dive into the creation and closing of Sarika's nonprofit BRIGHT Magazine.


    About Tread Brightly 
    Are there ways we can turn travel from passive consumption to an active exchange? Is it possible for our travel to leave a positive impact on the lives of others? This book of seventeen original essays and photo-essays, edited by Sarika Bansal, gets to the heart of what it means to travel ethically.

    “Tread Brightly” discusses the ethics of orphanage tourism, cruise ships, and study abroad programs. It asks how one’s identity as a traveler—like one’s country of origin, gender, and race—impacts a travel experience. It considers the climate consequences of non-essential travel.


    About Sarika

    Sarika Bansal is the editor-in-chief of "Tread Brightly." She is an editor, storytelling consultant, and mentor with the Aspen Institute's New Voices Program. She was the founder and editor-in-chief of BRIGHT Magazine, an award-winning digital magazine that told fresh, solutions-oriented stories about social change. Prior to that, she incubated two social impact publications at Medium, developed curriculum for journalists at the Solutions Journalism Network, and served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Her byline has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, VICE, and other publications.

    She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

    Sarika has lived on five continents, speaks four languages, and is currently based in a cottage in a forest in Nairobi, Kenya. She lives with her husband, daughter, and elderly German shepherd.

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    237: (news) Direct mail price hikes & OpenSecrets.org Launches

    237: (news) Direct mail price hikes & OpenSecrets.org Launches

    Nonprofit news summaries for June 7th


    Direct mail price hikes and a push for transparency in politics by nonprofits.

    USPS Price Increase May Lead To Headache For Nonprofits
    The United States Postal Services (USPS) has filed for an increase in prices averaging nearly 6.9% system-wide, according to the Nonprofit Times. As many nonprofit organizations still rely on direct mail strategies for reaching donors, the average increase of 7.8% for Nonprofit Marketing Mail (NMM) could prove to be disruptive for organizations seeing slim net fundraising revenue from mail outreach. A decrease in mail volume of over 28% over the last decade has put the USPS in an awkward position, forcing it to balance public service with ever-decreasing revenue.

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    Political Data Transparency Nonprofits Merge To Form OpenSecrets
    Two leading “money-in-politics” accountability nonprofits, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and the National Institute on Money in Politics (NIMP), have merged to form OpenSecrets, a “state-of-the-art democratic accountability organization.” This announcement comes on the heels of a contentious 2020 election that far surpassed previous elections in terms of spending. “This merger brings together decades of expertise, massive data sets, and the kind of analysis that researchers, journalists, advocates and individuals rely on to understand the influence of spending on politics,” according to OpenSecrets Executive Director Sheila Krumholz. Nonprofits, PACs, and other advocacy organizations operating within this space should pay attention to increasing calls for (and expectation of) financial transparency.

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    Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis

    Black-led nonprofit receives 'reparations payment' from slaveholder's descendant

    Charity: Water launches celebrity-funded Bitcoin Water Trust

    50 brands giving back to the LGBTQ community

    Hackers Stole $650,000 From Nonprofit and Got Away, Showing Limits to Law Enforcement’s Reach

    Nonprofit 'spokescat' saving the world one post at a time



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    236: (news) Nonprofits in Tulsa & USAID Russian Hack

    236: (news) Nonprofits in Tulsa & USAID Russian Hack

    Nonprofit News for the week of June 1st, 2021. 


    Tulsa Massacre After 100 Years: Nonprofits Part Of Efforts To Bring Justice
    The Tulsa massacre, one of the most egregious examples of racial violence in American history, marks its 100th anniversary. After “Black Wall Street” was destroyed by mobs of white supremacists, efforts to bring justice are underway. The Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, associated with the University of Oklahoma, will begin work to find, identify and preserve victims’ remains. The nonprofit Centennial Commission is building a historic center to preserve the oft-overlooked history of the massacre, though the organization has drawn criticism for not providing reparations to victims directly. Events and programs marking the 100-year milestone include a visit to Tulsa by President Biden to meet with survivors.

    Russian-Backed Hack of USAID Leaves NGOs Potentially Compromised
    Russia state-backed hackers are believed to have breached USAID’s external communication client, sending malicious emails to over 3,000 accounts from over 150 organizations, according to Microsoft Vice President Tom Burt. The attack appears to have targeted humanitarian organizations, human rights NGOs, think tanks, and civil society organizations. Burt notes that the attack, carried out by the same actor responsible for the high-profile SolarWinds breach, is yet “another example of how cyberattacks have become the tool of choice for a growing number of nation-states to accomplish a wide variety of political objectives.” This breach comes just weeks before President Biden is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Geneva.



    Warning Signs Emerge for Fundraisers in Latest Economic Reports

    What North Carolina's donor privacy bill would, and wouldn't, do for nonprofits

    ExxonMobil loses a proxy fight with green investors

    Nonprofit buys 6,150 acres for conservation in Georgia

    Nonprofit Powers Creation of Low-Cost Covid Vaccine

    Nonprofit supports families of America’s fallen soldiers


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    235: (news) Carbon Capture & Fighting Voter Suppression

    235: (news) Carbon Capture & Fighting Voter Suppression

    Weekly nonprofit podcast news. 


    Nonprofit Fights Carbon Emissions With Financial Marketplace
    University of Chicago professor Michael Greenstone has created a nonprofit called Climate Vault, which could revolutionize how we offset carbon emissions in the marketplace. Using the current cap and trade infrastructure to its advantage, the organization seeks to redirect capital to environmentally-conscious startups in exchange for “pollution permits.” The goal is to merge financial profit with environmental sustainability in hopes of driving investment in products that help the planet in the long-run.

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    Nonprofit Advocacy Groups & Native Tribes Team Up To Combat Voter Suppression
    New voting legislation in Montana, which critics cite as an attempt to suppress the vote of indigenous communities, is facing a legal challenge from a joint effort of multiple tribes and nonprofits. The tribes challenging the legislation include the Blackfeet Nation, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Fort Belknap Indian Community and Northern Cheyenne Tribe. These tribes, along with Native get-out-the-vote organizations Western Native Voice and Montana Native Voice, are being represented by the Native American Rights Fund, in conjunction with the ACLU. Not only do nonprofits fill a vital gap in our social safety infrastructure, but they are an essential part of our democratic society, and constitute a rapidly growing civil society movement both in the U.S. and abroad. Read the legal complaint here.
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    YMCA brings in new CEO to revamp struggling nonprofit

    Greenpeace Stops Accepting Bitcoin Donations, Cites High Energy Use

    Steve Bannon's Nonprofit Sued for Destroying Wild Butterflies' Habitat with Donald Trump's Border Wall

    S.F. nonprofit lost $650,000 to hackers and a 'money mule.' The boss had to investigate it herself

    Nonprofit takes veterans on flights on WWII-era biplane




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Customer Reviews

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68 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established leading a nonprofit, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Kariesha and the entire Whole Whale team do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving enterprise - and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

NickAndrew51! ,

Must-Listen for Nonprofit / Social Impact Professionals

The hosts, George and Kariesha, are knowledgeable, dynamic, and really understand the industry. The guests are top-notch, and the podcast covers a wide array of topics relevant to nonprofits. Always interesting. Keep up the good work!

yoshinyc ,

Absolute must-listen if you do digital work in the nonprofit sector

George and the team at Whole Whale get terrific and engaging experts in their fields (Lisa Rau, PhD in AI, Lucy Bernholz from Stanford PACS, freakin’ Seth Godin!)

And of course, the knowledgable and always engaging George Weiner himself. The podcast does not shy away from dense, but important content (State Compliance Laws for FundRaisers, GDPR, etc.) and keeps everything digestible and engaging.

If you work in the nonprofit digital space, this is a great resource. If you’re a nonprofit digital marketer, It’s a must-listen.

Thanks to Whole Whale for this great resource!

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