158 episodes

Looking for your next nonprofit job? Want to lead a nonprofit organization? Dr. Patton McDowell (www.pattonmcdowell.com) brings the best in nonprofit career development to each episode, helping you find the perfect nonprofit opportunity and guiding you along the path to senior leadership in the philanthropic sector. Patton brings 30 years of nonprofit leadership, coaching and consulting experience, and shares best practices for individual and organizational success based on his work with over 250 nonprofit organizations and their staff and board leaders. Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership features more than 120 interviews with nonprofit leaders and philanthropy experts, as well as deep-dive solo episodes and other special editions. Hit subscribe, and accelerate your journey on a nonprofit career path that can change your life. Learn more at: https://www.podpage.com/your-path-to-nonprofit-leadership/

Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership Patton McDowell

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Looking for your next nonprofit job? Want to lead a nonprofit organization? Dr. Patton McDowell (www.pattonmcdowell.com) brings the best in nonprofit career development to each episode, helping you find the perfect nonprofit opportunity and guiding you along the path to senior leadership in the philanthropic sector. Patton brings 30 years of nonprofit leadership, coaching and consulting experience, and shares best practices for individual and organizational success based on his work with over 250 nonprofit organizations and their staff and board leaders. Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership features more than 120 interviews with nonprofit leaders and philanthropy experts, as well as deep-dive solo episodes and other special editions. Hit subscribe, and accelerate your journey on a nonprofit career path that can change your life. Learn more at: https://www.podpage.com/your-path-to-nonprofit-leadership/

    158: A Radical Approach to Nonprofit Leadership (Tom Vozzo)

    158: A Radical Approach to Nonprofit Leadership (Tom Vozzo)

    158: A Radical Approach to Nonprofit Leadership (Tom Vozzo)
    SUMMARY
    How do you balance capitalistic skills and passion for a cause? Tom Vozzo, who left a highly successful corporate career to become an unpaid nonprofit CEO of the internationally acclaimed Homeboy Industries, is eminently qualified to answer such a question. In episode #158 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, you’ll hear Tom share many of the lessons he’s learned by leading this Los Angeles-based organization, and how he advocates for more social impact awareness in the for-profit community. He know it’s the nonprofit sector that can employ many individuals once thought unemployable, and has clear, pragmatic advice for how nonprofit leaders can best support people on the margins of society who are trying to move into the workforce. As a committed capitalist himself, he knows leaders can be mission-driven yet combine that with business knowledge informed by past experiences.  Tom shares what he sees are the biggest differences between nonprofit and corporate cultures and the lessons we can all learn to bridge these sectors.
    ABOUT TOM
    Thomas Vozzo left a lucrative career in corporate America convinced there had to be a better way to define success. In 2012, Vozzo became the first-ever CEO of Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Vozzo’s journey goes from billion-dollar revenues—his last corporate role was as CEO of the $1.8 billion ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel Group—to a volunteer unpaid CEO of a nonprofit built on compassion, kinship, empathy and social justice. In Vozzo’s first book, The Homeboy Way: A Radical Approach to Business and Life, he gives readers practical ways to address some of our most vexing social issues and provides a new path for personal and business leadership. Vozzo shares lessons learned both in secular business as well as faith-based pursuits to help readers from all walks of life thrive.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Tattoos On the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Gregory BoyleThe Long Loneliness by Dorothy DayLearn more about Homeboy IndustriesPatton’s book Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership: Seven Keys to Advancing Your Career in the Philanthropic Sector 

    • 43 min
    157: Assuring Cross-Sector Collaboration as A Nonprofit Leader (Kate Markin Coleman)

    157: Assuring Cross-Sector Collaboration as A Nonprofit Leader (Kate Markin Coleman)

    157: Assuring Cross-Sector Collaboration as A Nonprofit Leader (Kate Markin Coleman)
    SUMMARY
    Are you creating unnecessary barriers for employment at your nonprofit?  Kate Markin Coleman suggests you’re narrowing your talent pool by relying too heavily on a college degree as a proxy for qualification.  In episode #157 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, she discusses how to construct a more equitable and effective workforce development system. Learn what it means to conduct a deep skills analysis to better identify needs and think more broadly about who is best qualified to fill them. Kate reveals how developing cross-sector collaborations improves the efficiency and effectiveness for addressing the issues facing our communities. She identifies the attributes of effective programs and makes the case for skill-based hiring and cross sector-collaboration. By working across organizational boundaries, you can change the trajectory of individuals struggling to make a living wage while expanding the quality and quantity of talent available to employers.
    ABOUT KATE
    Kate Markin Coleman directs ias advising, LLC, and is former Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy, and Advancement Officer of YMCA in the U.S.  She spent the first half of her career in the private sector, transferring to the social sector after she and her colleagues sold the fintech firm they ran. Coleman was a top official in one of the country’s largest nonprofits, the national YMCA, where she advanced innovation and effectiveness. She studied cross sector collaboration as a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow and is the co-author of two books that offer practical insights on how to design effective solutions to challenging urban problems.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES 
    Growing Fairly: How to Bring Opportunity and Equity to Workforce Development by Stephen Goldsmith and Kate Markin ColemanCollaborative Cities: Mapping Solutions to Wicked Problems by Stephen Goldsmith and Kate Markin ColemanBiased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do by Jennifer EberhardtCheck out Patton’s book Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership: Seven Keys to Advancing Your Career in the Philanthropic Sector 

    • 41 min
    156: Everything You Believe About Small Nonprofit Fundraising is Wrong (Zoot Velasco)

    156: Everything You Believe About Small Nonprofit Fundraising is Wrong (Zoot Velasco)

    156: Everything You Believe About Small Nonprofit Fundraising is Wrong (Zoot Velasco)
    SUMMARY
    Is your small nonprofit still trying to raise money through special events?  Modeling your fundraising plan on what large nonprofits are doing is among several critical mistakes Zoot Velasco will help you avoid. In episode #156 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, he tells us why those special events, big galas, grant writing and even courting major donors are not the most important things on which nonprofit leaders of smaller organizations should be focused. Zoot identifies three sources of earned income streams available to all nonprofit organizations and how strengthening and growing these streams will not only increase your financial stability but will also allow you to be less reliant on the traditional philanthropic dollar.  
    ABOUT ZOOT
    Zoot Velasco is currently the Executive Director of the Friends of Fullerton College Foundation, Director of the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research at California State University Fullerton’s College of Business & Economics, Professor of Business & Marketing at California State University Fullerton, Professor of Nonprofit Management & Leadership at California Polytechnic Institute Pomona, Host of the nationally-ranked 501(c)3(b)(s) podcast and author of three books. For 23 years, Zoot led cultural programs in prisons and cultural centers. He built four art centers for the City of LA, a Boys & Girls Club, and a Theatre for the City of Long Beach. He has raised more than $32 million for various organizations. During the recession, he led the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton to unprecedented growth, more than tripling programs, budget, patrons, and the endowment while winning awards as Orange County’s first STEAM programs, institutional arts programs, and strategic partnerships. 
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES 
    Small to LARGE: Growing Social Impact Organizations Against All OddsThe First 100 Days: Leading Small Nonprofits Out of the WildernessGet a copy of Patton’s book Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership

    • 48 min
    155: Relationship Building: The Key to Nonprofit Leadership (Siobhan Davenport)

    155: Relationship Building: The Key to Nonprofit Leadership (Siobhan Davenport)

    155: Relationship Building: The Key to Nonprofit Leadership (Siobhan Davenport)
    SUMMARY
    Are you advancing your skills to be the kind of strong leader the nonprofit sector needs? In episode #155 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, we talk with Siobhan Davenport, a phenomenal industry leader with more than fifteen years of experience serving underserved youth and someone who understands the advantages of these skills. Discover the benefits of developing a personal board of directors and how this foundational network of advisors can support you through the various crossroads faced while navigating your career path. Learn how to authentically communicate your mission to others as Siobhan discusses the vital skills needed to build strong relationships that will guide you throughout your career.  As a busy nonprofit executive herself, Siobhan articulates her best self-care practices and organizational routines others can easily implement into their active daily regimen.
    ABOUT SIOBHAN
    Siobhan Davenport was named President & CEO by the Crittenton Board of Directors in February 2019, bringing more than fifteen years of experience serving underserved youth. In her previous role as Crittenton’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, she built collaborations between schools, nonprofits, and corporations to better meet Crittenton girls’ challenges and launched the Declare Equity for Girls: It’s Time campaign. As the Executive Director of the Rocksprings Foundation from 2002 to 2018, Ms. Davenport oversaw the foundation’s impact by investing in economic and educational opportunities for low-income families and youth. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Producer and Host for On the Potomac Productions, including the acclaimed series “The New Washington.” She serves as a commissioner for the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism and sits on the Advisory Council for Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ms. Davenport holds a master’s degree in journalism from American University.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brene BrownDecolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva Learn more about Crittenton Services of Greater WashingtonGet your copy of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership: Seven Keys to Advancing Your Career in the Philanthropic Sector

    • 44 min
    154: Nonprofit & For-Profit: Creating a Successful Partnership (Shiloh Karshima)

    154: Nonprofit & For-Profit: Creating a Successful Partnership (Shiloh Karshima)

    154: Nonprofit & For-Profit: Creating a Successful Partnership (Shiloh Karshima)
    SUMMARY
    Do you communicate a clear message that properly represents the voice of those you serve?  In episode #154 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, Shiloh Karshima highlights some of the challenges nonprofit leaders face in trying to make their case more clearly and in an authentic way. Shiloh is a gifted leader with more than two decades experience building philanthropic partnerships in over 14 countries.  Shiloh explains how communication and harmonization are the keys to creating a successful partnership between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  Learn why the acquisition and implementation of tangible skills will elevate your passion into a dynamic leadership role that others will desire to follow.  Shiloh also gives tangible examples of how nonprofit and for-profit leaders can partner to provide an even greater social impact.  Learn why nonprofit leaders who communicate in a shared language with their for-profit counterparts can bridge the bottom-line principles common to both sectors. 
    ABOUT SHILOH
    Shiloh Karshima co-founded The Leader Team in July 2021, when she and her family sold everything and decided to move to Nigeria.  With over two decades of experience in development and nonprofit work in 14 countries, Shiloh brings a wide range of expertise to the table as Executive Director. She has collaborated with the World Bank MENA, World Vision, University of the Nations, William Jessup University, FGI Finance, Jobs Partnership, Oasis Church Winter Garden, Peace and Justice Institute, Orlando MLK Foundation, Safe Families for Children, Bethany Christian Services, NYU’s Wagner Student Alliance for Africa, HopePark Church, Iris Ministries, River City Community Church, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, and Madonna’s Raising Malawi.  Shiloh was the Panel Discussion Moderator for The United National Female Genital Mutilation Forum in partnership with the not-for-profit Sauti Yetu, Columbia University and NYU.  She was Co-Founder of RISE: Conversations on Race and Unity in Winter Garden, Florida. Shiloh received her Master’s in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy with a specialization in International Economic Development from New York University.  
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES 
    Changing The World Without Losing Your Mind by Alex CountsLearn more about Shiloh and The Leader Team here.Are you ready to be the leader the nonprofit sector needs? Start your journey to nonprofit leadership with Patton’s new book Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership: Seven Keys to Advancing Your Career in the Philanthropic Sector 

    • 45 min
    153: Why Diversification is Vital to Your Fundraising Plan (Holly Rustick)

    153: Why Diversification is Vital to Your Fundraising Plan (Holly Rustick)

    153: Why Diversification is Vital to Your Fundraising Plan (Holly Rustick)

    SUMMARY
    Is your nonprofit organization writing competitive grants that grow your funding capacity?  In episode #153 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership we speak with Holly Rustick, a grant writing expert with over 15 years of winning more than $30 million in grant funding, on how nonprofit leaders can enhance their grant writing skills and increase funding to advance their organization’s mission.  Holly shares practical takeaways and processes to increase and diversify funding for better overall stability of your nonprofit and its programs. To truly comprehend that grant writing is the connection of money to mission, nonprofit leaders must not only diligently research and understand the funder, but more importantly, they must first have a fully developed program to present. Holly discusses proper relationship-building techniques because, like all your donors, proper stewardship is vital to the foundations with which your organization interacts.  Learn how to best position your organization for funding with Holly’s 10 Step Checklist and her Nonprofit Wellness Audit.  Holly also shares her perspective to help more women in the nonprofit sector ascend into senior leadership positions.

    ABOUT HOLLY
    World-renowned grant writing expert and Amazon bestselling author Holly Rustick coaches thousands of people every week through her top-ranking podcast, Grant Writing & Funding, books on grant writing, and via the Hub Haven on taking actionable steps in grant writing. Having secured millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations around the world throughout the past 16+ years, Holly has a mission to train grant writers to simplify the process, grow capacity, and advance mission.  Holly has an MA in International Political Economy, is past-president of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and is an unapologetic feminist. Holly lives on the island of Guam with her beautiful daughter, Isabella.  If you are interested in advancing your grant writing skills or transitioning into freelance grant writing, be sure to check out Holly’s articles, books, and podcasts at www.grantwritingandfunding.com.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon HillLearn more about Holly Rustic and Grant Writing & Funding hereThe Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing by Holly RustickCheck out Patton’s book Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership: Seven Keys to Advancing Your Career in the Philanthropic Sector 

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

HRUSTICK ,

Nonprofit Nuggets

Patton's podcast has heaps of nonprofit gold for nonprofit leaders! If you are looking to enter into or advance within nonprofit leadership then this is your listening space. :) He also has meaningful questions for his guests and is an excellent podcast host! - Holly Rustick, Grant Writing & Funding

Alex425xyz ,

Insightful interviews

I listened to last Thursday’s episode with Manuel Campbell and he had some great insight into nonprofit leadership and what it takes to go from a side passion project to a fully-developed plan that can impact the community at large. Manuel’s childhood, growing up with entrepreneurial-minded mentors, really resonated with me as a small-business owner and grabbed my attention from the first five minutes of the episode. Patton asked thought-provoking questions which allowed Manuel to respond with great detail on his experiences - a true testament to his hosting.

anxietygirl123 ,

A true expert in the nonprofit sector

Patton is a leader in this space and this podcast showcases his expertise. You can tell that he prepares for each episode and has a wide variety of guests. I look forward to listening to a new episode every week on my walks!

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