133 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/

    134: Why Corporations Should Look at Philanthropy in a New Way (Holly Welch Stubbing)

    134: Why Corporations Should Look at Philanthropy in a New Way (Holly Welch Stubbing)

    134: Why Corporations Should Look at Philanthropy in a New Way (Holly Welch Stubbing)
    SUMMARY
    Nonprofit organizations worldwide study ways to capitalize on corporate relationships in their fundraising efforts.  Having been on both sides of this equation, Holly Welch Stubbing, the President & CEO of E4E Relief, identifies specific challenges she sees as nonprofits try to connect with corporate leaders. She shares her thoughts on how corporations can look at philanthropy differently given the competing agendas they are constantly having to manage. In episode 134 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, we’ll explore how to better align the mission of both the corporation and your nonprofit, and how implementing a plan around relationship building will improve that partnership.  As a strong nonprofit leader, educating yourself on corporate practices, governances, and structure will enable a better understanding when developing community philanthropic campaigns.
    ABOUT HOLLY
    Holly Welch Stubbing serves as President & CEO of E4E Relief, an international nonprofit organization that provides disaster and hardship grants to individuals worldwide and is a leading provider of employee relief programs for multinational corporations headquartered in the U.S.  Holly previously worked for Foundation For The Carolinas for over 20 years in advancement, investment and legal affairs and is a nationally recognized leader in charitable tax matters and serves or has served on key public policy committees representing nonprofits and philanthropy on the Hill and in the state of North Carolina. She is a past Strategy leader for the Alliance for Charitable Reform and serves professionally on the Merrill Lynch Bledsoe/Cathcart Group Advisory Council and the Seymour Legacy Trust Board of Trustees. She also serves on nonprofit boards for Wake Forest University Charlotte, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation and Trinity Episcopal School.  Holly is a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow and is a recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Award and 40 Under 40 recognitions. She was the Charlotte AFP’s Fundraiser of the Year Award winner in 2013, and holds a Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and a B.A. in Speech Communications and International Studies from Wake Forest University.  Holly is a member of the North Carolina and Tennessee Bar Associations.  
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Reed Hoffman’s book Masters of Scale Learn more about E4E ReliefReady for a Mastermind?  Apply Today!

    • 49 min
    133: How to Improve Your Nonprofit Leadership Experience (Patton McDowell)

    133: How to Improve Your Nonprofit Leadership Experience (Patton McDowell)

    133:  How to Improve Your Nonprofit Leadership Experience (Patton McDowell)
    SUMMARY
    Are you thankful for your current nonprofit leadership role?  The sector should be thankful for talented individuals like you who are dedicated to a vital cause in your community, but I know you may not feel that gratitude as you do even more for an organization that needs your every contribution.  In this special Thanksgiving Day episode, I offer some ideas that may help you be an even better leader, but more importantly, help you enjoy a more rewarding experience as you move toward your goals. In this solo episode #133 of the Path Podcast, I offer five specific ways you can improve your nonprofit leadership experience, as well as a sneak peek at my new book, also titled Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership.
    ABOUT PATTON
    Patton McDowell has enjoyed a successful 30-year career in nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, and organizational development. His consulting practice has allowed him to work with more than 240 organizations throughout the Southeast, including nonprofits focused on healthcare, education, arts & culture, and human services. Prior to founding PMA Consulting in 2009, he served as Vice President for University Advancement at Queens University of Charlotte where he was responsible for all fundraising, communications, and alumni programs for the university.  Before Queens, Patton served as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at UNC Wilmington, where he was the youngest vice chancellor in the 16-campus UNC system. He previously served as Program Director for Special Olympics North Carolina in Raleigh, following his tenure with Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C.  Patton is a native of Elizabeth City, NC, and received a bachelor's degree in English Education from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He received his MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens, and his Doctorate in Education (Organizational Change and Leadership) from the Rossier School at the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a Master Trainer for AFP International, and a member of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. Patton is a former board President of AFP Charlotte, served as the Chapter Representative on the AFP International Board, and is the host of the weekly podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership.
    EPISODE RESOURCES
    Episode #56 10 Essential Skills & Experiences for Nonprofit LeadershipEpisode #78 5 Ways to Build Your Professional Development PlanEpisode #13 Build A Personal Strategic Plan that WorksAre you ready for a Mastermind?

    • 29 min
    132: The Power of Donor Stewardship as a Nonprofit Leader (Caitlin Donley)

    132: The Power of Donor Stewardship as a Nonprofit Leader (Caitlin Donley)

    132: The Power of Donor Stewardship as a Nonprofit Leader (Caitlin Donley)
    SUMMARY
    Fundraising is more than simply communicating your mission effectively to your donors and asking for support. The real magic happens after the gift is received, and doing more than just saying “thank you” means a nonprofit leader has an intentional strategic plan around donor stewardship. In episode #132 of The Path to Nonprofit Leadership, Caitlin Donley introduces us to three distinct categories nonprofit leaders need to consider as they maximize the potential for donor stewardship.  As President of AFP Charlotte, Caitlin discusses National Philanthropy Day and many other ways to celebrate philanthropy and increase your donor retention. Having an annual advancement plan enables natural touch points for stewardship and also cultivation for the future.
    ABOUT CAITLIN
    Caitlin Donley is the Chief Advancement & Finance Officer for Safe Alliance, overseeing resource development, financial operations, and community engagement for Mecklenburg County, NC's largest domestic violence and sexual assault nonprofit. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years with fundraising positions in higher education, the arts and in the animal welfare areas. She has a Master's in Public Administration from UNC Charlotte and a BA in Music/French from Bishop's University. She has also completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Caitlin is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and currently serves at the President for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Charlotte Chapter.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES 
    Book by Ingrid Bens - Facilitation at a Glance Learn more about Safe Alliance or donate nowCheck out Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsBe a part of AFP Charlotte and National Philanthropy DayReady for a Mastermind?  Apply Today!

    • 47 min
    131: Paying it Forward as a Nonprofit Leader (Michael DeVaul)

    131: Paying it Forward as a Nonprofit Leader (Michael DeVaul)

    131: Paying it Forward as a Nonprofit Leader (Michael DeVaul)
    SUMMARY
    Passion is often found in young leaders, while wisdom and experience are words associated with successful senior nonprofit leaders. Where are you on your journey of nonprofit leadership?  Do you realize the value of self-assessment? Michael DeVaul has been on both sides of that bridge for more than three decades in the nonprofit sector and reflects on leading by example through action.  In episode #131 of The Path Podcast, Michael shares his five steps to go from being a transactional leader to a transformational leader.  Patton and Michael discuss harnessing personal and professional experiences to be a more impactful nonprofit leader.  As a man of action, Michael is a role model for change, but he believes you must take action to make change.
    ABOUT MICHAEL
    Michael is a seasoned veteran with 38+ years in the nonprofit sector. From Evanston, Illinois, he was a member of the Emerson Street YMCA and Ebenezer A.M.E. Church two strong black institutions which along with his extended family, helped seed his potential. In 2019, Michael was awarded the YMCA of the USA Carlos Sanvee award for his work strengthening emerging young leaders.  However, his highest honor remains the Champions of Change award given by the Obama White House for his efforts in community building and global work in Senegal and Bangladesh. Today, Michael serves as the YMCA of the USA National Director for Boys and Young Men of Color with a focus to lead reimagining policies, practices, and procedures across 100+ cities to improve the outcomes, impact, and economic mobility of all young men of color. He believes that to effect change you must first understand and develop your personal brand.  Driving culture involves reinforcing beliefs and behaviors that determine how an organization's leaders and the community they serve interact.  Only then can you address inequities for the purposes of reimagining an important concept called belonging. Michael lives in Charlotte and is most proud of being a husband, brother, father, uncle, and friend. 
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    David Hawkins book Power vs. Force Learn more about building your own brand at BYOB TeamCheck out James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time“If you do not have a conscience, I cannot appeal to an absence of it” – Petra Hermans Ready for a Mastermind?  Apply Today!

    • 58 min
    130: How Do You Prepare for Nonprofit Leadership? (Manuel Campbell)

    130: How Do You Prepare for Nonprofit Leadership? (Manuel Campbell)

    130: How Do You Prepare for Nonprofit Leadership? (Manuel Campbell)




    SUMMARY


    When funders approach you and ask, “why do we need this organization?” are you able to answer with more than just passion?  Seasoned nonprofit leader, Manuel Campbell, shares what it takes to go from a passion project to a strategic case for support to benefit your community and maintain a sustainable, upwardly mobile, and fully-funded nonprofit organization. In episode #130 of the Path Podcast, we discuss key steps to organizational success, from recognizing an unmet need to successfully managing a nonprofit to serve the needs of your community.  Manuel shares strategies to successfully establish credibility through your board, staff, community relationships, funders, and vendors to make your nonprofit not only sustainable, but impactful.




    ABOUT MANUEL


    Manuel is the Founder and CEO of ASPIRE Community Capital, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering entrepreneurs from underserved communities through business training, coaching, development and access to capital. He is responsible for organizational growth through securing and activating community partnerships, fundraising strategies, board development and program development. Manuel is also a leading local voice on diversity, race and inclusion in entrepreneurship and a community advocate for low-to-moderate income business owners through participation on panels and partnerships with a diverse range of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He is often asked to share his perspective regarding the issues that challenge small businesses and the effects of these challenges on economic and social development. Manuel held the positions of senior risk manager, financial analyst and investment banking analyst for Bank of America Securities and Wachovia Corporation and is the founder of Anderson, Campbell and Associates, a consulting firm focused on assisting small business owners in accessing capital through private placement, SBA financing and private equity transactions.




    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES


    Ronnie Bryant’s book Driving from the BackseatRonnie Bryant’s episode #23 on the Path PodcastLearn more about ASPIRE Community CapitalReady for a Mastermind?  Apply Today!

    • 53 min
    129: How to Retain Talent Through a Dynamic Nonprofit Organization (Keith Fishburne)

    129: How to Retain Talent Through a Dynamic Nonprofit Organization (Keith Fishburne)

    129: How to Retain Talent Through a Dynamic Nonprofit Organization (Keith Fishburne)


    SUMMARY
    Are you struggling as a nonprofit leader to retain your best talent?  Keith Fishburne, whose career spans over 30 years at Special Olympics North Carolina, shares his best practices to recognize, develop, and ultimately retain quality employees. Many of Keith’s senior staff have been with him for over a decade, unheard of in the nonprofit sector. The experiences we discuss in episode #129 of the Path Podcast will help you build and maintain stronger relationships between nonprofit leadership, staff, your board, and those all-important volunteers. Hear initiatives to improve equity and diversity in your organization. Cultivating the powerful connection between mission and passion will elevate your nonprofit organization.


    ABOUT KEITH
    Keith Fishburne, president and CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina since May 1997, is responsible for overall management of the organization, which serves nearly 40,000 registered athletes statewide, supported by a $6.5 million budget, a staff of 28, and more than 40,000 volunteers.  He was a member of the Board of Directors and executive committee for the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which brought more than 7,000 athletes from over 150 countries worldwide to North Carolina for 10 days of competition and events. He’s also served as chairman of the Special Olympics United States Leadership Council (USLC), a leadership body dedicated to the strategic quality growth of Special Olympics programming throughout the country. He has been recognized for his leadership and dedication to the community beyond Special Olympics, having received the William C. Friday Excellence in Leadership and Service Award for significant contributions to the betterment of the human condition presented by the Park Scholars of NC State University, Class of 2010. In 2020, he was named to the North Carolina Sports Leadership Council of the NC Sports Association, joining sports leaders across North Carolina in serving as a collective voice on issues impacting the sports event industry. He’s currently a member of the Special Olympics USLC, and chair of the SOI Integrated Direct Marketing Program. He is also a member of the USLC Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force and the Return to Activities Task Force as part of the Special Olympics response to the pandemic.


    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES 
    Dan Pallotta’s book Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their PotentialLearn more about a Special Olympics program near youCheck out Jim Taylor’s episode #120 Is Your Nonprofit Board Leading with Intent?Ready for a Mastermind?  Apply Today!

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Customer Reviews

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60 Ratings

60 Ratings

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!

Gail Bower ,

#Nonprofit #leaders: tune into the Path.

What a tremendous resource for nonprofit leaders. Patton McDowell dives deep allowing guests to thoughtfully discuss critical topics for leaders. Thank you!

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