Nonprofit Leadership Podcast



The Nonprofit Leadership Podcast discusses important issues facing nonprofit leaders in our community and features real stories from real leaders about what strategies and practices have made them successful. Enjoy the show!


  • Can you help fund a nonprofit and also get a “return on your investment”?

    09/09/2021 Duración: 33min

    Funding is absolutely critical for all nonprofits and there’s a growing group of investors who want to invest in organizations and people who are really changing the world for the better. Is it possible to both fund the mission of a nonprofit, but also give a return to investors at the same time? On the […]

  • How can you preserve what’s best in your organization while still striving to innovate?

    02/09/2021 Duración: 32min

    Good to Great by Jim Collins is a fantastic leadership book that discusses how great companies each have a common trait of finding a way to continue growing and innovating, year after year. And according to Collins’ research, one of the key ways these companies achieve greatness is by preserving the core while stimulating progress. […]

  • The baton of leadership has been passed at the YMCA

    20/08/2021 Duración: 34min

    Almost everyone is familiar with the YMCA, especially because of the Village People’s infamous song. But many don’t know that the Y, with all of its nationwide affiliates, is actually one of the largest nonprofits, not only in the US, but in the world.  Rob’s guest today is the current but retiring President and CEO […]

  • How one nonprofit is ensuring that diversity and inclusion are informing the way we create and establish play spaces around our country

    16/08/2021 Duración: 25min

    Diversity, equity and inclusion are on the hearts and minds of every nonprofit leader today. After the events of last year, we started having conversations about these topics like never before. Rob’s guest took the helm of an organization that for the last 25 years, has made equity and inclusion the very focus of their […]

  • How can you turn a dysfunctional board into a healthy one?

    09/08/2021 Duración: 17min

    The relationship between a nonprofit’s board and a nonprofit’s staff can often become the demise of many nonprofits. To start a healthy relationship for any nonprofit board, it’s crucial to have a solid and clear relationship between the CEO or Executive Director of a nonprofit, and its board, especially the Board Chair. Rob’s guest addresses […]

  • What are three key marketing principles that can really help grow your nonprofit?

    04/08/2021 Duración: 25min

    Marketing is an area nonprofit leaders tend to underestimate when it comes to the impact effective marketing can have. What is the best model for growing your nonprofit through your marketing, which platforms are best suited for attracting and retaining new donors, and why is the Google Ad Grant such a great way for nonprofits […]

  • How one nonprofit helped to lead the effort for developing the vaccine in Brazil

    02/08/2021 Duración: 33min

    Just like the US, Brazil was hit really hard with COVID, and the Lemann Foundation was instrumental in forming a coalition of leaders to figure out how they could develop and distribute, what became the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine that now has been deployed throughout the country. This foundation has been particularly successful at building coalitions […]

  • Hear about some of the latest trends in the nonprofit sector; some may surprise you.

    24/07/2021 Duración: 30min

    You may have noticed a slow return to normal occurring, and with that return comes the opportunity to reflect back on this past year to see what we’ve learned from it. As you reflect, consider this question: What was one weakness in your organization that the COVID pandemic exposed? Or, on the flip side of […]

  • How is the rise in corporation’s increased focus on social good and philanthropic work impacting nonprofits?

    15/07/2021 Duración: 29min

    Social enterprises are surging, more B Corps are being formed and many large corporations now have a social impact arm. All of this has had a lot of nonprofits wondering, “What is the long term impact on nonprofits going to be with all this new ‘competition’?” Rob’s guest has started a network of leaders from […]

  • How Can You Future-Proof Your Fundraising?

    06/07/2021 Duración: 23min

    2020 skyrocketed the move to online giving for all donors who give to nonprofits. Organizations who already had a clear and robust process for donors to give online really  benefited—those who didn’t, really struggled. They struggled to keep their giving on par with  previous years. Now, the question for all nonprofits of how to “future-proof” […]

  • Ever Wondered Who Makes Sure Your Nonprofit’s Website Works as It Should?

    26/06/2021 Duración: 20min

    Ever wondered who makes sure your nonprofit’s website works as it should? Or who makes sure that when someone types in your nonprofit’s web address into Google, that they actually make it to your website and not to a site that explains all of the many languages Tolkien used in the original Lord of the […]

  • Is It Possible to Achieve a Healthy Balance Between Work and Home?

    20/06/2021 Duración: 31min

    When you hear the phrase “healthy work-life balance”, what goes through your mind? That it’s impossible or possibly just a myth? Or perhaps you know first hand how the pain of your work has negatively impacted your marriage, your family or your personal life. This topic is certainly not new, and with our new “work from home,  […]

  • Why One Nonprofit Is Building Beautiful Websites for Numerous Underfunded Nonprofits

    13/06/2021 Duración: 17min

    There is no doubt today, especially after this last year, that the first place people find out about your organization is through your website. Unfortunately, many smaller nonprofits often don’t have the budget to create and maintain a quality website which then directly impacts their ability to both fundraise and get more volunteers to support […]

  • “From Aristotle to Zuckerberg”, Learn How and When Philanthropy First Started and Where We Have Gone Wrong Today

    06/06/2021 Duración: 27min

    Ever wondered how philanthropy and charity first began? The answer may surprise you! The Greek roots for the word “philanthropy” refer to the “love of humankind”. Rob’s guest today is author Paul Vallely who has written a new book that serves as an encyclopedic review of the origins and history of philanthropy and charity over […]

  • How Can a Small Nonprofit Have an Impact on a National Level

    29/05/2021 Duración: 33min

    Although racial injustice and social equity issues have existed in our country for years, it seems as if 2020 was the year where we as an entire country started having these urgent conversations and discussions about racial injustice and inequality like never before.  Rob’s guest today is Ursula Price, Executive Director of the New Orleans […]

  • Is the Free Speech Debate on College Campuses Over?

    19/05/2021 Duración: 22min

    Early in 2019, there was a new executive order signed requiring colleges and universities that receive federal funds to extend free-speech protections to men and women on campus. Many people criticized this move as simply unnecessary. While others were relieved that an executive order was made to ensure certain voices were not censored or disinvited […]

  • Did You Know That Google Is Doing This?

    08/05/2021 Duración: 36min

    Everyone knows Google by name, but not many people are aware of its social impact through its philanthropic arm Rob’s guest shares how’s crisis response has evolved since the pandemic all while staying laser-focused on creating a lasting impact in communities that need it most. Rob’s guest today is Alex Diaz, Head of […]

  • What Is Generation Z Doing to Make a Difference in Today’s World?

    24/04/2021 Duración: 15min

    The newest feature of the show aims to highlight young leaders making a difference in their world. Rob’s guest shares what inspired her to launch a nonprofit focused on neurodiversity and a social enterprise centered on children with autism—all while being a high school student!  Rob’s guest today is Isabella He, a junior at Mission […]

  • What’s Behind the “Red Nose Day” Campaign and Why Should You Be Interested?

    11/04/2021 Duración: 33min

    In 2015, Comic Relief US launched the Red Nose Day campaign to raise awareness and end child poverty. Rob’s guest explains how COVID impacted Red Nose Day and how Comic Relief’s team adjusted its strategy while staying true to its mission of keeping children safe, healthy, and educated.   Rob’s guest today is Alison Moore, CEO […]

  • Why Did This Emerging Leader Within a Prominent Wine Family Put All of Her Efforts Into This Nonprofit?

    28/03/2021 Duración: 27min

    Nonprofits are sometimes created in celebration while others are caused by grief. Rob’s guest shares the aha moment that led her to leave her family’s successful wine business to go all-in as a nonprofit leader with a mission to literally change the world.  Rob’s guest is Julia Jackson, who is fiercely committed to bringing together […]

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