Episode 29 - An interview with Beathe Ogard, President of SAIH - Social Media Guidelines

Episode 29 - An interview with Beathe Ogard, President of SAIH - Social Media Guidelines

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast, Beathe Ogard, President of Studentenes og Akademikernes Internasjonale Hjelpefond (Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund) or SAIH shares with us SAIH's newest social media guidelines for volunteers and travelers as well as some background on SAIH's efforts to raise awareness of stereotypical representations of the beneficiaries of nonprofits and aid organizations worldwide. SAIH's past successes include Africa for Norway and the RadiAid awards. This episode features essential considerations for any nonprofit in their marketing efforts and ideas that are important for all nonprofit employees, board members, and volunteers to consider in how the represent and speak about their program beneficiaries and partners.

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Episode 28 - An interview with Brenda Palms Barber, CEO of Sweet Beginnings - Social Enterprises & NonProfits Partnerships

Episode 28 - An interview with Brenda Palms Barber, CEO of Sweet Beginnings - Social Enterprises & NonProfits Partnerships

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast, we're joined by Brenda Palms Barber, Executive Director of the North Lawndale Employment Network and founding CEO of SweetBeginnings a social venture which produces an all natural line of raw honey and honey-infused body care products while providing important transitional job opportunities for individuals who struggle with barriers to employment. Brenda and I discuss nonprofits and social ventures and hit on a range of topics including: her experience of launching a social venture from within the umbrella of her nonprofit organization, the pros and cons of being not-for-profit and for-profit, what lessons and metrics Brenda has brought from one world to the other, and how combining the two creates for some great opportunities for symbiotic relationships, and more. 

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Episode 27 - Donor retention, its importance and how to retain your loyal donors!

Episode 27 - Donor retention, its importance and how to retain your loyal donors!

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast, I discuss donor retention, its importance, and what we can do to improve our organization's donor retention. I explore some of the systemic need for better retention efforts, how we can be donor-centric in our approach, and the latest research on donor retention in the non-profit sector.

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Episode 26 - Research based fundraising resources to improve your practice with evidence

Episode 26 - Research based fundraising resources to improve your practice with evidence

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast, I highlight fundraising resources available to you that are research based and which cite their methods and sources. This episode came as a result of searching for annual appeal techniques that are backed by evidence and struggling to find them. We look at four main resources, The Science of Philanthropy Initiative, the Lilly School of Philanthropy, the Social Innovation Review, and NextAfter to examine what each offers, how they might be useful to you in your practice, and how we can all contribute to a more evidence based approach in our field.

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Episode 25 - A new job! I've taken a new position as VP of External Relations for Hoizons For Youth

Episode 25 - A new job! I've taken a new position as VP of External Relations for Hoizons For Youth

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast, I share an update on my own life, the story of the new job I have with Horizons For Youth and some information about our amazing kindergarten through college programming. I also share some updates from behind the scenes in the MacCready household, including the nonprofit work of my wife that's making me so proud.

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Episode 24 - An Interview with Tiffany Khan, Director of Sun Devil Giving at ASU Foundation - Online Giving Days

Episode 24 - An Interview with Tiffany Khan, Director of Sun Devil Giving at ASU Foundation - Online Giving Days

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast, we're joined by Tiffany Khan, Director of Sun Devil Giving at the Arizona State University Foundation. Tiffany and I discuss giving days and preparing for the challenges of an online giving day, building communications tools that help distribute ownership and engagement, choosing the date of your giving day, considering how to give other departments notice to prepare for the load they'll see, providing instant recognition for giving day donors, and more.

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Episode 23 - An Interview with Jeff Cosgrove, Director of Nonprofits at Conversant - Success With Online Advertising

Episode 23 - An Interview with Jeff Cosgrove, Director of Nonprofits at Conversant - Success With Online Advertising

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast, we're joined by Jeff Cosgrove, Director of Politics, Advocacy, and Nonprofits at Conversant. Jeff and I discuss online advertising and cover a broad range of topics including: how nonprofits can cut through the noise in online advertising, what messaging is leading to increased fundraising success, how to help boards and directors believe in and invest in online advertising, segmenting and oversegmenting, how gift attribution policies need to be redefined to catch up with an online and social platform, how organizations can make the leap from being good in this area to great, and more. 

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Episode 22 - Data & Marketing Association NonProfit Federation Conference Review

Episode 22 - Data & Marketing Association NonProfit Federation Conference Review

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast we discuss how to be a critical consumer of conferences you attend and I review the Data and Marketing Association NonProfit Federation's Conference. This is the first of a series of conferences reviews I plan to share throughout the year. I hope these conference reviews will help you plan your own professional development wisely and make informed decisions about how to plot your own professional growth to continue to grow as a respected leader in your field.

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Episode 21 - Fifteen Tips and Tools for Networking at Conferences

Episode 21 - Fifteen Tips and Tools for Networking at Conferences

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast we discuss how to make the most of a professional development conference through networking and marketing yourself. This episode idea came up while I attended a conference last week and heard numerous attendees discuss the challenges that social anxiety created in networking and presenting yourself at a conference. I don't claim any clinical expertise for helping with social anxiety, but what I wanted to create was an episode to help people who cover the spectrum of comfort in these situations.

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Episode 20 - New Fundraising Ideas, Upcoming Conferences, Social Ventures, And Show Updates

Episode 20 - New Fundraising Ideas, Upcoming Conferences, Social Ventures, And Show Updates

This week on The Philanthropy Podcast we discuss new and successful ideas in philanthropy, an upcoming conference with the Data and Marketing Association's Nonprofit Federation that I'll be attending, social ventures that I plan to have on the show in the near future, and an update on the state of The Philanthropy Podcast as of this, our 20th episode, including a request for you to complete some polls I hope I can use to improve the show. 

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Episode 19 - Investing In Great Management - An Interview with Karen Osborne, The Osborne Group

Episode 19 - Investing In Great Management - An Interview with Karen Osborne, The Osborne Group

Our guest on The Philanthropy Podcast is Karen Osborne, Senior Strategist at The Osborne Group, newly published author, and philanthropy veteran. Karen shares her advice from a career in the field as we discuss the topic of managers and how to better identify, hire, train, and support them. 

Karen offers great examples of how to use scenarios in interviews, how to ask questions that give insights into strategic thinking and other skills you hope to find in managers, the pressures of managing in development, finding a deeper applicant pool, professional development opportunities, when it's important to say no, and how managers can be fully present to their work and families. This is one of my favorite interviews for our podcast so far and I think you'll enjoy it as well.

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Episode 18 - Growing Your Organization and Sharing Your Story - An Interview with Todd Bol, Little Free Library

Episode 18 - Growing Your Organization and Sharing Your Story - An Interview with Todd Bol, Little Free Library

Our guest on The Philanthropy Podcast is Todd Bol, creator and executive director of Little Free Library. Todd shares his advice from the growth of Little Free Library, how they collect and share stories from partners across the globe, and his advice for anyone who feels like they're close to quitting on a non-profit they've helped create or grow. Learning about Little Free Library is a great way to celebrate National Book Lover's Day today! All that and more inside.

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Episode 17 - The Joy of The Story - An Interview with Patrick Landry, President of Notre Dame School of Milwaukee

Episode 17 - The Joy of The Story - An Interview with Patrick Landry, President of Notre Dame School of Milwaukee

Our guest on The Philanthropy Podcast is Patrick Landry, President of Notre Dame School of Milwaukee. Patrick provides great insights on how fundraisers can find joy in our work by appreciating the craft of storytelling. Patrick shares his ideas on both telling your story as well as your organization's story and the importance of listening and understanding how to connect your benefactors' stories to your cause. 

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Episode 15 - An Interview with Andrew Means, Data Analysts for Social Good & Beyond Uptake - Using Data to Improve Nonprofits

Episode 15 - An Interview with Andrew Means, Data Analysts for Social Good & Beyond Uptake - Using Data to Improve Nonprofits

Our guest on The Philanthropy Podcast is Andrew Means, Head of the Uptake Foundation and Beyond Uptake as well as founder of Data Analysts for Social Good. Andrew provides an incredible interview on data use in nonprofits, how we can move beyond using data only for final evaluations, and how to start building a culture of using evidence within your organization, and more. Andrew's conversation will be useful to nonprofits just starting to think about using data better as well as organizations with robust data programs considering how to improve and continue to lead.

 

Our show features Andrew sharing examples of multiple organizations that started using data and have made dramatic gains in their effectiveness because of it. While Andrew sings the praises of others, he humbly tells the story about how Data Analysts for Social Good began as a happy hour he organized in an attempt to build a community of like-minded people and has now grown into an international movement with over 900 members and a robust conference in the Do Good Data conference and a partnership with Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society to put on the Worldwide Digital Impact Tour. That and more to be enjoyed in this week's episode.

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Episode 14 - An Interview with Cody Switzer, Chronicle of Philanthropy - PhilanthropyNEXT - Engaging Diverse Donors, Building A Diverse Staff, and Women's Philanthropy

Episode 14 - An Interview with Cody Switzer, Chronicle of Philanthropy - PhilanthropyNEXT - Engaging Diverse Donors, Building A Diverse Staff, and Women's Philanthropy

Our guest on The Philanthropy Podcast is Cody Switzer, Assistant Managing Editor and Director of Digital Products for The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Cody explores with us the upcoming PhilanthropyNEXT Conference and why it is increasingly important to engage diverse donors in support of our organization, the value a diverse staff brings to an organization's fundraising, and more. 

 

Our discussion with Cody reveals the way the Chronicle of Philanthropy approaches organizing the PhilanthropyNEXT conference, what attendees can expect to gain from attending, how to make the most of any conference you attend, and how nonprofits can improve our efforts in order to better engage and authentically appeal to diverse benefactors and staff members. The conference also features a special session on women's philanthropy and Cody discusses how attendees will be able to review their organization for implicit biases that might create obstacles to engaging women and their philanthropy. All that, a great podcast recommendation for fundraisers, and a 10% discount code for PhilanthropyNEXT can be found inside.

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Episode 13 - 30 more high impact questions and 5 stewardship on a shoestring ideas

Episode 13 - 30 more high impact questions and 5 stewardship on a shoestring ideas

Today, our episode of The Philanthropy Podcast is a solo episode where I'll share 30 additional high impact questions to ask benefactors and prospects and 5 ways to say thank you at a very low cost. Also, learn about two causes to follow, one on Facebook and one on LinkedIn, to see great examples of social media use from patrons of the show. Hear this, how you can support the show, a book recommendation, and more in today's episode.

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Episode 12 - Giving USA 2017 Analysis - Trends in Philanthropy

Episode 12 - Giving USA 2017 Analysis - Trends in Philanthropy

Today, our episode of The Philanthropy Podcast is a solo episode where I'll share some analysis on the Giving USA 2017 Report. Every year The Giving Institute, in conjunction with the Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produce a report on trends in giving in the United States. I'll share my insights from the parts of the report I've seen and a seminar I attended which reviewed this data.

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Episode 11 - A list of 70 high impact questions covering the giving cycle stages of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship

Episode 11 - A list of 70 high impact questions covering the giving cycle stages of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship

Today's episode of The Philanthropy Podcast provides seventy high impact questions to cover each phase of the giving cycle: identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. With 70 questions you will better know your benefactors, what their values are in life, what they hope to accomplish in their philanthropy, and how your organization's needs align with their hopes.

Also, we launch our Patreon page with a limited time giveaway of an mp3 version of these questions without commentary to allow for you to prepare on the way to your future donor visits. Whether you're flying, driving, taking a taxi or a bus, or walking, you'll be able to listen to these questions and be better prepared to have a meaningful conversation with your benefactor that helps them make a more meaningful gift that has a greater impact on your organization. That and a chance to contribute your high impact questions and receive a thank you on episode 13's show!

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Episode 10 - An overview on high impact questions, what they are, why they're so important, how to use them, and more

Episode 10 - An overview on high impact questions, what they are, why they're so important, how to use them, and more

Today, our episode of The Philanthropy Podcast is a solo episode where I'll be exploring high impact questions as a tool in a questioning strategy. The ability to ask the right questions and guide someone’s exploration of their philanthropic goals and intentions is a great skill to develop in major gift work, corporate relationships, planned giving, alumni relations, or any other fundraising role where it's important that you connect with people. So I’ll share a few high impact questions, but also we’ll explore why and how you want to use them, some lessons I’ve learned from finding guests for the show, and more…

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