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Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications

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Joan Garry: Nonprofit Leader and former Executive Director of GLAAD helps fellow CEOs, Boards and Board Chairs, Fundraisers, and Nonprofit Marketers

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Ep 146: Why Unbecoming Is the Key to Innovative Leadership (with Kerri Hoffman)

Nov 13 • 42:20

nonprofits are messyInnovative leadership involves more than just figuring out which new ideas or technologies will propel your nonprofit organization toward its mission. It also involves determining which old ways of doing things need to be left behind in order for your org to thrive in the present moment....

Ep 145: How Tiny Habits Create Big Change (with BJ Fogg)

Oct 30 • 58:37

nonprofits are messyToday’s guest is Stanford professor and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything, BJ Fogg. According to BJ, you are far more likely to succeed at something if you don’t bite off more than you can chew....

144: A Fresh Perspective on Inclusive Leadership (with Dr. Ella Bell Smith)

Oct 16 • 56:43

nonprofits are messyInclusive leadership requires more than just attending DEI training and then integrating what you learn into your nonprofit organization — this work goes much deeper. Join me as I dive into this topic and do some self-reflection with today’s guest, one of the leading experts in the management of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, Dr. Ella Bell Smith....

Ep 143: Lollipop Moments and Everyday Leadership Lessons (with Drew Dudley)

Oct 2 • 59:38

nonprofits are messyYour value as a nonprofit development director – or somebody in any nonprofit leadership position – is not (entirely) measured by the amount of money you bring in....

Ep 142: How Kindness and Community Empower Today’s Nonprofit Leaders (with guest John Hoffman)

Sep 18 • 01:03:33

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I love a good AHA moment.

I recently had one on the role of kindness in the work of today’s nonprofit leaders while watching the 2020 documentary, The Antidote. In this episode, I’m joined by one of the film’s directors, my friend and six-time Emmy Award winner, John Hoffman.

As I watched this film, which features the stories of people who are really touching the work in the...

Ep 141: Why So Many Nonprofit Fundraisers Struggle With Donor Stewardship (with Lisa Greer)

Sep 4 • 01:03:07

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If you lead a nonprofit organization with a mission that requires financial support, an effective donor stewardship strategy is a must-have. My guest today, philanthropist Lisa Greer, knows this all too well…

When she and her husband became members of the 1% overnight, they were thrilled at the idea of contributing to causes as five-star philanthropists…but, as more and mor...

Ep 140: How to Attract, Develop, and Retain Top Nonprofit Talent (with Gali Cooks)

Aug 22 • 01:02:30

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It’s no secret that attracting, developing, and retaining the best nonprofit talent is not always our sector’s strong suit. Today’s guest, Gali Cooks, is a nonprofit leader who works daily to help organizations find rockstar talent and set them up for success in lasting nonprofit careers.

I’m not naïve. I know that filling positions in a nonprofit organization comes with ma...

Ep 139: Interpersonal Skills are Hard Work (with Carole Robin)

Aug 7 • 59:25

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Executive directors, your interpersonal skills have a much bigger impact on your org’s success than you might think. Yet, so many nonprofit leaders struggle to navigate workplace relationships — with staff, with volunteers, and yes, with their boards.

Why do so many nonprofit leaders have a hard time with these interpersonal dynamics? Today’s guest, award-winning Stanford U...

Ep 138: Joan’s Favorite Books for Nonprofit Leaders

Jul 24 • 45:30

nonprofits are messyIn my book, reading is one of the best investments you can make in your professional development. That’s why, today, I’m in the hot seat. Ah yes, the tables are turning and Cindy Pereira is asking all the questions—about my favorite books for nonprofit leaders!...

Ep 137: Cryptocurrency and the Future of Donor Advised Funds (with Robbie Heeger)

Jun 26 • 58:42

nonprofits are messySometimes I feel really cutting edge. Not often, but every now and then....

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