Nonprofit Ally Podcast

By Steve Vick: Nonprofit Social Media Strategist, Content Creator and Blogger

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Steve Vick from talks with nonprofit experts about social media strategies, capacity building, board of director development, fundraising and budgeting.

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NPA 095: How to Track Grants, Donations & Program Expenses
Keep track of your nonprofits funds can be tricky. Tracking grants, donations, program expenses and other revenue means organizing your dollars into trackable categories. Have you ever wondered if there was a system that made this all easier? What is the “right” way to track grants? Should I track each fundraiser separately? If so, how? In this podcast, I talk […]
Aug 22, 2018
NPA 094 – How to Use Video Effectively
Are you scared of video? No, really… if I told you to make a video for your Facebook page, would you panic? In this podcast, I talk with Katie Prentiss Onsager from They offer professional video services and impact tracking for people and organizations making a difference in their communities at no cost to them. She walks us through […]
Aug 08, 2018
NPA 093: Making Change with Video
Everything is “video, video, video”. Really – 80% of all internet consumption is video. So, if you are not using video you are behind the game. The problem is video can be a technical and creative hurdle. And hiring an expert can be a financial hurdle. That is where my guest, Harry McAlister, from comes in. Harry helps nonprofits […]
Aug 02, 2018
NPA 092: How to Really Raise Money with Auctions
In this episode I talk with Adam Capes from GetAway2Give about how he helps nonprofit raise $10,000’s with auctions. Adam Capes is the Co-Founder and President of Getaway2Give, a company changing the way non-profits raise money and people think about vacations. Their mission is to be the best in the country at helping charities and schools raise money, and they’ve helped […]
Jul 17, 2018
NPA 091: 911 Funding for Nonprofits
In this episode, we talk about how to obtain emergency funding for your existing programs. I talk with Caroline Bressan from Open Road Alliance. They are a private philanthropic initiative that serves the social sector by keeping impact on track in an unpredictable world. Open Road Alliance provides short- and long-term solutions to unexpected challenges that arise during project implementation, so […]
Jul 10, 2018
NPA 090: How to be an Innovative Nonprofit
My guest on this podcast is Jesse Lane with Pure Charity. Jesse talks with us about nonprofit “innovation” and how it can be used to spark new ideas and build sustainable programs that grow through changing times. Pure Charity works with thousands of nonprofit organizations who are working on challenging global and local problems. They exist to help these world-changers […]
Jun 21, 2018
NPA 089 – Smart Start Your Nonprofit
In this episode, I talk with Michael Rivera from Jee Foods. Michael is part of a group of high school students who started a nonprofit to help the hungry in their area. The program is an initiative to discover new models for alleviating hunger throughout the world. JEE Foods is a Non-Profit Organization which has partnered with local grocers and companies like […]
May 23, 2018
NPA 088: An Audio Board Training
In this episode, I talk with Kate Hayes from Echoing Green. We talk about the importance of creating diversity on your board as well as how to help your board work better as a team. According to a survey by BoardSource, a research and support organization for nonprofit boards, 25 percent of boards are all white, and only 20% of […]
May 09, 2018
NPA 087: The Journey to Sustainability
In this episode I speak with Rosenna Bakari from Talking Trees. It is a nonprofit she started back in 2010 and just recently devoted full-time hours to help the organization become sustainable. We talk about her journey starting the nonprofit, where she is now and her plans to grow her organization. We also, talk about her new book and how that […]
Apr 18, 2018
NPA 086 – How to Fundraise without Asking for Money
The reason most people hate fundraising is because they hate asking people for money. But this assumes that “asking” is all we do when we fundraising. And this is where the problem lies. It’s not so much that we hate asking for money… it is that we think that asking for money is what funding raising is about. And this […]
Apr 04, 2018
NPA 085 – Get Better Rankings in Google
Getting found in Google doesn’t happen by accident. Your website doesn’t magically appear in the search engines for the right search terms. Well… that isn’t totally accurate. It sorta does. But it may not rank well and the search results may not be accurate or consistent. But there is a way to get your website ranked for the correct terms and […]
Mar 21, 2018
NPA 084: From Survivor to Founder
In this podcast, I talk with Jenna Benn Shersher. She shares with us her story on overcoming a rare form of cancer and how it inspired her to start a nonprofit. Jenna is the Founder and Executive Director of Twist Out Cancer, a non-profit organization she founded after surviving Grey Zone Lymphoma in 2011. Jenna saw firsthand how young adults with cancer have a unique […]
Mar 08, 2018
NPA 083 – Put your Mailing List on Steriods
Have you wondered what is the best way to get information in front of your followers and supporters? Most people think social media is the end-all/be-all of communication. But I want to assure you – it is not. In this podcast, I talk with Kathryn Calhoun from Kathryn discusses some of the myths about social media, what it should be […]
Feb 28, 2018
NPA 082 – How to Turn Risks into Insights
Risk Doesn’t Have To Be a Four-Letter Word Risks can be unsettling. It is easier to focus on what’s urgent while ignoring what’s necessary and important. But if you can create ways to make it easier to see and address threats and opportunities, you can: Increase clarity Reduce costs Simplify tasks Streamline processes Develop new initiatives, and; Increase sustainability […]
Feb 07, 2018
NPA 081: How to Build & Spend Social Capital
In this episode I talk witth Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew about building socail capital and developing asset based based community relationships. Let’s start with some definitions. Social Capital is a network of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively. Asset Based Community Development is a methodology for the sustainable development of communities […]
Jan 31, 2018
NPA 080: Find New Funding for Your Nonprofit
Podcast show notes written by Alexandra Black-Paulick. Thank you Alex! Can nonprofits make money? You’d be surprised at how many people adamantly believe that under no circumstances can nonprofits earn revenue. The reality is that the term “nonprofit” has nothing to do with whether an organization can make a profit and everything to do with what they do with that […]
Jan 23, 2018
NPA 079: Keys to “Social Startup Success”
In this podcast I talk with Kathleen Kelly-Janus, author of Social Startup Success. In this interview we talk about the different factors involved in building a nonprofit into a sustainable, profitable (yes, you can make money) and affective organization. Kathleen is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street […]
Jan 16, 2018
NPA 078: Building Capacity Panel Discussion
Jan 09, 2018
NPA 077 – How to be an Emerging Nonprofit
The term "emerging nonprofit" is thrown around a lot. But what does it mean? Does mean anything? Well, that is actually not the topic we discuss in this podcast. But, if you want to "emerge", then pay close attention. It's time to build your capacity.
Jan 03, 2018
Top Five of ALL TIME – #1
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of all time. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the most listened to podcast of all time. It features Ann Myren. The podcast title is, “Grant Writing from Preparation to Submission”. Hear the whole episode at,
Dec 30, 2017
Top Five of ALL TIME – #2
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of all time. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the second most listened to podcast. It features Chris Ferdinandi. The podcast title is, “Secrets to Getting more Website Visits”. Hear the whole episode at,
Dec 29, 2017
Top Five of ALL TIME – #3
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of all time. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the third most listened to podcast. It features Laurie Wolf. The podcast title is, “Sustainability is Not the Destination”. Hear the whole episode at,
Dec 28, 2017
Top Five of ALL TIME – #4
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of all time. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the fourth most listened to podcast. It features Autumn Bernstein. The podcast title is, “Creating a Nonprofit Coalition – Building Relationships with other Nonprofits”. Hear the whole episode at,
Dec 27, 2017
Top Five of ALL TIME – #5
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of all time. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the fifth most listened to podcast. It features Nick Loper. The podcast title is, “Starting a Nonprofit as a Side Job”. Hear the whole episode at,
Dec 26, 2017
Top Five Episodes of 2017 – #1
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of 2017. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the most popular podcast or 2017. It features Carolyn Appleton. The podcast is title is “Insider Tips from a Professional Grant Writer”. Hear the whole episode at,
Dec 24, 2017
Top Five Episodes of 2017 – #2
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of 2017. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the second most popular podcast. It features John Haydon. The podcast is title is “How to Build Relationships with Everyone”. Hear the full episode at,
Dec 23, 2017
Top Five Episodes of 2017 – #3
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of 2017. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the third most popular podcast. It features a panel discussion with Mauricio Belgrano, Megan Innes and me. The podcast is title is “Crowdfunding Special Edition”. You can hear the full podcast at,
Dec 22, 2017
Top Five Episodes of 2017 – #4
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of 2017. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the fourth most popular podcast. It features Robert McGuire from McGuire Editorial. The podcast is title is “Practical Content marketing for Nonprofits”. You can hear the entire podcast at,
Dec 21, 2017
Top 5 Episodes of 2017 – #5
In this special edition of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast we count down the top 5 episodes of 2017. In this episode, we hear an exerpt from the fifth most popular podcast. It features Amanda Babine from Evaluate for Change. The podcast title is “Building Capacity with the Logic Model”. You can hear the whole episode at:
Dec 21, 2017
NPA 076: Do You Believe these Nonprofit Myths? Let’s Bust Them!
If you ever second guessed the validity of advice you’ve been given, then you are not alone. In this podcast we talk with Zoot Velasco from He shares his insights on how to bust the myths we are all told about how to run our nonprofits. In this podcast he breaks the myths of: Holding gala events. Is the money […]
Dec 14, 2017
NPA 075: Go Beyond the Donation with Social Fundraising
Social fundraising (sometimes called crowdfunding… but it is more) is becoming more sophicated and more useful. It is more than just a way to raise money. It is a way to connect with supporters, garner new donations, build relationships with your community and increase awareness of your organization. In this podcast, we talk with Gary Wohlfeill from Gary describes […]
Dec 06, 2017
NPA 074: How to Start a Major Gifts Program for Your Nonprofit
It takes a special kind of person to be a fundraiser. Or at least that is what we tell ourselves. For most people, fundraising is intimidating. After all, who wants to go around asking other people for money. For most of us, fundraising doesn’t come naturally. And yet, fundraising is an essential part to running a successful nonprofit. So, here is […]
Nov 29, 2017
NPA 073: New Approaches to Grant Writing
If you run a nonprofit then you likely write grants. But it is easy to take grants for granted (pun intended). With competition for grants increasing and available funding decreasing it is now more important than ever to research your grants and target your funding needs. In this podcast I talk with Holly Rustic from Grant Writing and Funding. Holly […]
Nov 14, 2017
NPA 072 – Community Engagement & Fundraising
Oct 26, 2017
NPA 071: Increase Your Online Engagement
How do you use your website? Is it a simple page with basic information about your mission, your services and a contact page? Do you have a blog? Do people comment on your blog? Do you have “landing pages” that encourage visitors to “opt-in” for resource? How do you use your website? Most websites are what I call “Brochure” sites. They […]
Oct 12, 2017
NPA 070: Successful Advocacy in a Noisy World
Advocating for the rights of others is not an easy job. It is difficult to bring awareness of your cause to the general public. There are 100’s of ways to get your message out and your audience could be scattered across the country. This is the challenge. In this episode, I talk about with Jay and Shira Ruderman from the […]
Sep 28, 2017
NPA 069: Roadmap to a Sustainable Nonprofit
Nathan Runkle started an animal rights advocacy group when he was just 15 years old. Move ahead 18 some years and Mercy for Animals is now a nonprofit with 130 employees and $12M in revenue. How did Nathan do this? Well, it’s a long story. And it is a story Nathan shares in this interview. Nathan talks about the four […]
Sep 13, 2017
NPA 068 – Turn Minimum Resources Into Maximum Impact
Most start up nonprofits share one thing in common… they have little, to no, resources. In this podcast, I talk with Coby Schoffman. He is the founder and executive director of Nation Foundation ( He talks about how his visit to a Ugandan school inspired him to start a nonprofit to help the students finish their studies. He organized volunteers, […]
Sep 06, 2017
NPA 067: The Quest for Funding
If there is one thing nonprofits do a lot, it is look for funding. This funding comes in the form of grants, membership dues, corporate sponsorship, individual donors and, of course, crowndfunding. In this episode, I talk with Devin Thorpe who is a motivational speaker, writer and holds an MBA from Cornell University. Devin believes that society is becoming more […]
Aug 30, 2017
NPA 066: Email Marketing for Nonprofits
Being able to affectively use email to market your nonprofit is becoming increasely important. And increasingly easy. Todays guest, Carlos Scarpero, talks with us about the basics of setting an email marketing campaign and strategy. Obviously this starts with a plan and a goal. It could be as simple as getting people to an upcoming event. Or more involved, like […]
Aug 23, 2017
NPA 065: From For-Profit to Non-Profit. Making the Transition.
For some, it is easy to enter into the nonprofit world. But for many it is an “ideal”, a dream, or a passing fantasy that is tough to realize. There seems to be a common thread among nonprofit seekers. They want to do more. They want to feel like they are doing something for their community. They want to make […]
Aug 16, 2017
NPA 064: The Many Hats of a Nonprofit Executive Director
Being the Executive Director (ED) of a nonprofit means different things for different organizations. But it means one thing for the ED. You will wear many hats, use different skills and fulfill a variety of roles. Let’s get a bit more specific. As an ED you may be required to be the bookkeeper, fundraiser, grant writer, program developer, volunteer organizer, […]
Aug 09, 2017
NPA 063: How to Fundraise Using Email
Fundraising for your nonprofit can be time consuming and energy draining. Let’s face it, most of us don’t like fundraising. But what if you could create a “passive” fundraising system. Does that sound intriguing? Well, that is just what Jason Granger from Infinity Marketing Group is going to share with you in this podcast. Jason has decades of marketing experience […]
Aug 02, 2017
NPA 062: Starting a Nonprofit in a Foreign Country (Listener Interview)
Starting a nonprofit is not easy. But starting a nonprofit in a foreign country… that shares a war-affected border… well, that is just down-right difficult. But that is what Jason Szolomayer is doing in Jordan. How can regular people like you and me help tangibly with the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East? In this episode I talk with Jason […]
Jul 26, 2017
NPA 061: Get a FREE Website for your Nonprofit
Jul 12, 2017
NPA 060 – Using an Impact Funnel to Market your Nonprofit
In this podcast I talk with Boris Kievsky. He is the founder of He is an online marketing strategist that helps nonprofits find new audiences, increase their engagement and raise more awareness. And, of course, this can all help with fundraising. Boris talks about the basic concepts of a conversion funnel, or what he calls an “impact funnel”. The […]
Jun 27, 2017
NPA 059 – Using Stories to Further your Mission and More
Story telling is becoming one of the main ways nonprofits spread awareness and fundraise for their cause. In this episode I talk with Meg Campbell and Marybeth Redmond from the Vermont Story Lab. Meg and Marybeth talk about how to find the stories that are right in front of your eyes. Yup, it is that simple. Yet, seeing what is […]
Jun 13, 2017
NPA 058: Better Meetings with Roberts Rules
May 30, 2017
NPA 057 – How to build relationships with EVERYONE… No Joke.
Do you have donors, volunteers, members, board members or staff? Of course you do. Do you know the best way to keep them up to date on events, programs and latest news? Did you say FaceBook? Wonk, wonk, wonk… no. How about blogging ? Wonk, wonk… no, but actually not a bad idea. Did you say with emails? Ding, ding. […]
Apr 25, 2017
NPA 056 – Building Capacity with the Logic Model
Apr 06, 2017
NPA 055: Practical Content Marketing for Nonprofits
Mar 14, 2017
NPA 054: Insider Tips from a Professional Grant Writer
In this episode I talk with Carolyn Appleton about grant writing. Carolyn is a grant writing and fundraising specialist and she gives us some insider tips on how to get that next grant. Carolyn begins by presenting an ethical view of grantsmanship to help guide you during your grant writing endeavours. She then goes into detail with tips on how […]
Feb 28, 2017
NPA 053: Special Crowdfunding Edition
Jan 25, 2017
NPA 052: How to Avoid Mission Creep and Achieve your Nonprofit Goals
Nonprofit organizations obviously have a mission they follow. Sometimes they are lofty ones and other times they are vague and verbous. But the point of your mission is to  focus your organization so you can do more. Or as Liana Downey puts it, in the title of her book, “Mission Control – How Nonprofits and Governments can Focus, Achieve More […]
Jan 17, 2017
NPA 051: Build a Sustainable Nonprofit Board
Building your nonprofit board of directors is some of the most important work you should. A strong board can help lead an organization to success and create credibility within the community your serve. And no one knows this as well as Laura Otten, Ph.D. from the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University. In this episode Laura talks with us on […]
Dec 13, 2016
NPA 050: How to be a Nonprofit Outreach Super Hero
It is one thing to have a great idea to serve your community, it is another to go out and actively market your services. Making initial contact with potential funders, donors, sponsors and partners is integral to the success of any nonprofit. But for many this type of outreach is an intimidating process that is out of our comfort zone. […]
Nov 30, 2016
NPA 049: Inbound Marketing for Nonprofits
Do you have a website? Do you post to a blog? Do you use a newsletter? How about social media? Are you connected to Google Analytics? If you said “yes” to anyone of these, then you are already using some of the tools for Inbound Marketing. Now you just have to put it in to a system. In this podcast […]
Nov 20, 2016
NPA 048: Fiscal Sponsorship for Nonprofits
In this podcast I talk with Andrew Schulman ( Andrew is a Fiscal Sponsorship Adviser that specializes in working with nonprofit. This is a very broad topic and much of If you want a quick overview of what fiscal sponsorship is and how it can help you, just read these articles on Andrew’s website: Fiscal Sponsorship Primer Who Can Benefit […]
Aug 17, 2016
NPA 047: Sustainability is not the Destination
We all want our nonprofits to be sustainable. We want a regular source of revenue, program participants, board members and staff. But does having all this mean we are sustainable? In this podcast, Laurie Wolf talks with us about how sustainability is “not a destination, it is a journey”. Laurie is the CEO of the Foraker Group, and she explains that sustainability […]
Jun 14, 2016
NPA 046: Secrets to Getting more Visitors to your Website
If you want to get more people to your website then this is the podcast to listen to. There are some simple steps you can take to get and KEEP visitors on your website. Today’s guest is Chris Ferdinandi. Chris is the founder of and a web developer who helps nonprofits (specifically animal rescues) improve their web presence, increase […]
Mar 07, 2016
NPA 045: Listener Interview – Turning Inspiration into Action
Inspiration can occur most anywhere. For Nicolette Holferty it struck while she was knitting a hat for a friend. But getting over the resistance and self-doubt of pursuing her idea seemed to challenge her around each corner. Note… I said “challenge”, not “stop”. Armed with passion and “The War of Art” – a book she carries with her everywhere – […]
Feb 22, 2016
NPA 044: Finding Affordable Software Solutions for your Nonprofit
Finding the right software for your nonprofit can be as simple as buying Microsoft Office or as complex as finding a donor management system that integrates with your accounting software. This is where Janna Finch comes in. Janna is a software market research associate at Her job is to measure and track what types of software and features nonprofits […]
Feb 08, 2016
NPA 043: Create a Sustainable Financial Plan for your Nonprofit
Getting your nonprofit to a state of financial sustainability is a goal for all of us. But just how do you get there and is there a “quick” way to do it? Patrick Renn, from The Renn Wealth Management Group, joins us to talk about setting up your nonprofits finances so you can naturally attracted long term donors and investors, […]
Jan 25, 2016
NPA 042: Starting a Religious Based Nonprofit
Starting a religious based nonprofit can seem confusing. A church is already considered to be tax deductible, even without becoming a 501.c.3. So why would you want to apply for 501.c.3 status? Is there a benefit? (Hint: the answer is YES). And what about ministries and religious based after school programs? Are they tax exempt too? If not, what do […]
Jan 05, 2016
NPA 041: The Accidental Nonprofit – How an Event Turned in to a $3.5M Nonprofit
Bobby Gill wanted to have an event to raise money for neurofibromatosis (NF). The criteria for the event was 1) it’d have to be fun 2) it’d have to be something he would want to do himself and 3) it would obviously have to raise money. Enter “Cupid’s Undie Run“. A mile long run, held in the winter time and run […]
Dec 15, 2015
NPA 040: How to Win Donors with Video
Dec 03, 2015
NPA 039: How to Run a Successful Giving Tuesday Fundraiser
In just a few years, Giving Tuesday has turn in to a world wide event. In this episode, we talk with Kait Sheridan, from and, about how to prepare for and run a successful Giving Tuesday fundraiser. Kait talks about the importance of reaching your audience and shares a variety of useful ways to accomplish this. This includes: […]
Nov 17, 2015
NPA 038: Create Crowdfunding Content that Converts Visitors to Donors
What if I were to tell you that what your nonprofit does — doesn’t matter. Now, give me a second to clarify: the point here is that “what” is the wrong place to put your focus when it comes to fundraising writing. Potential donors and supporters aren’t really interested in information about your programs or what you hope to do — they […]
Oct 28, 2015
NPA 037 – The Most Important Part of Crowdfunding… the Kick-off
Running a crowdfunding campaign takes a lot of preparation, research and maintenance. But one of the most important parts of running a campaign is getting it off to a good start. Kicking off your crowdfunding campaign means having a lot of ducks in a row (read more at: How to Start a Crowdfunding Campaign). So here is an overview of […]
Oct 20, 2015
NPA 036 – Reaching your Millennial Audience
In this episode I talk with Chad Reid of You may remember Chad from his three part series he wrote for Nonprofit Ally about using forms to survey your members, creating your donation page and making “apply online” forms. Connecting with your audience can be like hopping on a moving train from an bridge overpass. OK – not the best metaphor […]
Oct 07, 2015
NPA 035 – Stop the Bake Sale. Fundraise More Money – Easier
If you want to raise more money for your nonprofit, don’t… I repeat don’t… have a bake sale. There are a number a reasons why: Your return on investment (ROI) is very low The people who donate will not be invested in your mission There is very little short term gain and NO long term gain. If you really have […]
Sep 28, 2015
NPA 034: Crowdfunding Tips from the Source
Dana Ostomel is an expert on crowdfunding. How do I know this… well because she started and runs her own crowdfunding platform. So who better to get the best tips on crowdfunding from than the source. Her website is at Dana has a background in market so her insight can help you run a successful fundraising campaign on many […]
Sep 21, 2015
NPA 033: Solving the Mystery of SEO so You can get Found in Google
Getting found in Google can seem confusing. But there are some basic steps you can take to help you “get ranked” in Google. In this episode I talk with Shae Baxter, an SEO rock star. She walks us through some of the most important parts of setting up a successful search engine optimization plan for our nonprofit websites. You can […]
Sep 09, 2015
NPA 032: 14 Grassroot Marketing Tips for your Nonprofit
Getting the word out about your nonprofit organization can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of ways to help bring awareness to the community about your program. And the great thing is… most of them are free! Here are some simple ways to spread the word about you nonprofit. Social Media – get […]
Aug 31, 2015
NPA 031: Make Success a Habit – Set Goals the SMART Way
In this episode, I talk with Steve Scott who is the author of many books including, “Level Up Your Day: How to Maximize the 6 Essential Areas of Your Daily Routine”, “To-Do List Makeover: A Simple Guide to Getting the Important Things Done” and “S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple – 10 Steps to Master Your Personal and Career Goals”. Steve talks […]
Aug 24, 2015
NPA 030: How to Start a Crowdfunding Campaign for your Nonprofit
As crowdfunding has exploded in popularity, rapidly evolving into a 5.1 billion dollar industry, the diversity of crowdfunding platforms has likewise ballooned. While this is excellent news for hopeful crowdfunders in terms of the choices and options available, it also makes the question of how to choose the right crowdfunding site a rather overwhelming one. By following the tips outlined […]
Aug 03, 2015
NPA 029: Decide, Deciding, Decided – The Division of Decision
In this episode I talk with Steve Scheier, author of “Do More Good. Better.” We talk about the impact that proper decision making can (or cannot) have on the health and future of your organization. Part of making a good decision involves: knowing what decisions need to be made, who is making this decision and whether you are involving the […]
Jul 20, 2015
NPA 028: How to Market to your Target Audience
For those who have heard the podcast already… the subtitle to this article is: “Why your Mother Never Reads your Newsletter”. (It’s an inside joke. You have to listen to the podcast to get it 🙂 If you are working with a small nonprofit, then the chances are part of your job includes “Nonprofit Communications and Marketing”. If you publish a […]
Jun 25, 2015
NPA 027: Create a Nonprofit Budget like Rembrandt
When it comes to making a budget for your nonprofit, it can seem like there is little to guide you. This can be especially true for new nonprofits whose budget is more like a best guess than a best estimate. If you are in this position, don’t panic… making a budget is often more art than science. In this podcast, […]
Jun 03, 2015
NPA 026: Stop Marketing like a Used Car Salesman
One of the most important things you do with your nonprofit is market your services and/or products. But for many of us this isn’t always easy to do. In this episode I talk with Marlene Oliveira from the and Marlene is a nonprofit marketing and communication specialist. Marlene talks with us about creating a strategic plan for marketing […]
May 14, 2015
NPA 025: How to get Expert Volunteers for your Nonprofit
In this episode I talk with Mark Horoszowki from Mark talks about how the MovingWorlds organization helps nonprofits, from around the world, find skilled volunteers to help them with their missions. It is a process they call “Experteering”. Mark gives us some insight in to the volunteer recruitment and management process. He also fills us in on just how […]
Apr 29, 2015
NPA 024: Google Grants for Nonprofits – Get $10K in Free Adwords
In this episode I talk with Jason Granger of Infinity Marketing Group about Google Grants. Yes, Google gives grants to nonprofits. And they are awesome. How about $10,000 worth of adwords every month for FREE! Yes, that awesome. Jason walks us through the Google Adwords development process and teaches us how to find the right keywords to help us find […]
Apr 16, 2015
NPA 023: Starting a Nonprofit as a Side Job – an Interview with Nick Loper from Side Hustle Nation
In this episode I talk with Nick Loper from Side Hustle Nation. Nick is an blogger, podcaster and entrepreneur that shares awesome information on how to start a side business (in our case a nonprofit) while still working a fulltime job. Nick talks about how to manage your time, how to grow your “side hustle” and how to find extra […]
Mar 23, 2015
NPA 022: Starting an Endowment for your Nonprofit
In this episode I talk with Josh Brooks from The Enduring Charity Foundation. Josh talks with us about how he started a nonprofit that helps donors invest their funds into endowment funds that go towards charities they support. As it says on the Enduring Charity website, “we help donors become philanthropists.” Josh also talks with us about what an endowment […]
Mar 10, 2015
NPA 021: Turning a Personal Loss into a Charity
Kenan Irving lost his wife, Ashley, to stomach cancer after nine years of marriage. During Ashley’s six month battle with cancer she kept a journal and wrote in it everyday. No one was suppose to read the journal until after Ashley had passed away. The hope was that no one would read this journal. But that is not how it turned […]
Feb 18, 2015
NPA 020: How to Find Sponsors for Your Nonprofit with Abby Clemence
Abby Clemence is a corporate sponsorship expert who specializes in gaining sponsorship’s for nonprofits. In this podcast we discuss how to prepare a sponsorship marketing plan. Yes, a marketing plan. What many nonprofits don’t realize is that the money corporate sponsors use to sponsor a nonprofit comes from their marketing budget. Abby talks about how to discover your target audience […]
Jan 27, 2015
NPA 019: Telling your Nonprofit Story with Video
If you are trying to tell a story about your nonprofit using video you probably have a few questions. How long should the video be? Who should be in it? Should you make a script? What’s the best way to tell your story? What equipment do you need? Well, in this podcast I talk with Mauricio Belgrano from Name Sake […]
Nov 20, 2014
NPA 018: Approaching Corporations for Money
Asking for money is tough. Let’s face it, not many of us enjoy the prospect of approaching somebody and asking them for a donation. But what if the person your asking is a corporation (they are people, you know). Talk about being nervous… Sitting in a board room and asking for money from a business can be intimidating. But this […]
Oct 16, 2014
NPA 017: You Can Get Your 501.c.3 Faster – But Then What?
Getting your 501.c.3 just got faster, easier and cheaper. In this podcast we talk about the new form 1023 EZ with Nonprofit Ally contributor James Gilmer. But once you get that 501.c.3, then what do you do? Well, that is just what Becky Straw, co-founder of The Adventure Project, talks to us about. The Adventure Project helps people in developing […]
Sep 22, 2014
NPA 016: How to Manage a Massive Nonprofit Event
Imagine having to raise $6.5M, find 2,700 volunteers, hire 14 staff members, get corporate sponsors and host, house and feed 2,000 visitors from nine countries – all in a two year time span. This is what Karen Lane, general manager of the Fairbanks 2014 Arctic Winter Games, was tasked to do – and she pulled it off. In this interview […]
Aug 29, 2014
NPA 015: Tips on How to Apply for 501.c.3 Tax Exempt Status
In this episode I talk with Thomas Wrobel from the Nonprofit Legal Center ( Tom is a lawyer with 17 years of experience. He specializes in nonprofit law. Tom answers some basic legal questions you need to ask yourself when you apply for 501.c.3 tax exempt status. His advice will help you prepare your IRS form 1023, so you can […]
Aug 05, 2014
NPA 013: Planning an Event for your Nonprofit
Many nonprofits will host an event of some type over the course of the next year. It may be as simple as a member meeting or more complex like a multi-day music festival. In either case, a successful event entails planning, coordinating, outreach and management. In this episode I talk with Jessica Edwards, the Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska […]
Jun 16, 2014
NPA 012: Using Social Media for Storytelling
In this episode we talk with Julia Campbell from about how to prepare and implement a social marketing campaign that helps tell your story using social media. Julia is a trainer and coach who helps nonprofits reach their goals using digital marketing and social media. She has been recognized as a Top Nonprofit 150 Blog from and a Top 40+ Digital […]
May 27, 2014
NPA 011: Charitable Giving – Using Story Telling to Find your Donors
Finding donors for your nonprofit can be a daunting task. But using some simple nonprofit story telling techniques can help you find new donors and retain them for years to come. In this podcast I talk with Sierra Jimenez, Development Director at Southeast Alaska Independent Living (S.A.I.L. ). Sierra built a 500 person donor base, using nonprofit story telling techniques, […]
May 13, 2014
NPA 010: Dealing with Rogue Board Members
Dealing with a rogue board member creates turmoil and dysfunction within an organization and can be a tricky situation to resolve. In this podcast I talk with Laurie Wolf, MNPL, CFRE – the Vice President/COO of The Foraker Group – about how to identify, deal with and prevent rogue board members. Laurie gives training’s on nonprofit governance, strategic planning and […]
Apr 23, 2014
NPA 009: Getting Sponsors for your Nonprofit
Apr 01, 2014
NPA 008: Grant Writing – From Preparation to Submission
In this podcast I talk with Ann Myren from Resources and Results Consulting LLC. She is a nonprofit consultant specializing in grant writing and strategic planning. In this episode she talks about planning to write a grant, how to find grants, grant writing best practices and gives us a “grant writing check list” you should use before you submit your […]
Feb 24, 2014
NPA 007: Preparing to Fundraise with Crowdfunding
In this podcast I talk about what you need to have prepared before you start crowdfunding. I also talk about why our nonprofit only got five new likes on our Facebook page after being featured on a Facebook page with 15,000+ followers. Here is an outline of the crowdfunding portion of this podcast. Preparing to Fundraise PLANNING Here are the […]
Feb 07, 2014
NPA 006: Nonprofit Fundraising and Donor Retention
In this podcast I talk with Brock Warner who is the fundraising manager at War Child. Brock just finished a big fundraising campaign and he fills us in on some of the strategies he used that helped them realize a 30% increase in donations. We also discuss ways to increase donor retention from year to year. PROGRAM LINKS Brock Warner […]
Jan 20, 2014
NPA 005: The Effects of Founders Syndrome
Founders syndrome is not a disease, but for many nonprofits it is smart to take precautions to prevent its effects. In this podcast, I talk with Kay Clements who started experiencing the effects of burnout after serving as the general manager of a small public radio station in California. Though she did not experience “text book” founders syndrome, many of […]
Dec 16, 2013
NPA 003: Developing Your Board of Directors
In this episode I speak with Cecily Stern from Word Craft Consulting. Cecily is an expert in nonprofit board development, strategic planning as well as grant writing. We discuss how to build a strong board of directors and plan for the future. Topics include: Board Development Board Recruitment Board Member Responsibilities Strategic Planning Also in this episode I talk about […]
Oct 25, 2013
NPA 002: Reaching Out to a New Community and Becoming a Foreign Entity
In this episode of the Nonprofit Ally podcast I talk with Shannon Donahue who is the Executive Director of the Great Bear Foundation. Their organization is expanding into a new state and we discuss how to implement such a transition as well as how to reach out to a new community. Topics include: Community Outreach Board and Member Communication Becoming […]
Oct 02, 2013
NPA 001: Creating a Nonprofit Coalition & Building Relationships
In this episode of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast, I talk with Autumn Berstein, from Climate Plan, about how she built a statewide nonprofit coalition, with nearly 60 members, in California. Learn about: Forming a coalition Building relationships with other nonprofits Consensus building Organizing state-wide partnerships Project development I also go over some Facebook tips that will help you get more “likes” […]
Sep 04, 2013