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Successful Nonprofits Podcast

Dec 5, 2017

Change is hard. Change makes us uncomfortable. Change can feel like a loss of what we once knew.

But we also know that change is essential for a board and an organization to reach its full potential. As Maya Angelou once said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through...


Nov 28, 2017

Word selection is important when conveying your message. We have to make sure that our tone and word choice has an impact that reflects our missions.

To help us, we invite Erica Mills, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Author of Pitchfalls: Why Bad...


Nov 14, 2017

This week, we invited strategic advisor, facilitator, university professor, and Giving Cycle board chair, Daria Torres. Daria shares the Equity Maturity Model which helps nonprofit leaders institutionalize their commitment to the assurance of equity.

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. The Equity Maturity Model’s 12...


Nov 7, 2017

Board builder Rob Acton joins us to discuss specific strategies and tactics to optimize your board. He offers actionable tactics that you can implement today. Acton, founder of Cause Strategy Partners, discusses the three categories of tactics:

  1. Making better use of board meetings
  2. Treating board members as individuals...


Oct 31, 2017

Board members spend 5 to 6 hours in meetings each month, yet meetings are not always as productive or enjoyable as they would like. 

To rid ourselves of boring meetings, we invited activist, author, and consultant, Emily Davis.  Emily explains how rotating responsibilities, strategic conversations, and extracurricular...