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

Joan Garry

Government & Organizations, Non-Profit

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Hosted by Joan Garry, the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, Nonprofits Are Messy is a discussion of the most pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership. Joan and her guests tackle topics like the overhead myth, the best way to run special events, how to make a big fundraising ask, board-staff relations, and so much more. At times hilarious, uplifting, and frustrating, the stories told in this podcast should feel very familiar to anybody working in a nonprofit today. <br /> <br /> Topics include fundraising, leadership development, building a great board, Executive Director / Board relations, communications and messaging, staff management, nonprofit career advice, crisis management, digital marketing, social media, and so much more.<br /> <br /> Listen to real stories of nonprofit leaders like you and how they handled the mess. Because the truth is, nonprofits ARE messy. There’s not enough money, too many cooks, and an abundance of passion. Leading nonprofits isn’t easy. This podcast will help.


Fundraising can be full of landmines. But is there a way to turn fundraising lemons into lemonade? Why yes, I do believe there is. The post Ep 40: Overcoming Fundraising Mistakes (with Jim Bennett) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.

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Multiple studies show the positive benefits of volunteering (for the volunteer). Today's guest took that to the limit and ultimately became the board chair! The post Ep 39: From Kitchen Volunteer to Board Chair (with Sylvia Vogelman) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.

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What is the single best indicator of a thriving nonprofit? A strong partnership between the board and staff leaders. So I spoke with both and asked them... The post Ep 37: The Partnership That Drives a Thriving Nonprofit (with Kim Freedman and Nick Purrington) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.