Nonprofit Vision

Nonprofit Vision with Gregory Nielsen presents informative and entertaining conversations spotlighting critical issues in nonprofit leadership with the visionaries who are addressing them.
  • Episode 149: Brian Quail: Guidance for New Nonprofit CEOs

    Whether you are a new nonprofit CEO or simply new to your organization, leaders face many questions and challenges when they join an organization. Brian Quail, author of The Ultimate Guide for New Nonprofit CEOs, joins the podcast to share how his 5 frameworks can set leaders up for […]

  • Episode 148: TD Smyers: Board Chair-CEO Relationship

    One of the most pivotal relationships in any nonprofit is between the CEO and Board Chair. TD Smyers joins the podcast for a lively and interactive conversation about the importance of this relationship, ways to foster a stronger partnership, and how to pivot when things go awry.

  • Episode 147: Peter Heller: Nonprofit Self Esteem

    How do the leaders and team members of your nonprofit view the organization? Is it from a mindset of abundance or deficit? Peter Heller joins the podcast for an engaging conversation about nonprofit self esteem and the many ways in which it can impact our accomplishments and challenges.

  • Episode 146: Carmen Randolph: Women's Foundation of the South

    Carmen Randolph is the Founding President and CEO of Women's Foundation of the South (WFS). WFS raises money and invests it in nonprofits and businesses across 13 states as the only permanent foundation dedicated to centering and investing in the collective health, wealth, and power of […]

  • Episode 145: Janeal Ford: Impact Unleashed

    Nonprofit impact comes in many forms, from quantifiable data to anecdotal stories. Both are critical for nonprofits to harness and articulate. Janeal Ford joins the podcast to discuss how you can start or refine impact measurement in your nonprofit and the vital linkage between impact […]

  • Episode 144: Amy McIsaac: Philanthropy, Strengthening Democracy, and Civic Language

    Amy McIsaac of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) joins the podcast to kick off 2024 with a fascinating conversation on philanthropic efforts to strengthen democracy, including PACE’s Civic Language Perceptions Project.

  • Episode 143: Kasey Maier: Between The Sheets of Nonprofit Fundraising

    Fundraising for your nonprofit mission is part art and part science, and balancing the two can often be challenging. Kasey Maier joins the podcast to share practical insights and stories from her career that will leave you better prepared to elevate fundraising for your nonprofit.

  • Episode 142: Mohan Sivaloganathan: Opening Doors for the Next Generation of Leaders of Color

    Mohan Sivaloganathan has seen the challenge of opening doors for the next generation of leaders of color firsthand over the course of 20 years, most recently leading a national movement of young leaders as the CEO of Our Turn, which mobilizes, amplifies, and elevates the voices of […]

  • Episode 141: Beth Napleton: Strengths-Based Assessment

    Understanding your strengths as a leader as well as those of your team can be a powerful tool for enhancing performance. Beth Napleton joins the podcast to discuss the benefits of strengths-based assessment for leaders and teams.

  • Episode 140: Sal Alaimo: Evaluation Capacity Building

    How equipped is your nonprofit to evaluate its programs and services? Sal Alaimo is an Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in philanthropy and nonprofit administration. He recently returned from the Czech Republic, […]

  • Episode 139: Nisha Anand: Radical Act of Choosing Common Ground

    Nisha Anand is the CEO of Dream.Org, a nonprofit organization that brings people together across racial, social and partisan lines to solve our toughest problems. Nisha and Greg discuss the radical act of choosing common ground, sharing approaches for nonprofit leaders to find areas of […]

  • Episode 138: Darian Rodriguez Heyman: A Fresh Look at Board Fundraising

    Darian Rodriguez Heyman is the former Executive Director of the Craigslist Foundation and an accomplished social impact consultant, philanthropic advisor, and best-selling author. Greg and Darian discuss the importance of engaging nonprofit boards in fundraising with actionable steps for […]

  • Episode 137: Matt Stokes: Career Journeys of a Nonprofit Fundraiser

    Fundraising and development professionals bring vital talent and resources for nonprofit organizations. Matt Stokes joins the podcast to share his reflections on the career journey of a development professional. Matt shares his recollections of entering the nonprofit sector and […]

  • Episode 136: Jenni Getzy: Enhancing Email Marketing for Nonprofits

    Telling your story tho those who believe in your mission is critical for nonprofits. While we all get flooded with emails, what are some best practices for getting your emails noticed?Jenni Getzy of Nonprofit Jenni joins the podcast to share best practices for email marketing excellence. […]

  • Episode 135: Jay Suggs: The Leader Within

    Leaders engage in a dynamic interplay between visionary guidance and empowering others to unleash their full potential. Jay Suggs joins the podcast for a lively and wide ranging conversation about leadership, from the importance of presence and being present to asking the right questions […]

  • Episode 134: Lisa Ireland: The Longevity Science Foundation and Meaningful Nonprofit Collaboration

    Lisa Ireland is President and CEO of the Longevity Science Foundation, an international nonprofit funding research to extend the healthy human lifespan. Lisa joins the podcast to share thoughts on leading an international nonprofit, the importance of solid infrastructure in nonprofit […]

  • Episode 133: Devika Narayanan: The Impact of a Youth-Led International Nonprofit

    Nostos Homes is a youth-led UK-based charity that provides first-of-its-kind sustainable homes for forcibly displaced families around the world. Nostos Homes and its leadership have received extensive international recognition and support including from the World Bank, IFC, Goldman Sachs, […]

  • Episode 132: Holly Rustick: Maximizing Success in Grant Writing For Your Nonprofit

    Grants provide a vital stream of revenue for many nonprofits that allows them to develop and implement critical programs and services. Holly Rustick, best selling author, speaker, and consultant, joins the podcast to share strategies for creating effective systems for grant writers so […]

  • Episode 131: Carol Bowser: Navigating Conflict Productively in Nonprofits

    Amid the stresses and strains of leading or governing a nonprofit organization, it is common for conflicts to emerge. The key is understanding how to productively embrace and engage opposing views. Carol Bowser joins the podcast to discuss navigating conflict productively and positively […]

  • Episode 130: Christal Cherry: Celebrating Women's History Month and Nonprofits

    Christal Cherry joins the podcast as we celebrate Women's History Month and honor the countless contributions women have made and continue to make on the nonprofit community. In a wide ranging conversation, Christal and Greg discuss how nonprofits can welcome, honor, and elevate the […]

  • Episode 129: Melissa Galasso: Money Matters for Nonprofits

    Responsible fiscal management and financial oversight is critical to maintaining the public trust for nonprofits.  Melissa Galasso joins the podcast to discuss important considerations for Board members in meeting their fiduciary duties with respect to organization finances.  Melissa […]

  • Episode 128: Sean Kosofsky: The 4 Day Work Week

    The four-day work week has been getting a lot of attention these days. But is it all hype?  Sean Kosofsky of Mind The Gap Consulting, LLC researched the four-day work week for 9 months before implementing a pilot at his national climate change nonprofit in 2022.  Sean joins the podcast […]

  • Episode 127: Kristina McKean: Building Public Support and Awareness for Your Nonprofit

    Kristina McKean has felt a deeply rooted kinship with animals for as long as she can remember. When she traveled through Thailand and witnessed baby elephants on the streets of Bangkok being exploited for money, she was devastated.  She has successfully drafted petitions, protested […]

  • Episode 126: Teri Beckman: Getting off the Recruitment Merry-Go-Round: Hiring, Developing and Retaining Talent

    Hiring, developing, and retaining talent is vital to the success of nonprofits.  Nevertheless, this persistent challenge can sometimes feel like an endless ride on the merry-go-round.  Teri Beckman joins the podcast for a thoughtful discussion of the strategies, structures, and culture […]

  • Episode 125: Alison Tyler and Mary Stone: From Strategic Planning to Implementation

    One of the most challenging transitions for organizations occurs in the period after a new strategic plan has been approved when it is time to move into implementation.  Head of School Alison Tyler and Board Chair Mary Stone join the podcast to discuss how organization and Board leaders […]

  • Episode 124: Ted Bilich: Managing Your Nonprofit For Resilience

    As the calendar turns to 2023, nonprofit leaders embrace the opportunities and confront the challenges of a dynamic, changing landscape.  Ted Bilich, author of Managing Your Nonprofit For Resilience, joins the podcast to share insights for leaders as the enhance resilience within their […]

  • Episode 123: Joshua Borenstein: Integrating Funding and Organization Strategy

    Developing and driving strategic growth for your nonprofit requires a delicate balance of vision, programmatic goals, and the resources to attain them.  Joshua Borenstein joins the podcast to discuss the importance of integrating funding strategy with your vision and programmatic goals. […]

  • Episode 122: Giving Thanks For Nonprofit Leaders

    While gratitude is best expressed year-round, this time of year serves as a gentle reminder to thank those who have been meaningful in our lives.  In this special podcast episode, Greg shares 4 tangible ways in which Board members and others can demonstrate their gratitude for the […]

  • Episode 121: Marc Lane: Entrepreneurial Nonprofits

    Nonprofits have always been entrepreneurial, identifying and implementing creative ways to address systemic challenges.  Increasingly, nonprofits are exploring social enterprises as a means to advance their mission while enhancing their sustainability.   Marc Lane joins the podcast to […]

  • Episode 120: Jane Pfeiffer: Getting to Know Your Nonprofit's Brand

    One of the most costly expenses your nonprofit bears doesn't live on the balance sheet.  Instead it is the high cost of IDK -- I don't know you.  Jane Pfeiffer joins the podcast to discuss actionable ways in which you can better understand and communicate your organization's story to […]

  • Episode 119: Alex Romero: Leading With Integrity Through Financial Controls and Transparency

    Does your nonprofit build trust with the community and embody your core values through its financial practices?  Alex Romero is a virtual CFO, experienced nonprofit Board member, and highly respected accountant.  Alex joins the podcast to discuss sustainable impact for nonprofits […]

  • Episode 118: Joe Duffy: Caring for Self and Caring for Others

    Is self-care a part of your job description as a nonprofit leader?  It should be!  However you choose to care for yourself, it is important to prioritize this time both for your benefit and that of your team.  Joe Duffy joins the podcast to discuss the importance of self-care, tips for […]

  • Episode 117: Dr. Gayatri Mathur: Delivering Impact Through Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership

    In India, patients must pay upfront for medical treatment but not everyone can afford to do so.  The Soondra Foundation believes that everyone deserves to see a doctor and therefore provides direct cash grants to people in India during medical emergencies, ensuring they remain healthy […]

  • Episode 116: Dean Crownover: Expert Tips to Increase Your Event Fundraising

    How many live auction items should you feature at your next gala?  How can you develop an often under-utilized moneymaker for your event?  What are best practices for building your guest list?  Dean Crownover -- My Benefit Auctioneer -- has a track record of raising millions of […]

  • Episode 115: Claire Crum: Strategic Mapping for Nonprofits

    A strategic plan provides a critical roadmap for your organization to set goals and strategies to advance your mission.  Equally important is the ability to take these high-level goals and strategies and operationalize them, developing concrete action plans for Board and staff members. […]

  • Episode 114: John Stephens: The link between gender, extreme poverty, and climate change - and what one nonprofit is doing to reverse the tragic cycle

    Addressing complex issues begins with a recognition that these issues do not occur in isolation, but rather are often linked to other factors.  One innovative nonprofit -- BOMA -- recognized the linkage between gender, extreme poverty, and climate change and sought to reverse the tragic […]

  • Episode 113: Gilda VanderHeyden: Healthy Approaches to Blending Work and Life

    Have you ever felt as though the balance between your work life and home life is out of balance?  We all have!  Developing a healthy blend between work and home is both an individual challenge as well as an opportunity for leaders to establish an organizational culture that values an […]

  • Episode 112: Aaron Hamlin: Increasing Civic Engagement in Communities

    Nonprofits often address the most challenging and entrenched issues facing communities.  Driving change requires promoting civic engagement and mobilizing supporters in a common vision.  Aaron Hamlin of the Center for Election Science joins Greg to discuss approval voting and other tips […]

  • Episode 111: Lizabeth Wesely-Casella: Driving Change Through Clear Communication

    Communication is the foundation of a healthy, thriving culture in nonprofit organizations.  Periods of change can test our communication skills.  Lizabeth Wesely-Casella joins Greg to discuss the value of clear communication in driving change, tips for reflecting on your own […]

  • Episode 110: Anca Trifan: Planning and Executing Successful Virtual and Hybrid Fundraising Events

    Nonprofit organizations continuously evolve and adapt to changing times. One of the most visible evolutions in recent years has included a move to virtual or hybrid fundraising events.  Anca Trifan, Founder of Tree-Fan Events, joins the podcast to discuss planning tips and strategies to […]

  • Episode 109: Andrew Schulman: Fiscal Sponsorship and Nonprofits

    Fiscal sponsorship is growing in recognition and usage, with potential benefits for existing nonprofits as well as those with innovative projects.  Andrew Schulman joins Greg to discuss all things fiscal sponsorship, including how to find a fiscal sponsor, the most common models used, […]

  • Episode 108: Mindy Muller: Asynchronous Learning and Other Professional Development Options for Nonprofit Leaders

    Continuous learning and curiosity are hallmarks of effective nonprofit leaders.  Ensuring that nonprofit leaders have the tools and resources to thrive is essential to the success of the sector and our organizations.  Mindy Muller joins Greg to discuss asynchronous learning and other […]

  • Episode 107: Sabrina Walker Hernandez: Keep Your Board Engaged in Resource Development all Year

    Board engagement tends to ebb and flow over the course of a year.  However, the resource and governance needs of nonprofits don't lessen.  Sabrina Walker Hernandez joins Greg to discuss approaches to keep Board members appropriately engaged in governance and resource development […]

  • Episode 106: Rob Shavell: “Charity Fraud” - A Closer Look at Who’s Targeted, Why It’s So Effective

    We would all love to think that our data and our information is private and protected.  For nonprofits, however, this is increasingly not the case.  Charity fraud is on the rise and nonprofits are challenged to be proactive in their security measures.  Rob Shavell, CEO and co-founder […]

  • Episode 105: Dr. Daniela Ferdico: How Nonprofits Can Bring Inclusivity and Accessibility to the Forefront

    Inclusion is a core value for many nonprofit organizations.  However, we all continually challenge ourselves to examine how we can ensure our places and events are truly inclusive for all.  Dr. Daniela Ferdico of Sensory Access joins the podcast to discuss approaches to bring […]

  • Episode 104: Dr. Cristina DiPietropolo and Dr. Vera Alves: Great Resignation or Great Opportunity for Nonprofits?

    While nonprofits across the country are confronting staffing challenges, opportunities exist to alter the way we approach these challenges and use this moment as an opportunity to fundamentally reimagine the relationship between our organization and our team.  Dr. Cristina DiPietropolo […]

  • Episode 103: Hardy Smith: Stop The Nonprofit Board Blame Game

    At one time or another, we have all wondered... why won't our Board members do what we want them to do?  Hardy Smith joins the podcast to discuss the common causes of Board member disengagement and how nonprofit and Board leaders can transform the Board experience into a dynamic and […]

  • Episode 102: Mazarine Treyz: Hope for Nonprofit Leaders and Tools for a Healthy 2022

    If there is one thing we could all use a bit more of right now, it is hope.  Amidst countless challenges, there are many reasons for hope for nonprofit leaders.  Mazarine Treyz joins Greg to discuss what gives her hope in 2022 and discusses tools to realize the promise that hope […]

  • Episode 101: Stephanie Minor: Managing Conflict and Promoting Healthy Board and Staff Relationships

    How effectively does your Board manage conflict between and among members?  When conflict arises, does your Board have the tools and will to address it?  Stephanie Minor of NPO Centric joins Greg to discuss managing conflict at the Board level and tips for promoting healthy […]

  • Episode 100: Dr. Michelle Shumate: How nonprofits, businesses, and governments successfully collaborate on serious social problems

    When nonprofits, governments, and businesses come together as a “network” to address the most pressing social issues of the day, they can more easily address root causes and implement effective approaches.  Renowned social impact researcher and advisor Dr. Michelle Shumate, Ph.D. […]

  • Episode 99: Dr. Jean Latting: Working with people with different leadership and communication styles

    Nonprofit teams are comprised of leaders with a diverse array of leadership and communication styles.  Dr. Jean Latting joins the podcast to share approaches to successfully build positive and productive professional relationships with those whose style is different than your own.   

  • Episode 98: Gary Romano: Finding Your North Star Through Strategic Planning

    A strategic plan serves as a roadmap to enable an organization to set priorities and measure progress. It informs the direction of the organization, generates heightened engagement and ownership of the mission.  Gary Romano, author and creator of Finding Your North Star Tm, joins Greg to […]

  • Episode 97: Jessica Leving Siegel: Telling Your Nonprofit Stories Through Media Partnerships

    It starts with a story...  As nonprofit leaders, you have many stories to tell.  Program accomplishments, a wonderful event, a new offering, a particular challenge you are wrestling with.  However, sometimes it can be difficult to get these stories noticed.  Jessica Leving Siegel […]

  • Episode 96: Jarrett Ransom: The Ins and Outs of Interim Succession Planning

    The departure of a key leader can be a difficult time for any nonprofit organization.  One approach to ensure organizational stability and momentum is to hire an interim executive for a defined period of time.  Jarrett Ransom joins Greg to discuss the ins and outs of hiring an interim […]

  • Episode 95: Sybil Ackerman-Munson: Feeling Good About Your Fundraising Strategies

    Nonprofit organizations with effective fundraising strategies exhibit 5 key behaviors.  Philanthropy expert Sybil Ackerman-Munson joins Greg to discuss these key attributes and empower nonprofit leaders to feel good about their fundraising strategies.  

  • Episode 94: Nejeed Kassam: 5 Donor Types to Engage this Giving Tuesday

    Healthy fundraising strategies begin by focusing on cultivating deep and lasting relationships with those who believe in and support your mission.  As Giving Tuesday approaches, Nejeed Kassam -- Founder of Keela -- joins Greg to discuss 5 donor types to engage this Giving Tuesday in […]

  • Episode 93: Hal Hedley: Leading a Successful Capital Campaign

    A capital campaign represents an organization-wide focused effort to generate resources for a specific project or undertaking.  Hal Hedley, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, joins Greg to discuss strategies for successful capital campaigns, from critically important […]

  • Episode 92: Brian Wells: Cultivating a Healthy Stream of Major Gifts

    Healthy nonprofits carefully nurture and cultivate resources from a variety of sources.  One of the most important of these are transformational, or major gifts.  Brian Wells, a highly successful development professional, joins Greg to discuss approaches to develop or enhance your […]

  • Episode 91: Lead With Your Values

    How connected do you feel to the core values of your nonprofit?  This episode features a discussion of values-based leadership for nonprofits.  Listen as Greg shares practical tips for developing or revising core values as well as ensuring that values play an integral role in the […]

  • Episode 90: Amy Fass: Cultivating Healthy Nonprofit Board-CEO Relationships

    A healthy Board-CEO relationship is critical to effective nonprofit leadership.  However, these relationships can often be tricky , as issues are complex and the dynamics of the relationship can be challenging.  Amy Fass, CEO of the nonprofit Shoes That Fit, joins Greg for a lively and […]

  • Episode 89: Tim Kachuriak: Optimizing Online Fundraising for Nonprofits

    Did you know that while charitable giving grew by 2% last year, online giving grew by nearly 21%, representing more than a 32% increase over the last three years.  Tim Kachuriak, founder of NextAfter, a fundraising research lab consultancy, joins Greg to discuss tips and strategies for […]

  • Episode 88: Chad Graham: Honoring Gold Star Families Through the Woody Williams Foundation

    The term Gold Star Family recognizes the sacrifice that military family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in service to the nation.  As we honor the fallen this week on Memorial Day, Chad Graham of the Woody Williams Foundation […]

  • Episode 87: Ted Bilich: Effective Risk Management for Nonprofits

    While we sometimes think of risk in terms of things that may go wrong, risk also encompasses evaluating opportunities for your nonprofit.  Ted Bilich joins Greg to discuss effective risk management processes and approaches for nonprofits.

  • Episode 86: Brian Brandt: The Ambassadors Journey: A Parable About Nonprofit Board Leadership

    Informing and inspiring Board members to to greater engagement is a challenge shared by nonprofit leaders.  We all search for unique and effective ways of fostering Board interaction.  Brian Brandt has taken the power of a story and applied it to share important lessons and questions […]

  • Episode 85: Brian Jenkins: Social Entrepreneurship for Nonprofits

    Over the past several years, social entrepreneurship has become a widely discussed concept in nonprofit circles.  Social enterprises have the potential to offer many benefits for nonprofits, but as with any change or expansion to one's business model, must be approached thoughtfully and […]

  • Episode 84: Sondra Jenzer: Holistic Model of Nonprofit Leadership

    Shaped in her part by her experience in the Peace Corps, Sondra Jenzer believes passionately in the holistic model of nonprofit leadership.  Sondra joins Greg to discuss the benefits of a holistic model and the critical role of values such as humility, trust, and empowerment.   

  • Episode 83: Debra Porta: Who Does the Community Need Us to Be?

    Debra Porta is the Executive Director of Pride Northwest.  Like many other nonprofit leaders, Debra has led her team through an evolution over the past year, examining many critical questions, but none more vital than "Who does the community need us to be?"  Debra joins Greg to discuss […]

  • Episode 82: Meike Eilert: Corporate Social Responsibility And Corporate Activism

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) encompasses a wide spectrum of activities, from sponsorships/donations to employee volunteerism.  Meike Eilert joins Greg to discuss the important differences between CSR and corporate activism, motivations and risks businesses weigh in this area, […]

  • Episode 81: Nneka Allen: Without Community There is No Liberation

    Nneka Allen has inspired philanthropy in the nonprofit sector for 20 years. She honors the spirit of generosity in all people and is passionate about the many contributions of Black Canadian philanthropists and fundraisers.  Her recent work entitle "Our Right to Heal" brought together a […]

  • Episode 80: Nell Edgington: From Scarcity to Abundance for Nonprofits

    Is a scarcity mindset holding your nonprofit back from reaching its full potential?  Nell Edgington joins Greg to share practical and actionable tips for transforming your nonprofit leadership from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance.  Listen as we discuss the potential of one […]

  • Episode 79: Ginny Waller: Preventing Change Fatigue in Nonprofits

    2020 has been a volatile year for nonprofits, and leaders have had to adapt and change at breakneck speed.  This accelerated pace of change threatens to create "change fatigue" within organizations and leaders.  Ginny Waller joins Greg to discuss how leaders can look for the signs of […]

  • Episode 78: Shared Space and Shared Services for Nonprofits

    Increasing numbers of nonprofit organizations are re-examining their space and office needs in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and other factors.  Hannah Odell of GreaterSpace and Colleen Susini of Servcorp join Greg to discuss this growing trend, including what nonprofits should look for […]

  • Episode 77: Latest News on Potential Stimulus Deal for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

    Gary Romano of Civitas Strategies and Gregory Nielsen of Nielsen Training & Consulting discuss the impact of the potential stimulus bill on nonprofits and small businesses.  We discuss what we know now, what we are hearing, and how the potential legislation could impact nonprofits […]

  • Episode 76: Matthew Zachary: From Deadly Diagnosis to Advocacy

    Instead of succumbing to his terminal diagnosis, Matthew Zachary became the ultimate advocate for young adult cancer patients. From starting the first-ever healthcare podcast and founding Stupid Cancer, to serving as a Strategic Advisor for Nord and The Google Health Advisory, Matt shares […]

  • Episode 75: Knowing When to Say "No Thanks:" Effective Gift Acceptance for Nonprofits

    Would your nonprofit ever decline a gift from a donor?  Should you?  Effective gift acceptance policies provide vital guardrails for nonprofit Boards and staffs as they pursue gifts and other donations to advance their mission.  In this podcast episode, Greg provides a deeper […]

  • Episode 74: Alison LaRocca: Understanding the Ecosystem of Your Nonprofit Through Evaluation

    Understanding the ecosystem or landscape in which your nonprofit operates is critical to your team's ability to make effective decisions.  Alison LaRocca joins Greg to discuss evaluation tools and approaches -- including interviews, surveys, and focus groups -- that can give you a […]

  • Episode 73: BoardBuild: Diversify Your Nonprofit Board

    Assembling a diverse team of Board members is not only the right thing to do, it is also essential for effective governance and decisionmaking.  Pamela Cannell and John Hernandez join Greg to discuss specific steps nonprofits can take to enhance diversity and share the innovative way in […]

  • Episode 72: Gabe Cooper: Developing Deep Donor Relationships at Scale

    Nonprofit leaders and fundraisers continually strive to develop deeper relationships with their donors.  The more we understand our donors' motivations for giving, the more likely we are to build the types of relationships that lead to lasting support.  Gabe Cooper, CEO of Virtuous, […]

  • Episode 71: Trey Coley: Supporting Nonprofits Through the Arts

    Arts organizations possess a unique ability to bring communities together.  Trey Coley joins Greg to discuss the role of the arts in building community and how nonprofits can support one another.

  • Episode 70: Cindi Phallen: 4 Things Your Nonprofit CEO Needs Now

    Supporting the CEO is a critical responsibility of nonprofit Boards.  Cindi Phallen joins Greg for a discussion of the 4 things nonprofit CEOs need most from their Boards, particularly right now.   

  • Episode 69: Ian Adair: Intersection of Nonprofit Leadership and Mental Health

    Nonprofit leaders face countless challenges that place strains on mental health.  Ian Adair joins Greg to discuss the intersection of nonprofit leadership and mental health, and his new book Stronger Than Stigma.

  • Episode 68: Carol Hamilton: Effective Online Facilitation for Nonprofits

    Effective meetings require effective facilitation.  From Board meetings to staff meetings, retreats to strategic planning, effective facilitation is a key to achieving the results you desire.  Carol Hamilton joins Greg for a discussion of effective facilitation strategies that includes […]

  • Episode 67: Gary Romano and Amy Fink: Recruiting and Retaining the Talent You Need

    The subject we all need to address, but never seem to talk about - recruitment.  Identifying, hiring and retaining key leaders is critical for nonprofits.  Gary Romano and Amy Fink join Greg to discuss how to recruit more effectively and efficiently, saving you time and money while […]

  • Episode 66: Andrea Shirey: Leveraging Digital Technology for Nonprofit Impact

    Leveraging the array of digital technology options from web site to email platforms to enhance the impact of your nonprofit can seem daunting at times.  However, there are tips, tools, and even templates that can save time while adding impact.  Andrea Shirey joins Greg to discuss […]

  • Episode 65: Carrie Gerard: Leadership to Meet the Moment

    Leaders are often defined by their ability to meet the demands of pivotal moments.  For many nonprofit leaders, the current crises have required a delicate balancing of mission, programs, and safety.  Carrie Gerard joins Greg to discuss how she has thoughtfully approached her leadership […]

  • Episode 64: Ed Leibman: Creatively Elevating Fundraising Excellence

    How effective are you at making the critical ask?  A creative thinker and accomplished fundraiser, Ed Leibman's entrepreneurial approach to fundraising often breaks the mold of convention.  Ed joins Greg to discuss a highly effective, experiential, and creative way to develop the skills […]

  • Episode 63: Karen Eber Davis and Gail Bower: What's Happening with Nonprofit Revenue?

    Recently, 124 nonprofit leaders from across the U.S. shared their revenue stories and visions ahead in light of the pandemic and other upheavals.  Authors of the study Karen Eber Davis and Gail Bower join Greg to discuss their findings and other key insights from the study.  You can […]

  • Episode 62: Allison Ehrich Bernstein: Positioning Your Nonprofit as a Thought Leader

    Is your nonprofit regarded as a thought leader on topics related to your mission?  Allison Ehrich Bernstein has handled communications and written speeches, opinion pieces, and digital content for local and global leaders, including at the U.S. State Department.  Allison joins Greg to […]

  • Episode 61: Emily Weisgrau: 4 Fundraising Essentials in a Covid World

    Covid19 has dramatically altered the landscape of nonprofit leadership and fundraising.  Emily Weisgrau joins Greg to discuss 4 fundraising essentials in a Covid world that can help your nonprofit persevere and succeed through challenging times.  

  • Episode 60: Katherine Spinney: Leadership Development

    How have you developed your leadership mindset?  Leading others is a privilege that comes with great responsibility.  Developing skills and competencies to grow as a leader can come from a wide variety of sources, from classes to conferences, coaching to peer conversation.  Katherine […]

  • Episode 59: Kishshana Palmer: What to do when you are expected to do it all

    As a nonprofit leader, what do you do when you are expected to do it all?  Some days it can feel as though there are so many things to get done and areas to address that we don't know where to start.  Kishshana Palmer joins Greg to discuss strategies for managing overwhelm in times of […]

  • Episode 58: Monisha de Quadros: Thoughtfully Approaching Sustained Collaborations

    In a recent survey, 23% of nonprofits reported that they would at least be considering more formal sustained collaborations, including merger, post-Covid-19.  Monisha de Quadros, Founder of Sparkbox, joins Greg to discuss ways in which nonprofits can thoughtfully and effectively approach […]

  • Episode 57: Speak Authentically With Your Board About Their Performance

    Speaking with your Board about their performance can be a challenging -- and pivotal -- moment for any nonprofit leader.  In this episode, Greg discusses habits of a healthy Board, why conversations about performance can be challenging, and and tips for managing critical conversations. […]

  • Episode 56: Vipe Desai: Reflections of a Nonprofit Board Leader

    Ever wondered what is going through the thoughts of your Board members?  Vipe Desai is an experienced Board member who has has led both nonprofit and corporate Boards.  Vipe joins Greg for a lively and entertaining conversation reflecting on experiences as a Board member, the pivotal […]

  • Episode 55: Vanessa Wakeman: Developing a Crisis Communications Plan

    Who speaks for your nonprofit in times of crisis?  How clear and consistent is the message?  Nonprofit futurist and communications expert Vanessa Wakeman joins Greg to discuss developing a crisis communications plan for your nonprofit that is clear and consistent, with the buy-in of […]

  • Episode 54: Jess Campbell: Taking Your Fundraising Event Virtual

    Event revenue represents a significant source of income for many nonprofits.  When you are unable to host your event in person, how can you adapt and successfully take it virtual?  Jess Campbell of Out in the Boons joins Greg to discuss tips for creating an experience with your virtual […]

  • Episode 53: Gary Romano: Lessons Learned From the Paycheck Protection Program

    With the announcement from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that appropriated funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  have been exhausted, Gary Romano joins Greg to reflect on lessons learned so far from the PPP that might help nonprofits if and when the program reopens. 

  • Episode 52: Amy Lindner: Leading Through Crisis and Impact of United Way Networks

    During times of crisis, leaders rely more than ever on existing networks to deliver vital resources to communities in need.  Amy Lindner, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, joins Greg to discuss the impact of the United Way network of partners on […]

  • Episode 51: Susan Hairston: Role of Philanthropy in Crisis

    What is the role of philanthropy during times of crisis, such as we are living through with Covid-19?  How can philanthropy be an effective partner for nonprofits and how can nonprofits communicate their needs to funders?  Susan Hairston, Consultant and experienced foundation leader who […]

  • Episode 50: Steve Zimmerman: Nonprofit Sustainability to Survivability During COVID-19

    As nonprofit professionals work to serve as many as possible while protecting and caring for employees, the mindset for many has shifted from sustainability to survivability.  Steve Zimmerman, nationally recognized consultant, author, and speaker, joins Greg to discuss a framework for […]

  • Episode 49: Board Leadership in Challenging Times

    Board leadership is vital in challenging times, and there are tangible actions Boards can and should take.  On this episode Greg discusses these steps in depth, including risk management, financial assessment, business continuity and communication planning, and tips for fostering Board […]

  • Episode 48: Skye Mercer: Developing an Effective Work-From-Home Program

    With the outbreak of the coronavirus, many nonprofits are promoting remote work to minimize person-to-person contact while maintaining mission operations.  HR Consultant Skye Mercer joins Greg to discuss proven steps to quickly and effectively set up a work-from-home program.  Listen to […]

  • Episode 47: Mazarine Treyz: Empowered Fundraisers, Sustainable Fundraising

    A thriving nonprofit requires sustainable sources of revenue and an energized and empowered fundraising team.  Mazarine Treyz, best selling author of “The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising,” joins Greg to discuss the role of innovation in developing sustainable fundraising and tips […]

  • Episode 46: Tony Zipple: From Collaboration to Merger

    Collaboration and merger are buzzwords nonprofit leaders hear frequently in leading their organizations.  However, when your organization is considering a more formal relationship with another, how do you set yourself up for success?  Dr. Tony Zipple joins Greg for a discussion on […]

  • Episode 45: Stephen King: Nonprofit Accounting Done Right

    Effectively managing accounting functions is critical to effective governance and maintaining the public trust.  Stephen King, President and CEO of GrowthForce, joins Greg to discuss tips for nonprofit accounting done right, outsourced accounting, and strategies to prevent fraud.   

  • Episode 44: Heather Yandow: 5 Questions When Choosing a Consultant

    Challenges arise for every nonprofit organization, and when they do, you may benefit from the expertise and assistance of a consultant.  From facilitating a strategic planning process to inspiring a stagnant Board, consultants can play a valuable role.  Heather Yandow, Consultant and […]

  • Episode 43: Jonathan Starr and Juliet Buder: Brilliance Knows No Borders

    It has been over two decades since the Republic of Somalia collapsed, out of which came the Republic of Somaliland. Generations have grown up knowing only a war-torn society. There is a desperate need to rebuild infrastructure, extend educational opportunities and develop the leaders of […]

  • Episode 42: Bethany Snyder: Building Blocks of Effective Nonprofit Advocacy

    Highly effective nonprofits understand that engaging in advocacy is vital in fulfilling their mission and translating their vision into reality.  Bethany Snyder, an experienced advocacy strategist, joins Greg to discuss tips for developing effective grassroots and grasstops programs to […]

  • Episode 41: Patrick Jinks: Coaching for Leadership Success

    Coaching represents an integral tool in the development of nonprofit leaders.  Patrick Jinks coaches and trains leaders in both the social and corporate sectors, with a unique approach focused on clarity, simplicity, and alignment.  Patrick joins Greg to discuss the benefits of […]

  • Episode 40: Patrick Schmitt and Jenny Xia: Accessible and Effective Planned Giving

    Patrick Schmitt and Jenny Xia, co-founders of FreeWill, were recently named one of Town & Country's Top 50 Philanthropists of 2019.  They join Greg to discuss strategies for enhancing the accessibility and effectiveness of your nonprofit's planned giving program, including […]

  • Episode 39: Arlene Cogen: Give to Live

    Multi-generational philanthropy can pass down values, life lessons, and stories that inspire donors to give.  Arlene Cogen, author of the Amazon #1 Bestseller, "Give to Live: Make a Charitable Gift You Never Imagined," shares the the importance of and how to engage your donors and their […]

  • Episode 38: Gene Takagi: Fiscal Sponsorship

    A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects.  Gene Takagi joins Greg to discuss the pros and cons of fiscal sponsorship as well as key questions […]

  • Episode 37: Grace Alfiero: Crosswalks for Collaboration

    Collaboration is both a core value and an essential skill for the nonprofit community.  However, developing effective collaboration between and among teams can be challenging.  Grace Alfiero joins Greg to discuss "Crosswalks for Collaboration" -- including tips for developing a safe […]

  • Episode 36: Sarah Gomel: Is an Associate Board Right for My Nonprofit?

    Many nonprofit organizations seek to engage additional leaders through the creation of an Associate Board, sometimes also called a Junior Board.  If your nonprofit is considering this approach, what are some of the key factors to consider to set yourself up for success?  Sarah Gomel […]

  • Episode 35: Insurance Tips to Promote Wellness for your Nonprofit Mission

    Developing effective partnerships for insurance coverage and benefits is an integral component of nonprofit excellence.  From mitigating risk to promoting the health and wellness of team members, it is more important than ever to build a relationship with those who can help.  Ben Byrne, […]

  • Episode 34: Whitney Bishop: Meetings That Matter

    From Board meetings to Staff Meetings, we all strive to create effective meetings -- meetings that matter.  Change agent Whitney Bishop joins Greg to discuss tips for elevating your meetings through purpose, people, and commitment to action.  

  • Episode 33: Kalley Dunn - Tips and Strategies for Fundraising Auction Success

    Do you know the "magic number" of auction items for your event?  How about the 3 pockets of money attendees bring to your fundraiser?  Learn about these as well as other trends and strategies to set your nonprofit fundraising auction up for success as Kalley Dunn of AmFund joins Greg on […]

  • Episode 32: Nathan Chappell: Predicting Generosity and Elevating Philanthropy Through Machine Learning

    Developing deep relationships with donors remains a critical factor in nonprofit fundraising success.  Now, with the help of machine-learning and AI, your organization can better understand the motivations of your supporters and more effectively predict their likelihood to give.  Nathan […]

  • Episode 31: Christina Carr: Engaging NextGen Board Leaders

    Highly effective Board teams are composed of a diverse group of talented and passionate leaders.  Christina Carr joins Greg to discuss the importance of age diversity on nonprofit Boards and strategies to engage nextgen Board leaders.  

  • Episode 30: Gary Romano: HR Trends and Hot Topics for Nonprofits

    Nonprofit organizations face a particularly challenging labor market, at a time when it is critical to attract and retain talent.  Gary Romano joins Greg to discuss HR trends and hot topics for nonprofits.  

  • Episode 29: Jennifer Harris: From Fed Up to Well Fed – Conversation Around Fundraiser Turnover

    Recent articles discuss the high turnover rate of nonprofit fundraising professionals, some even referring to it as a "fundraising exodus."  Jennifer Harris joins Greg to discuss this challenge and ways in which leaders can empower their teams to co-create a more positive, shared culture […]

  • Episode 28: Jen Bokoff: Elevating Philanthopy's Unheard Voices

    While the perspectives and contributions of thought leaders with established platforms are valuable, we must continue to elevate the unheard voices in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership in order to deepen critical conversations and move the sector forward.  Jen Bokoff, Director of […]

  • Episode 27: Scarlett Hawkins: Building Your Narrative With Audacity

    Your nonprofit has a mission that is vital to the community you serve, and you can't afford to be the best kept secret in town!  Scarlett Hawkins, a Senior Consultant in International Development, joins Greg to discuss not just the importance of narrative, but how to add a dash of […]

  • Episode 26: Chari Smith: Evaluation Into Action

    Highly effective nonprofits leverage the tools of program evaluation to build a culture of continuous improvement.  This allows nonprofit and Board leaders to make better strategic decisions.  Chari Smith joins Greg to discuss the steps necessary to translate evaluation into action for […]

  • Episode 25: Janeal Ford: The Path to Grant Readiness

    Many nonprofit leaders face uncertainty on their journey to mission impact.   In this episode, Janeal Ford joins Greg to discuss the importance of a clear, concise case for support, tips for choosing and working successfully with a grant writer, and guidance on identifying funders with […]

  • Episode 24: Barr Foundation: Walking a Mile in Grantee Shoes

    Following an intentional process of listening to and learning from their grantee partners, the Barr Foundation implemented a series of changes to enhance the relationship between the Foundation and grantees.  Kerri Hurley and Yvonne Belanger join Greg to discuss the importance of a […]

  • Episode 23: Deepa Iyer: Your Role in a Social Change Ecosystem

    Within each nonprofit organization or movement, individuals play a variety of critical roles in pursuit of equity, inclusion, and justice.  Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American activist, writer, and lawyer.  Her areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South […]

  • Episode 22: Rusty Stahl: Fund the People

    Nonprofit professionals address complex community challenges each day in an effort to create communities in which everyone can thrive and have their needs met.  However, the profession currently faces a significant deficit of investment in the development of these critical leaders.  As […]

  • Episode 21: Amy Waninger: Network Beyond Bias

    Nonprofit leaders and organizations face continuing challenges in efforts to diversify their boards, better serve their communities, and build sustainable staffing pipelines.  Amy Waninger, CEO of Lead at Any Level, works with organizations that want to build diverse leadership bench […]

  • Episode 20: Skye Mercer: Creating a Promote From Within Culture

    Nonprofits operate in a dynamic environment where change is rapid and the need for talent and passion is great.  Skye Mercer is a human resources professional who is passionate about helping organizations create positive, productive work environments.  Skye joins Greg to discuss trends […]

  • Episode 19: Melissa Russom: Building a Compelling Brand Strategy

    What does your brand represent to the community?  Looking to define or evolve your brand strategy?  Melissa Russom is a questioner, storysharer and strategic thinker obsessed with clarifying messaging for maximum (and purposeful) impact.  Melissa shares tools for better understanding […]

  • Episode 18: Dennis Miller: Moppin' Floors to CEO, An Inspirational Leadership Journey

    Dennis C. Miller is a nationally recognized strategic leadership coach and executive search consultant with more than 35 years of experience working with nonprofit board leadership and chief executives across the country. Dennis shares with Greg his inspirational journey from hopelessness […]

  • Episode 17: Jaime Campbell: Budgeting to Translate Vision to Reality

    Jaime Campbell is the Co-Founder and CFO of Tier One Services, providing outsourced accounting and CFO services for organizations.  Jaime and Greg discuss tips to make the budgeting process collaborative, enjoyable, and ultimately successful in advancing the bold and compelling vision of […]

  • Episode 16: Jarrett Ransom: Developing a Compelling and Achievable Fundraising Plan

    Jarrett Ransom, the self-described "Nonprofit Nerd," is the President and CEO of the Rayvan Group.   From start-ups to multi-million dollar charitable organizations, Jarrett has helped create sustainable fundraising strategies for over 20 years.  Jarrett and Greg discuss tips and […]

  • Episode 15: Christine Robertson: Talking Donor Data

    Christine Robertson is a Vice President for Wist Data Solutions, helping nonprofits harness data to further their mission.  Christine and Greg discuss leading practices in managing donor data and tips when selecting or transitioning to a donor management system.   

  • Episode 14: Kyle Kramer: Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation for Nonprofit Leaders

    Kyle Kramer is the Executive Director of the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center.  Kyle and Greg discuss mindfulness, meditation, and the many ways in which they can positively impact the health and performance of nonprofit leaders.   

  • Episode 13: Rebecca Dupras: Addressing Toxic Workplace Culture

    Rebecca Dupras is an attorney and former Vice President of Development for a large philanthropic foundation.  Rebecca and Greg discuss the impact of a toxic workplace culture on an individual, organization, and the public trust.  Rebecca shares thoughts and considerations for staff […]

  • Episode 12: Chuck Brown: Donor Advised Funds and "Zombie Philanthropy"

    As a former Development Officer for Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Chuck Brown possesses unique insight into Donor Advised Funds, which he shared in an article entitled "Zombie Philanthropy: What I Learned About Donor-Advised Funds as a Foundation Insider."  Greg and Chuck discuss […]

  • Episode 11: Vu Le: Addressing Funder Fragility and Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Capacity

     Vu Le is a talented writer, speaker, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. […]

  • Episode 10: Sarah Olivieri - Strategic Planning for Impact

    Sarah Olivieri is the founder of PivotGround, where she leads her team of digital experts to help human-service nonprofits increase capacity, deliver better programming, attract more funding, and make the world a better place.  In this episode, Sarah and Greg discuss strategic planning […]

  • Episode 9: Barry Wadsworth - Effective Governance in Education

    Barry Wadsworth is an educational leader who has served for over 25 years as a teacher, coach, administrator and consultant.  He has comprehensive management experience in schools and districts designing and supporting programs for students from infant/toddler – university levels. […]

  • Episode 8: Drew Reynolds: Data-Driven Decision Making For Nonprofits

    Drew Reynolds, PhD, is the CEO of Common Good Data Consulting. He advises nonprofit organizations to use data-driven decision-making to secure funding and improve community wellbeing.  Greg and Drew discuss practical ways in which nonprofit leaders can create a positive culture that […]

  • Episode 7: Steven Shattuck: Donor Retention and Engagement

    Steven Shattuck is Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang.  A prolific writer and speaker, he curates Bloomerang’s sector-leading educational content, and hosts a weekly webinar series which features the top thought-leaders in the nonprofit sector.  Steven and Greg discuss tools and […]

  • Episode 6: Will Myers: Engaging Volunteers and the Profession of Nonprofit Leadership

    Will Myers is the CEO of CASA of the River Region.  Listen as Will and Greg discuss the profession of nonprofit leadership, the importance of professional development, and tools for engaging committed volunteers

  • Episode 5: Clare Wallace: Developing an Authentic Leadership Style as a New Executive

    Clare Wallace recently made the transition from Development Director to first-time Executive Director. Learn about Clare’s leadership journey, lessons learned as a new Executive, and thoughts on developing an authentic leadership style.

  • Episode 4: Positive Psychology for Nonprofit Leaders

    Tony Zipple is an experienced nonprofit CEO, consultant, and executive coach. Learn from Tony about positive psychology as an approach to enhancing the happiness and effectiveness of individuals and teams.

  • Episode 2: Judy Kasey Houlette: Friend For Life Connecting Survivors and Patients

    Learn about the fascinating leadership journey of Judy Kasey Houlette. Judy has served as Executive Director of Friend for Life Cancer Support Network since November 2000. Under her leadership, the number of persons served annually by Friend for Life has quadrupled; volunteer numbers and […]

  • Episode 3: Paul Robinson: Building Team Culture

    Paul Robinson is the President and CEO of Home of the Innocents. He possesses a unique and diverse background as a mission-driven leader of a large nonprofit organization and as a former entrepreneurial business owner. Paul talks with Gregory about his views on building team culture […]

  • Episode 1: Introduction

    The very first episode of Nonprofit Vision With Gregory Nielsen.