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Social Good Instigators Podcast

Looking for inspiration and encouragement geared towards leaders of social good organizations? Join your host Kirsten Bullock on the Social Good Instigators Podcast to hear about what's working. You'll be learning from other leaders who will provide helpful tips related to social entrepreneurship, growing successful organizations and more. Leaders will be sharing about ways they helped their organizations excel (as well as things that didn't work out so well). Formerly known as the Nonprofit Leaders Network Podcast.
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Aug 25, 2015

This is the Nonprofit Leaders Network Podcast: Episode 5. Today we’re talking with Josh Brooks, Executive Director of Ensuring Charity Foundation. Here are a few highlights:

THE BOARD LEADS THE WAY IN GIVING: The first group of people that we went to was the board. Julie, my wife, and I established an endowment. Dave and Debbie also established an endowment and then Wayne and his wife, Lanie, established an endowment. So the board put their money where their mouth is. I also had a couple of close associates who were wanting to be philanthropic and I described this vision to them and they were interested as well.

WAYS TO STAY IN TOUCH:

Something I read recommended ten touches a year. So we make a phone call to each of our endowment founders quarterly, send happy holiday cards, Christmas cards, and 4th of July cards which no one else does. So, that kind of gets a little bit extra attention. We'll probably send Veterans Day cards out because a large part of our group so far is military folks.

We are doing a semi-annual newsletter and then we've got the end-of-the-year campaign which includes the thank you phone call, a thank you letter, an annual report on how the foundation is performing, and then, of course, toward the end of the holiday season, the annual solicitation. Last thing, we also do an annual gift. You know, paper weight or a key chain or something like that. So, if you're an endowment founder, you'll hear from the Enduring Charity Foundation at least ten times a year.

SET AND TRACK GOALS: The great success for the first year is that we achieved and then went beyond our initial goals. The way that I describe the first year to people is it happened in thirds. The first third was establishing the organization, getting the bank accounts and ensuring that we were following regulations and laws. The second third was getting our tax exempt status. The last third was setting up seven endowments totaling $25,000 which will generate a thousand dollars or so of support to those designated charities year in and year out forever. So, it was a pretty darn good first year.

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Aug 11, 2015

In this episode, Carol Gundersen with The Food Literacy Project shares about board transitions. The Food Literacy Project's mission is really about inspiring a new generation to build healthy relationships with food, farming, and the land. Here are a few highlights:

FINDING BOARD – STAFF PARTNERSHIP. It's certainly possible for a board member to do both roles, but it takes a lot of communication and even then it can be tough for board members to do both: to have the big picture perspective that a board member needs to govern effectively and also, to be involved in some of the minutia of day-to-day work.

DON’T ASSUME. One thing that's been a really key lesson for me is to not assume what goes without saying. And it can be really hard to anticipate what does and doesn't go without saying. It's just an ongoing journey for everyone to understand what their role is and what authority they have to make which decisions. Sometimes it can feel like over-communication to say the things that we perhaps thought might go without saying, just say them.

EMPHASIZE THE BIG PICTURE. As our board was shifting from a hands-on board to a more governance focused one, it was useful for me to emphasize the big picture whenever we were reviewing a financial statement or anything like that. And then we can get into some of the minutiae of specific line items or whatever. But starting with the big picture with any communication with them. Helping everybody understand that we’re there to look at, was the big picture.

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