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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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Sep 18, 2017

Most of us work in environments that are in constant flux. It’s a sign of our times right? In this episode, Jason Steinberg shares some stories – and advice – from the unpredictable environment of a refugee camp. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • Tactics may change, but the goal remains the same • When working in a changing environment, you learn to roll with the punches • Sometimes Plan B works out better than Plan A • Listening is a core skill in relief work • Stay humble and stay focused Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Sep 5, 2017

Have you ever felt that your organization could achieve better results if they just faced problems differently? If so, this interview is for you. Randy Salzman shares some background about thinking through and addressing problems more comprehensively, or design thinking, and how to help your organization shift to that approach. He is a co-author of Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector, which covers this topic in more detail. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • Design thinking is simply a problem-solving process • A wicked problem is most detected when you realize there is no single easy fix • Overcoming bureaucracy is often necessary to create change (even in the nonprofit sector) • Rethinking the need is often a good first step in determining the change that is needed • From a small struggling nonprofit to a regional instigator of social good • Start by bringing people together for a conversation • Work together better by valuing diversity in perspectives • Empower both instigators and analytics in problem solving by giving each their own (separate) turn • Look to other sectors to find analogies that can be applied to your challenge Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Aug 22, 2017

Travel sometimes sounds really glamorous, but the behind the scenes work can be crazy. In this interview, you’ll hear from Dominique Callimanopulos who is giving back through her travel business. She’ll be sharing about creating an environment that encourages risk taking and how building a network and being a thought leader can make your job easier. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

• Sometimes the best way to make an impact is to build on what you're already doing• When you’re a thought leader, scaling a project or concept can go faster • Giving permission to fail will increase the number of your successes • Ways to give permission to fail • 'Failures’ can be the on ramp for processes to operate more efficiently and effectively • It's possible to pick up new ideas from diverse sources Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Aug 8, 2017

In this interview with Scott Reichenbach, we explore ways Cure Clubfoot has learned to extend their reach through various partnerships – with local professionals and affiliates as well as a partnership with RemitRadar, a payment processing company. While not a primary focus of the call, one things that really stands out for me in this interview was how sometimes the simple act of raising awareness can help eliminate negative stigmas. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: * Eliminate Stigma – and Improve Quality of Life – by Raising Awareness * Aligning with a Tech Company can be of Great Benefit to a Nonprofit * Common Goals Can Help Build Trust Quickly * Increase Impact by Utilizing Local Partnerships * Build Community – and Increase Impact – by Hosting Peer Learning Gatherings * Encourage Planning and Visioning by Building in Times for Introspection * Grow Stronger Quicker by Letting Local Partners Set the Pace * Slow and Steady Wins the Race Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Jul 18, 2017

Partnerships are best developed when two (or more) people or entities realize they can make a bigger impact by working together. This partnership, between Bethel University and Bright Light Volunteers is one of those. Stacie Freeman, shares her perspective on what's gone well, as well as a couple of learning experiences.

Key points include:

  • Relationships Can Lead to Partnership Opportunities;
  • Volunteers Pay Their Own Way – and Contribute to Project Costs;
  • Avoiding Band-Aids and Striving for Lasting Impact;
  • More Than a Feel-Good Trip, It’s About Building Understanding of Complex Issues;
  • The Importance of Learning to Let Go to Let it Grow;
  • Recognizing Complementary Strengths in Your Partners;
  • Universities Can Be a Source for Volunteers and Other Help;
  • Define Your Dreams – and Follow Them.
Jun 27, 2017

Jennifer Aronson explores key issues from the Boston Foundation’s recently published report, “Opportunity in Change.” Key points include: • Leadership Changes are Happening Across Generations • Transition Times Can Be an Opportunity to Make Structural Changes • The Importance of Avoiding the Temptations of the Frankenstein Model of Nonprofits • Seeing Transition Times as an Opportunity to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion • Deciding to Make Time for Long-Term Thinking and Planning Jennifer Aronson leads key initiatives at The Boston Foundation to enhance the impact of the Massachusetts non-profit sector. Her portfolio includes capacity building, leadership development, structural innovation strategies, and programs for guarantee and non-guarantee organizations, collaborations, and networks. She's done a lot of work in this area and was a big part of a recent report that came out from the Boston Foundation called "Opportunity In Change." Visit www.socialgoodinstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Jun 6, 2017

In this podcast, we are talking with Nick Arquette, Founder and Executive Director of Walk With Sally. We discuss topics relating to integrating your mission into a fundraising event, how to grow your board and staff at the right pace for your organization, how to recruit and keep a strong core team, and more.

After attending both the American Conservatory Theater and Boise State University, Nick moved to Manhattan Beach, California, 25 years ago to pursue a career in the film industry. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Nick created and founded a series of companies. In 2006 with a new passion for aiding the aging population, he co-­founded Adia In­-Home Care, support services which enhance the quality of life for the aging, and recently started Assisted Preferred, a local information site and customer support service for placement services, quality senior care referrals and ongoing support.

Walk With Sally was founded by Nick Arquette in 2005, naming it for his mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer and after many years of treatment, died when Nick was sixteen. He never forgot how challenging and isolating the years of his mother’s illness and loss had been for him as a child. Nick searched for mentoring opportunities in the community only to discover that no organization was filling this critical support gap. Walk With Sally’s core mentoring program has expanded, having served hundreds of families throughout the South Bay over the past 10+ years and today is actively serving 63 children, boys and girls ages 7-17, with trained volunteer mentors.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:
1. Integrating Your Mission into a Fundraising Event
2. From Volunteer-Run to Staff Organization: Growth as Needed
3. Intentional Board Growth
4. Recruiting and Keeping a Strong Core Team
5. Avoiding What You Don’t Understand Could Be a Recipe for Disaster

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and full guest bio. Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

May 16, 2017

In our podcast discussion this week, we are chatting with Sherrie Deans, Executive Director of the NBPA Foundation, the charitable arm of the NBPA – the Union for the nearly 450 current professional basketball players in the NBA. We discuss topics relating to her challenges as the first executive director for a foundation that had been in existence for 20 years. There was no real focus or funding priorities before she was hired so this had to be developed. She also had the not-so-common challenge of dealing with the non-monetary assets of the star power and influence of the players and the fact that these players were very young with little to no charitable experience.

Deans brings highly regarded C-Level expertise in celebrity philanthropic engagement as well as global financial services, having held posts with Living Cities, AIG, MBNA, and American Express. She holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Columbia University. Currently, she lives in the Bronx with her husband and son. The NBPA Foundation provides strategic funding and support for players' community engagement while also communicating their work to the world in order to accelerate and maximize its impact. The players' work is global and collectively spans a wide range, from critical charitable initiatives to social entrepreneurship.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:
1. Formalizing a Foundation: Shifting Funding to Priorities and Focus
2. Recognizing – and Making the Most of – Non-Monetary Assets
3. Changing the Conversation: #EverydayDad
4. A Recurring Question: What Difference are You Making?
5. Never Get Comfortable: The Value of Innovation

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and full guest bio. Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Apr 27, 2017

Welcome to Episode 42 of the Nonprofit Leaders Network podcast series. Our guest is Lauralee Lindholm who, along with her husband, have been involved with rural community development in Ethiopia for over 28 years. In this podcast interview, we discuss topics relating to starting small, letting the experts direct program direction, connecting your board to your program, and striving for self-sufficiency so your cause can go on and grow without you.

Lauralee spent 18 years in Africa with her husband doing rural community development as a missionary. When they returned to the United States, they were overwhelmed with how much is wasted in the U.S. and how much is needed there. Ten years ago, they organized Heart for Ethiopia as a nonprofit, started selling donated books on their Heart for Ethiopia eBay store, and soon needed help with shipping as the sales rolled in. From their bookstore proceeds, they have sent over half a million dollars to Ethiopia for rural development in the last ten years. Heart for Ethiopia focuses on helping rural education and development through churches out in the countryside, where there's almost no other type of help. There, with a little money, they make a big impact.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

• Funding a Ministry: Starting Small
• Letting the Experts be in the Driver’s Seat
• Connecting Your Board to Your Program
• Striving for Self-Sufficiency – and Putting Yourself Out of Business
• Find a Cause You Can Believe In

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and full guest bio. Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Apr 4, 2017

In our podcast this week with Susan Warshaw, Executive Director of Grades of Green, we discuss the importance of preparation for a smooth leadership transisiton, not rushing into making changes, making the most of a failure, keeping donor goals realistic, and important traits of nonprofit leaders.

Susan is an experienced leader in the education non-profit sector. She previously held the position of Executive Director at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, where she raised millions of dollars annually. She recently raised funds for the El Camino College Foundation. Her career began in Washington, DC, consulting to EPA and state environmental agencies. Warshaw holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She is the Vice President of Philanthropy at the Neptunian Women’s Club in Manhattan Beach. Grades of Green began in 2008 at Grand View Elementary in California by four moms wanting a better world for their children. The founders created a non-profit so other schools would have free and easy access to the tools and information they have developed to empower and inspire students to care for the environment.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • The Importance of Preparation for a Smooth Leadership Transition
  • Take Time Before Rushing into Changes
  • Leaders Learn to Turn Lemons into Lemonade
  • A Realistic Assessment of Board Relationship Bandwidth
  • Important Traits for Nonprofit Leaders: Persuader, Motivator and Consensus Builder

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every two weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Mar 14, 2017

Welcome to Episode 40 of the Nonprofit Leaders Network podcast series. Our guest today is John Marshall, President and Chairman of the Board of the Johnny Mercer Foundation. Our conversation includes topics relating to a shift in focus, overcoming pushback to change, the evolution and development of a program, and using partnerships to extend the impact of your nonprofit.

The mission of The Johnny Mercer Foundation is to support the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer: lyricist, composer, performer, collaborator and producer. The Foundation continues Johnny’s legacy by partnering with individuals and organizations dedicated to celebrating and nourishing the disciplines he mastered, and the causes he and Ginger Mercer championed.

The key points covered in this discussion are:

  • Deciding on a Shift in Focus
  • Overcoming Pushback to Change
  • The Evolution of a Program: From Site-Based to Equipping
  • Extending Nonprofit Impact Through Partnerships
  • Letting Go, and Growing Impact

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Feb 22, 2017

Welcome to Episode 39 of the Nonprofit Leaders Network podcast with our guest Megha Desai who is the Director of the Desai Foundation. Topics we discuss include the transition from a family foundation to a public foundation, an innovative way to effectively get the word out about your nonprofit, connecting your board members to the mission, and building trust and long-term relationships with those you serve.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Raising Visibility through Targeted Events
  • The Evolution of a Board: From Family to Formal
  • Connecting Board Members to the Mission
  • Accomplishing Goals by Staying Behind the Scenes
  • Overcoming Distrust by Getting to Work

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Jan 30, 2017

In our podcast this week with Paddy O’Brien, author of “Lean for the Nonprofit: What You Don't Know Can Cost You,” we are discussing how applying Lean concepts can greatly benefit your nonprofit organization by streamlining processes, maximizing use of funds, and even increasing income as was done with one zoo.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Using Lean to Improve Customer Experience at a Zoo
  • Adopting Lean Concepts to Fit the Nonprofit Sector
  • Benefits of Analyzing Processes: Reducing Wait Times
  • Thinking Through – and Mapping Out - Processes
  • Believe in the Process

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released. Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Jan 9, 2017

In our podcast discussion this week, we are chatting with Lisa Woll, CEO of The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment and the US SIF Foundation. We discuss topics relating to building an effective board by doing such things as changing how you evaluate your candidates, changing bylaws as needed, and methods for developing good board members including helping them build self confidence.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Adding Board Members – Expertise vs. Proven Traits
  • The Crucial Role of a Board Chair
  • Changing the Bylaws to Better Meet Current Needs of the Organization
  • Building the Board as a Partnership Between Board and Staff
  • Ways to Develop Good Board Members (and Build Self-Confidence)
  • Trust Your Gut

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every two weeks). Episodes are available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

Nov 7, 2016

Today we’re talking with Charles Archer, Co-Founder and CEO of the THRIVE Network. We discuss topics relating to ways to develop as a leader including how to invest in yourself, how to lead through consensus, the differences between older and younger staff members, and when it is necessary to make staff changes.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Ways to Develop as a Leader
  • Leadership Through Consensus: Being Present, Messaging and Accountability
  • Don’t Wait to Make Necessary Staff Changes
  • Generational Conflict: Immediacy vs. Intentionality
  • It’s Your Responsibility to Invest in Your Learning

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Oct 24, 2016

In our podcast discussion this week, we are chatting with Mark Eddy, Executive Director of Leadership Southern Indiana. Topics discussed include knowing when it is time to expand, handling those who oppose change, funding an expansion, and personal growth as a leader to facilitate growth in your organization.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Knowing When It’s Time to Expand
  • Your Biggest Detractor Can Become a Great Advocate
  • Growing Funding Doesn’t Always Mean a New Approach to Raising Funds
  • Failure = Learning, And That’s a Good Thing
  • Letting Go Allows Others the Room to Grow

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Oct 10, 2016

In our podcast discussion this week, we are chatting with Nina Dudnik, founder and CEO of Seeding Labs. We discuss topics relating to taking a nonprofit from an idea run by a group of volunteers to a productive organization, Nina’s challenges of shifting from the scientist mode to the nonprofit leader mode, and the steps they took to professionalize and fund their growing idea.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Recognizing When It’s Time to Professionalize a Nonprofit
  • Recognizing the Right Next Step as a Non-Profit Evolves
  • Running a Non-Profit is Often Living in the Midst of Unknowns
  • Larger Grants Often Mean More Data Tracking
  • Listen to Your Gut Instinct and Don’t Over-Analyze

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Sep 26, 2016

In this podcast, we are talking with Coach AK, President and Founder of Empower 2 Play. We discuss topics relating to how to keep going when you keep hitting walls, trusting in the process, the benefits of finding strategic corporate sponsors, and differentiating yourself from other nonprofits.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Difficult Tasks Seem Easy in Hindsight
  • A Big ‘Why’ Keeps You Going
  • Sometimes it’s in the ‘Bad’ Moments that the Magic Happens
  • With Corporations, Look for Strategic Partnerships
  • Know Your Strengths – and What Differentiates You

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every two weeks).  

Sep 12, 2016

Today we welcome Ken Goldstein to our Nonprofit Leaders Network podcast. Ken shares with us some of the interesting challenges he has faced when serving as an interim executive director including setting priorities, building relationships with key personnel, keeping your best staff, and dealing with stress.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Keeping the Staff You Want to Keep: Communication is the Key
  • Know Where It’s Safe to Vent
  • As an Interim, Identify What Can Wait
  • Nonprofit Management is a Team Sport
  • Words of Wisdom: Connect with Others

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Aug 29, 2016

Today, we’re talking with Pamela Hawley, Founder and CEO of Universal Giving. Pamela shared with us how she finds, identifies and grooms potential board members, the criteria she uses, the active role of the board of advisors, and why nonprofits should not invite friends and family to the board.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Strategically Identify and Groom New Potential Board Members
  • Assessing Potential Board Members
  • Hold Board Members Accountable with Sensitivity and Outcomes Worksheets
  • Why You Shouldn’t Recruit Friends and Family as Board Members
  • Don’t Take Funding (or Anything Else) for Granted
  • When the Going Gets Tough, Keep Looking Up

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Aug 15, 2016

In this podcast, we are conversing with Jim Wehner, President of Focused Community Strategies (FCS) in Atlanta, Georgia.

We discuss topics relating to how to increase leadership team strength through strength-based hiring, increasing efficiency and reducing confusion through nonprofit mergers, successfully replacing a long-term founder and leader, and the difficult decision of cancelling a long-term program.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Recognizing – and Leading from – Your Strengths
  • Hiring for Your Weaknesses
  • Reducing Confusion by Merging Related Nonprofits
  • Stepping in and Changing Direction as a New CEO
  • Making the Decision to Cancel a Long-Term Program

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Aug 1, 2016

In this podcast, we are talking with Pamela Brewer, Executive Director of MyNDTALK, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington, D.C. We discuss her experiences with starting a nonprofit from scratch, lessons learned, and keys to being successful in this endeavor.

Some of the key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Sometimes You Need to Adjust Your Terminology to Reach More People
  • Balancing Different Priorities
  • What to Do If / When You Start to Lose Hope
  • When Setting Up a Nonprofit, Don’t Do It On Your Own
  • Listening - Key to Nonprofit Success

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Jul 18, 2016

In our podcast this week, we are chatting with Hillary Schafer, Executive Director of the Jefferson Awards Foundation. Hillary shared her experiences and reactions to transitioning from the public sector to the nonprofit sector, how she has overcome some of the challenges of her position, and her insights into working with a board of directors.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Surprise of Entering the Nonprofit Sector: Much Harder, Higher Risk Level
  • Stay Focused on Impact: The Power of Story
  • Partnership Challenge: Seeing Other Nonprofits as Competitors • Board Management is Sales
  • Focus on Strengths to Empower Your Board
  • Challenge for Nonprofits: Determining the Right Pay for the Non-Profit Sector
  • Challenge for Nonprofit Leaders: Build – or Find – a Support Network

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every two weeks).

Jul 5, 2016

In this podcast with Amanda Missey, Executive Director of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, our discussions include concerns for the future in nonprofit leadership, leadership value vs. pay issues, leadership training programs, the importance of and tips for succession planning, as well as the recent change in the overtime rules and its impact. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

• Impact of New Overtime Rule on Nonprofits: Programs will Likely be Impacted

• Community Leadership Programs: A Resource for Nonprofits

• Cross-Sector Partnerships: A Win-Win Proposition

• Succession Planning: Be Intentional

• Valuing the Contribution of the Nonprofit World Includes Improving Pay

Visit www.SocialGoodInstigators.com to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every two weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, and GooglePlay.

Jun 27, 2016

Whatever your vocation or aspiration, you can increase your impact on others and help the nonprofit organization you serve by Becoming a Person of Influence. Learn simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others, and watch your personal and organizational success go off the charts.

In this recording, you’ll learn the principles of becoming a person of influence as laid out in John Maxwell’s best selling leadership book, Learning to Become a Person of Influence (with a focus on the nonprofit sector). When you register, you’ll receive access to the recording, transcript, powerpoint and a personal Influence Assessment.

Practical and Easy Principles to Apply to Everyday Life that will help you:

  • See your employees respond with new enthusiasm
  • Connect with your board on a deeper level (and be seen as a leader by them)
  • Reach more people
  • Raise more money
  • Build a team to help accomplish your vision in the world

To access the transcript, powerpoint presentation, and a personal Influence Assessment, visit: http://bullockconsulting.net/influence-free-audio-and-assessment.

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