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Social Good Instigators is a podcast featuring social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders. While social entrepreneurship is not a new concept (the term was first introduced in the early 1970’s) it has been receiving more attention of late. The goal of each interview is to share advice from social entrepreneurs for social entrepreneurs. Our hope is that listeners will learn ways to ensure their endeavor succeeds and thrives.

This podcast was originally launched in July 2015 as The Nonprofit Leader’s Network Podcast. There were 44 episodes broadcast as part of that initiative that covered topics ranging from board development to program development to fundraising. There have been over 33,800 downloads so far!

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

You might be wondering to yourself what I mean by social entrepreneurship. While there are multiple definitions available (with some of those conflicting), I’m a little partial to the one the European Commission uses:

A social enterprise is an operator in the social economy whose main objective is to have a social impact rather than make a profit for their owners or shareholders. It operates by providing goods and services for the market in an entrepreneurial and innovative fashion and uses its profits primarily to achieve social objectives. It is managed in an open and responsible manner and, in particular, involves employees, consumers and stakeholders affected by its commercial activities.

Social enterprises can be for- or non-profit. I’m particularly interested in organizations that are meeting social service/employment needs and/or are funding their endeavors in unique ways.

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Do you know a social entrepreneur who would have some good tips and wisdom to share? Please have them email and share what they’re up to. By using the subject line “I’d like to be a guest on the podcast” you’ll make sure your email gets read.

About Your Host: Kirsten Bullock

Kirsten is a Ph.D. student in Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville (starting August 2017). She has 20+ years serving the nonprofit sector, first as a staff member and later as a consultant and entrepreneur. She’s launched (and sold) two brands including The Nonprofit Academy and the Nonprofit Leaders Network.

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Mar 19, 2018

Do you ever wonder what the next generation is interested in and how they choose to be involved with, and give to, different charities? Listen in as Sharna Goldseker, co-author of How Next Gen Donors are Revolutionizing Giving shares some insights into this topic – and about her personal giving journey. Visit for more information.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are that NextGen Donors: • are interested in many of the same issues as their parents, but want to address issues differently • want nonprofits to value the contribution they bring – beyond simply party planning • are in the receiving end of an unprecedented transfer of wealth • are focused on impact • have a desire to be a part of something bigger than themselves Visit 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.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Sharna Goldseker is a leading expert on multigenerational and next generation philanthropy. She is executive director of 21/64, the nonprofit practice she founded to serve philanthropic and family enterprises with strategies for transforming how families who give will define their values, collaborate, and govern in the decades ahead. She is also a speaker, writer, and consultant who engages multiple generations in the intersection of values and strategy to transform the art of giving. A next gen donor herself, Goldseker offers a trusted insider’s perspective on philanthropy. She is a recipient of the J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award for extraordinary leadership, and the RayLign Foundation Family Well-Being Award. She was named one of 2016’s Women of Influence by New York Business Journal and one of 2014’s Women to Watch by Jewish Women International. A consistent presence in philanthropy for two decades, Goldseker advises leaders on next generation engagement including multigenerational organizations, nonprofits, philanthropic networks, and foundations. Goldseker has written for Forbes, Philanthropy Impact, and has been featured with coauthor Michael Moody, in the New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Huffington Post. She is married, with two children, and lives in New York City.