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Now displaying: March, 2020
Mar 26, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 has changed the workplace for many people: in many cases, it means that people are working remotely for the first time or working remotely in different ways than they previously did with partners or kids at home. It’s important to have a strategy in place for keeping team members engaged and productive. 

In today’s episode, Tiffany Crumpton, Director of Marketing for Blackbaud Higher Education Solutions talks with Blackbaud change management expert Mike Reardon about the best strategies for successfully maintaining an engaged remote staff. Listen to the episode to hear what Tiffany and Mike have to say about virtually promoting interpersonal communication, maintaining a sense of normalcy during these unprecedented times, and staying engaged while working remotely amidst COVID-19.

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • How Tiffany and her team are managing the transition to working at home
  • How to promote interpersonal communication remotely
  • Tips for managers to create collaborative environments for team members
  • Steps that all people can take to stay engaged
  • The importance of maintaining a sense of normalcy
  • Finding ways to help others
  • Tips and tricks for people who are working remotely for the first time or doing it in a new way 

Resources:

Tiffany Crumpton

Article: Take a Shower and Other WFH Tips from Your Social Good Peer

Article: 6 Tips for Managing a Virtual Workforce

Quotes: 

“I maintain it’s important to have that regular – I call it drumbeat – of communication.”

“Humor and grace can help in many scenarios.”

“In times of uncertainty, it also helps to think of people we may be able to help.”

Mar 19, 2020

Succession planning is a hot topic, but is it the right topic? Today’s guest believes that organizations should go beyond succession planning and think about intentional pathway planning instead for long-term sustainability.

Miecha Ranea Forbes is the senior vice president of Culture, Inclusion and Strategic Advising at Koya Leadership Partners. Miecha joins host Rachel Hutchisson to share her experience and discuss the difference between succession planning and intentional pathway planning, where organizations should start their intentional pathway planning journey, and how everyone can take ownership of their own development and career pathways.

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Miecha’s role at Koya Leadership Partners and her human resources background
  • The difference between success planning and intentional pathway planning
  • Why and how organizations should start intentional pathway planning 
  • What employees who are aren’t in senior management can do to be a part of the pathway planning process
  • How individual contributors can invest in and develop their careers outside of what the company offers 
  • The importance of mentorship 
  • Acknowledging failure and providing constructive feedback

Resources:

Miecha Ranea Forbes

Article: Why Succession Planning is an Outdated Concept

Article: 4 Free Professional Development Opportunities You Might Not Be Thinking About 

Quotes: 

“I think it’s really important to start immediately so that you can actually anticipate the things that could occur.”

“Every role within the organization is essential to making the organization run and run well, but there are some roles that are more critical, particularly from a decision-making perspective.”

“You have to take ownership for your own success, for your development, for your pathway.”

Mar 12, 2020

Corporate social responsibility and responsible business are now seen as integral to successful business operations. But have you thought about involving the sourcing and procurement processes in creating social impact?  

Today’s guest is Paul Polizzotto, founder and CEO of Givewith, who has had a 30-career of dedicating himself to the idea that businesses can prioritize social impact and deliver a sustainable funding source for nonprofits while distinguishing themselves from the competition. Paul talked to host Rachel Hutchisson about  connecting people with their jobs and communities through purposeful business practices.

Listen to the interview to hear what Paul has to say about how he started Givewith, what companies can do to align their sourcing with their social impact programs, and how nonprofits can take advantage of the solutions and movement that Paul is helping to create.  

Topics Discussed in This Episode: 

  • Paul’s background as a social entrepreneur
  • Finding new sources of funding for CSR initiatives
  • Advice for companies looking to align sourcing and their social impact
  • How nonprofits can benefit from this funding stream
  • Examples of a successful business-nonprofit partnership that benefitted from creating social impact through the sourcing process
  • How the lines between business and nonprofit are blurring

Resources: 

Paul Polizzotto 

Givewith 

Article: 4 Core Attributes of Authentic Corporate Citizenship 

Quotes:  

“In my view, awareness is overrated. Action is never overrated. And awareness without action is a missed opportunity.” 

“I think there’s an opportunity to integrate social impact in sourcing and procurement that addresses a number of other business issues.” 

“The nonprofits start to really understand that their social impacts that they’re carrying out actually have business value that they didn’t understand.” 

Mar 5, 2020

What was the state of charitable giving last year? Now is the time to find out so you can benchmark your organization and boost your fundraising performance in 2020.

In a bit of a reversal this episode, host Steve McLaughlin is today’s guest. Steve sat down with Erin Duff from the Blackbaud Institute to talk about Blackbaud’s 2019 Charitable Giving Report, which tracks over $36 billion in U.S-based charitable giving from the Blackbaud Institute Index. Listen to the interview to hear Steve explain why it’s important to consider three-year trends, what the overall giving and online giving numbers mean for nonprofit strategy, and what the most important practice is for social good organizations to focus on in 2020.

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Why knowing the giving trends each year matters to the social good sector
  • How to use the data from the Charitable Giving Report
  • How philanthropy has weathered recent changes in variables that affect giving
  • The importance of measuring 3-year trends
  • Insights on online giving trends and strategies
  • Average gift amounts by subsector
  • How organizations should interpret and respond to retention rate figures
  • Why it’s important to keep an eye on global giving
  • The single most important practice for social good organizations to focus on 

Resources:

2019 Charitable Giving Report

Blackbaud Institute

Quotes: 

“This year, we’re not only showing year over year results, but we’re taking those thousands of organizations and those tens of billions of dollars in giving, and looking at it over a 3-year period of time.”

“In 2019, overall giving was up 1% on a year over year basis, but up over 5% on a 3-year trend basis.”

“Online giving continues to be less than 10% of overall fundraising, although we’re starting to see those numbers shift.”

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