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Now displaying: July, 2021
Jul 22, 2021

Over the past year and several months, change has been one of the few constants you can count on. Of course, change always happens eventually, but recently, everyone has been in a period of greater amounts of change than usual – and people are beginning to get fatigued. How can you prevent change burnout in your organization? By implementing change management.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Melissa Rancour, Principal Instructional Designer at Blackbaud University about why it’s important to talk about change management, the importance of the questions that need to be asked about change and what order to ask them in, and what to do with the questions once you know them.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Why it’s important to talk about change management
  • Why you need to do some change preparation
  • How to make change less exhausting
  • The right questions to ask about change
  • Why the order of questions is important
  • What to do with the questions once you have them
  • Whether change management needs to be done with every change

 

Resources:

Melissa Rancour

 

Quotes: 

“All those changes we’ve experienced over the last 14+ months, most of those have been quick changes with no prep. Change management means we need some prep.”

“If you go through the questions process it can help you know if that change is going to ripple into a bigger change.” 

“It’s because “what” impacts “when” something can happen.”

Jul 15, 2021

For years, the role of development operations teams has been perceived as a data and technology-focused position within the nonprofit world. As technology, nonprofits, and the way we fundraise has significantly changed over the last few decades, so has the role of the operations team. For organizations and leaders willing to evolve, this presents an incredible opportunity – both for the organization’s success and the individual’s advancement.

In today’s episode, Deb Taft, CEO of Lindauer and Luis Morales, senior director of information strategy at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, chat with guest host Ashley Sweeney of Blackbaud about the ways that today’s DBAs are adding value to the organization, how leaders can maximize this impact, and what operations team members should do to advance their career.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • The value that operational teams offer healthcare organizations
  • How leaders in the organization play a key role in the operation team’s value
  • Cross-functional teams
  • Why DBA is an important and interesting area to work right now
  • The different types of people needed to work in the area
  • Why you need to develop communication and relationship skills
  • How to think about diversity in donor and prospect pools
  • The evolution and opportunity of the role

 

Resources:

Deb Taft

Luis Morales

Promoting Your Value as a Database Administrator

Confessions of a Database Administrator

Confessions of a Database Administrator, Part II

Ashley’s Favorite Things

 

Quotes: 

“The value I see the operations team offering is collaboratively ensuring that our clients, their colleagues, have the context they need to make strategic data-driven decisions.”

“The value of the operations team is different and differently valued than it was years ago as a profound driver really of nonprofits and advancement results.”

“The operations team can create value by enriching conversations.”

“It’s about more than just filling requests and mailing lists and reports. We are the subject matter experts for the organization’s data, integrations, trends, etc.”

“I encourage my team to work as an internal consulting company with different business units in the foundation are our clients.”

Jul 8, 2021

How has the future of social good changed since COVID? Much of the answer has to do with how the pandemic impacted leaders in the nonprofit sector. Here to talk about it is Marc A. Pitman, founder and CEO of Concord Leadership Group. Listen in to hear what Marc has to say about the effects of uncertainty on nonprofit leadership, what needs to be left behind as leaders and organizations move forward, and what isn’t coming back post-pandemic.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • What leaders need to understand about where we are now
  • The effects of uncertainty on nonprofit leadership
  • Areas that need to be left behind in order to move forward
  • Letting donors make decisions for themselves
  • Fundraising without big events

 

Resources:

Marc A. Pitman

Blackbaud Institute npEXPERTS 2021 eBook

The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be by Marc A. Pitman

 

Quotes: 

“Anytime we start taking over the decision-making for someone else, we’re robbing them of their humanity.”

“Everybody was scared, but some leaders were able to continue navigating the ship, while other leaders were panicking in an unproductive way.”

“I hope we get over the butts-in-seats equals productivity mentality.”

Jul 1, 2021

Inclusivity matters. Diversity makes organizations stronger and better. So how do social good organizations engage donors of color? Joining the podcast today to talk about this issue are Brenda Asare, President and CEO of The Alford Group, and JoAnn Yoshimoto, Senior Consultant at The Alford Group. Listen to today’s show to hear what they have to say about why it’s important to engage donors of color, how to build trust with donors of color, and what you need to think about to understand different types of donors.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Brenda’s background
  • JoAnn’s background
  • Why engaging donors of color is so important
  • How to build trust with donors of color
  • Understanding different donors
  • What suggests hope for the future
  • Examples of how organizations are doing it right
  • What organizations can do to get started
  • Where listeners can get more information

 

Resources:

Brenda B. Asare

JoAnn Yoshimoto

The Alford Group

The Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy

AFP

 

Quotes: 

“When we go back and look at the genesis of what it means to be generous, people of color have been doing that all of their lives.” – Brenda Asare

“It's not as if there's one specific way to approach this community versus another community versus another community. Don’t use what we call a cookie-cutter approach, a one-size-fits-all.” – JoAnn Yoshimoto

“What I really dislike seeing in the field of fundraising is the smile that you put on when you're asking for a gift and then you turn your back and it's over. That's not how you create trust among diverse communities. You need to engage consistently, authentically.” – JoAnn Yoshimoto

“Fundraising doesn't happen in a bubble. It happens within a culture.” – Brenda Asare

“Nonprofits have the opportunity to create even more impact. But how can you do that when you are neglecting 30-40% of a population who have the capacity, desire, and readiness to give but you're not asking?” – Brenda Asare

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