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May 13, 2022

ESG (environment, social, and governance) is a hot topic amongst for-profit companies and investors, but is it important for nonprofits and other social good organizations too? Today's guest thinks so. Tim McClimon, principal consultant for The Celeste Group, which specializes in corporate social responsibility and nonprofit management strategies and programs, and former head of corporate social responsibility at American Express, joined Rachel Hutchisson to discuss why social good organizations should view ESG as an operating strategy and as a way of being more transparent and accountable to their employees, donors, beneficiaries, communities, and the planet. Rachel and Tim also talked about what nonprofits can learn from companies, including Blackbaud, and how companies can help increase the focus on ESG in the nonprofit sector.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What is ESG?
  • Why ESG isn't just for companies
  • Why nonprofits need to create strategies for climate and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Why higher education institutions have been paying more attention to sustainability
  • How funders can help nonprofits adopt ESG practices
  • The importance of transparency in social good organizations
  • Expectations for transparency and impact from the newest generation of employees
Apr 14, 2022

Join Meico Marquette Whitlock, founder and CEO of Mindful Techie, for an interactive training that will inspire you with mindful approaches for creating sustained balance in your life. Prepare to lower your stress level, focus on getting the important things done, and be more present for yourself, your team, and your family. Click here to listen to the full webinar from the Grantmaking Thought Leadership webinar series.

 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Wellness Survey report findings
  • Impact of the pandemic on wellbeing
  • How grantmakers will need to adapt
  • Setting boundaries

 

Resources:

Meico Marquette Whitlock

Wellness Survey

5 Ways Grantmakers Create Work- and Tech-Life Balance

 

Quotes:

"When it comes to preemption, we want to be focused on creating a culture of care (...) that we are building in strong work/life boundaries and not depending on the individual to create those boundaries."

"Addressing the organizational and institutional action of this is a longer term proposition."

"Many of us are making assumptions of what is required of us, but something that is actually not being expected of us."

Apr 7, 2022

Rachel Hutchisson is joined by Chris Jarvis, executive director of Realized Worth, to kick off our CSR Book Club Series with an article from Stanford Social Innovation Review called “Fixing the S in ESG.” Listen to learn more about quantifying social impact and what the future of S looks like.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Adapting to changes in world beliefs
  • What does S want to be?
  • Redefining what S means to include room for interpretation
  • Increased accountability puts words into actions
  • How consumers change their behavior according to company values

Resources:

Chris Jarvis

Rachel Hutchisson

Article: “Fixing the S in ESG”

Blackbaud Corporate Social Responsibility

Greater Washington Urban League Equity in Black and White Summit

Quotes:

“I think S should call us to move past the signaling to meaningful change that leads the next generation better.”

“You have to engage the people on the ground, the people in the community you’re trying to serve.”

“Between E, S, and G, S is the way to involve employees at any level, anywhere, anytime.”

Apr 4, 2022

Chantal Forster, executive director of the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG), discusses the top areas where grantmakers can make the most impact in 2022 and how technology can help them achieve that impact. 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Who are the members of TAG and how do they impact philanthropy?
  • The rise in the voices of the people we serve post-pandemic
  • TAG’s customer experience model
  • Effectiveness and frequency of surveys
  • Dependency of digital infrastructure
  • Dashboard elements that drive success

Resources:

Chantal Forster

Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG)

Webinar: The Rising Role of Technology—and the People Behind It—in Advancing Philanthropy's Mission

How to Fund Nonprofit Tech: A Guide for Funders and Nonprofits

Grant Advisor

 

Quotes:

“Imagine if the private sector only surveyed its customers every three years.”

“If philanthropy doesn’t invest in tech infrastructure, then you are enabling inequity.”

Mar 25, 2022
As we trend towards a sense of normalcy in 2022, the convenience and cost savings of remote audits are here to stay. Whether you began remote audits out of necessity during the pandemic or have been doing them for a while, join us and Paul Preziotti, CPA, nonprofit audit expert, and Partner with Johnson Lambert, for tips on preparing for and running a successful remote audit. You’ll leave knowing how to:

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

-Is a remote audit what your organization needs?
-Plan for what an auditor will need to see
-Create a strong audit trail with documentation, naming conventions, and accessible details
-Gather what you’ll need and provide secure access to your auditor

 

Resources:

Paul Preziotti, CPA

Webinar: Be Audit You Can Be, Remotely: Preparing and Running a Successful Remote Audit

Blog: The Final Step of the Nonprofit Audit: Presenting Financial Statements to your Board

 

Quotes:

"As the auditee, you have the ability to mold this relationship however you want it."

"I think [hybrid audits] are terrific and I think that could be a good solution for a lot of you that want the best of both worlds."

"If we have an audit that's beginning the first week of May, we want to be able to hit the ground running."

 

Mar 17, 2022

There are a lot of ways to think about how technology impacts things, as well as how different constituent types interact with it and the relationships that it helps them build. In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing recent research on how technology improves the relationship between schools and parents.

Joining the podcast today is Chuck English, of English Marketing Works, and Linda Lawrence, of Ransom Everglades. Listen to the episode to hear what they have to say about the key findings of the recent Blackbaud study show, the expectations that people have about the technology they interact with, and how the technology profile at Linda’s school came about.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode

  • Important and key findings of the study of how technology impacts the relationship between parents and schools
  • Linda’s perspective of the daily experiences between parents and technology at schools
  • Whether the current state of the world has made parents more willing to use this technology
  • Chuck’s experience of people's expectations of the technology they use and whether that’s changing.
  • How the technology portfolio at Linda’s school was developed
  • The perspective that Linda is examining technology from
  • The advice that Linda would give schools that have fewer technology resources, but are trying to move in that direction
  • How Linda’s school leadership helped make needed technological changes during the pandemic
  • A change that stands out in Linda’s mind that sticks out as something that’s here to stay
  • Changes Chuck is seeing with the organizations he works with that are here to stay
  • The extent to which parents drive technology offerings

 

Resources:

Chuck English

Linda Lawrence

Using Technology to Bridge the Value Gap in Private Schools

Moving Forward: Enriching the Parent Experience with a Focus on Technology

Infographic: K–12 Independent Schools Parent Survey

 

Quotes: 

“Technology has a huge impact on their experience as parents.” – Chuck English

“Parents have learned to become very nimble with what to expect, and we just find ways to ease into those situations at a moment’s notice.” –Linda Lawrence

“I think you develop alliances; you identify those super-users that can provide assistance.” –Linda Lawrence

Mar 10, 2022

What do you know about setting goals for yourself and your team and managing those goals? In today’s episode, you’ll hear an excerpt from the Skills UP webinar series. In it, you’ll hear Damaris Herron-Watkins discuss best practices for creating and managing your team’s goals. Listen in to hear what she has to say about the purpose of goal management, the different types of goals, and making goals SMART.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode

  • What A Better Chance does
  • The purpose of goal management
  • Why goals are important
  • Creating goals for yourself and your direct reports
  • Types of goals
    • Cascading goals
    • Agile goals
  • What to do when you set goals for your team
  • Making sure goals are motivating for your direct reports
  • What SMART means
  • How to make sure your goals are SMART
  • Why you should create between three and five goals
  • How to know if your goals are SMART
  • Manager’s goals

 

Resources:

Damaris Herron-Watkins

Skills UP Webinar Series

5 Keys for Achieving your Organization’s Goals 

 

Quotes: 

“A couple of reasons why goals are important is one, they help to prioritize your work and the work of your team.”

“When we’re creating goals for our team, like I said, you have to make sure you know what your goals are for the year.”

“SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.”

Mar 3, 2022

International Women’s Day is on March 8th, 2022, and it’s a good time to think about the state of women and girls worldwide, how current events may make violence and abuse even worse than they were, and how to move forward by empowering each other.

 

Today’s guest is Vesna Jaric, the Interim Chief of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Listen to the episode to learn about Vesna’s role at the Trust Fund and how current events affect the state of women and girls around the world.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Vesna’s role at the UN Trust Fund to end Violence Against Women
  • The state of women and girls around the world
  • How the pandemic has exacerbated violence against women
  • The universality of violence against women
  • How the organizations the UN Trust Fund is supporting has stepped in for women and girls
  • The lagging of representation and resources for organizations that address violence against women
  • How to increase resources for organizations that help women and girls
  • How listeners can follow the research that Vesna is involved in

 

Resources:

Vesna Jaric

Learning from Practice: The Impact of COVID-19 on Violence Against Women and Girls

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

SHINE

UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women on Twitter

UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women on Instagram

 

Quotes: 

“So far, the fund has supported more than 600 organizations in 140 countries and territories across the world.”

“I would argue that violence against women and girls is probably the oldest and most persistent problem the world is dealing with.”

“Women’s rights organizations have been the first responders.”

Feb 24, 2022
Many organizations are struggling to hire right now. Is there a way you can set yourself and your candidate up for success?

We are highlighting an excerpt from the Skills UP Webinar Series where Deb Taft, CEO of Lindauer Global, will be talking about the dynamics of hiring and how you can achieve success in effective retention. Listen to what she has to say about the Great Resignation, the rise of freelancers and gig workers, and the remote/in-person hybrid.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • Why talent is more complex than ever
  • The Great Resignation
  • Lack of loyalty
  • Freelancers and gig workers making up more of the workforce
  • 2020-21 Employee PTSD
  • Reevaluation of life and work, work/life balance
  • The remote/in-person hybrid recalibration
  • Multiple interviews.
  • Staying in communication with candidates
  • Tax laws and wages for remote workers
  • Pre-COVID norms have been profoundly changed
  • Expect disruptions and plan interventions

 

Resources:

Deb Taft

Skills Up FREE Webinar Series for nonprofit managers

The Future of Executive Search

To Attract Talented Fundraisers of Color, Get Your House in Order

CASE xChange Podcast; President and CEO Sue Cunningham interviews Lindauer CEO Deb Taft

4 Keys for Attracting, Hiring and Retaining a Successful Major Gift Team

 

Quotes: 

“I think one of the dynamics to think about is that there is very little loyalty.”

“So, hiring is on steroids, and if you are struggling to retain and hire, you are not alone.”

“I just need people to understand, that employees will choose you, talent will choose you, or not, depending on what’s possible.”

Feb 17, 2022

Public policy impacts decisions made around charitable giving. These policies can influence how people give, when they give, and how much they give. So what are the likely effects for 2022?

In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Brian Flahaven to learn how policies have impacted giving over the past few years and what’s ahead for the coming year. Listen in to hear what Brian has to say about his role in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and what they do, what current legislation is on the table, and whether Brian believes it will gain traction this year.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • What CASE does
  • How charitable giving has been impacted by change over the past couple of years
  • How current legislation can encourage donation
  • Whether Brian expects legislation that positively impacts giving to gain traction by the end of the year
  • Trends that CASE is seeing in giving to education
  • Call to action for listeners

 

Resources:

Brian Flahaven

Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report

 

Quotes: 

“Having an incentive there, sending that signal, will encourage more Americans hopefully to give even more to charitable organizations during these difficult times.”

“In the tax world, it’s pretty much been a partisan game over the past few years.”

“A lot of institutions are actually creating their own giving days.”

Jan 27, 2022
Do you need a mentor? Do you know what kind of mentor you need, or what you’re looking to gain from a mentoring relationship? In today’s episode, Tiffany Crumpton, Vice President of Renewals and Retention at Blackbaud and active member of Blackbaud's Senior Women's Community, joins the podcast to discuss mentorship. Listen in to learn about what mentorship means and how it differs from sponsorship, the different kinds of mentors out there, and how to get the most out of a mentor.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • How Tiffany defines mentoring and what it means to her
  • What sponsorship means
  • The different kinds of mentors
  • What to think about identifying a mentor
  • How to get the most out of a mentor
  • The importance of checking back in
  • One of Tiffany’s experiences with a mentor relationship

 

Resources:

Tiffany Crumpton

 

Quotes: 

“When you’re identifying a mentor, be really upfront with them about why you’re asking them, why you thought of that person.”

“I also believe that the best mentors are always mentees themselves.”

“Look for the type of sponsor you want, the gender doesn’t matter.”

Jan 13, 2022

Giving doesn’t stay static. As things change and more innovations become available, giving changes with it, and that’s true for the upcoming year too. Today, you’ll be hearing about some of the changes and giving and how social good organizations and donors are affected.

Sonia Nigam, Co-founder and CEO of Change, and Amar Shah, Co-founder and President of Change, discuss changes in online shopping, how social good organizations are adjusting to cryptocurrencies and NFTs, and what’s going to happen going forward in 2022

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • How the online giving landscape is changing
  • How the online shopping experience is changing
  • What is crypto is and how it’s used
  • The number of nonprofits accepting cryptocurrency
  • How many donors are interested in giving via cryptocurrency
  • What NFTs are and how it could be used in giving
  • How NFTs can become a bigger part of online strategies
  • What’s going to happen in giving in 2022
  • Advice for social good organizations
  • Convincing leaders and staffers to be willing to experiment
  • How listeners can learn more about what’s happening at Change

 

Resources:

Sonia Nigam

Amar Shah

Change Blog

 

Quotes: 

“I feel like one of the most interesting evolutions around giving today is how it’s becoming more experience-based.” –Sonia Nigam

“Social good’s really at the foundation of this ecosystem.” –Sonia Nigam

“I think one of the biggest things that’s going to continue is the increase in online giving, either via e-commerce or even via cryptocurrency.” –Amir Shah

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