AMERICA’S WEEKLY SHOW FOR NONPROFITS

The experts weigh in with Jarrett Ransom, host of NPO Talk Show.  Each episode connects nonprofit thought leaders, change makers and organizations across the globe doing amazing work.  Learn how to create meaningful achievements, motivate stakeholders and engage donors.  Ask each week’s guest about the latest fundraising trend or simply how to pivot towards new challenges.  This may be the most valuable 30 minutes of your week!

Meet the host of NPO Talk Show Jarrett Ransom.  Known as the “Nonprofit Nerd,” Jarrett is a nationally recognized author, speaker and CEO of the Rayvan Group.  Jarrett brings high energy and a dedication to the nonprofit sector.  In each episode of NPO Talk Show Jarrett leads a focused discussion that entertains, enlightens and engages nonprofits across the globe.  Tune in or view an archived episode of NPO Talk Show and get inspired!

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EPISODE 1    SOLD!  SOLD!  SOLD!

with guest Bobby D. Ehlert, CEO of Call to Auction

What is IN and what is OUT when it comes to benefit fundraising auctions.  Get the latest details on what is working in the from World Champion Auctioneer Bobby D.   As one of only 200 Benefit Auctioneers in the nation, Bobby D. is a hot talent whose fast talking takes him around the world raising millions of dollars!  He has an insider’s view of how donors make decisions to invest in a nonprofit and it might surprise you what makes them choose where to put their money.

EPISODE 2    MAKING MONEY PADDLE BY PADDLE

with guest Erin Ward, CEO of Inspire Heart Fundraising

Fund-A-Need, Paddle Raise or any other name that gets your event guests spending money is a huge trend.  For those patrons who are not dazzled by silent auction items, or squeezed out from super high-priced live auctions, the paddle call is a straight forward way to raise money.  The concept might be a bit daunting and new to some nonprofits but Auction specialist Erin Ward explains how the process works and WHY it works!

EPISODE 3    CHARMING YOUR NONPROFIT COMMUNITY

with guest Kay McDonald, CEO of Charity Charms

As a child, Kay McDonald was fascinated by her Grandmother’s charm bracelet.  Each ornament told a story!  Expanding on the notion of wearing stories, Kay took the idea of branding nonprofits via charms.  A national expert in cause marketing, Kay works with nonprofits worldwide to help them share their story in a unique way.  From thanking volunteers to celebrating milestones, Charity Charms has led the way with an innovative way to bringing attention to nonprofits.

EPISODE 4    IS YOUR BOARD STRONG & SUSTAINABLE?

with guest Michael G. Daigneault, CEO of Quantum Governance

Everyone buzzes about governance, but what does it really mean?  Learn from Michael Daigneault what makes a Board strong at governing and how it actually works.  From the legal aspect to leadership to the every day pro forma of working on Board compliance, Michael discusses strategies that will make your nonprofit function at a higher level with outcomes that drive sustainability.

EPISODE 5    DON’T BE LAZY – GET A LIAISON

with guest Julia C. Patrick, CEO of American Nonprofit Academy

If you are serving on a Board without a Board Liaison, your job is 100% harder, according to Julia C. Patrick of the American Nonprofit Academy.  Learn about the critical management piece to well functioning Boards.  Get ideas on how Board Liaisons work, what their tasks are and how much time it takes to get the job done.  Once you are on a Board with an effective Board Liaison, you’ll never join a Board without one!

EPISODE 6    HAVE YOU LAWYERED UP YET?

with guest Laura Lo Bianco, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Boards who don’t have a lawyer on their boat might face some rough seas or even sink.  Learn from attorney Laura Lo Bianco why a lawyer on your Board of Directors is a good idea.  Better yet, Laura discusses what type of lawyers will help guide your nonprofit.  As an attorney who specializes in nonprofit organizations from formation, mergers and acquisitions, Laura Lo Bianco has seen it all and is ready to share her insights.

EPISODE 7    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE:  BUSINESS OR BUST

with guest Kate Thoene of Social Enterprise Alliance

Social enterprise is a favorite topic in nonprofit circles.  Could running a business that profits enough to support a nonprofit actually work?  From thrift stores to restaurants and everything in between, nonprofits are getting into the for-profit side of things.  But, budding entrepreneurs beware!  There is a lot of work to be done if you want to make money.  And, it all has to be done on top of your nonprofit day job.

EPISODE 8   DONORS WANT TO BE SMART ABOUT GIVING

with guest Brandon Stec, Director of Marketing at GiveSmart

There is better way to get donors involved?  There is a better way to process the donor experience at events?  “Yes!” says Brandon Stec.  Hear how Community Brands and their Give Smart platform is actually making the donor journey stronger and more reliable.   Data can drive results and if you know how your donors are engaging at your events planning makes more sense.  Brandon talks about the process of navigating the donor experience at events and making the event more successful for all involved.

EPISODE 9    BE A DONOR DATA MASTER

with guest Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer of Bloomerang

Donor management software should be a key element of your nonprofit process.  But, all to often, nonprofits are content with simple spreadsheets.  Learn from Steven Shattuck, a nationally known nonprofit data guru about the ways your team can manage donor data.  It’s okay to admit you are keeping all your donor details in a coffee-stained folder, just be ready to get on board with a new plan.

EPISODE 10    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MAJOR GIFTS ARE NOT CASH

with guest Nicole K. Ball, Vice President, Nonprofit Consultant, Bank of America

A lot of money and major gifts are flowing to nonprofits.  However, you might be surprised that when it comes to to wealthy donors, planned giving and bequests, cash is not king.  In fact, as Nicole K. Ball with Bank of America explains less than 10% of gifts involve cash.  So what does a nonprofit do when it comes to accepting major gifts such as art, real estate and stocks or bonds?  There is an art to understanding how to work with wealthy donors who may have different ideas of how their estates can impact your nonprofit.

EPISODE 11    HOW MUCH IS IT COSTING YOU TO OPERATE?

with guest Eric Fraint, President and Founder, Your Part-Time Controller

All too often we hear the cost of operations discussed in relationship to dollars spent on programming.  In a lot of instances, the cost of operations can appear to make a nonprofit low-performing.  Eric Fraint, CPA discusses how and why nonprofits need to reframe their cost of operations.  With new approaches to understanding what it takes to run a successful nonprofit, Eric believes it is time for nonprofits to stop apologizing and start explaining.

EPISODE 12    WHAT’S IN A PLAN?  MONEY!

with guest Tiffany House, CAP, Gift Planning Consultant

Donors who think that their Last Will and Testament is a secure and done deal, need to think again.  So do nonprofit organizations who “think” they know what bequests have been directed.  Tiffany House discusses the process to building strong alliances with donors who are planning their estates and how nonprofits can be strong advocates of building relationships that will honor their donors wishes.  The planning and execution of a donor’s estate can be tricky, but ultimately a win-win for everyone!

EPISODE 13    THE INSIDER’S EVENT MANAGEMENT

with guest Michelle Mason, Event Prep

How many nonprofits can say they can get away without events.  From raising money, hosting Board retreats to staff trainings, nonprofits often find themselves in the event business.  Guest Michelle Mason a veteran of the event business shares her insights into how venues, resorts and hotels manage their event space.  She also gives all the details on how using intermediary event planners can save loads of money and ultimately save your sanity.

EPISODE 14    WORKING WITH WEALTHY DONORS

with guest Matthew Laufman, Senior VP, Philanthropic Solutions, Bank of America

Wealthy donors often make their fortunes via investments.  So, it makes sense that wealthy donors look to nonprofit investments as well.  Instead of giving away their hard earned money, wealthy donors are searching for meaningful investments that impact the nonprofit sector.  Matthew Laufman, Senior VP of Philanthropic Solutions for Bank of America discusses trends in wealth management with a view towards stewardship of significant nonprofit gifts.

EPISODE 15    CLEANING UP AND MOVING UP!

with guest Amber Ehrlich, KonMari Consultant, The Tidy Bungalow

Is your messy office and workspace making you feel like a hot mess?  Amber Ehrlich, a Certified KonMari Consultant has simple, logical and effective methods to de-clutter your workspace so you can de-clutter your mind.  She even has an approach to email management that we think is fabulous!  Get your space cleaned up so you can do your best work and feel free from the stress of stuff.

EPISODE 16    OPEN THE DOOR TO WORKING FROM HOME

with guest Skye Mercer, HR Expert, Skye HR Consulting

Is your work environment so hectic that often times you can get more done at home?  You are not alone.  Skye Mercer talks about the navigation of working from home and how to manage the process.  From planned WFH days spent writing reports, to understanding the office politics of who gets to work from home, Skye offers specific methods and ideas on how to get the maximum benefit of this new work environment.

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