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October 30, 2020

9 of the Best Podcasts for Nonprofits

You can learn a lot about running a nonprofit from books, magazines and websites, but there is another way to gain valuable insights. Listening. Listen to leaders talk about their successes, failures and lessons learned.  

That’s where podcasts come in — and in the nonprofit world, there are lots to choose from. Thanks to Will Schmidt of online fundraising site Classy.org for rounding up nine of the best that we are re-posting below.


1. The Stanford Social Innovation Review Podcast

The Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is popular across the social sector for its strong print articles, digital posts and webinars. Its podcast contributes to the sterling reputation SSIR has for providing informative content created by, and for, leaders across such topics as human rights, impact investing and nonprofit business models. Co-hosted by Eric Nee, editor in chief of SSIR, the podcast is designed as a TED-style talk that seeks to educate and inspire its listeners.


2. Hubcast

The NonprofitHub community is dedicated to giving nonprofits tools and information to operate at their peak and serve their communities to the fullest. They aim to help organizations increase their fundraising revenue, prioritize branding, and understand the power of self-investment. Executive director Randy Hawthorne carries this mindset into their podcast episodes as he dives headfirst into content designed to help you operate at your peak and serve your community to the fullest.


3. The Tim Ferriss Show

Often ranked as top dog in the podcast world, The Tim Ferriss Show welcomes high-caliber guests who may not appear relevant to an audience of nonprofit professionals at first glance. However, Ferriss (author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”) is adamant about identifying, extracting, and communicating their secrets of success to his audience with the goal to provide tactics, tools, and routines you can implement. In that light, his long-form, “raw”interviews contain countless golden nuggets for nonprofits to take back to the office and increase productivity, company culture, work-life balance, and so much more.


4. First Day Podcast

Short, sweet, and to the point: that’s the model Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy uses for its podcast. Each episode is about 10 minutes long but jam-packed with the most current news and research for nonprofit professionals to take their fundraising to the next level.


5. Nonprofits Are Messy, the Podcast

Joan Garry and her team decided to create the Nonprofits Are Messy podcast to better serve the readers of their blog, because they identified a need to dig into more detail than the written word could offer. Each 40- to 50-minute episode is focused on providing deep dives into difficult topics, personal perspectives on strategies, and best practices from high-profile individuals in the social sector.


6. The Nonprofit Leadership Podcast

Hosted by Dr. Rob Harter, The Nonprofit Leadership Podcast: Making Your World Better features discussions around trends, issues and opportunities facing nonprofit professionals and individuals embedded in the social sector. The goal of this podcast is to show you what it takes to be an effective nonprofit leader by sharing real-world stories and strategies from the people and organizations making a strong impact.


7. The Growth Show

Produced by HubSpot and led by Meghan Keaney Anderson, the company’s vice president of marketing, The Growth Show focuses entirely on growth. Every episode is curated to showcase inspiring stories behind how people grow businesses, ideas, or movements. While the focus is primarily on for-profit businesses, the insights discussed are highly applicable to nonprofits interested in growing their own brand, audience, mission, and impact.


8. Impact Boom

Each week ImpactBoom invites top social innovators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, designers, educators, thinkers, and doers onto their show to share their stories and inspiration. Everything discussed is focused on creating a lasting positive social and environmental change. If it can help you maximize your impact, they’ll make sure you hear about it.


9. The Classy Podcast

The Classy Podcast tells the stories of today’s leading founders and executives in the social sector. The podcast showcases their expertise in an effort to help other nonprofits level up areas like donor retention, marketing, growth and more. Notable guests include representatives from Shriners Hospitals for Children, Team Rubicon, Teach for America, Charity: Water, and Charity Navigator.


Read the original post on Classy.org