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How a social enterprise is combining software with a human-centered approach

One goal of this show is to introduce you to leaders who are providing not just good products and services, but are providing those services in a unique way. Rob’s guests are based in the UK, and are considered in the UK as a community interest company, or CIC for short, which is the equivalent here in the US of a social enterprise business. They now have expanded into both Australia and the US, and they’re essentially a software company, but they have a desire to help people and nonprofits improve their service by providing a more compassionate way to help others.

Gary and Sarah Pettengell, leaders of ECINS

Rob’s guests today are Gary and Sarah Pettengell, leaders of ECINS, a company that provides software for case managers primarily, but are a social enterprise that seeks to provide smarter and more collaborative ways of working across the public and third sectors.

Gary and Sarah explain why collaboration is at the core of ECINS’ mission and why they believe people achieve more when they work together. They discuss their company’s experiences with cultural barriers and how they’re able to understand clients’ pain points and help find solutions to complex issues. They share how their background in law enforcement shaped the vision of who they want to serve through their business. They explain how their social enterprise is organized and the growth they’ve experienced, and how they have created a case management system that is hugely beneficial across three continents to help as many people as possible. Gary and Sarah talk about how ECINS has remained a self-sustaining organization, along with the leadership challenges they’ve encountered. They share how their own early struggles as a social enterprise influenced them to want to help nonprofits with similar problems and be able to respond quickly to an organization’s needs with no caveats or fine print. Finally, Gary and Sarah address what it’s like to work together as a married couple and why teamwork and passion about the work you’re doing can make all the difference! 

This show was sponsored by ECINS.

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What the science of fundraising is all about

There’s an art to fundraising but there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach for effective fundraising. At the same time, however, there is a science to why and how people give. In fact, there is a growing industry around the neuroscience of philanthropy and fundraising that helps us understand how people make decisions and what drives their behavior. Rob’s guest has many years of experience in the fundraising sector.

Rob’s guest today is Bill Crouch, the founder and CEO of BrightDot, which is a fundraising consultancy company that helps development professionals. One of the unique aspects of their approach is that they utilize the coaching and expertise of psychologists in their training of fundraising professionals.  

Bill explains the “95/5” rule and how statistics around donations and donors have changed as the gap between upper and lower income increases. He sheds light on why many nonprofits struggle to build trust and relationships with high wealth donors and why emotional intelligence training is key in addressing this issue. He also talks about the six touch points and brain science every development professional needs to know to connect with wealthy donors. Bill breaks down why donation matching is critical for nonprofits and the importance of having a mobile-friendly website and strong social media presence. He shares why nonprofits with smaller budgets should reach out for donated time and expertise, and also why it’s time for more organizations to learn about and leverage cryptocurrency. Finally, he discusses the impact of COVID on fundraising and how it’s now possible to ask for a million dollars on Zoom!

*This episode was sponsored by BrightDot Consulting

Links to Resources:

TheBrightDot National Fundraising Consultants:

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How Noggin and Sparkler Learning have come together to provide a critical learning opportunity for kids across this country in response to COVID

One of the pandemic’s biggest impacts on society has been on children’s social and emotional skills. All of the time spent in remote school or interacting from behind masks has been tough on developing brains and has resulted in a learning gap for this generation.

Luckily, a very creative initiative from several for-profits and nonprofits is working to address this issue. On today’s show, Michael Levine (Senior Vice President of Learning and Impact for Noggin) and Julia Levy (Executive Director of Sparkler Learning) are here to chat about this initiative. While Sparkler Learning is now an independent 501c3 nonprofit (and not owned by Noggin, nor Noggin’s primary nonprofit arm), together Noggin and Sparker Learning are bringing a critical learning opportunity for kids across this country.

They discuss:

*The initiative – Big Heart World – which Noggin and Sparkler are partnering on.

*How creativity and music really drive Big Heart World.

*Why they have sought to make this free, the research they did to identify the needs kids from low-income groups, and how they got the project funded.

*The power of music and why they decided to make Big Heart World music-based.

*How Julia built partnerships with other organizations that made Big Heart World possible.

*Factors like reach and impact that they looked for when finding partners.

*How people are responding so far and how they hope to grow the program’s audience.

*The biggest challenges people are facing right now that Big Heart World can help with.

*What kids and families have learned in the past year and a half.

Links to Resources:

Find out more about the initiative here

Contact the project here

Big Heart World’s Instagram

Find out more about Sparkler here

Find out more about Noggin here

Julia Levy
Michael Levine

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How can you improve your digital presence?

Every nonprofit needs to have an effective digital presence in today’s world. But how do you go about building your digital presence and what are the most important social media platforms? Is it Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram? And then beyond social media, how important is it for nonprofits to have their own videos as part of their overall social media strategy? Rob’s guest has grown his digital presence from literally nothing to now reaching 30 million people with some posts.

Rob’s guest today is Tom McGowan, CEO of All Things Good Company, whose mission is to show the good side of humanity and is a one-of-a-kind service, set out to find good things and share them in the world. 

Tom explains why All Good Things wants to elevate the nonprofit sector and how he worked to get eyes on his digital brand and help nonprofits do the same. He shares the nuts and bolts of building your social media base so you can tell your organization’s story. Tom also addresses ways to utilize video content even with little to no budget options. He breaks down how different platforms engage different demographics and why engaging your target audience is key. He discusses the value of social media advertising and other ways to promote your organization. Finally, Tom talks about how just a little bit of research got him a lot of celebrity coverage and how your nonprofit organization can too.

Links to Resources:

All Good Things Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allthingsgood/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllThingsGoodCompany

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllThingsGoodCo

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@allthingsgoodco

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7OR9D3pvT-TCeUs-beK5A

Website: https://www.theatgco.com/

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What you need to know about Gen Z and how to recruit them for your nonprofit

Sayan and Sohil Bhatia, founders of Start STEM Early

This is the third installment of the Emerging Leader Series featuring young, emerging nonprofit leaders who really want to invest their lives into making real change in our world. 

Rob’s guests today are Sayan and Sohil Bhatia, who’ve started their own nonprofit called Start STEM Early. Their goal is to advocate and provide STEM-focused programs, activities, and competitions to elementary and middle school students and teach them about unique STEM concepts.

Sayan and Sohil explain what motivated them to launch their organization and how they acquired funding and sponsorships so they can offer their programs free to students interested in STEM. They share why Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, is an inspiring leader and how his emphasis on free education has fueled the work they do. Sayan and Sohil give encouragement to emerging leaders by reminding them to take small steps toward what they’re passionate about instead of waiting for the perfect moment to go for what they want. They share what makes Gen Z so unique and why it’s important for nonprofit leaders to make a genuine effort to try different avenues when recruiting them. Finally, they describe what’s made Start STEM Early so successful, why they focus on interactive sessions and the vision they have for the organization over the next few years.         

Links to Resources:

Start STEM Early: https://www.startstemearly.org/

Contact: StartSTEMearly@outlook.com

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