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Nonprofit Leadership Podcasts

How Millennials Are Impacting How We Lead

There are so many different challenges facing the nonprofit sector today. One of those is how nonprofit organizations can recruit and retain millennials for the long haul.

Rhea Wong, host of the Nonprofit Lowdown Podcast

Studies show that millennials are seeking a better work-life balance, which has led to a movement towards the “gig-based” economy when it comes to nonprofits. While compensation is important, the millennial generation is especially value-driven, looking to really make a difference with their lives where they work. That’s why many of them are making the move into the nonprofit sector. However, one of the challenges facing the nonprofit sector when recruiting millennials is the fact that nonprofit organizations usually do not pay as well as for-profit companies. So how are nonprofits going to respond to this changing environment?

Rob’s guest today is Rhea Wong, someone who has felt the wear and tear of the high-responsibility, low-pay culture of the nonprofit sector. Rhea has over a decade of experience as an Executive Director, focusing on scaling up nonprofits in the education management industry. She also hosts the Nonprofit Lowdown Podcast. Rhea has made a switch over to the consulting side of the sector, helping nonprofits increase their impact on communities, as well as helping the sector as a whole move into the modern-day world. It is important to have a happy and healthy work-life balance, and if the nonprofit sector hopes to continue recruiting the best and brightest of this next generation, then it needs to be able to raise the resources necessary to support that balance for its employees.

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Check out Rhea’s work and her podcast on her website: https://www.rheawong.com/

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Why Mark Kennedy Shriver Has Dedicated Himself to Serve Children in Poverty

Mark Kennedy Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network and Senior VP of US Programs and Advocacy of Save the Children

Many politicians will say that children are our future, but when push comes to shove, how many really invest what is needed to make that future a reality?

Rob’s guest today, Mark Kennedy Shriver, has dedicated his life to this cause. Mark has had a successful career up to this point, serving as a Member of the Maryland House of Delegates for 8 years. After working in the government, Mark decided to become involved in the nonprofit sector. In 2003 he dedicated himself to the organization, Save The Children. Since 2014, he has served as president of Save The Children Action Network as well as the Senior VP of US Programs and Advocacy of Save The Children. From his experience in the government sector to the nonprofit sector, Mark has continued to serve his community and his country by making it his personal goal to get everyone to invest in the future of our children.

Save The Children first opened its doors in England back in 1919 and eventually made its way to the US in the 1930s with the goal of helping those children affected by the Great Depression. With a focus on the needs of children before, during, and after disasters, Save The Children has had great success at the legislative level by getting government leaders and corporations to invest in making an impact. Slowly but surely, they are creating a movement across the country with the hope of reaching every child in need.

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Go to Save The Children to make your impact!

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Carly Fiorina’s Insights On Leadership

One of the most important parts of being a great leader is having an innate ability to solve both simple and complex problems.

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard

Rob’s guest on the show is Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard and a former presidential candidate. Carly started the Unlocking Potential Foundation, a nonprofit focused on providing leaders with the tools necessary to sharpen and strengthen their problem-solving skills. She saw the lack of investment in the nonprofit world and decided to invest her leadership experience into this sector. Throughout her career as a leader, Carly has often been faced with the problem of separating management from leadership. What she has found is that whether you’re working at the top or the bottom, in a for-profit or nonprofit, leadership is always the same; acting as a catalyst for positive change. After all, a true leader is focused on collaborating with others in order to create a positive impact.

At Hewlett Packard, Carly was brought in to preserve what was working and reinvent what was not working. Coming into a company that had already been successful, Carly faced the challenge of sparking change in the face of the overwhelmingly powerful status quo. Being the first outsider, first non-engineer, and first woman to serve as CEO of the company, Carly faced a difficult amount of scrutiny. Through it all, she learned valuable leadership lessons.

Enjoy the show.

Links to Resources:
Hewlett Packard
Unlocking Potential Foundation

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How to Create Effective Systemic Change in Our Communities

Heather McLeod Grant, co-founder of Open Impact

The challenges facing today’s society are so large that nonprofits alone cannot solve them. That is why it is so important for nonprofit leaders to collaborate with each other as well as with both the government and private sector, in order to take on these growing issues. Rob’s guest today, Heather McLeod Grant, is the co-founder of Open Impact, as well as an author, speaker, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience working to create systemic change. In her new book, Leading Systems Change, Open Impact conducted a research study in two counties in California. Her findings showed just how disconnected the nonprofits have been in that area, both horizontally and vertically. At the same time, their initial findings showed an appetite and momentum for change from the new leaders.

Open Impact, a social impact advising firm, was able to bring together an incredibly diverse group of leaders and put them through six months of intensive leadership training. Through tracking different levels such as individual leadership, networking, and the systems that they were embedded in, they were able to see a massive rise in collaborations amongst different sectors.

Enjoy today’s show.

Links to Resources:
James Irvine Foundation
Download Heather’s new book, Leading Systems Change, for free!
Forces For Good
Open Impact

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Learn About a Company Making It Easier to Give to Nonprofits Through Planned Giving

When it comes to sustaining long-term success for nonprofits, planned giving is a critical component. Designating nonprofits in your will is one of the best things that you can leave behind, and Rob’s guest today, Patrick Schmitt, is making it easier than ever. Patrick, along with Jenny Xia Spradling, co-founded FreeWill, a company created to help you write your will and provide guidance on where you want your money to go after you die. It’s their goal to make estate planning warm, accessible, and completely free.

Patrick Schmitt and Jenny Xia,
Co-Founders of FreeWill

FreeWill is an award-winning social venture founded by these two graduate students of Stanford University in 2016, with the help and support of many of the world’s leading experts in law, design, and philanthropy. It is an online platform that makes estate planning incredibly easy for individuals. Whilst many will prefer to do so through https://www.essaylibrown.com/ and similar services, this opens up the market for those who may not normally make use of such services. When people plan their estate through FreeWill, they are six times more likely to leave money for charities and nonprofits. Through partnering with nonprofits, FreeWill can help make custom websites and avenues to donate. Through careful planning and an environment of giving, FreeWill has already helped donate almost $1 billion to nonprofits and charities. When people near the end of their lives or even when they hit retirement age, some will want to contribute to charities that they feel passionate about but were not able to previously give much to them. The right retirement plan can help you out with what you want out of your retirement income and how you want to handle it when the time comes, checking out sites such as SoFi will be of great benefit to those who need to make that decision at any age.

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See how you can make a difference after you go with FreeWill!

Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn!

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