Do you struggle with how best to advocate for those you serve? So do many in the nonprofit sector.
Today’s guest, Joanne Goldblum of the National Diaper Bank, is here to shed light on the importance of advocacy, specifically in the context of serving those poverty in the US.
In this episode, Joanne will discuss:
*Why the lower class in the United States bore the brunt of the pandemic and how the pandemic revealed the disparity between classes in this country.
*Why climbing out of poverty is so much harder than falling into it and examples of why it costs more to be poor.
*Examples of what the country got right when it comes to serving lower income communities during the pandemic and some causes for optimism.
*Joanne’s top issue contributing to poverty in the United States.
*Joanne’s current biggest leadership challenge at the National Diaper Bank.
*How many nonprofits struggled during the pandemic due to a lack of government funds and philanthropic donations.Advice for nonprofit leaders struggling to find a healthy balance for the right amount of advocacy to be involved in.The importance of advocating your causes to elected officials.
Telling your story as a nonprofit leader is absolutely critical and perhaps one of the most important aspects of your job as an Executive Director. So how best can you tell your story and what are the best mediums through which you can have the biggest impact?
Rob’s guest today is John Priddy, he is the CEO and co-founder of the Windrider Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to telling captivating stories. John is an entrepreneur and Peabody Award winning film producer, and along with his brother Ed, is also an executive producer of multiple award winning feature documentaries.
John recalls how the Windrider Institute has been inspired by the Sundance Film Festival, and has served as a showcase for transformational and sometimes unseen stories of various nonprofit organizations. He shares about Windrider’s special partnership with Sundance and sheds light on Sundance Labs, along with the heavy lifting they do to support films that impact change. He also points out how independent films are similar to nonprofits in how they are supported and organized. Windrider’s successful revenue generating model is highlighted as John explains more about his goals for growing and expanding Windrider over the next few years. Finally, he emphasizes the power of not only sharing a compelling story with the public—but a reminder to share your story amongst your staff and board members which will keep your organization engaged and motivated.
It’s been 18 months since COVID first began to sweep across America. Guests on this show have shared their insights as to what they saw from their own organizations and what they learned as they interacted with leaders around the country. Rob’s guest today is both a consultant and a podcast host, and as such he’s in a unique position to provide interesting reflections and insights as to what the state of nonprofits are today.
Rob’s guest today is Dr. Patton McDowell, who founded PMA Consulting. Through his work, he has seen firsthand some of the nonprofits that are really struggling to survive COVID and its impact on organizations. Sadly, he believes that possibly as high as 25% of current nonprofits will not make it. However, thankfully, overall he’s witnessed more positive signs for the nonprofit sector and believes that COVID has also created new and creative options for them thrive.
Dr. McDowell describes the resiliency he’s witnessed within the nonprofit sector and how leaders must now face the challenge of turnover and the residual stress of the pandemic. He also explains why some nonprofits may not survive because of the lack of funding without significantly investing in more collaboration and partnerships. On a more positive note, he shares how COVID has reignited board engagement for many organizations and breaks down both the positive and negative long term effects COVID has had on nonprofit organizations such as proximity, hybrid work schedules and talent pools. Finally, Dr. McDowell shares the leadership challenges his own organization must address, why he’s excited about the increased demand for their coaching and talks a bit about his own podcast.
Dr. McDowell has a new book coming out at the end of the year. Stay tuned for that.
This is the second episode of the Emerging Young Leaders Series about young emerging nonprofit leaders who really want to invest their lives into making real change in our world. Rob’s guest shares how they’re making their world better by helping more kids access computers, get coding training and prepare them for the future.
Rob’s guest today is Robbie Khazan. He is 17 years old and started Kiddo Byte, a student-run nonprofit organization based in the Boston area. They offer free computer science classes to children who would not otherwise have access to such classes. Now their mission is to give all children an opportunity to experience the magic of coding, regardless of their ability to pay.
Robbie discusses why he specifically wanted to create an organization focused on coding and how Kiddo Byte provides free services through funding from various donors and sponsorship grants. He talks about Kiddo Byte’s recent expansion into other cities and breaks down their marketing approach, class structure and his hopes for Kiddo Byte’s future. Robbie also explains why Kiddo Byte’s mission centers on providing free and equitable access to kids across the country, and how he’s passed his passion and vision to other members to keep Kiddo Byte thriving even after he heads to college. Finally, Robbie shares why he chose to launch underneath the umbrella of another nonprofit organization and why he recommends this structure for those who are thinking about starting their own nonprofit.
Leadership is hard, period. What can make it even more difficult is when those in leadership positions leave and a new staff person has to follow someone who has been in that role for a long time. If that person was the founder of an organization, it’s an even bigger challenge. In fact, there’s a term for this, it’s called “founder’s syndrome”, which has doomed many nonprofits and for-profit businesses. So how does one make a healthy and effective transition in the CEO, Executive Director role? How does that new Executive Leader go about moving forward with innovation and new ideas, while at the same time preserving the core values that have sustained the organization for years?
Rob’s guest today is Kyle Waide, the current president and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) is one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the country and has about 170 staff, with a cash budget around $40 million a year. It’s part of the Feeding America network of 200 member food banks that serve every county in the United States and provides food and other essential grocery items to a network of about 600 community partners across 29 counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Through that network of partners, ACFB will provide the equivalent of about 100 million meals worth of food to roughly 750,000 people this year.
Kyle discusses his leadership style and how his predecessor really shaped the values of the company as well as inspired him to not only maintain continuity, but help his team take on new opportunities with more focus and collaboration. He shares why ACFB’s hiring process centers on finding people that embrace the company’s core values, culture and mission. Also, he explains what food insecurity means and how his team gets to the root of the issues causing food insecurity so they can truly be a resource for the community and the people they serve. He goes on to describe the leaders who have impacted him the most and how he’s navigated the challenge of preserving the legacy of leadership that he inherited over the past 6 years. Finally, Kyle sheds light on how ACFB plans to sustain their current level of activity so they can continue distributing food to those in need and keep their organization financially stable and energized.