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How to Lead Through a Crisis

Right now, everything seems to be in a constant state of fluidity. How are nonprofit leaders supposed to guide their organizations through these constantly changing conditions?

David Langiulli, certified professional coach, leadership trainer, and nonprofit board member

Rob’s guest today is David Langiulli, a certified professional coach, leadership trainer, and nonprofit board member. He specializes in mental fitness and has found unique ways to integrate that into his leadership training. David also leads Fundraising Leadership, an organization that helps grow nonprofit leaders. He believes that people, by nature, are always trying to fix and control everything in their life. The reality is, in the face of a global pandemic, there is so much in the world that is completely out of our control.

Even without a pandemic going on, being a leader creates a lot of stress. It is times like these that we need leaders with exceptionally strong mental fortitude. So much of leadership is about what goes on in a leader’s mind. David works to help leaders harness that stress for the greater good instead of allowing it to become destructive.

Links to Resources:
The Stoic Way of Leadership

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How do we overcome our growing divisiveness in today’s cultural context

There are so many challenges in our world today, whether they be economic, social, political, or otherwise. Additionally, there is a growing divisiveness in our own culture today. So what are we to do with our divisive environment?

My guest on the show believes it starts from within. My guest is Tim Shriver, who has been both CEO and Chairman of the Special Olympics for 25 years.

He works to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports. Tim’s mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver started the Special Olympics in 1968, and he will talk about what prompted her to first start the Special Olympics. He currently leads the International Board of Directors for the Special Olympics and serves together with over 5.6 million Special Olympics athletes in 172 countries. He serves on several well-known boards, has written a NY Times best selling book and produced 4 films.

Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, Inc.

The Special Olympics has created so many moments that bring people face-to-face with those with disabilities. These moments are not always quantifiable or measurable, but they have certainly changed millions of people’s lives for the better all over the world. In order to overcome this divisiveness in today’s culture, leaders must push for people to keep their hearts open. The ability to lead by example through showing acceptance is a superpower of all great leaders. With our hearts open, we can learn to accept anyone, no matter what their disability. There are beautiful things in all of us that are capable of shining a light of acceptance, and through that light, lead others to open up their hearts too and eventually change the world.

Links to Resources: Find out more about the Special Olympics at

This show is sponsored by CCPC, a humanitarian, community resource center, helping to meet people at their point of need.

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How to Emerge Out of Burnout to Sustainable Success

What happens when your company takes off but your rise to success is so rapid that it threatens to blow up your life?

Michael and Kathryn Redman

Rob’s guests today are Michael and Kathryn Redman. Michael and Kathryn have offered marketing and consulting services to small businesses and nonprofits for the past 18 years. In the process of growing their business, they grew so fast that success started to put too much pressure on their lives. Out of necessity, Michael and Kathryn found a more sustainable way to grow their company while still enjoying their lives!

Though they learned some hard lessons, Michael and Kathryn are now able to share those learning experiences with their clients so that they don’t have to hit the same road bumps!

Links to Resources:

Check out Michael and Kathryn’s book, Fulfilled, and learn how to balance your success!

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What Does Effective Advocacy Look Like in Today’s Nonprofits, Especially Now?

Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of The Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the American Heart Association.

Advocacy can be somewhat of a mine field in the nonprofit sector. There are many questions about how much an organization can do and what kinds of advocacy it should take part in.

Rob’s guest today is Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of The Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the American Heart Association. He has also served as Vice President and CMO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, where he was able to focus on worker and work site wellness, clinical prevention, and chronic disease management. Eduardo believes that advocacy starts with knowing the mission and reaching out to those that have the power to do what needs to get done. Advocacy is needed to make sure that nonprofits are not casualties of this crisis.

Links to Resources:

Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., American Heart Association

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

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It’s All About Impact

Here is a blog post that I wrote on the importance of demonstrating your impact as a nonprofit organization, and it was published by Fundraising Leadership on June 24, 2020.

I’ll never forget the day, my staff member, whose role is Latino Outreach, came into my office to let me know that a family who had lost everything in a fire had called our center in order to ask if we could provide them with a house full of furniture. They had lost everything in the fire, had no insurance and little means to replace their furniture. This is not an unusual request, in that our humanitarian center regularly helps people with all kinds of needs, whether that be food, clothes, furniture or mental health counseling.

What was unusual that day, was the fact that on the exact same day, we received a call from one of our regular donors. She wanted to donate a house full of furniture to our center. She knew that by giving us this furniture, we would normally turn around and sell these items through our thrift stores, which in turn directly supported our many outreach programs like our food pantry. Her furniture was very nice and would sell for a good price at our stores.

Before hanging up the phone, she asked if by chance we had a family who was in need of furniture. While she was fine giving it to us to sell through our stores, she would prefer it be given to a family who really needed it if there was someone who presented a need for it.

We couldn’t believe it. The timing was incredibly serendipitous. When these two calls came in on the same day, we knew that this family who had lost everything in a fire, needed to receive this exact furniture from our donor. We also knew that our donor would be thrilled to learn that her donation would go directly to help a family in need.

The day our team brought over the donated furniture to the family who lost everything through a fire, was the kind of day that nonprofits live for.

It is all about impact.

One of the most important questions that donors have is this; “What measurable impact will my gift have?” One of the best ways to demonstrate your impact is through a powerful story that illustrates your mission in action.

Demonstrating your impact as often as possible is absolutely critical for nonprofit organizations. One of the reasons this is the case, is illustrated by a recent article in, that stated no less than thirty five percent of Americans don’t have confidence in charities. This is especially true of millennials.

Many researchers who study the trends of millennials have pointed out the fact that they want to make a meaningful difference on today’s biggest global challenges and they are open to trying new strategies to make this happen, but they want to know, see and experience the impact that their money is having. They are not content simply to give  towards an organization and trust that their money is going to the programs they intended. They want to see and hear what kind of impact their giving is having.

So how can nonprofit organizations do this effectively? It starts by creating accountability through transparency. The more transparent an
organization is about their programs and services, the more accountability they create. The result of more accountability is more support from donors.

Nonprofits can demonstrate transparency by using technology to communicate the impact of their programs, even when the program doesn’t have the full intended impact. This could be in the form of a video, a picture, a blog or even a live feed of an event or experience the nonprofit is providing.

Trust is built when you provide transparency.

One of the most powerful examples of true transparency is sharing a “failure” of one of your programs. I’m reminded of a story from Charity Water, a large international nonprofit that provides clean water to the developing world. They had an event where they were unveiling a brand new well they had built and they were going to have this grand celebration streamed live online, as they turned on the water for the first time. The camera was set, the crowd had gathered and the moment came to turn on the water. It was a complete dud. The water did not emerge, gushing out as planned. In fact, the well didn’t work at all. And it was all captured live, on video for everyone to see.

Instead of cutting the live feed, they allowed this failure to be seen by all of their donors who were watching. They chose transparency over perfection. The trust they gained from their donors towards their organization after that event, sky-rocketed as a result.

Transparency builds trust.
Donors give in response to trust.

As a guest on my Nonprofit Leadership Podcast once said: “People give through a nonprofit not to a nonprofit.” People give through your organization in order to make an impact on the world. They give to your organization because they trust you. They continue to give to your organization, when you are able to show them the impact of their donation.

Next steps:

-How can you demonstrate your impact more effectively?

-What communication channels do you need to improve upon, in order to tell the story of your nonprofit better?

-What meaningful, hands-on volunteer opportunities could you invite your donors to engage with, especially your millennial supporters, that gives them a real-time experience to see how they are helping to make the world better?

It is all about impact.

View the published blog post on Fundraising Leadership’s site here.

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