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How can you turn a dysfunctional board into a healthy one?

The relationship between a nonprofit’s board and a nonprofit’s staff can often become the demise of many nonprofits. To start a healthy relationship for any nonprofit board, it’s crucial to have a solid and clear relationship between the CEO or Executive Director of a nonprofit, and its board, especially the Board Chair. Rob’s guest addresses how to turn a dysfunctional board into a healthy one. 

Rob’s guest today is James Mueller, who’s had extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and is the President of a consulting firm that works with nonprofit boards. James is also the author of a new book entitled Onboarding Champions: The Seven Recruiting Principles of Highly Effective Nonprofit Boards.

James Mueller

James shares what an effective and equitable board looks like and the first step to building one rooted in core values. He believes using criteria like how is one’s decision making, creative thinking, character and openness to a diverse culture as being critical for board selection rather than relying solely on business acumen. James explains why more nonprofits must draw a clear line between governance and management while providing education in board governance, strategic recruitment and robust onboarding. He recommends focused sessions that address a range of issues from diversity, equity and inclusion to fundraising, in order to prevent boards from becoming dysfunctional. Finally, James shares what conversations are really important to have for a healthy board, the core responsibilities of board leadership and why board members must shift their thinking from “you” to “we”.            

Links to Resources:

James Mueller

https://jmuellerassociates.com/

Onboarding Champions: The Seven Recruiting Principles of Highly Effective Nonprofit Boards

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QKY8HLW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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What are three key marketing principles that can really help grow your nonprofit?

Marketing is an area nonprofit leaders tend to underestimate when it comes to the impact effective marketing can have. What is the best model for growing your nonprofit through your marketing, which platforms are best suited for attracting and retaining new donors, and why is the Google Ad Grant such a great way for nonprofits to inexpensively expand their marketing? Rob’s guest is here to answer all of these questions by providing key learnings around nonprofit marketing as well as details about a Marketing Summit specifically designed for nonprofit organizations. 

Eric Linssen, Demand Generation at Community Boost

Rob’s guest today is Eric Linssen, who has the role of Demand Generation at Community Boost. Community Boost is a marketing company that works directly with around 200 nonprofits in almost every digital domain and helps them scale online revenue impact by managing Facebook and Instagram ads, providing education and support for Google Ad Grants, and also helps create content, SEO, website design, and building recurring giving programs.  

Eric breaks down details around Community Boost’s Nonprofit Marketing Summit and how it’s an excellent resource that provides tactical insights to nonprofit marketing you can implement immediately. He explains how COVID forced the event to move online but ultimately led to exponential growth, increasing their reach from 2500 nonprofits to over 10,000 organizations in just a few months. Eric also discusses why it’s important for nonprofits to measure how they’re enrolling, engaging and empowering stakeholders, and why Facebook and Instagram are the best social media platforms to build your online presence and attract more donors. Finally, he explains what Google Ad Grants are and why it’s worth it to research and prioritize this opportunity for your organization to earn up to $120K in free advertising!  

Links to Resources:

Community Boost

https://www.communityboost.org

Nonprofit Marketing Summit

https://www.nonprofitmarketingsummit.org/

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How one nonprofit helped to lead the effort for developing the vaccine in Brazil

Just like the US, Brazil was hit really hard with COVID, and the Lemann Foundation was instrumental in forming a coalition of leaders to figure out how they could develop and distribute, what became the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine that now has been deployed throughout the country. This foundation has been particularly successful at building coalitions of leaders from a wide range of sectors, including the government, for-profit and nonprofit sectors in order to address some of Brazil’s biggest challenges. They were also deeply involved in Brazil’s COVID response.

Lemann Foundation

Rob’s guest today is the first nonprofit leader from the country of Brazil to be on the show. Denis Mizne is the CEO of the Lemann Foundation, which is one of Brazil’s leading nonprofit foundations that led the way in transforming educational opportunities in Brazil. The Lemann Foundation’s mission is to make Brazil a more just and equitable place by guaranteeing access to high quality public education for Brazilians of all backgrounds, while supporting the development of leaders committed to the social transformation of Brazil.

Denis explains how the coalition was built and what led to its success, along with the role of nonprofits when it comes to solving complex problems and why facilitating dialogue is crucial, especially in a polarized political environment. He shares advice for other NGOs and nonprofits to leverage existing resources to tackle big issues by creating a plan, engaging stakeholders and monitoring where support is needed to help shift policies. Finally, Denis sheds light on the emotional and long term impacts of COVID, particularly for Brazil’s school-aged children, why it was vital to establish a national learning standard and the importance of improving school connectivity for the future of Brazil.    

Links to Resources:

Lemann Foundation: Website | Twitter | Linkedin

Denis Mizne: Linkedin

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Elizabeth Beisel, Three-Time Olympian Swimmer, Shares Her Story.

Every little swimmers’ goal is to stand on that podium at the Olympics, but it all starts with that first jump in the water and someone to show you how.

Elizabeth Beisel, three-time olympian swimmer and 2016 USA swim team captain

Rob’s guest is Elizabeth Beisel, a three-time olympian swimmer and the 2016 USA swim team captain. During her career, she won two Olympic medals and multiple world championships. Jumping into the pool for the first time at the age of five, it only took Elizabeth ten years to become an olympian. Over her grueling career, she learned that once you step on the blocks, it’s all about your mentality when you want to take it to that next level. Since retiring, she has turned her attention towards the nonprofit sector while continuing to keep her focus on swimming. Elizabeth was recently selected to serve on the USA Swimming Foundation board of directors. 

The USA Swimming Foundation provides grants to local clubs, and has donated $3 million in the past several years. Their hope is that they can remove the financial barrier that might stand between low-income families and learning how to swim. To do this, they must fundraise, which mostly consists of donors who are in or around the sport. Elizabeth knows that maintaining their donor and volunteer base is vital to maintaining a successful and stable nonprofit.

Links to Resources:
Check out the USA Swimming Foundation to make a difference!

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Hear about some of the latest trends in the nonprofit sector; some may surprise you.

You may have noticed a slow return to normal occurring, and with that return comes the opportunity to reflect back on this past year to see what we’ve learned from it. As you reflect, consider this question: What was one weakness in your organization that the COVID pandemic exposed? Or, on the flip side of that question—what was one strength that really stood out about your organization during the pandemic? 

Mark Hrywna, Senior Editor for The NonProfit Times

Rob’s guest today is Mark Hrywna, the Senior Editor for The NonProfit Times, who is constantly researching and writing about all things nonprofit. The NonProfit Times was established in 1987 in response to anything related to the business of running nonprofits, from human resources to fundraising. 

Mark understands the challenges so many nonprofits have endured due to COVID, and shares the welcomed trends that developed over the past year such as an increase in online donations and successful online and hybrid events, and whether these trends will continue. However, he also addresses the uncertainty some nonprofits, especially smaller regional organizations, face when it comes to financial stability and survival. Mark breaks down what’s in store for nonprofits if and when COVID subsides, and how the new normal will impact donations, hybrid work environments, and employee relations. He draws attention to how COVID actually highlighted strengths of nonprofits most people aren’t aware of, and why nonprofit leaders must consistently communicate and be visible to remain authentic with employees and keep them engaged. Finally, Mark describes what gives him hope for the nonprofit sector and the surprising impact nonprofits have on the economy.   

Links to Resources:

The NonProfit Times: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin  

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