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What Are the Greatest Challenges Facing Nonprofits Today?

Nonprofits are always facing unique challenges, but since COVID-19 hit the world, they are facing financial challenges like never before.

Rob’s guest today is David O’Brien, the author of Building Smart Nonprofits: A Roadmap for Mission Success. In his book, David interviews over 60 leaders in the nonprofit industry, gathering input from leaders, funders, service providers, and more. David has seen first-hand that nonprofit leaders are facing financial challenges unlike any that they’ve faced before. He knows that it’s time for the entire sector to make a change with how it structures its funding model.

As the trends of charity-giving have steadily dropped over the last few years, the nonprofit sector has hit a point where it needs to be restructured, and David believes it has already started. Many of the problems that nonprofits face today require input from multiple perspectives in order to find the right solution. All that being said, as a result of his research, David is very confident that the nonprofit sector will find its way through these challenges to success.

Links to Resources:

Roca (Nonprofit)

The Last Mile (Nonprofit)

David O’Brien: Book | Email

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The Impact of COVID-19 Internationally and What One Nonprofit is Doing About It

Maybe the most unfortunate part about COVID-19 has been its reach. This pandemic is a global one and because of that, people all over the world are feeling the effects.

Dr. Mohamed Ashmawey, the CEO of Human Appeal

Rob’s guest today is Dr. Mohamed Ashmawey, the CEO of Human Appeal, a humanitarian development charity that is working to provide aid to those who need it all over the world. With a background in corporations all over the world, Dr. Ashmawey can see from a plethora of different perspectives which helps him when working with a wide variety of different cultures. He knows that both the corporate and nonprofit sectors can learn from each other and that the need for effective and efficient leadership skills is more important than ever. If Dr. Ashmawey could teach leadership around the world one lesson, it would be that change is inevitable, so do not fear it. Instead, adapt to that change.

Launching in 1991, Human Appeal is an international humanitarian and development charity that started in Manchester, England. With 29 years’ of experience, working in 17 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East to alleviate poverty, they have become highly respected for working in some of the most dangerous and hostile places in the world; from Yemen, to Syria and Somalia. They also provide services in Macedonia, Sri Lanka and South East Asian, Myanmar, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, Palestine, Kashmeer, Lebanon and Turkey.

Links to Resources:
Human Appeal

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How One Nonprofit is Effectively Transitioning In-Person Events to Online and Hybrid Events

COVID-19 has wrecked the main source of donations for many nonprofits, that being, in-person fundraising events. How are nonprofit leaders meeting this challenge head-on?

Doug Ulman, President and CEO of Pelotonia

Rob’s guest today is Doug Ulman, the President and CEO of Pelotonia, a 3-day cycling event that aims to raise funds for cancer research. Doug was diagnosed with cancer when he was in college, and like most, he was caught off-guard. That life shift led him to aim his efforts at making a difference for those affected by cancer because everyone is in one way or another. Just like other nonprofits and businesses around the world, COVID-19 has brought new challenges to Pelotonia that Doug is currently working to battle right now.

Founded back in 2008, Pelotonia has been able to raise over $207M in only it’s first 11 rides. This event gives communities a chance to mobilize, volunteer, and fight cancer together. Right now, Pelotonia is working on transferring its fundraiser to an online one while simultaneously planning for an in-person event next year. Now more than ever, leaders in the nonprofit sector must become innovative with how they plan their traditionally in-person fundraising events to continue to help those in need!

Links to Resources:

Pelotonia: Website Instagram

Doug Ulman: Twitter Instagram Facebook

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What is a B Corp and What Impact Are They Having on Nonprofits?

Ask yourself this question: do I consider a company’s stance on various issues before I decide to purchase its product or service?

Chris Marquis, the professor of Global Sustainable Enterprise at Cornell University

Rob’s guest today is Chris Marquis, the professor of Global Sustainable Enterprise at Cornell University and author of Better Business. In his book, Chris outlines how B Corporations are remaking capitalism before our very eyes. B Corps believe in a new triple bottom line: people, planet, and profits. Through a nonprofit called The B Lab, these corporations are verified all over the world in an attempt to shift the business landscape into one that is more socially responsible.

B Corps are defined as companies that balance profit and purpose through social and environmental performance. These verified corporations work to be managed as responsibly as possible to achieve a social mission through business. Right now, over 90% of millennials and 64% of consumers overall consider themselves to be belief-driven buyers. In a time when social consciousness is at an all-time high, it is more important than ever for industry leaders to use their positions of power to change the world for the better!

Links to Resources:

She Geeks Out

Practice Makes Perfect

B Corporation

Chris Marquis: Website Book

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How To Dream Big and Relentlessly Pursue Your Vision

In the midst of a world pandemic, it is more necessary than ever for nonprofit leadership in the United States to be creative with how they go about their fundraising.

 Brittany Hebert Franklin, Founder and CEO of Sky High for Kids

Rob’s guest today, Brittany Hebert Franklin, is the Founder and CEO of Sky High for Kids, an organization that works to save children from childhood cancer and other early-life threatening conditions. Brittany has been able to battle the fundraising challenges presented by COVID by staying innovative and creative with her tactics and strategies. She understands that to achieve her goal of beating childhood cancer in a world filled with chaos, Sky High for Kids must be bold in their decisions.

Childhood cancer is the number-1 cause of death for children in the United States today. Roughly 16,000 children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer every single year. Brittany started Sky High for Kids in college with the goal of eliminating childhood cancer from the world, and she knows that she can never give up in that battle. There are a ton of ways to get involved in this battle, so reach out to see how you can help in the fight against childhood cancer today!

Links to Resources:
Hematology Center | Texas Children’s Hospital

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Ronald Mcdonald House of Memphis

Sky High for Kids: Website Instagram Facebook

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