Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications
About This Show
Joan Garry: Nonprofit Leader and former Executive Director of GLAAD helps fellow CEOs, Boards and Board Chairs, Fundraisers, and Nonprofit Marketers.
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Ep 43: Nonprofits, Storytelling, and ‘This American Life’ (Alex Blumberg)
3 days ago
Full show notes available at http://www.joangarry.com/ep44-executive-d…taff-sarah-audet/
Nonprofit leaders struggle constantly with getting it all done.
Fundraising. Managing boards. Wrangling volunteers. Keeping an eye on cash flow. Hiring and managing staff. Recruiting new board members. And, oh yeah, maybe we'll throw strategic planning in on top of that.
Let's face it – these jobs can feel completely undoable. Everyone is overworked and stretched too thin.
Now I want you to think about all that work and I want you to imagine that you actually have to do it all by yourself. Imagine that you are the only staff person in your organization. What would that look like? I wanted to know.
And so I invited Sarah Audet onto the podcast. Sarah is the Executive Director of Dinners With Love and the only staff member. She's also one of the charter members of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, my online community, support, and education portal designed especially to help smaller nonprofits.
We talk about how exactly she manages this, how she plans to grow, the difference the Nonprofit Leadership Lab has made for her personally and for her organization, and so much more.
About Sarah Audet
Sarah Audet is the Executive Director of Dinners With Love, an organization that partners hospice agencies with local restaurants to care for hospice patients and their families by providing free, delivered meals.
For many years prior to joining Dinners With Love in 2015, Sarah worked in higher education, assisting administrators with research, communications, and project management. She has worked on projects addressing a broad spectrum of social and educational issues, including sustainable living and diversity & inclusion. In addition to serving as Dinners With Love's Executive Director, Sarah is a nonprofit communications and board development consultant. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and earned her Master of Education at Northeastern University. Originally from Maine, Sarah is now a Vermonter-for-life in Bridport with her husband Nathan, their daughter Margo, and a herd of dairy cows.
In this episode:
* How to craft a “home run" elevator pitch
* A day in the life of a “no-staff” Executive Director
* Can it actually be easier to not have any staff?
* At single-staff nonprofi