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28 minutes | May 13, 2022
Ernest Goes to the IRS!
Let’s be real - the IRS basically has its own language. I mean, even attorneys and CPAs find it confusing! Eve Borenstein, my hero and Queen of the 990, joins me on this episode to help us normal folks understand what we really need to know about the IRS. You may be thinking the IRS is boring….TRUST ME! Eve is the only person who can make it fun! Tune in to find out why the 990 is your best PR tool, what do you do when get mistaken penalty letters from IRS, what the public support test means, and more. Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter Contact the IRS about an erroneous revocation
15 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
April Showers bring May 990s
It’s April and we’re in the thick of another 990 season – meaning the IRS wants to know how you’re spending your funds! We’re reviving this episode to answer your burning questions about 990s. What do you do if you find out you’ve been doing your 990s wrong? Or even worse, not doing them at all? Tune in to find out! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my Newsletter
26 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Eating Your Own Dog Food & Other Idioms
I think most of us can agree (hopefully) that communication solves most problems. Right? Whether you’re a new or a seasoned Executive Director, communication with your board is KEY. Kris Kewitsch from Charities Review Council joins me on this episode to drop some nuggets of wisdom about having a great relationship with your board. Tune in to find out what do you do when the board isn’t engaged (or is too engaged!),how often you should be meeting with your board, and more! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my Newsletter
21 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
The Road to Fundraising Hell
Employee fundraising can be great, but boy oh boy, it can also go VERY wrong. My Twitter buddy Clay Buck from TCB Fundraising joins me on this episode to unpack the beef we have with some employee giving programs. Are you doing this ethically? Do your employees actually want to participate in these programs, or does it feel coerced? Are your programs aligning with your values? This one’s a doozy – you don’t to miss it! Download Ephraim Gopin’s e-book on Employee Giving Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my Newsletter
20 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
It’s an Ephraim-A-Thon!
Anyone who has been a part of fundraising for Nonprofits knows it’s all about building relationships – not just the all-mighty dollar. That’s why I invited Ephraim Gopin from 1832 Communications back on the pod to share his thoughts on #GivingTuesday and what kind of nonprofit fundraising is actually right for you! How do you start fundraising before you get your 501c3 status? What happens when money doesn’t magically fall from the sky? Plus, he shares some giving statistics surrounding the holidays that you’re gonna want to know right now so you can set yourself up well to crush it this year. Tune in to learn more! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my Newsletter
22 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
This Ain’t Prom!
Anyone who deals with nonprofit fundraising has probably been to WAY too many galas and golf tournaments. That’s why I invited Alicia Baraga from Ripple Event Marketing to chat with me all about nonprofit fundraising and events! How do you create fun nonprofit fundraising events that people will want to attend year after year? How do you get sponsors for your nonprofit fundraising event? Plus, she shares her secret to every successful fundraising event. Tune in to learn more! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my Newsletter Check out Alicia’s Event Brand Bootcamp course Related: [PODCAST] Nonprofit Marketing the Joyful Way with Ephraim Gopin
23 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Nonprofit Time Machine
We loved our last episode with Amy Arcand from Willow Consulting so much, we asked her to come back! Problems with nonprofits happen. When nonprofits grow and change, it’s inevitable that you’re going to hit some roadblocks. In this episode, Amy and I answer questions about problems with nonprofits. And some of them are downright messy! How to clean up the mess an old staff member made, what to do when your board is burnt out, and how to plan for inevitable turnover in your organization. Tune in to learn more about how to handle some of these messy problems with nonprofits! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter Related: [PODCAST] "I Have a Nonprofit" Problems
27 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
Bitcoin for Nonprofits!
Everyone has that one person in their life who just keeps talking about cryptocurrency, right? But it’s not just for the tech and finance people anymore. In this episode, my BFF Paul and I talk all about bitcoin for nonprofits. What it is, how to buy it, and how to leverage Bitcoin for your mission! Don’t worry about your eyes glazing over – I promise we don’t get too technical. Get Paul’s recommended resources on Bitcoin Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter Related: [PODCAST] Magical Consulting Dust
21 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Magical Consulting Dust
What’s the secret to successful nonprofit fundraising? According to my guest Clay Buck of TCB Fundraising, it’s ALL about data and systems. You can’t know where you’re going with your nonprofit fundraising if you don’t know where you’ve been, right? Clay and I talk about everything from the nonprofit scarcity mindset to the real difference between nonprofit fundraising and sales. Tune in to step up your fundraising game! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter Related: Top Tip Successful Nonprofit Fundraising
13 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Space Cadets & Nonprofit Comas
We’re entering 2022 and closing in on two full years of our pandemic reality – meaning that nonprofits are still making big decisions about how to keep afloat and serve their communities while handling nonprofit crisis after nonprofit crisis. That’s why we’re pulling this episode out of the backlist, where Meghan and I talk all about making the hard changes in times of crisis. What happens when your community disagrees with the way you’ve handled things? Can you just wait it out til everything returns to “normal?” Tune in to this conversation to hear my thoughts. Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter Related: [PODCAST] The Nonprofit Crisis Survival Guide
13 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
You Catch My Drift?
Nonprofit organizations are not static, stagnant organizations. They grow and change over time (and that's usually a good thing!). What happens when you grow a little past the original vision for the nonprofit organization? How do make sure you stay compliant and do things right, even when you're doing something radically different or new? And when can change become a bad thing? Tune in to hear Meghan and I talk about exempt purposes, mission drift, governance updates, and more! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter Related: [PODCAST] Nonprofit Mission Mission Statement: The Mission Is Your North Star
23 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
You've Got Junk Mail!
We're pulling this episode out of our backlist for your holiday weekend listening! Jason Viana, Executive Director of the Open Door, joins us to answer another batch of nonprofit questions! What rules do you need to follow if you're starting a food shelf? How can executive directors manage their mental health while running a nonprofit? What do you get by being a registered agent of an organization? (Hint – a whole lotta junk mail). Listen in to learn more! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter Related: Starting a Nonprofit Organization: Asking the Right Questions
13 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Warning: Rant Ahead!
All right, folks, we got a little bit snarky on this one… Today Meghan and I are tackling the toxic mentality in the nonprofit sector that we must take a vow of poverty to do this work. We're talking about executive compensation, pro bono services, and when it makes sense to invest real money in the mission. Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter Related: Can a Founder of a Nonprofit Make a Salary?
15 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Show Your Work!
There are lots of differences between nonprofits and for-profits, and today we're talking about a BIG one – accountability. If you own a small business, most people don't care how much money your CEO makes or how many customers you had last year. But in the nonprofit sector, there's a lot more information we need to share publicly. Tune in to this episode to hear me and Meghan tackling your questions about transparency, from what should be on your website to how to respond to donor questions. Don't miss out! Check out the Charities Review Council Accountability Standards Join me on Facebook! Subscribe to my newsletter!
18 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Board Police: Conflicts Investigation Unit
To a lot of nonprofits folks, being accused of having a conflict of interest seems like the worst thing ever. But is it really? Introducing, the Conflicts Investigation Unit!! Meghan and I sit down to answer your nonprofit conflict of interest questions: What is a conflict? How do you manage the conflicts that do come up? And what happens when you don't even try to manage a huge and obvious conflict? Tune in to find out! Join me on Facebook! Subscribe to my newsletter!
23 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
When You Wish Upon a 1099
If you call a nonprofit staff member a 1099 contractor, does that make them a contractor? (Spoiler alert – not necessarily!) In this episode, I'm joined by insurance broker Tom Wertish of Options Insurance to talk about employees, contractors, Worker's Comp, and other nonprofit insurance questions. Tune in to learn more! Check out the MN Attorney General guidance on 1099 vs W2 and the IRS test form to determine if your nonprofit staff are contractors or employees. Join me on Facebook! Subscribe to my newsletter! Related: I Just Started a Nonprofit. What About Insurance?
17 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
"I Have a Nonprofit" Problems
In the nonprofit world, you see "501(c)(3)" all over the place. But what does that really mean (or not mean)? In this episode, Meghan and I talk through some questions all about IRS tax exemption. Can one organization have multiple tax exempt statuses? What happens if you lose your status? Tune in to find out! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter
27 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Nonprofit Storytelling that Doesn't Stink!
Your nonprofit's mission is only as strong as your ability to share it. So how do you tell your story in a way that inspires people to engage, give, and share your mission? I'm joined by Emmy-winning video creator and creative strategist Erica Hanna to answer that very question! Tune in to the learn the secret to strong storytelling and how make videos that just don't stink. Check out Erica's Smart Phone Video Workshop Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter
25 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
The Grayest Areas of Employment Law
A board member regularly makes flirty comments to the executive director – does this count as sexual harassment? The board decides to let go an independent contractor due to a program closure, but they're accusing the nonprofit of racial discrimination. The board wants to ask their employees to "volunteer" for other responsibilities – is that legal? Sometimes the answers to these questions are not cut and dried. Lawyer Zaylore Stout joins me for this episode to dig into a bunch of listener questions about the gray areas in employment law for nonprofits. You won't to miss it! Buy Zaylore's book, Our Gay History in 50 States! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter
29 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Artsy Nonprofit or Nonprofit-y Art?
There's a large and thriving part of the nonprofit sector made up of arts organizations – but not every arts org can or should be a nonprofit. So, what's the difference really? And if nonprofit isn't the right fit, how are you supposed to get funding then?? Andy Sturdevant, the Artist Resources Director at Springboard for the Arts, joins me to answer these questions and more! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to my newsletter
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