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Betsy Chapin Taylor, Founder and CEO of Accordant, is one of healthcare philanthropy's most provocative and influential thought leaders. An award-winning author, speaker, and consultant, she is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and a recipient of the prestigious Si Seymour Award. She is also an advocate for the sector who spea…
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Gayle Roberts is a seasoned fundraiser whose journey began at the age of six with a backyard carnival. Now, as Chief Development Officer at Larkin Street Youth Services, she's raised over $200 million to combat youth homelessness and support other good causes in San Francisco. A respected figure, Gayle is not only a leader in nonprofit fundraising …
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Ken Miller's story is one of personal transformation and professional achievement. After a battle with addiction and a period of incarceration in the Lower 48, he returned to Alaska to remake his life, marrying his high school sweetheart and embarking on a career in the nonprofit sector. He served as the director of development for Bean's Café and …
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Randall Hallett is a person who makes things happen. Over the last three decades he has led major healthcare and independent school development programs, presided over a major healthcare fundraising consultancy, and, most recently, founded the influential practice that bears his name, Hallett Philanthropy. Insatiably curious, he first earned his Ba…
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Robert Egger is a visionary in the nonprofit sector. He pioneered the "community kitchen" movement with DC Central Kitchen, turning donated food into both meals and opportunities through a revolutionary job training program. His initiatives, including founding board membership at World Central Kitchen with Chef José Andrés, have produced over 350 m…
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In this episode, we speak with Michael Goldberg, Co-founder of I.CARE and one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes of 2023. Since 2018, he and his organization have organized coral restoration dives for more than 2,000 people and transplanted over 10,000 coral, both educating the public to the need for ocean restoration and working to bring back to life the l…
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In this episode, we speak with Yasmine Arrington Brooks, Founder of ScholarCHIPS and one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes of 2023. Since 2010, her organization has provided renewable scholarships, book awards, and mentoring to college-bound youth with incarcerated parents. We learn about her discovery, at age 15, that there were no scholarships dedicated …
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In this episode, we speak with Adam Pearce, Co-founder of the LoveYourBrain Foundation and one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes of 2023. Since 2014, LoveYourBrain has served and trained more than 35,000 individuals in 31 countries affected by traumatic brain injury through free in-person and online programs. We speak with Adam about the injury that sparke…
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Osei Boateng, Executive Director of OKB Hope Foundation, is on of the Top Ten CNN Heroes of 2023. Since February of 2022, OKB has brought mobile healthcare screening and services to over 5,000 people in 52 rural communities across Ghana. In this episode, we learn what inspired his work and what he envisions for the future.…
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Jennifer Li Dotson is a veteran fundraising leader whose extraordinary work is only eclipsed by a personal journey that has taken her from an emergency landing in Hawaii to a near-death experience on Mount Everest and virtually everywhere in between. in our conversation, she recounts the many volunteers, teachers, friends, mentors, and organization…
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In this episode, we speak with Brian Saber, author, President of Asking Matters, and a veteran fundraiser with nearly four decades in the field. In his recently released fourth book, Fundraising for Introverts, Brian challenges the myth that it takes an extrovert to generate revenue for a good cause. We talk about his journey, the significance of c…
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In this episode, we speak with Tiffany Yu, CEO & Founder of Diversability, an award-winning entirely disabled-run and led social enterprise to elevate disability pride, and a content creator with 200k+ followers across platforms. She is a 3x TEDx speaker and has been named a TikTok API (Asian & Pacific Islander) Trailblazer, a LinkedIn Top Voice in…
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Formed in 1988, Apra is the premier organization for professionals who strategically harness information and data to drive fundraising for philanthropic institutions. At this year's international gathering, Apra Prospect Development 2023, we pulled together four of the field's leading voices--Carrick Davis, Rodger Devine, Lindsey Nadeau, and Meliss…
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In this episode, we speak with Chris Miano, Founder of MemoryFox, the software platform that aims to help nonprofits raise funds and stand out on social media by leveraging grassroots content. We learn about Chris' journey from Buffalo to Army Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Iraq and Afghanistan and back again and discover the stories he he…
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Beth Kanter is an international thought leader on digital transformation and well-being in the nonprofit workplace. Named the most influential woman in technology by Fast Company, she is the coauthor of The Network Nonprofit, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit, and The Smart Nonprofit, the voice behind her popular, long-running Beth's Blog, and a consulta…
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Carlton Ford is an innovative changemaker, nonprofit sector leader, and fundraiser for the arts. A native of southside Chicago, he found his calling for music early and pursued a successful career as an operatic baritone, performing at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and beyond before taking his talent and vision to nonpro…
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In April, Sean E. McCarthy was honored as an Outstanding Young Professional by AFP, an award reserved for individuals under 31 displaying excellence in raising funds, inspiring donors, managing campaigns, and demonstrating dedication to the charitable sector. Following corporate and foundation fundraising successes at both the Center for American P…
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In this episode, we speak with Lynnie Meyer, RN, EdD, CFRE, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Norton Healthcare, and recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from AFP, the association’s highest honor. Lynnie has been leading the operations of the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation and Norton Healthcare Fou…
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In this episode, we speak with Nelly Cheboi, Founder of TechLit Africa, one of Forbes' "30 Under 30 for Social Impact," and 2022 CNN Hero. She shares her journey from childhood poverty in rural Kenya to raising money to build a school while only a junior in college, bringing computers and training to thousands of children in her home country, and h…
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In this special episode, we speak with Masataka Uo, Founder and CEO of the Japan Fundraising Association, the nationwide network that promotes philanthropic giving and social impact investment. He discusses the rapid evolution of the nonprofit sector and the fast growth of the association, his efforts to expand links between nonprofits throughout A…
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In this special episode, we speak with Tim Sarrantonio and Benjamin Johnson who were just completing their first Generosity Roadshow, a cross-country listening tour with three aims: to learn about the ways nonprofit practitioners do their jobs; to better understand the role that data plays in that work; and, to chart a path forward on how nonprofit…
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Jay Love is a charity sector titan whose profound influence spans four decades and counting. He has developed and led a succession of major software firms serving the nonprofit fundraising world, beginning with Master Software in the 80s, eTapestry at the turn of the century, and Bloomerang starting in 2012. In each case, he identified a problem be…
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Richard Pordes is one of the foremost figures in global fundraising. For decades, he has been pioneering, introducing, and successfully executing extraordinary direct response efforts throughout the world, first with UNICEF’s national chapters and country offices and later with many of the leading international charities, including MSF, WWF, Save t…
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In this episode, we speak with Rajiv Vinnakota, a pioneering social entrepreneur with a passion for civic education. In past years, he co-founded the SEED Foundation, the nation’s first network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools for underserved children, and then served as Vice President of the Aspen Institute, where he launched and le…
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In this episode, we speak with Tony Myers, internationally acclaimed consultant, strategist, author, speaker, teacher, mentor, board member, and executive coach who has guided leaders to realize their vision, mission, and financial goals at over 60 nonprofit organizations on six continents. Dedicated to building a sector guided by sustainability, a…
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For nearly forty years, Paul Edwards has been at the center of several miraculously successful philanthropic efforts. He began his career with a record-breaking higher education campaign and then decided he needed to leave the field for his faith, entering the seminary. There he unexpectedly discovered a new and profound spiritual role for fundrais…
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In this episode, we speak with Rachel Hutchisson, a social impact executive with over three decades of experience working at the intersection of business, society, and the nonprofit sector. Rachel is a former leader of the Global Social Responsibility effort at Blackbaud, a 3,300-person publicly traded cloud software company. During her tenure at B…
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“Serving Others.” That is how Jennifer Oyer, Founder and Chief Joy Officer of Community Impact Advisors, describes the foundation of her life and her work in Hawaii, across the pacific islands, and around the world. For two decades, she has led and grown development efforts at organizations across Hawaii, including The Salvation Army, the Arthritis…
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Andrew Olsen is a best selling author, popular podcaster, speaker, and nonprofit marketer who has guided over 500 nonprofits in raising more than half a billion dollars. Over the years, he has built and led fundraising programs on behalf of organizations ranging from Covenant House International to CARE USA, and dozens of Rescue Missions and Food B…
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Chris Carnie is the Founder of Factary, Europe's leading prospect research agency, an instructor in fundraising at the University of Barcelona, Director of Fundacio Terra, and the author of three books on fundraising and philanthropy, including his latest, How Philanthropy Is Changing Europe. In this episode, we speak with Chris about his personal …
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In today's episode, we speak with Helen Brown, President of the Helen Brown Group, the world's largest and most influential development research consulting and training agency. A fundraising professional since 1987, she served in leadership roles at several major institutions before launching her firm in 2005. Since that time, she and her team have…
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Stacy Palmer has served as a top editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy since its founding in 1988, overseeing its growth and development from the print to the digital era. In this episode, we talk about the arc of her career, from her early days as a lifestyle reporter to her work today in shepherding her influential publication into an independe…
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Krista Slade is an international leader whose epic voyage from Toronto to Hong Kong, Melbourne, Singapore, Oxford, and back again has had a lasting impact on the size, shape, and scope of advancement programs around the world. In today's episode, we take that journey with her, learning about each of these unique environments, the challenges and the…
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In today's episode, we speak with Lisa Zola Greer, an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist who has managed her family's giving for the last decade. She has served on dozens of boards and commissions, including the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission, the international board of the New Israel Fund, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Lo…
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A child of the great migration, Ava Willis-Barksdale has risen from a stint as a student in the steel mills to the Vice Presidency of Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting HBCU. She has made her mark in both healthcare and higher ed fundraising, demonstrating a unique capacity for combining teaching and leadership with mentoring th…
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Amy Eisenstein, CEO and Co-Founder of the Capital Campaign Toolkit, is one of the leading voices in the field of fundraising. Amy is an AFP certified Master Trainer, former president of the board of AFP-NJ, and one of the few ACFRE designation holders in the profession. Her books include Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, Raising More with Les…
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In today's episode, we speak with Brian Lacy, a long-time leader in the field of sustained giving in the US and Canada. Brian takes us on a journey from his college days at the University of Toronto through to leading the program at the University of Connecticut and, finally, running his own firm today out of Texas today. Along the way, he shares h…
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David Woodruff has been a key figure in some of the largest and most successful fundraising efforts in healthcare and higher education. He oversaw the $1.5 billion Campaign for the Third Century of Massachusetts General Hospital and then directed a record-setting $6 Billion Campaign for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David joined Marts …
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In this episode, we speak with Karen E. Osborne, a master fundraiser, teacher, and storyteller who loves and believes in the power of philanthropy and nonprofits. She built her career around these passions not only as a frontline fundraiser, speaker, trainer, teacher, consultant, and coach but also as a donor, volunteer, and board member. She has s…
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Today's guest is Armando Zumaya, a man who has been a significant force in major fundraising efforts since the 1980s. From door-knocking to billion dollar plus campaigns and, more recently, leading development efforts for top arts and social service institutions, Armando has become synonymous with fearless, data-driven fundraising. He is also a lea…
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Today's guest is Lisa Wolf. She is a self-described accidental fundraiser whose work has taken her from major political campaigns to advancing the work of CURE International and now fueling the work of non-profits around the country through Westfall Gold. At the heart of it all has been a focus on building successful relationships. In our conversat…
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Tim Burcham's early training in musical theater provided the perfect training for a stunning career in higher education fundraising. Handpicked by his university’s president, he rose from recruitment officer to leader of a new, $900 million, 16-institution system and chair of the international board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. …
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After leading development efforts in secondary and higher education, healthcare, the arts, human services, and faith based organizations, Linda Wise McNay founded Our Fundraising Search, where she and her colleagues guide clients with strategies in campaigns, governance, and recruiting top fundraising talent. She is the author of several books incl…
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After beginning travelling the world to protect the assets of the wealthy, fundraising icon Paul D’Alessandro pivoted to guide nonprofits to billions in philanthropic support. In today’s conversation, Paul shares the story of his own personal and professional evolution and insights on the field from his new book, “The Future Of Fundraising Is Here.…
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Over her extraordinary career, Brenda Asare has guided nonprofits to more than $2 billion in philanthropic support. As the President and CEO of The Alford Group, she heads a woman and minority owned and led firm which has provided advice and support to more than 3,000 organizations in such critical areas as fundraising, governance, and organization…
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Jon Stettner is a fundraising leader who has spent decades making dreams come true. His career has taken him from the hospital hallways and theater stages to the long-time leadership of Make-A-Wish International and, most recently, the global clients of The Cagney Company. In this episode, Jon shares his lessons from these very unusual times.…
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In today's program, we speak with Anne Bishop Shoup, an advancement leader whose extraordinary journey has taken her from the bush planes and fishing boats of her rugged Alaskan childhood to her current role as Associate Vice President at Michigan State University, one of the world's largest and most distinguished higher education institutions.…
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Today we speak with Nejeed Kassam, he's the CEO and Founder of Keela, and also the founder of the Better Candidate Initiative, and former Executive Director of both End Poverty Now and Conversations for Change. He has the experience of working for the United Nations and the Senate of Canada as the author of the book, High on Life.…
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From his early career in counseling to his thought leadership and the application of AI to fundraising, Scott Rosenkrans has been working to better identify, interpret, understand and explain the guideposts that lead people from thought to action. Today, in his role as Associate Vice President, for DonorSearch Aristotle, which delivers advanced AI …
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Nathan Chapell is one of the world's foremost experts on the intersection between artificial intelligence and philanthropy. Over the past 20 years, he has served in leadership positions within several large and complex non-profit organizations, including City of Hope and UC San Diego, guiding fundraising efforts that have generated over one billion…
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