Episode 65: Kenjie The AMS Guy On Getting the Most From Your AMS System
Jul 21, 2021

Your association management system has the power to amplify your impact and simplify your operations which gives you more time to focus on building relationships and furthering your mission.  Kenjie, The AMS Guy, is an Associations Management System (AMS) guru with over 13 years of dynamic experience selecting, building, managing, enhancing, and increasing the impact this critical software has on an organization. Get In Contact With Kenjie https://www.theamsguy.com/ ...

 
Episode 64: Stephen King On Increasing Outcomes With Monthly Giving
Jul 14, 2021

A monthly giving program is a sustainable way to fundraise while building a community of loyal supporters. If you have large to mid-size donors passionate about your work, it may be worth looking into turning them into recurring donors.  Stephen King has used the strategy to raise ver $20 million and increase growth in his organization by over 300%. He gives advice on how to approach donors and create a program that works.  Get in Touch With Growth Force  h...

 
Episode 63: Farrah Rooney On How To Improve Your Donation Process
Jun 30, 2021

You put a lot of work into finding donors, but what about your donation page?  Just because a donor has made it to your donation page doesn’t mean you have their donation. There are still things you can do to improve your page and increase donation rates. The design, images and text copy are all important factors that affect your donor’s decision.  Driven’s Director of Partnerships, Farrah Rooney, has been in the industry for over 15 years, working as a consultant, s...

 
Episode 62: Jenni Hargrove On Turning Supporters Into Donors
Jun 16, 2021

Just because you are raising awareness, doesn’t necessarily mean you are reaching new donors.  In order to find donors, you have to build a relationship by creating an emotional connection to your cause and more importantly, your organization. Jenni Hargrove is a consultant and host of the Nonprofit Jenni show, she understands this all too well and works closely with her clients to focus on not only reaching new people but reaching the right people.  Get In Contact With Jenni ...

 
Episode 61: Angel Ribo On Working in International Communities As A Nonprofit
Jun 9, 2021

How can your nonprofit help communities outside of your own while also embracing their beliefs, norms and values? Angel Ribo found the answer to this question when he founded his organization Wisdom for Kids. Alongside two of his colleagues, was able to create a program centred around children living in poverty across Latin America. They discovered that it’s not about teaching a lesson to the kids, rather inspiring them to reach their full potential in whatever they want to do. ...

 
Episode 60: Insider Tips on Choosing Your Nonprofit's Donor Management System
Jun 2, 2021

Shopping for nonprofit software can be a long and daunting process. There are so many options out there, and if you don't know what to look for, it can be hard to find the right solution for your organization, David Saraiva is the Head of Product here at Driven and is an expert in nonprofit software. He shares his insider tips on what to prioritize when shopping for short ware, along with questions you should be asking your vendors before making your decision.

 
Episode 59: Mide Akerewusi On African Philantrophy and the Duality of Giving
May 26, 2021

Ubuntu comes from the Zulu language and means I am because you are. It means that we are all responsible for each other and should give others anything they can to support them. African philanthropy is all about giving back and is centred on community. Mide Akerewusi is a fundraiser and Founder of AgentC. He discusses the study and how it came to be along with   Our interview discusses: What Western culture can learn from African philanthropy How to approach fundraising wit...

 
Episode 58: Nneka Allen on The Power Of First-Person Narratives
May 5, 2021

There is no replacement for the first-person narrative. The best lessons are the ones that connect with audiences on a personal level. As fundraisers, it’s important to make these connections and relate with your supporters from a personal level. Nneka Allan considers herself a Griot, an African term for historian and storyteller. She has made it her mission to create spaces to share the history and experiences of black fundraisers. As the founder of the Empathy Agency and co-...

 
Episode 57: Claire Kerr On Donor Retention and Social Media
Apr 28, 2021

Learn about social media and donor retention in today's episode with Nonprofit Social Media Expert Claire Kerr!  Social media is more than a lead generator. It's about building a community of long-term supporters. Focusing on that relationship will create a group of people who are willing to donate and advocate for your work.  Claire is a Director at  Care2 and a professor at George-Brown and shares how to use social media to increase retention and keep donors ...

 
Episode 56: Michael Kass On Nonprofit Storytelling 101
Apr 21, 2021

Fundraising at its essence is storytelling. Micheal Kass is an expert storyteller here to help you connect with your audience using the power of narrative. When it comes to Nonprofit Storytelling it's all about finding what makes you unique and steering clear of the cookie-cutter formulas that many nonprofits fall into. He shares The questions you should be asking yourself when creating your nonprofit's story What makes a story interesting and intriguing to your supporters ...

 
Episode 55: Alex Leonard on Content Creation For A Cause
Apr 14, 2021

Alex Leonard has travelled the world and created some amazing content along the way.  His work in Sri Lanka inspired him to create his documentary Humans and Elephants, where he discusses the effects of eco-tourism on the environment.  In our interview, he shares how the documentary came to be and how creative content helps connect audiences to the emotion behind your cause. 

 
Episode 54: Farrah Rooney on Communication and Donor Retention in the New Year
Mar 24, 2021

Learn how to keep your donors happy and engaged with Driven's very own Farrah Rooney! Farrah is our Director of Partnerships and has worked as a fundraiser and consultant for nonprofits across Canada. We discuss How crucial donor retention is for a sustainable organization The importance of trying and testing new ideas The role your donor's data plays in retention Why organizations should worry less about if they are asking too much of their donors

 
Episode 53: Learn How to Plan a Virtual Retreat With NFP Partner’s Makalah Emanuel
Mar 17, 2021

Social distancing feels anything but social and has made it hard for a lot of businesses and nonprofits to connect with their staff. Makalah is the Marketing Specialist and coordinator for their retreat and found that with some love, time and the help of Zoom she could make it work even better than expected. Makalah shares how A virtual retreat impacted her team’s morale and brought them together The technical challenges and tools that come with planning a virtual retreat How she cre...

 
Episode 52: Bianca Crocker On Strategic Planning For Small Nonprofits
Mar 10, 2021

Bianca Crocker is a nonprofit consultant who has been in the industry for over 15 years. She is the founder of the small nonprofit Alliance and the host of the Small but Mighty podcast. Passionate about helping nonprofits with their fundraising efforts, Bianca joins the show to discuss How the pandemic has affected the way small nonprofits fundraise The importance of strategic planning for long term sustainabilty  How some small organizations can find long-term sustainability and connect w...

 
Episode 51: Justin Rule On Smart Risk-Taking and Thinking Creatively
Mar 3, 2021

How can we think outside the box to connect with our community? Justin Rule has worked as a nonprofit leader and is the Co-Founder of Sparrow Websites . After running a nonprofit for 10 years, Justin learned that his greatest achievements came from looking outside the box and having fun with his organization. He shares how he began thinking of new ways to fundraise and how a Will Smith Parody brought his organization "Heads Up" success.   Access Sparrow Media's Guide ...

 
Episode 50: Mark Buzan on Effective Board Leadership
Feb 10, 2021

Mark Buzan joins Sabrina on Donor Engine's Fundraising Superheroes podcast to discuss effective board leadership and building a good relationship between your nonprofit and its board.  We Discuss How involved should your Executive Director be in your Board's activities?  Mark's advice on building trust with your board How do nonprofit leaders keep their boards engaged and "buying-in"? What qualities make a good board member?  How involved should your board be i...

 
Episode 49: Mike Cole on Approaching Businesses for Partnership Opportunities
Jan 27, 2021

How can nonprofits build stronger, more beneficial partnerships? Mile Cole created Choose Your Reader as a way to connect people through storytelling. He has worked with nonprofits his whole career and is now hoping to partner with organizations through Choose Your Reader. We discuss ways both businesses and nonprofits can partner to create better marketing and fundraising opportunities for both parties. Mike also outlines the steps he recommends nonprofits take before approaching a busi...

 
Episode 48: Learn How To Demolish Silos With Denise Fernandes
Jan 13, 2021

A silo mentality needs to be left behind in 2020. Nonprofits, no more than ever, need to work together to create new and innovative ways of operating. Denise Fernandes is a passionate leader with plenty of experience leading collaboratively. She has helped her organization raise millions through cross-department collaboration and an open mind. She is here today to discuss how to demolish silos and encourage teamwork for better fundraising results.

 
Episode 47: Gillian Smith Demystifies the Wonderful World of Fundraising
Dec 23, 2020

Fundraising can seem daunting at times; it's a lot of hard work to build relationships and collect donations. It's easy to get overwhelmed, especially when starting out. According to Gillian Smith, however, it's only as hard as you want it to be. Gillian has been in the industry for over 20 years, working as a Senior Advisor, Board Director and Consultant. She shares how her mentors helped her get started and how volunteering is crucial to future fundraisers.

 
Episode 46: Andre Vashist Discusses Collaborating for a Better Future
Dec 9, 2020

January 1st, 2020 was not only the start of a new year but an entirely new decade. As we enter the final weeks of the year, we need to consider the future of the sector past COVID.  Andre Vashist is a network developer and cocreator of Rich Capital. He comments on both the personal and institutional biases we face and how t challenge them in our daily lives. There have been a lot of conversations around diversity, but we still have a long way to go, and Andre shares how we can become more incl...

 
Episode 45: Karen Link On Building a Resilient Sector
Nov 25, 2020

Resilience is the ability to bounce back, and in a time like this, being resilient has been more relevant than ever. Karen Link is the Executive Director of Volunteer Alberta but has been in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years working as a researcher and consultant. She shares what resiliency means in the sector and how to build it within your organization

 
Episode 44: Todd Bender on Growing City Kidz Nation Wide
Nov 11, 2020

Todd Bender never thought he would be the founder of an organization until he met a child that changed his life forever. Now 28 years later, City Kidz has 3 locations across Canada and is increasing resiliency and inspiring big dreams for children living in low-income communities.  Todd discusses why his organization has been so successful, how he recruited his amazing staff and the lessons he's learned along the way.

 
Episode 43: Amy Eisenstein On Mastering Major Gifts
Oct 28, 2020

How much time do you invest in major gifts? Amy Eisenstein, a development professional and fundraising consultant, joins us to discuss major gifts. We discuss how to Define what a major gift means in your organization Use metrics to make better decisions and solicitations  Utilize your donor database for success Bounce back when your ask gets rejected

 
Episode 42: Dot Org Solution's Sara Lundenberger Talks Effective Board Communications
Oct 14, 2020

How do you communicate with a board member who disagrees with you? And how can you create a better onboarding process that clearly outlines your board's expectations? As a consultant at Dot Org Solutions, Sara Lundenberger has helped dozens of nonprofits through these issues and joins us on the show to discuss. She shares how to juggle experience with knowledge in the hiring process and work with members who are unfamiliar with the nonprofit space.

 
Episode 41: Sabine Soumare On Supporting Diverse Leadership
Sep 30, 2020

How can we become better advocates for minority groups and support a diverse workplace? Sabine Soumare, the Director of Marketing and Communications at Ryerson University's Diversity Institute, is passionate about seeing more women and visible minorities in leadership positions. As an advocate for women and Francophones, Sabine has had plenty of experience fighting against the majority to be heard. In today's episode, we discuss how to become better allies, address diversity issues, and ...

 
Episode 40: Julia Campbell On Social Media for Busy Nonprofits
Sep 16, 2020

Julia Campbell is a nonprofit consultant and strategist with over 20 years of experience crafting digital marketing and fundraising strategy. She joins us on the show today to break down social media for the busiest nonprofits, covering everything from choosing platforms and setting goals.

 
Episode 39: Maeve Strathy On Improving You Communication Strategy
Aug 20, 2020

How do you make mass-messaging channels like your email, social media and website more personal? Maeve Strathy is a communication and fundraising expert who knows how important your digital presence is for successful fundraising. Working as a Senior Fundraising Strategist at Blakely, Maeve shares her advice on building landing pages, sending emails and crafting your donor's journey.

 
Episode 38: Denny Young on How to Recruit a Strong Board
Aug 13, 2020

Building a strong, active and passionate board all starts in the recruiting process. Denny Young is a nonprofit management pro with over 30 years of experience in the biz. Working as a consultant, professor and board member, he outlines the steps to take when finding new board members.

 
Episode 37: Steven Aguiar on Building Your Digital Audience
Aug 6, 2020

Your digital marketing strategy doesn't have to be complicated or take up a ton of your time. There are many ways to engage your online community and grow your supporter base by using paid ads, SEO and email campaigns. In today's episode, Steven Aguiar breaks down different marketing channels and gives his top tips on using tools like Paid social media ads Google Ad Grants Organic traffic using SEO and The top metic to look for in your email marketing campaign

 
Episode 36: Alyssa Sweetman and Fundraising On Twitch
Jul 30, 2020

Did you know gaming and philanthropy go hand in hand?  Nonprofits are working with Twitch streamers to fundraise. Alyssa Sweetman, the Charity Program Manager at Twitch, shares how you can get started on the platform and approach influencers for partnerships.

 
Episode 35: Brenden Kumarasamy On Compelling Storytelling
Jul 23, 2020

Your story is the core of your nonprofit. Funding your organization is all about having people believe in your cause as much as you do. As fundraisers, how do we craft a compelling story that motivates people to give?   Brenden Kumarasamy founded Master Talk to share his knowledge on becoming an exceptional public speaker. He joins the show to talk about getting over the fear of public speaking, finding confidence and motivating donors. 

 
Episode 34: Mazarine Treyz On How to Be a Better Fundraiser in a Post COVID World
Jul 16, 2020

As fundraisers, how can we connect to our donors and create impactful calls to action? What change needs to happen so that fundraisers can thrive in their jobs? Where do we even begin? Author, coach and speaker Mazarine Treyz explains that it starts by listening and reacting to the needs we discover in our communities.

 
Episode 33: Lori Gotlieb On The Future of Volunteer Management Post Covid
Jul 6, 2020

Lori Gotlieb joins Sabrina on the show to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has been influencing how nonprofits manage their volunteers and the changes she wishes to see moving forward from the pandemic. As a consultant, teacher, writer and volunteer management pro, Lori gave incredible insight on how nonprofit organizations can improve and evaluate their volunteer programs.

 
Episode 32: John Wong on How to Engage Youth to Move Forward in a Post Pandemic World
Jun 26, 2020

As we begin planning for post-pandemic recovery, we also have a huge opportunity to engage youth to build more sustainable and vibrant communities. John Wong, the Director of Community & Fund Development at Brilliant Labs, joins us to discuss how we can begin the conversation of recovery and give youth a seat at the table while doing so. Today’s problems need more than yesterday’s solutions, so it's time to start challenging how we use to do things to make way for a more sustainable future!

 
Episode 31: Annis Karpenko on Entering the Unknown
Jun 19, 2020

As we begin to phase out of lockdown, there are still many uncertain things. No one quite knows what the best decision is, and in a lot of ways, we are venturing into the unknown. Annis Karpenko, the Executive Director of Visual Arts Mississauga, shares how her team has partnered with other organizations to serve the community. She also shares tips on how to steward donors and foster relationships in an unsure time.

 
Episode 30: Camp Blue Skies on How They Created a Virtual Camp in 5 Days
May 29, 2020

Richard (Dick) Sesler founded Camp Blue Skies 10 years ago and is currently facing the biggest challenge they've had yet: Covid-19. Their team pulled together to create an online camp experience in just 5 days! Dick shares how they pulled it all together while still staying true to their mission.

 
Episode 29: Mathew Dubins On How Donor Data Can Help Nonprofits
May 27, 2020

Mathew Dubins founded Donor Science to help nonprofits thrive in the industry. By analyzing and presenting donor data, organizations can spend less time and money soliciting donors. Mathew shares stories of past clients and how he collects information for nonprofits.

 
Episode 28: Cause Vid Helps Nonprofits Create Personalized Videos to Wow Their Donors
May 22, 2020

Adam Wilbur is the co-founder of Cause Vid. A video messaging service nonprofits use to send and track videos. Sarah Mclellan, the Director of Development at the Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA, talks on behalf of a software user. We dive into how Sarah uses video to connect with her donors and collect data, especially when social distancing.

 
Episode 27: Memories of Us on Finding Strength in Grief
May 20, 2020

Tony Lynch founded Memories of Us to help men cope with the pain of losing a loved one. He discusses the importance of mental health and emotional healing and how he is caring for his client's emotional wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

 
Episode 26: NFP Partners Discuss How to Approach Your Financials During Covid-19
May 15, 2020

Laura Jostard a Managing Principal from NFP Partners shares how to approach audits while dealing with COVID and planning financially during a pandemic.

 
Episode 25: Dave Saraiva On How A Donor Management Software Can Increase Productivity
May 13, 2020

Dave Saraiva, the CFO of Donor Engine, discusses why he got into the industry and how organizations can use donor management software to increase productivity.

 
Episode 25: Dave Saraiva On How A Donor Management Software Can Increase Productivity
May 13, 2020

Dave Saraiva, the CFO of Donor Engine, discusses why he got into the industry and how organizations can use donor management software to increase productivity.

 
Episode 24: Ashlee Salinetro and Planning for a Pandemic
May 6, 2020

Ashlee Salinetro has been helping nonprofits with their planning for years. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit she was able to work with her team and get an emergency response plan out in just 4 days! She shares how she did it and ways your nonprofit can plan for an emergency.

 
Episode 23: Habitat Brant-Norfolk is Doing Their Part to Provide Safe Housing
May 1, 2020

Lynda Henriksen, the Director of Fund Development and Communications at the Habitat for Humanity Brant Norfolk, is passionate about providing safe housing to low-income families. The coronavirus has caused some challenges for the organization but Lynda explains how they are still communicating with their clients and connecting with donors even during a crisis

 
Episode 22: Devin Stigsell Shares How to Lock Down the Best Corporate Sponsorships
Apr 29, 2020

Devin Stigsell from the Duluth Playhouse is a corporate sponsorship pro. She discusses how you should approach sponsors and what a "no” could really mean. Over the years, she realized that it’s all in how you communicate your cause, and the best way to start is through relationship building.

 
Episode 21: Sarah Clarke on Making Your Organization Stand Out Online
Apr 24, 2020

Sarah Clarke, the founder of Dufferin Media, has been working with nonprofits for years. She shares how an updated webpage and content creation can get your organization seen online.

 
Episode 20: Poison Apple Productions Puts the "Fun" Back in Fundraising
Apr 22, 2020

Noelle Arms founded Poison Apple Productions at just 13 years old. Now years later, she has learned that the real investment people want to make in an experience.

 
Episode 19: Gregory Nielsen on How to Lead During Covid-19
Apr 17, 2020

Gregory Neilsen the CEO of Nielsen Training and Consulting shares his advice on how boards and nonprofit leaders can help their organizations during the pandemic. We discuss creating action plans, building relationships with donors and the importance of a good mentality.

 
Episode 18: Homeward for Heroes and How They Disconnect to Reconnect
Apr 15, 2020

Homeward for Heroes Founders Dan and Laura Reese share their plans on growing their organization and how they've spread awareness of their mission.

 
Episode 17: Kid in the Corner Opens the Conversation About Suicide
Apr 10, 2020

Francine Sumner founded Kid in the Corner after losing her son Zach to suicide. She talks about the challenges that come with founding an organization on behalf of a loved one and how they spread their mission across Arizona.

 
Episode 17: Kid in the Corner Opens the Conversation About Suicide
Apr 10, 2020

Francine Sumner founded Kid in the Corner after losing her son Zach to suicide. She talks about the challenges that come with founding an organization on behalf of a loved one and how they spread their mission across Arizona.

 
Episode 15: Toronto Humane Society and How They Connect With Supporters
Apr 8, 2020

Hannah Sotropa, the PR Specialist at the Toronto Humane Society talks about some of their biggest events and the importance of consistent messaging.

 
Episode 14: Susan Tripi DeLano and Funding Sustainable Sources of Funding
Apr 3, 2020

Susan Tripi DeLano is the founder of Rise Consulting. She has over 20 years of experience and is on the show to share her expert advice on finding sustainable funding sources.

 
Episode 13: The Livestock Conservancy Supports it's Farmers
Apr 1, 2020

The Livestock Conservancy focuses on an amazingly unique cause and has won several awards for its nonprofit work. Their Director of Development, Karena Elliot, joins us on the show to explain why they have been so successful in their mission.

 
Episode 12: Kate West On Making Your Grants Stand Out
Mar 27, 2020

Kate West is a grant writer, nonprofit consultant and creator of The Fundraising Lab, a course that helps NPO's learn fundraising skills.  She talks about what makes an exceptional grant and how nonprofits should approach grant writing

 
Episode 11: Hopeful's John Paul de Silva On How Nonprofits Can Engage Supporters During the Covid-19 Crisis
Mar 25, 2020

Hopeful Inc's John Paul de Silva talks about how nonprofits can use social media as a way to connect with their supporters during Covid-19. Hopeful is an AI-driven platform to help NPOs take the guesswork out of social media and raise more funds. To schedule a free demo, reach out to them at https://www.hopefulinc.me/ 

 
Episode 10: ASK Friendship Centre Supports Vancouver's Seniors
Mar 20, 2020

Ask Friendship Society's Director of Development Miranda Haley shares what her organization is all about and how good staff can make the world of a difference.

 
Episode 9: CAUSE Canada's Wendy Fehr On Working Globally
Mar 13, 2020

Wendy Fehr, the Executive Director of CAUSE Canada, shares the challenges of working globally, especially when working in developing countries. We also address the hard work and stress that CAUSE Canada's staff and other nonprofit workers face when working in extreme conditions.

 
Episode 8: CAMH: Toronto's Largest Mental Health Teaching Hospital
Mar 6, 2020

Megan Tregunno, the Vice President of Philanthropy at CAMH, shares how opening the conversation around mental health has helped their organization become what it is today. We are currently in a mental health crisis, and CAMH is gearing up to fundraise for Canada's biggest mental health campaign.

 
Episode 7: Neighbour to Neighbour On Donor Relationships
Feb 26, 2020

A relationship-based approach to fundraising and building connections with donors has been the secret to Neighbour to Neighbour's success. N2N's Director of Development Robin Knickle talks about building a relationship with your donors and the power of a handwritten note.

 
Episode 6: The Jacksonville Humane Society And How To Secure Large Gifts
Feb 18, 2020

Denise Deisler the CEO of the Jacksonville Humane Society joined us today to talk about one of the most important topics in the nonprofit world: fundraising! The Jacksonville Humane Society is one of the largest no-kill shelters in the USA  and has been operating for 135 years. They are a completely independent organization and Denise shared their amazing story with us on the podcast.  In 2007 their shelter caught fire and burnt down in the middle of the night and despite the fire team's ...

 
Episode 5: BabyGoRound Shares How They Secured Corporate Partnerships
Feb 10, 2020

BabyGoRound’s Founder and Vice-Chair Niki Cummings along with their Director of Fundraising Theresa Pearson share their experience in the industry and how to secure some amazing corporate partnerships. 

 
Episode 4: Toronto People With Aids Foundation On Putting Together Their Biggest Charity Events
Jan 27, 2020

Micheal Reid is the Manager of Philanthropy and Sponsorship for the Toronto People With Aids Foundation, making him a true fundraising superhero. We discuss the importance of taking risks, serving the community and their Friends for Life Bike Rally.

 
Episode 3: The Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Power of a Good Story
Jan 23, 2020

Ellen Munds is one of the three founders of the Storytelling Arts of Indiana and is here today to discuss the power of storytelling and the importance of connecting with your audience.

 
Episode 2: SKETCH Toronto is More Then a Studio, It's a Community
Jan 20, 2020

On this episode of Fundraising Superheroes, we sat down with Executive Director Rudy Ruttimenn. Having been at the organization for over 20 years she is an expert on what makes Sketch important.  Through practicing the arts, Sketch Toronto hopes to help young people find who there are through the creative mediums in which they choose to express themselves.  When describing Sketch Rudy explains "it’s a place where they have these incredible, brilliant ideas of how to impact change througho...

 
Episode 1: The Townsend Smith Foundation On The Importance Of Community
Jan 16, 2020

Everything that the Townsend-Smith Foundation does is for the community. Working out of Milton, ON their dream is to build a hospice to serve the Milton and Halton Hills area and with all the hard work they’ve been doing that dream is coming true.  Their message is one from the heart and their success grows with every connection they make. Janet Townsend, the foundation’s founder explains that "talking to people who have lost a loved one, they tend to be our biggest donors because they know wh...

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