Mission Brilliant Podcasts

Hosted by Karen Eber Davis

Listen and learn from podcasts. They’ll help you to grow your nonprofit and income.

Our guests:
Kathy Kingston, Linda Popky, Tom Waters, Doug Fleener, Jen Filla, Natalie Denesovych and Laura Mikuska, Victoria Bartlett and Catherine Mary Sullivan, Robbie Kellman Baxter, Marci Moore, and Pam Williams, Dr. Terrie Temkin, Thomas Bakewell, Jane Howze

Podcast #12: Jane S. Howze, Managing Director of the Alexander Group– an Executive Search Firm

Jane HowzeExecutive Search: Enhance Your Work By Creating a Great Team. What are the most important actions any CEO should do to manage their career? What are the key skills of successful leaders? How might CEOs, chief development officer, and board chairs find out if they share “common development philosophies” that benefit income growth? In terms of succession, what specific actions can boards take now to prepare–even if it’s the first day of a new leader? And finally, when do you need an executive search firm? Based on decades of experience, Jane Alexander shares answers to these questions. (31:05)

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Podcast #11: Karen Eber Davis Interviews Thomas Bakewell, CEO Counsel and Confidante

Thomas_Bakewell_Headshot Are You Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table? What challenges do for for-profit and nonprofit boards share? As a board member, what do you need to know about your responsibilities and liabilities? Might board members have a career path? If so, what does it look like? What about compensation? For-profits pay their board members. Nonprofits expect their board members to donate money. Are nonprofits therefore handicapped when it comes to capturing good leadership? Tom Bakewell, the author of Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table, answers these questions and more in this insightful podcast. (30:38)

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Podcast #10 Karen Eber Davis Interviews Dr. Terrie Temkin, CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc.

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Take Aways from YOU and Your Nonprofit Board. After editing a book, written by almost 40 experts in nonprofit governance, what did Dr. Temkin learn? Where do the experts agree about nonprofit governance? Where do they diverge? And, before you go into your next board meeting, what one thing should you commit to do or remember? Dr. Terrie Temkin is an acknowledged thought leader in the areas of governance and board development and founding principal of the international consulting firm, CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc. (25:00)

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Podcast #9 Karen Eber Davis Interviews, Marci Moore and Pam Williams, Nonprofit Finance Pros

Marci headshot - smallPam headshot - smallMoney vs. Mission. Do the two have to conflict? Is there another way? This podcast explores the critical relationship (because of the investment and the opportunities it provides) between a nonprofit CEO and CFO. What is it like when these two leaders synch their work and find ways to make more money and mission happen? Learn more about how these partnerships can shape, form, and inspire great nonprofits. My guests are Marci Moore and Pam Williams with the firm, the Nonprofit Finance Pros, renowned for their work helping nonprofit to find great Chief Financial Officers. (28:35)

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Podcast #8: Karen Eber Davis Interviews Marketing and Growth Strategy Expert, Robbie Kellman Baxter

Nonprofits, What Do You Have in Common with Netflix? Bobbie Kellman Baxter A lot! Learn more in this conversation with marketing and growth strategies expert, Robbie Kellman Baxter, president of Peninsula Strategies. You’ll learn how nonprofit organizations can use memberships to obtain stable funding. Robbie is a leading expert on generating recurring revenue through membership-oriented business models. She brings over 15 years of strategic planning and marketing expertise to Peninsula Strategies. Current and past clients include Netflix, Yahoo!, PayCycle (Intuit) and SurveyMonkey as well as dozens of venture-backed startups. Robbie received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College. (25:14)

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VictoriaCatherine MaryPodcast #7: Karen Eber Davis Interviews Tax Managers, Victoria Bartlett and Catherine Mary Sullivan

Getting Comfortable with the Tax Impacts of Income. Do you or your board members worry about earning a profit in your non-profit? How can you earn income for mission and keep the IRS happy? Listen to this podcast with tax managers, Victoria Bartlett and Catherine Mary Sullivan from the firm of Gregory, Sharer & Stuart to learn more. (21:41)

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Podcast #6 Karen Eber Davis Interviews Events Specialists, Natalie Denesovych and Laura Mikuska

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Special Event Nightmare Closet: How to Keep It Empty. Do you have a fundraising or other special event in your future? Learn from two special events consultants the best practices you can use to keep your special event nightmare closet empty. (16:56)


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Podcast #5 Karen Eber Davis Interviews Jen Filla, Aspire Research Group

Prospect Research What You Need to Know? When You Need to Know It. Did you know that you are already doing prospect research? Listen to this podcast to learn when you’re doing it and how to do it better. Jen Filla shares how prospect research can help you close better donor gifts that don’t leave money on the table. (18:46)

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Podcast #4 Karen Eber Davis Interviews Doug Fleener, Dynamic Experiences Group, LLCDougFleener

Creating Brilliant Customer Experiences in Nonprofit Organizations. When does your customer experience begin and end? What three things can you do now to create an immediate, positive impact on your customer’s experience? What are the two most critical times in a customer’s experience? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this podcast. (30:51)

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Podcast #3 Karen Eber Davis Interviews Planned Giving Specialist, Tom Waters

Tom WatersPlanned Giving, Don’t Use the D-Word. In planned giving, your words are critical. We are talking to donors. We talk to them about a sensitive matter–their deaths. We want to build relationships, yet we are afraid we may damage them, so we say nothing and our organizations pay the price. Tom Waters shares the right words for your planned giving conversations. (21:21)

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Podcast #2 Karen Eber Davis Interviews Marketing Expert Linda Popky LINDA_POPKY_9291w

How to Grow Your List of Supporters. Whom should non-profits consider adding to their mailing and friends’ lists? Are these two separate lists or one? How might a non-profit grow its lists? Whom do non-profits frequently forget? Listen to the answer to these and other questions as Karen Eber Davis interviews marketing consultant, Linda Popky. (24:32)

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Kingston, Kathy Podcast #1 Karen Eber Davis Interviews Auction Expert, Kathy Kingston

Can an auction help your organization to raise money? What items make the most? Learn the answer to these questions and more as Karen interviews Kathy Kingston. Kingston is a national leader in fundraising auctions, professional auctioneer, and consultant. Kingston, CAI, BAS has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations across the country for over 24 years, specializing in benefit auctions. Kingston was the recipient of the prestigious “Rose Award” from the National Auctioneers Association. (24:15)

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Laura Mikuska Interviews Karen Eber Davis on the Value of Partnerships (5:02)

Looking for a way to share more value? This audio demonstrates how a simple telephone referral generates $5,000 of value.  You probably already provide similar value every day.  Do your donors know about it? Use the concept to ignite generosity.

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