Episode 14: Applying Empathy in Nonprofit Relationships with Carrie Rice

Host Sarai Johnson talks with Carrie Rice about how to approach our relationships in nonprofits - among staff, board, volunteers, funders, and partners - with empathy and genuine concern. Carrie Rice is the brilliant consultant behind Carrie Rice Consulting, where she helps nonprofits solve their problems. Sarai and Carrie discuss how to be generous in our interactions - whether from leadership positions or line staff positions - and everything in between. 

Episode 13: The Frenzy of the Activist with Mazarine Treyz

“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”


― Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Episode 12: Events - What Are They Good For?

Events can be a great way to raise more money, get more supporters, and...exhaust your staff. How can we use events in smart and thoughtful ways so we can maximize their benefit, and minimize the amount we need to invest in facial tissues to dry our many event-related tears? Find out a few good ideas on today's episode.

Episode 11: Engaging Influencers for Your Organization with Kylie Travers

Kylie Travers talks about how to leverage influencers for your cause by developing strong, long term relationships with them, being specific about what you want and need in that relationship, setting up agreements to work together, and speaking the truth and sharing your stories. Along the way, you’ll learn about Tall Poppy Syndrome, and be exposed to a good lot of Australianisms, which will make your heart soar. And you’ll be smarter for it.   

Episode 10: Creating Safe Space Through Communications With David Betke

As nonprofits, we aim to change the world – and we do it through changing one mind at a time. What if we could learn to create conversations that offered greater solutions? What if we could find ways to get to both/and solutions instead of making either/or choices? David Betke of Avatar Brand Management does exactly that, and has for a quarter century. Join him and your host, Sarai Johnson, today as they talk about how to create safe space through communications. 

Episode 5: Network Your Way to Success in Fundraising

Fundraisers face a lot of challenges – the least of which is raising huge sums of cash for their organizations. On today’s episode, we’ll explore how you can ensure your success in the development world by making sure you pick the right place to work, build a strong network and think conscientiously about your career.

Episode 4: Aligning Values With Your Work

Hear from my friend and colleague, Michelle Bixler, as she walks us through how she navigated a situation at work where she found herself asked to compromise her values. You'll get five clear ways to make sure you are aligned with your work, and what to do when you're not.

Episode 3: 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Career

A lot of people ask me how I became a consultant for nonprofits. They want to know what I did, what I learned, where I learned it and how, because they have similar goals and dreams. So, today I’ll tell you all about how I got into nonprofit work, how I applied myself, invested in myself, and ended up where I am now, doing what I get to do everyday – help nonprofits build better businesses to get real mission results.