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Season 1

Is Santa Claus Coming This Year?

Dec. 15, 2021

Research indicates that many nonprofits receive up to one-third of their revenue in the last few weeks of the year. But it also takes planning, preparation, and work with your donors to see that happen. On the last episode …

Reflections on 20 Episodes

Nov. 3, 2021

Recent statistics show that the majority of people who start a podcast, fail to get to 10 episodes. With this episode, The Practice of Nonprofit Leadership has reached 20. In this edition of PNPL, Tim and Nathan reflect bac…

Is Working Remotely Right For You?

Oct. 26, 2021

The debate is on. Back to the office or not...or some sort of hybrid. And is working remotely right for Nonprofit work? In this episode, Tim and Nathan share from their experiences both the benefits and challenges of a rem…

To Grant or Not to Grant: That is the Question You Must Ask.

Oct. 19, 2021

Where do grants fall in your fundraising strategy? Are grants something you would like to pursue to help fund your organization's programs? And why does Nathan, the fundraising guru, have a love/hate relationship when it c…

I Need Help!!!

Oct. 5, 2021

Your organization is growing. More opportunities are coming your way. The workload is increasing. You begin to realize that you need more help to get everything done. What kind of help do you need? On this episode, Tim a…

Measuring Up

Sept. 28, 2021

Being successful and making a difference are two things Executive Directors strive for when leading their organizations. But how do you know? What measurements do you use to evaluate your program effectiveness? On this epi…

What's My Job? - Providing Financial Oversight

Sept. 14, 2021

In most cases, Executive Directors are not hired for their financial prowess but most often for their leadership gifts, passion for the mission, and/or ability to raise funds. But providing financial oversight, in concert w…

What Keeps Us Up at Night?

Sept. 7, 2021

As a nonprofit leader, what keeps you up at night? What occupy's your mind? On this episode, Tim and Nathan share four issues that tend to keep them up at night as nonprofit leaders. They also discuss each issue and some w…

What's My Job? - Dealing With Crisis

Aug. 31, 2021

While there seems to be no shortage of crisis in the world, sometimes that crisis makes its way into your nonprofit organization. Sharing from their current realties, Tim and Nathan share steps the Executive Director and an…

What's My Job? - Understanding Governance

Aug. 17, 2021

Who is really responsible for a nonprofit organization ? What is the role of the Board vs the Executive Director when it comes to governance? In today's episode, Tim and Nathan answers those questions as they address the is…

What's My Job - Staying On Mission

Aug. 10, 2021

How do you respond when a staff member, Board member, or volunteer has a great new idea for the organization? Or if a donor offers to fund a new project substantially, if the organization will take it on? "Mission Creep" is…

What's My Job? - Raising Funds

Aug. 3, 2021

We all know that a nonprofit requires resources to do its work. But where do those resources come from? As part of their series on "What's my Job?" , Tim and Nathan discuss the role of Executive Director as "Chief Fundraise…

Introduction to "What's My Job" series

July 20, 2021

With all that comes at us as leaders of nonprofits on a daily basis, it is often tempting to ask the question, "What is my job?" Tim and Nathan kick off a new series looking at that very question. Together they discuss four…

Founder Transition

July 6, 2021

It may be retirement, health issues, or just time to move on...but there are few things more challenging than the transition of a Nonprofit Founder to a new Executive Director. The transition requires strategic intention by…

5 Mistakes Founders Make

June 22, 2021

Starting a nonprofit usually kicks off with lots of passion and excitement. But as it moves along, there are actions that limit the growth and impact of the organization. In this episode, Tim and Nathan discuss 5 mistakes …

Founders - Starting a Nonprofit

June 15, 2021

During the Covid-19 pandemic, with job losses and the world on hold, reports show that a large number of nonprofits were started to address local, national, and global issues. Tim and Nathan discuss what it takes to found …

It's About People - Volunteer Relationships

June 1, 2021

Volunteers are a vital aspect of nonprofits and a key relationship for nonprofit leaders. Sharing from their current experiences, Tim and Nathan discuss finding, managing, and appreciating volunteers.

It's About People - Board Relationships

May 25, 2021

One of the most rewarding, and yet sometimes challenging, is the relationship we have with our Board members. It is also one of the most important relationships for an Executive Director. Tim and Nathan share from their ow…

It's About People - Donor Relationships

May 18, 2021

As a nonprofit executive leader, you may not be in it for the money but if you don't have money, you will not be in it. On podcast #3, Tim and Nathan. explore the importance of good relationships with donors. And, as an ex…

Introduction to the Practice of Nonprofit Leadership

May 11, 2021

Welcome to the Practice of Nonprofit Leadership! Hosts Tim Barnes and Nathan Ruby, introduce themselves and share what to expect on upcoming episodes of the Practice of Nonprofit Leadership podcast. Laugh along with them, a…

It's About People - A key to Nonprofit Leadership

May 11, 2021

A recent article stated that more than 50% of a Nonprofit Executive Director's time is spent focused on people. In this episode, Tim and Nathan identify a few key relationships that are important to focus on when leading a n…