The Nonprofit Experience show

The Nonprofit Experience

Summary: The Nonprofit Experience is a new podcast project from Philanthropy Journal that brings together nonprofit practitioners, supporters, academics, and service beneficiaries for conversations about what it's like to be impacted by the sector. These creative collisions show us that there is no one nonprofit experience, but a whole community of people dedicated to and affected by nonprofit work. Learn more at

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 Ep 37: Mission Over Self | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:47

Recent trends have lead to huge changes in populations and as property values go up in different neighborhoods, many nonprofits feel pressure to sell their now-valuable land and move elsewhere. How does a community-based organization balance legacy with a changing sense of place? Don Blanchon, Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health, talks with Andy Altman, co-founder of Fivesquares Development. The two talk about the partnership between the health center serving the LGBTQ community in Washington, D.C. and the real estate developer, which created a symbiotic and multi-use space in their historic 14th St site. Stay tuned for more show notes at

 Ep 36: We Don't Want It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:02

What exactly does it take to successfully address a topic like offshore drilling? It takes collective effort with collaboration across the aisle and a movement in tune with the communities values. In this special episode of The Nonprofit Experience we hear the diverse groups united in the fight to ban offshore drilling. This episode include audio recorded live from the Don't Drill SC rally in Charleston, SC on August 5th where we hear from community leaders like two mayors of small coastal towns, the head-of-state to the Gullah/Geechee nation Queen Quet, and SC state senator Chip Campsen. We also hear North America Chief Policy Officer of environmental group Oceana, Jackie Savitz and South Carolina U.S. House Representative Joe Cunningham sit down to talk about the big picture and the importance of the bipartisan effort on this issue. Show notes and more at

 Ep 35: Trust in the Age of Disbelieving | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:21

What do a science foundation and an art museum have in common? This week, we pair Adam Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with Adam Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Last year, the Sloan Foundation granted $100,000 to the Whitney for a exhibition exploring the intersection of art and science over the last 50 years. In this episode, the two Adams talk about the importance of partnerships like this one, how to increase trust in both art and science, and how the public interacts with it. Stay tuned for more images, timestamped topics, and other show notes.

 Ep 34: Be Honest, Be Direct | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:04

Nonprofits often feel pressure to put on a show of positivity, especially in front of funders. In this episode of The Nonprofit Experience, Phil Buchanan from the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Tiffany Gueye of Blue Meridian Partners talk about the importance of sometimes brutal honesty about nonprofits' needs, inequities and barriers to equal treatment in the sector, and fighting for a work-life balance. Go to for images, timestamp topics, and other show notes.

 Ep 33: Back to Whatever Normal Is | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:13

Through the lens of the devastating floods across Nashville and Middle Tennessee in May of 2010, Lori Shinton of Hands on Nashvile and Regine Webster from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy talk about disaster response and the challenges organizations and communities face in the aftermath. For images and more show notes:

 Season 3 Trailer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:35

TNE's Season 3 premiers next Wednesday, August 21st! Haven't caught up on Seasons 1 and 2? Listen to these clips for an idea of what stories we got to hear in the last year

 Ep 32: Community Solutions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:23

Community support is essential to the success of nonprofit organizations. Community Workforce Solutions' Julie Griffin and Amy McElwain sit down with Mudcats' Joshua Clark to discuss how their partnership has benefited CWS clients, the Mudcats, and the larger community.

 Ep 31: Where's Community? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:30

Creating systems change is complex. There is no one blanket solution to solving the social issues of our time. This week Peter Buffett, co-president of the NoVo Foundation, and Delores Bailey, Executive Director of EmPOWERment Inc., start to dig deep into the historical, psychological and systemic challenges to creating a community where civil rights are based on actual human dignity and purpose

 Ep 30: It's All Worth It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:41

Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc. (TROSA) is a nonprofit residential recovery center that helps men and women with substance use disorders rebuild their lives. TROSA is unique in that it also provides ways to advance one's education, by getting a GED or taking college courses, thanks to a partnership with Durham Technical Community College. Before Kim Connolly became staff at TROSA, she was a resident in their program. Kim sits down with GED Teacher Mariann Smith to talk about feelings of accomplishment in both their individual work and throughout the organization as a whole.

 Ep 29: Big Results in Little Washington | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:17

Inner Banks STEM Center's Alvin Powell and Jessica Williams discuss the role STEM education opportunities play in the sustainability of rural communities.

 Ep 28: Special Episode: Live from the Z. Smith Reynolds Renew & Refresh Retreat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:33

This week's episode is live from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation's Renew & Refresh Retreat. Since 1990, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has honored North Carolina's nonprofit leaders for their dedicated service and commitment to the sector by awarding these sabbaticals. This Spring, the Foundation invited all participants in the program throughout the years to convene at the beach for the first ever Renew & Refresh Retreat. We were there to capture conversations about the program and the impact it has had.

 Ep 27: Betting on North Carolina Farmers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:28

Blake Butler, Executive Director, NC Industrial Hemp Association, and Malcolm Anderson, co-founder of Green Heffa Farms, NC’s first black-owned social equity hemp farm, sit down to discuss the impact on plant can have on individuals, communities, and our state.

 Ep 26: Coming Full Circle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:57

Henry Crews and Eva Clayton have known each other for almost 50 years. These days, Eva is retired from the US Congress and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and Henry serves as the Executive Director of the Green Rural Redevelopment Organization. Listen in as they share how their paths have crossed throughout the years in work around food and nutrition at home in rural North Carolina and across the globe.

 Ep 25: Courageous Conversations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:35

Bethann James, Founder & CEO of Gemstone Professional Services Consultants, and public health professional and podcaster Amarachi Anakaraonye discuss the importance and challenges of presenting your authentic self.

 Ep 24: Somewhere in the Grey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:05

Digital storyteller Amarachi Anakaraonye and public health professional Lydia Moges discuss the ups and downs of nonprofit work, a life spent somewhere in the grey area.


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