Rainmaker Fundraising Podcast show

Rainmaker Fundraising Podcast

Summary: Andrew Olsen, CFRE and Roy Jones, CFRE have 50+ years of combined nonprofit leadership experience and have jointly raised nearly $1 Billion in charitable gifts. In this podcast, Andrew and Roy interview high-level leaders from across the sector to bring you high impact insights and guidance to help you lead successfully and execute effectively.

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 The Nonprofit Generosity Crisis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:42
 Increasing Mission Impact | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:16
 How one charity achieves 98% retention | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:07
 Farming and Fundraising | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:33

Over my 25-year fundraising career I’ve often heard it said, “fundraising is like farming — you plant the seed, allow time to take hold, and then eventually reap the harvest.” But as Joel Eaton, Founder of Preface and I discussed, there are a multitude of other ways that fundraising and farming are similar. In this […]

 Infusing B-School Thinking into Nonprofits | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:51

“If we believe so much in our missions and what we’re trying to accomplish, we have a moral obligation to provide the time and space for our employees to get the continuing education necessary to be the best they can at their jobs.” I loved this quote from Andrew McIndoe, Vice President at The Heritage […]

 Nonprofit F-Words | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:39

If you’ve spent any time at all in the nonprofit sector, you know there are some subjects that are taboo. Some subjects that are difficult to discuss in public spaces, and others that are purely unpopular.  Our guests today refer to those topics collectively as “Nonprofit F-Words.”  No, not THAT F-Word. I promise.  In this […]

 Gift Planning and Donor Legacies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:22

Gift planning and legacy giving conversations don’t just have to be about death and mortality. In fact, they can and should be beautiful conversations about how donors can care for the long-term needs of their families, AND, how they can make significant impact for the causes they care most about.  Kristi Brennan, Chartered Advisor in […]

 The Truth About Leading Change | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:02

Everyone pretty much everywhere is talking about change right now. Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, change seems to be the word of the day. And if you’re not talking about change, you might be talking about transformation. That’s just bigger change, right?  What so many of us get wrong about change and transformation efforts […]

 Social Media Strategy, with Julia Campbell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:49

What’s the role of social media in today’s nonprofit landscape?  Why do you need to think about social media within the broader context of your overall marketing and fundraising strategy, instead of as a stand-alone effort?  Should social media replace your other marketing tactics, or should it augment your existing plan?  How should your nonprofit […]

 Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:30

Dr. Patton McDowell has spent his entire professional career leading organizations and developing high-performing leaders across the nonprofit sector.  You might have caught my conversation with Patton a few weeks ago on his show, Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. If you didn’t, you should check it out. We had an in-depth conversation on the impact […]

 Using behavioral research to shape your marketing and fundraising | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:06

Katie Lord is Vice President of Nonprofit Development at Proof Positioning, a market research company that uses emotional research to better understand donors and motivate them to act for nonprofits.  Katie and I talked recently about the disconnect between marketing and fundraising in nonprofits, as well as the impact of behavioral economics and emotional research […]

 Culture Drives Philanthropy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:37

Jenny Soderholm has invested her entire career in healthcare philanthropy. As Chief Development Officer at Children’s Minnesota and President of Children’s Minnesota Foundation, Jenny is focused on fostering a broad and deep culture of philanthropy that advances her organization’s ability to serve more children and families across Minnesota.  As we talked recently, Jenny shared some […]

 Overflow(ing) with generosity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:09

What does a Bay Area pastor know about nonprofits and charitable giving?  Turns out he knows quite a lot.  At least if that guy is Vance Roush.  Vance is Founder of Overflow.co, a platform created to help unlock generosity across the globe.  Overflow is a platform that helps generous individuals give to charities and ministry […]

 Embracing a fundraising mindset | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:15

Do you have a theology of fundraising?  This was a fascinating question that Michael Mitchell posited on the show recently, and it led to a great conversation about what’s really important in our craft.  Michael is Director of Development and Discipleship at Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO).  In our conversation, Michael talked a lot about […]

 Food Bank fundraising with Rebecca Hendrix | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:54

Rebecca Hendrix is Chief Development Officer at Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. She joined us on the podcast recently to talk about food bank fundraising, engaging donors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to deal with the various challenges facing the nonprofit sector today. Some of the highlights from our conversation include: Understanding the complexity and challenges that arise with engaging donors in a purely virtual environment Navigating crises at your organization and caring well for your people in the process Helping fundraisers balance the desire to remain remote with the need to engage directly and deeply with donors Why fundraising is “the highest form of sales” The key traits for successful nonprofit leaders What your organization can do to meet donors where they are today and engage them well for the future  


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