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Rapidly Growing your Nonprofit with Ali Rabe

As nonprofit leaders, we are always looking for ways to grow our impact on the communities we serve. It can be a challenge especially when we’re depending on government funding, which can be unpredictable and limited. My podcast guest, Ali Rabe, is sharing how she managed to 10x her nonprofit in under 5 years, even with government funding. 

Ali is diving into strategies she’s used to get creative with her fundraising, marketing, and growing her nonprofit, Jesse Tree. Her organization went from 2 staff members, including herself, in 2019 to 18 employees today. Ali is also sharing her favorite time management tips to avoid the burnout that so many people in the nonprofit sector experience.  

 

About Ali Rabe

Ali is the Executive Director at Jesse Tree, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing eviction and homelessness in the Treasure Valley. Ali has spent most of her career supporting local governments and nonprofits in their efforts to prevent and end homelessness. Ali is a proud alumnus of The College of Idaho and holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School. She is the State Senator for District 16 in Idaho.

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn strategies for growing your impact and diversifying your funding sources like:

•Lessons from international nonprofit experiences (4:00)

•The long-term impact of local nonprofit work (9:00)

•Navigating government funding with changing political administration (23:20) 

•Managing the growth of your organization (31:00)

•Strategies for rapidly growing your nonprofit (35:30)

•Time management tips (40:20) 

 

Teasers

“She just looked me in the eye and she said, ‘Why are you here? Where’s your family? Go home to your family.’ I heard that constantly from people.”

“I got really angry and ran for office.”

“We were able to maintain our entire staff, even when that 3 million grant was gone.”

“I was really intentional about hiring and who I brought on with my staff and my board. And I’m proud to say that a majority of our staff, more than 90 percent, are still with us.”

 

Resources

Visit the Jesse Tree website: www.jessetreeidaho.org/donate 

Follow Ali on Instagram: @aliforidaho 

Follow Jesse Tree on Instagram: @jessetreeidaho

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

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Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/rapidly-growing-nonprofit

 

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Top Book Recommendations for 2024

Nonprofit leaders, when is the last time you set aside time to read? Whether you’re an avid reader like me, or it’s been a while since you picked up (or listened to) a book, you’ll want to give this episode a listen. I’m giving you my top book recommendations for 2024!

I read 48 books in 2023 and now I’m diving into my favorites, from fun reads to the most inspiring and impactful. Some of these books have quite literally changed my life and how I’m leading my team. Several of these books are geared towards entrepreneurs, but ring so true for nonprofit leaders as well. I highly recommend you add all of these books to your 2024 reading list.  

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, I’m diving into the books I read in 2023 and giving you my top recommendations, including:

•My favorite reading apps (1:10)

•My top fiction recommendation (4:20)

•The books that inspired me to have more fun (4:50)

•An interesting read that combines pop culture and a business case study (8:10)

•The 3 most impactful books I read in 2023 (11:50)

•Recap of my top book recommendations (15:00)

 

Teasers

“I don’t do enough that I really think is fun and I love this book because she really defines fun.”

“The idea here is when you have a problem in your organization, instead of thinking, ‘Okay, how am I going to solve this problem?’ The question is, ‘Who am I going to get to help me solve this problem?’ And I just thought it was so powerful.”

“I think we all want to achieve more by doing less.”

 

Resources

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/knowing-your-numbers

 

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Knowing Your Numbers and Planning for the Future with Margaret Chapman Pomponio

How do you use your nonprofit numbers to plan for the future? Knowing where your organization stands with its finances is so important for continuing to grow your impact on the communities you serve. In this episode, I chat with special guest Margaret Chapman Pomponio about how she’s using this knowledge to plan for the future sustainability of her nonprofit, West Virginia FREE.  

Margaret dives into how she is stepping outside of her comfort zone and using a unique approach to serving the community. She also shares how her nonprofit has shifted its fundraising strategy after looking at the financial trends. Like how WV FREE went from focusing on large donor contributions to individual, year-round contributions. Margaret also chats about how she is overcoming the scarcity mindset we so often see in the nonprofit sector. 

 

About Margaret

Before Margaret joined West Virginia FREE in 2002, she had a varied career, from serving two terms in AmeriCorps to working with the Lummi Nation in Washington, waiting tables, and teaching Women and Politics at Western Washington University. When she returned to her native Mountain State, she landed at WV FREE and began to earnestly expand reproductive health, rights, and justice work in her home state.

Under Margaret’s leadership, WV FREE has successfully expanded its staff and reach and has experienced significant victories for reproductive health rights and justice policy throughout the state and at every level of government in a very challenging political climate. No stranger to fighting battles uphill, Margaret knows that advocacy for reproductive rights, and racial, gender, and economic justice is best done in partnership. She deeply values working in coalition and lifting up new leaders to build power for transformative social change.

 

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn how the power of knowing your numbers can help you grow your impact and plan for the future, including:

•Stepping outside of your comfort zone (9:10)

•Using a unique approach to serve the community (12:30)

•Leveraging the power of your staff and contractors (17:45)

•Shifting fundraising strategies to individual contributors (20:50)

•Incorporating consistent year-round fundraising strategies (23:15)

•Overcoming scarcity mindset in the nonprofit sector (25:20)

•Why knowing your numbers grows your impact (32:50)

 

Teasers

“As a leader, we have to recognize what our weaknesses are or how we can improve. And my approach to that is recognize it, say it, and ask for help. I’ve always been that person. You’ve got to ask for help.”

“It’s been really gratifying to have more support. We know there’s a lot of untapped potential and it has kind of pushed us to that realization. We really do need to build more support right here in our own state and it’s bearing fruit.”

“Feeling confident in the numbers is everything. And doing the multi-year outlook gives me so much peace of mind.”

“Funders don’t want to invest in an organization that isn’t managing its finance as well. And to be able to tell the financial story to our donors I think gives a lot of peace of mind.”

 

Resources

West Virginia FREE Website: www.wvfree.org

Donate to West Virginia FREE: https://secure.everyaction.com/WDjTe0bHXU6iQi4HR-Rd1g2 

FREE Monthly Finance Routine Checklist: https://100degreesconsulting.com/routine/ 

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/knowing-your-numbers

 

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Overcoming the Challenges of Inflation

Is your organization struggling with the many challenges that come with inflation? The rising cost of everything has been top of mind for most people, including nonprofit leaders. Inflation is impacting our employees, the communities we serve, and our donors. 

While rising costs are all around us, there are some strategies your organization can implement to overcome these challenges. In this episode, I dive into how you can keep up with rising costs like diversifying your revenue streams and looking at your organization’s cash reserves. These, along with some solid financial planning, can make a big difference for your nonprofit. 

I also discuss the challenges nonprofits are facing with retaining employees and strategies for raising their salary to market rate. Hint: we’re talking about getting comfortable with asking funders for more money. It may not be easy, but it is doable. Let’s dive in. 

 

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn strategies on how you can help deal with the rising costs within your organization, including: 

•Keeping up with the rising costs of everything: health insurance premiums, audit fees, employee salaries, etc. (1:45)

•Communicating with funders about increased costs (4:40)

•Challenges with retaining employees (8:20)

•Why financial planning is so important, especially during inflation (10:00)

•Diversifying your revenue streams (12:00)

•Looking at your organization’s cash reserves (16:10)

•Getting comfortable asking funders for more money (17:50)

 

Teasers

“We need to have a forecast where we are proactively looking at our revenue and our expenses so we can project what our revenue needs to be to match that.”

“Who knows what prices are going to turn into? Who knows where inflation is going?”

“When we’re talking about inflation-adjusted fundraising, we need to ask for more money.”

 

Resources

FREE Cashflow Template: https://100degreesconsulting.com/cash 

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/overcoming-inflation

 

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Elevating the ROI of Conferences

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to attend more conferences and professional development opportunities? Maybe you’re looking for how to make the most of these experiences. If this is on your 2024 bucket list, then this episode is for you! Your time and money are precious, so you want to be sure you are getting the highest possible return on investment (ROI) from the events you attend. 

In this podcast episode, I’m diving into ways to elevate your ROI of conferences by telling you the exact steps I take to get the most value from these events. I’m also sharing a few personal stories of how I created lasting relationships by getting out of my comfort zone and fully committing to the conference experience! 

 

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn ways to boost the ROI of attending conferences including:  

•Setting clear goals for yourself (2:55)

•Benefits of planning ahead (5:00)

•The power of following up (10:20)

•Pulling yourself out of your comfort zone (12:00)

•Elevating the ROI of conferences (15:00)

•Taking action (17:30)

 

Teasers

“It was an opportunity to really go deep and share ideas and brainstorm things with people I already know.”

“Another favorite part of that conference was having a two-hour conversation while swimming in the ocean with somebody I had never met before. We were able to connect about so many things and share different ideas. It was fantastic.”

“What I always do is evaluate the ROI on my experience. And it’s not necessarily monetary ROI when it comes to conferences, but really thinking about the experience afterward and thinking, ‘Did I really connect on a deeper level with a number of people?’”

“Make sure you’ve got that one action item from each session that you’re actually going to do something about.”

 

Resources

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/elevating-roi-conferences

 

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Disrupting the Status Quo in Your Organization

Are you tired of feeling like you’re not getting anywhere with problem-solving in your organization? So many leaders and decision-makers have adopted a status quo with how they solve problems in their organization. It almost feels like they’re on autopilot.  

While having a good process for solving issues is beneficial, sometimes we don’t give enough thought to how these problems are impacting our staff and community members. That’s why I’m so excited to have special guest, Heather Hiscox on today’s podcast episode. She’s a disruptor and changemaker who teaches other leaders how to implement effective problem-solving strategies in their organizations. She’s diving into systems you can use in your organization, and how you can quickly solve problems. Plus, she even gives some amazing resources for nonprofit leaders. 

 

About Heather

Heather Hiscox is a frustrated changemaker on a mission to change the way WE change the world. Heather is the founder and CEO of Pause for Change. The PAUSE method is a proven and proprietary framework that helps changemakers address difficult challenges and pursue promising opportunities. These skills help organizations determine which solutions will create the greatest impact while using fewer resources and less time. 

Heather is the author of No More Status Quo: A Proven Framework to Change the Way We Change the World. She is also the co-creator and host of Possibility Project, an online conversation series and growing community of disruptive change makers reclaiming their power through meaningful sparks, connections, and action. Heather speaks at conferences and events about social impact (nonprofit, local government, and philanthropic) disruption and innovation, and has launched several ventures that benefit the social impact sector, connecting organizations to the training, skills, and resources they need to deepen their impact.

 

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn strategies on how to disrupt the status quo and creatively solve problems in your nonprofit organization. 

•How to disrupt the status quo in your organization (7:55)

•Why problem-solving slowly helps you move quickly in the long run (12:00)

•Big inhibitors to success (15:50)

•A step-by-step system for transforming your organization (18:10)

•Having conversations that push the nonprofit sector in a new way (27:15)

•Free resources and a community for nonprofit leaders (33:30)

 

Teasers

“You don’t have to work status quo. You can work with love and care and creativity and can really approach challenges in a whole new way.”

“It’s disruptive in the way that I’m asking individuals and teams and organizations to first pause to identify who is actually impacted by this challenge. Who are the humans inside and outside your organization that will be most impacted? Because we often don’t do that. We just barrel ahead based on those habits and how we’re rewarded to just solve, solve, solve, go urgency.”

“A prosperous nonprofit is one that is vulnerable enough to identify what they don’t know, that is open enough and empathetic enough to identify that they need to go learn from those people that are most engaged in the challenges, which are usually frontline staff and community members.”

 

Resources

Heather’s Website: www.PauseforChange.com 

Heather’s Book: www.NoMoreStatusQuoBook.com

Heather’s Talk Show: www.PossibilityProject.org 

Connect with Heather on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherhiscox/ 

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/disrupting-status-quo

 

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New Year's Resolution that Changed My Work Life

The New Year’s Resolution that Changed My Work Life

Are you feeling bogged down by a busy work schedule? Is 20 meetings a week your norm? I’ve been there and that’s exactly why I recorded this podcast episode. Today, I’m diving into the New Year’s resolution that completely changed my life! 

I’m sharing with you four tips to avoid the burnout being a nonprofit leader can sometimes bring. Plus, I’m giving you real-world examples of how you can start implementing these strategies in your everyday life. I’m talking about batching work, using your time wisely, prioritizing your tasks, and so much more! 

 

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn strategies for navigating a busy schedule and avoiding burnout including: 

  • •The New Year’s resolution that changed my life (4:05)
  • •Setting boundaries (5:55)
  • •Using time wisely with meeting agendas (6:45)
  • •Batching work and meetings (7:55)
  • •Prepping your week and narrowing down your to-do list (12:00)
  • •Strategies for making a busy week smoother (15:00)
  • •Examples of how you can apply these strategies (17:15)

 

Teasers

“I changed my calendar link scheduling preferences and limited it to just two or three days. And it literally changed my life. I didn’t have meetings every single day beginning to end with only 30 minutes or an hour in between.”

“I create my additional to-do list again of only the bare essentials so that I am not overwhelmed by this daunting list of things that don’t really need to get done.”

“Batch work and batch your meetings to give yourself big chunks of open space to actually do work, get things done, think big, think strategically, and go deep in your work. Then, have your meetings on different days.”

 

Resources

Financial Management Webinar: https://hello.blackbaud.com/2024-Financial-Management-Webinar-Series.html 

FREE Finance Routine Checklist: https://100degreesconsulting.com/routine/ 

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/resolution-that-changed-work-life 

 

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Using Creativity to Shake Up the Nonprofit World with Treger Strasberg

Are you looking for fresh ideas to shake up your nonprofit and grow your impact? If so, then you’re in luck! Special guest and founder of Humble Design, Treger Strasberg, is sharing all the different ways she’s shaking up the nonprofit world like…  how she communicates with her donors, and using empathy, dignity, and creativity as part of her nonprofit’s mission.

She also dives into how she’s been able to grow her nonprofit beyond Detroit to Chicago, Cleveland, Seattle, and San Diego by having set standard operating procedures. Treger also tells us how she’s inspiring those outside of her organization to get involved and sharing a huge mindset shift she experienced that completely changed the way she communicates with donors. 

 

About Treger

Treger did not set out to create a national nonprofit or fill a hole in the continuum of care for homeless individuals. She did not plan on establishing a system that would help thousands of veterans, women, children, and families to stop the revolving door of homelessness for them. She had no intention of connecting with countless volunteers and supporters who shared her life view of leading with empathy and dignity. She just wanted to help a friend in need.

To date, Humble Design has furnished over 3,200 homes for over 9,100 hard-working moms, dads, kids, and veterans exiting homeless shelters. Families who have benefited from the home furnishings from Humble Design have had a 99 percent success rate of remaining in their homes. Humble Design was born out of the belief that families emerging from homelessness deserve to come home each day to a clean, friendly, and dignified home.

Treger is honored to have been nominated for two Emmys for the TV show “Welcome Home,” which follows Treger and her husband Rob through the process of changing a family’s life through design. She has been awarded ABC World News Person of the Week, Volunteer of the Year in Michigan, Woman of Distinction in California, IIDA Business Innovator, TCH Diversity Award, the Lighthouse Salute America Award, Optimist Club’s Ruby Award, Girl Scout of America’s One Tough Cookie Award, Make your Marc award by Marc Fisher, and Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40, and others.

 

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn how Treger Strasberg of Humble Design is shaking up the nonprofit world including: 

•Diving head first into the nonprofit world (5:55)

•Changing the nonprofit landscape with creativity (8:30)

•Providing dignity and empathy to families experiencing homelessness (13:00)

•Growing your nonprofit’s impact and empowering others across the country to help (18:40)

•The importance of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) (23:30)

•Finding inspiration in the nonprofit world (25:55)

•Changing the way you communicate with donors (28:00)

 

Teasers

“I didn’t want to just stick with any furniture that came my way. I wanted it to be dignified and respectful because she was my friend.”

“Those stories, for me, have opened up my eyes that this is an epidemic in this country that’s coming down, whether we like it or not. Ans it is not just drug-addicted, mentally ill individuals who are struggling with being unhoused. One in four individuals in the United States are going to struggle with homelessness at some point in their life.”

“We’re still governed by this archaic system that feels frustrating because our minds are living in this one world yet our financial statements are being judged in this other world.”

 

Resources

Visit the Humble Design website: www.humbledesign.org 

Connect with Treger on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/treger-strasberg-80020841/ 

Follow all of the Humble Design cities on Instagram: 

@humbledesignsandiego

@humbledesigndetroit

@humbledesignnational

@humbledesignchitown

@humbledesignseattle

@humbledesigncleveland

 

FREE Finance Routine Checklist: https://100degreesconsulting.com/routine/ 

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/shaking-up-the-nonprofit-world

 

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2023 podcast highlights

2023 Podcast Highlights

2023 is quickly coming to a close, so I thought I’d do a podcast highlights episode. I’m diving into the top 10 most downloaded episodes of 2023 and boy oh boy are they juicy… like the episode where I announced that we were shutting down half of our business. It was absolutely terrifying, but 100% the best and most aligned decision for us. That experience was part of the inspiration for my ‘Building Confidence Doing Scary Things’ episode that aired shortly after. 

This year, we also dove into building your nonprofit finance dream team and the role of the nonprofit CFO. But enough about me. We had some amazing guests this year who gave our listeners a literal gold mine of information, especially around grants, organizational culture, and increasing your impact and improving your bottom line. 

 

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, we’ll dive into the most popular podcast episodes of 2023. Here’s the list if you want to jump straight to the episodes. 

Announcement! And Celebrating 100 Episodes (Episode 100)

How Nonprofits Can Use ChatGPT to Increase Their Impact with Krista Kurlinkus (Episode 104)

Building a Thriving Organizational Culture with Skyler Badenoch (Episode 106)

Creating a Strong Organizational Culture with Alissa Novoselick (Episode 134)

Building a Balanced Funding Strategy and Becoming a Grant Writing Unicorn for a Prosperous Nonprofit with Meredith Noble (Episode 110)

How to Build Confidence in Doing Scary Things (Episode 103)

Building Your Nonprofit Finance Dream Team (Episode 109)

The Role of Nonprofit CFO (Episode 111)

Demystifying Federal Grants with Patrice Davis (Episode 112)

How Data Can Improve Your Bottom Line with Kaitlin Windle (Episode 118)

 

Teasers

“We came to that decision, to basically shut down half of our business… It was terrifying, but it was 100 percent the right decision.”

“It’s not normal for people to stay at an organization for five or ten years when people are just jumping around so much.”

“She demystifies all things federal grants because they’re scary, they’re big, they’re confusing and their systems online are like dinosaurs.”

 

Resources

Grant Writing Made Easy with Krista Kurlinkus: https://grantwritingmadeeasy.com/ 

FREE Finance Routine Checklist: https://100degreesconsulting.com/routine 

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/2023-podcast-highlights 

 

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Fundraising Strategies for Small Nonprofits with Cindy Wagman

Are you a small nonprofit leader looking for ways to spruce up your fundraising strategy to meet your goals? If you said yes, then you’re in luck as fundraising expert, Cindy Wagman, is joining us on today’s episode. 

She is sharing a wealth of knowledge, like the number one factor in fundraising success, how she’s seen fundraising change over the past two decades, and how having the right person in a fundraising role makes a huge difference for the nonprofit. She even tells us how access to expert fundraisers for small nonprofits is more attainable than you think. Cindy dives into how fractional fundraising is helping small organizations meet, and even exceed, their fundraising goals. 

 

Read the podcast transcript here.

 

About Cindy

Cindy Wagman is challenging the status quo when it comes to nonprofit consulting. As a nonprofit pro turned in-demand coach, consultant, and speaker, Cindy empowers nonprofit-serving consultants to shake off the “shoulds,” drop the nonprofit scarcity hangover, and find abundance in entrepreneurship.

Cindy is the co-host of the Confessions with Jess & Cindy podcast, and author of the bestselling book, Raise It! The Reluctant Fundraiser’s Guide to Raising Money Without Selling Your Soul, and founder of the Fractional Fundraising Movement.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn strategies small nonprofits can use to up your fundraising game like: 

•The most important factor in nonprofit fundraising (6:00)

•The evolution of fundraising and development teams over the past two decades (12:00)

•How having an experienced person in the fundraising role positively impacts the entire organization (16:45)

•What is fractional fundraising? (20:00)

•Types of nonprofits that get the most out of fractional fundraising (29:00)

•Expectations that need to be in place for fractional fundraisers (33:45)

 

Teasers

“So it’s [fundraising] a heavy push at the beginning and then it’s a lot lighter of a load.”

“It takes 12 months, at least, for things to start to feel like, ‘Oh, okay, I can see this coming together.’”

“The organization has to understand that you have to build fundraising into your core budget to be able to sustain it.”

 

Resources

Find a fractional fundraiser or become one: https://www.thegoodpartnership.com/ 

Connect with Cindy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindywagman/ 

Follow Cindy on Instagram: @cindywagman.consulting

FREE Cash Flow Forecast: https://100degreesconsulting.com/cash 

Keep up to date with the podcast: @100degreesconsulting

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieskryzowski/ 

Visit the podcast page: https://100degreesconsulting.com/fundraising-strategies-for-small-nonprofits

 

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