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) 



“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.”



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

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephanie.skry/ 

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

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


Want more of the podcast?

New episodes are released weekly! Find them all plus show notes and exclusive bonus content at https://100degreesconsulting.com/podcast

Leave us a review! Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Let me know what you loved most about this episode!

Subscribe to the show so you don’t miss a thing!