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Learn how to make the most out of your nonprofit technology with this free podcast. Only 50% of nonprofit technology projects succeed. The technology moves forward, but the organization stays in place. Why? Because although new technology can be powerful, it can’t transform a nonprofit on its own. Technology change is organizational change. Change management is key. Build Consulting has extensive experience transforming nonprofit organizations. We combine deep data and information technology ...
 
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Sr+ is a positively reinforcing podcast for Behavior Analysts (BCBA), autism professionals, and leaders of human service organizations. Sr+ is brought to you by Arizona Autism United (www.AZAunited.org), a nonprofit organization with a mission to help as many families as possible with individualized supports. Sr+ features interviews with colleagues and professionals in various fields, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The show is hosted by Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin, BCBA and CEO of AZ ...
 
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Being an expert in user experience doesn’t mean that you’re an expert designer or programmer. User experience is about how constituents experience your nonprofit organization. Learn five user experience “hacks” that come before technology—and how to create a “user-centric” experience of your organization. In pt 2 of this webinar hosted by Community…
 
Tis the season for… Giving Tuesday! The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, every nonprofit you’ve ever thought about will be contacting you about giving to their Giving Tuesday campaign. But should they? We’re bringing our episode with Ephraim Gopin of 1832 Communications to cover the good, bad, and ugly about Giving Tuesday and year-end giving. Tune in!!…
 
Being an expert in user experience doesn’t mean that you’re an expert designer or programmer. User experience is about how constituents experience your nonprofit organization. Learn five user experience “hacks” that come before technology—and how to create a “user-centric” experience of your organization. In pt 1 of this webinar hosted by Community…
 
We’ve got a vocab lesson for you today – what’s the difference between a nonprofit chapter and a nonprofit affiliate? I don't blame you if you don't know - most people use those words interchangeably! How can you tell the difference, and why does it matter? In this episode, Meghan and I break it all this down and more, all in pursuit of the big que…
 
In part 2, moderated by former Partner Peter Mirus, three of Build’s experts lead a discussion about the challenges facing modern development/fundraising operations. We answer questions from the audience about development operations and technology challenges, and share insights and experience from our combined decades of experience in nonprofit str…
 
Hang tight – we’re going alllll the way back to our very first episode for this special Halloween celebration! Jordan Couch, lawyer from Tacoma and friend of the pod, came on to answer some ~spooky~ nonprofit questions and brainstorm Halloween puns. Are you haunted by unfinished business at your nonprofit? Spooked about witchy board members? Don’t …
 
In this episode, moderated by former Partner Peter Mirus, three of Build’s experts lead a discussion about the challenges facing modern development/fundraising operations. We answer questions from the audience about development operations and technology challenges, and share insights and experience from our combined decades of experience in nonprof…
 
We’re reviving a fan favorite for this episode, so roll up your sleeves and dust off that old book of parliamentary procedures. Do nonprofits legally need to follow Robert’s Rules of Order in their board meetings? That’s a quick answer – NO. Tune into this episode to hear all the ways Robert’s Rules can get in the way of your governance. Grab a cop…
 
In Pt 2, Kyle and Steve dig further into listener questions and talk about those 1000+ unedited photos from the 2011 Gala you want to migrate and store in your new online SharePoint, and how to manage a migration in general. Do you have questions about file sharing and collaboration at your nonprofit? Do you use Microsoft 365? If you use Teams to s…
 
When you think about fundraising, lots of us think about DOLLARS. It’s all about raising that revenue, dollar by dollar, right? But what if we changed the way we think about fundraising altogether? This week’s guest, Noah Gerding, fundraiser extraordinaire, breaks down how the best way to increase those dollars is to focus instead on the relationsh…
 
Do you have questions about file sharing and collaboration at your nonprofit? Do you use Microsoft 365? If you use Teams to share files with colleagues, you use SharePoint. Have you been confused about SharePoint in the past? Sometimes SharePoint training can be overwhelming. SharePoint can also be over-built and overly complicated for the basic us…
 
No matter what kind of nonprofit you run, it all depends on the people. Board, staff, volunteers, program participants, partners – it’s humans involved that make the mission delivery happen. But where humans are involved, drama follows! What happens when the folks involved in the nonprofit do bad things? What do you do when you uncover fraud, prior…
 
Nonprofit organizations often enter and manage key financial data in places other than their accounting system—and require that the data flow into the general ledger. But getting the data from those systems—for managing fundraising, membership, grants, or services—into the accounting system is rarely as straightforward as we would like it to be. In…
 
There are several different topics in the nonprofit sector that can reliably kick up some drama, and today we’re talking about a big one – executive compensation. How much money should a nonprofit leader be paid? How much is too much, or too little? And what the heck is a “rebuttable presumption of reasonableness”??? Tune into this episode for some…
 
Nonprofit organizations often enter and manage key financial data in places other than their accounting system—and require that the data flow into the general ledger. But getting the data from those systems—for managing fundraising, membership, grants, or services—into the accounting system is rarely as straightforward as we would like it to be. In…
 
Shutting down a nonprofit organization is a whole messy process – from the legal requirements to the emotional impact, there’s a lot to consider. Meghan and I teamed up for this episode to answer your questions about nonprofit dissolution. When do you know it’s time to dissolve? What happens if you actually accomplish your mission? What do you do w…
 
In Part 2 of this presentation, Build’s newest Partner Debbie Cameron presents Change Management: Practical Solutions, Not Just Buzzwords virtually at the 202 Good Tech Fest conference. This accessible explanation of her consulting passion is a timeless exploration of practical steps your organization can implement right now. “Change management” is…
 
Social media for nonprofits – is it a huge opportunity, or just another task to add to your growing to-do list? I invited nonprofit social media consultant Julia Campbell to join me on this episode to talk all things social. Do you NEED an account on every single platform? What’s the difference between a social platform being active versus actually…
 
Build’s newest Partner Debbie Cameron presents Change Management: Practical Solutions, Not Just Buzzwords virtually at the 202 Good Tech Fest conference. This accessible explanation of her consulting passion is a timeless exploration of practical steps your organization can implement right now. “Change management” is a discipline with rigorous meth…
 
If your nonprofit has voting members, that means your members have REAL LEGAL standing and rights. So, what happens when things go sideways with a voting member? Membership association expert and CEO of Management HQ Dara Rudick joined me to answer all your thorny member questions! Can you remove a member from the nonprofit? What happens when the e…
 
In part 2 of this webinar, our experts will lead a discussion of why, to be successful with new software at your organization, technology must come last. In this “Ask the Experts” webinar, we answer your questions on ways to create a sound process for software selection, before considering the specific technologies available to meet your organizati…
 
Guest Debbie Cameron, Build Consultant’s newest Partner, and Build Consulting’s Kyle Haines had an informal discussion on what the upcoming few years will probably bring to the nonprofit IT ecosystem, changes to expect and the value of change management in nonprofit IT projects. Their conversation also touches on the importance of planning for 3-5 …
 
Fundraising – every nonprofit needs to do it, but not everyone knows how to do it. That’s why Simon Scriver from Fundraising Everywhere and Everywhere+ joined me for this episode! We answer nonprofit questions about virtual events, whether “everyone is a fundraiser,” and how to change the perception of fundraisers in the sector. And I cannot make a…
 
In this webinar, our experts will lead a discussion of why, to be successful with new software at your organization, technology must come last. In this “Ask the Experts” webinar, we answer your questions on ways to create a sound process for software selection, before considering the specific technologies available to meet your organizational needs…
 
Lots of people assume that because nonprofits do good work, they must be a GREAT place to work. But here’s the thing – the nonprofit sector is far from perfect, and there are unique issues that can tank a nonprofit’s culture. Rickesh Lakhani, ED of Future Possibilities for Kids, helps me tackle listener questions about how to cope with a bad cultur…
 
Part 2: Nonprofit organizations collect a lot of donor data in their CRM systems. But what is the quality of that data? And what insights are nonprofits getting from that data to help increase donations? Listen to Build Consulting’s development/fundraising operations and CRM experts, who offer ideas and answer your questions about how to take your …
 
We’re all focused on the goals and dollars when it comes to fundraising, but what about the paperwork? That’s why I invited Warren Harmon from URS Compliance to join me on this episode. Warren helps nonprofits get compliant when fundraising, no matter what state they’re in. What do you need to know when you add that “Donate Now” button to your webs…
 
Nonprofit organizations collect a lot of donor data in their CRM systems. But what is the quality of that data? And what insights are nonprofits getting from that data to help increase donations? Listen to Build Consulting’s development/fundraising operations and CRM experts, who offer ideas and answer your questions about how to take your donor da…
 
Let’s be real - the IRS basically has its own language. I mean, even attorneys and CPAs find it confusing! Eve Borenstein, my hero and Queen of the 990, joins me on this episode to help us normal folks understand what we really need to know about the IRS. You may be thinking the IRS is boring….TRUST ME! Eve is the only person who can make it fun! T…
 
In Pt 2, Build Consulting expert Peter Mirus presents an interactive webinar on CRM Database manager characteristics to look for when hiring, how to manage this position, and how to improve in this role at your organization. Finding, developing, and retaining good CRM database managers (including for systems like The Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce) i…
 
In Pt 1, Build Consulting expert Peter Mirus presents an interactive webinar on CRM Database manager characteristics to look for when hiring, how to manage this position, and how to improve in this role at your organization. Finding, developing, and retaining good CRM database managers (including for systems like The Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce) i…
 
It’s April and we’re in the thick of another 990 season – meaning the IRS wants to know how you’re spending your funds! We’re reviving this episode to answer your burning questions about 990s. What do you do if you find out you’ve been doing your 990s wrong? Or even worse, not doing them at all? Tune in to find out! Join me on Facebook Subscribe to…
 
I think most of us can agree (hopefully) that communication solves most problems. Right? Whether you’re a new or a seasoned Executive Director, communication with your board is KEY. Kris Kewitsch from Charities Review Council joins me on this episode to drop some nuggets of wisdom about having a great relationship with your board. Tune in to find o…
 
In Part 2, Build Consulting expert Peter Mirus presents an interactive webinar offering insights from his years of experience as an executive and consultant, and answering participant questions on driving successful technology projects. What you’ll learn: What does it mean for a project to be a “success?” What are the key elements your organization…
 
Employee fundraising can be great, but boy oh boy, it can also go VERY wrong. My Twitter buddy Clay Buck from TCB Fundraising joins me on this episode to unpack the beef we have with some employee giving programs. Are you doing this ethically? Do your employees actually want to participate in these programs, or does it feel coerced? Are your progra…
 
In Part 1, Build Consulting expert Peter Mirus presents an interactive webinar offering insights from his years of experience as an executive and consultant, and answering participant questions on driving successful technology projects. What you’ll learn: What does it mean for a project to be a “success?” What are the key elements your organization…
 
Part 2: More than ever, the data associated with constituents and how they engage with your organization are strategic assets worthy of investments. This webinar covered how to define CRM for your organization, the current state of CRM technology options, common challenges in organizational adoption of CRM, and how to get your organization aligned …
 
Part 1: More than ever, the data associated with constituents and how they engage with your organization are strategic assets worthy of investments. This webinar covered how to define CRM for your organization, the current state of CRM technology options, common challenges in organizational adoption of CRM, and how to get your organization aligned …
 
Anyone who has been a part of fundraising for Nonprofits knows it’s all about building relationships – not just the all-mighty dollar. That’s why I invited Ephraim Gopin from 1832 Communications back on the pod to share his thoughts on #GivingTuesday and what kind of nonprofit fundraising is actually right for you! How do you start fundraising befo…
 
Part 2: Are you leaving your information strategy up to chance? To move your nonprofit organization to the next level, you need to create and promote an information strategy that defines how information supports your mission. A good information strategy is defined in 5 important steps: Leadership must be engaged in data governance—if leadership doe…
 
Anyone who deals with nonprofit fundraising has probably been to WAY too many galas and golf tournaments. That’s why I invited Alicia Baraga from Ripple Event Marketing to chat with me all about nonprofit fundraising and events! How do you create fun nonprofit fundraising events that people will want to attend year after year? How do you get sponso…
 
Part 1: Are you leaving your information strategy up to chance? To move your nonprofit organization to the next level, you need to create and promote an information strategy that defines how information supports your mission. A good information strategy is defined in 5 important steps: Leadership must be engaged in data governance—if leadership doe…
 
We loved our last episode with Amy Arcand from Willow Consulting so much, we asked her to come back! Problems with nonprofits happen. When nonprofits grow and change, it’s inevitable that you’re going to hit some roadblocks. In this episode, Amy and I answer questions about problems with nonprofits. And some of them are downright messy! How to clea…
 
Part 2 covers your questions on how to know if your organization really needs a new CRM, and what CRMs to consider. The competition in the nonprofit CRM market has become increasingly fierce over the past couple of years. The number of viable competitors has increased, and their systems present a wide range of different features for you to consider…
 
The competition in the nonprofit CRM market has become increasingly fierce over the past couple of years. The number of viable competitors has increased, and their systems present a wide range of different features for you to consider. This situation has raised many questions from our clients, including: What are the types of CRMs on the market for…
 
Everyone has that one person in their life who just keeps talking about cryptocurrency, right? But it’s not just for the tech and finance people anymore. In this episode, my BFF Paul and I talk all about bitcoin for nonprofits. What it is, how to buy it, and how to leverage Bitcoin for your mission! Don’t worry about your eyes glazing over – I prom…
 
Many nonprofit staff members feel frustrated with data quality problems within their organizations. Are you challenged with data accuracy, incomplete information, lack of integration between systems? We often feel powerless to address these data quality challenges, in part because simply having the conversation is difficult. What is “data quality?”…
 
Part 1. Many nonprofit staff members feel frustrated with data quality problems within their organizations. Are you challenged with data accuracy, incomplete information, lack of integration between systems? We often feel powerless to address these data quality challenges, in part because simply having the conversation is difficult. What is “data q…
 
What’s the secret to successful nonprofit fundraising? According to my guest Clay Buck of TCB Fundraising, it’s ALL about data and systems. You can’t know where you’re going with your nonprofit fundraising if you don’t know where you’ve been, right? Clay and I talk about everything from the nonprofit scarcity mindset to the real difference between …
 
Part 2. All nonprofit organizations stand to benefit from an improved technology environment. But does your organization’s technology roadmap provide you with the directions you need to succeed with those new and improved technologies? You may have gaps in leadership, operations, business process, and data management capacity that have prevented yo…
 
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