Episode 56

Published on:

27th Feb 2024

Choosing AI Wisely: Beyond the Binary of Content Creation

In this episode, host Josh Hirsch discusses the power of AI in nonprofits with guest Cherian Koshy. They explore Cherian's journey into AI and how it can be used to make nonprofits more efficient and effective. They also discuss the steps to getting started with AI and the future of AI integration in the nonprofit sector. They emphasize the importance of responsible use of AI and transparency in its implementation. In the Coaches Corner segment, Jacob Wenge shares insights on building a sustainable volunteer program.


  • AI has the power to make nonprofits more efficient and effective.
  • Getting started with AI involves aligning values, defining goals, and exploring different tools.
  • Responsible use of AI requires transparency and ethical considerations. AI Usage Policy: https://resources.workable.com/ai-tool-usage-policy
  • Building a sustainable volunteer program involves defining goals, aligning expectations, and empowering volunteers.


00:34 The Power of AI in Nonprofits

05:25 The Impact of AI on Jobs

07:50 Using AI for Efficiency and Effectiveness

08:18 Steps to Getting Started with AI

09:45 Building Trust and Aligning Values

10:37 The Future of AI Integration

13:29 Responsible Use of AI

14:55 Transparency and Disclosure

37:55 Coaches Corner: “What are the Best approaches on building a sustainable volunteer program?” 

Guest Bio

Cherian Koshy is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), & AFP Master Trainer. He founded the NonprofitOS, a generative AI platform designed to help organizations maximize their impact, which was acquired by iWave. Before starting NonprofitOS, Cherian spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit sector, working with thousands of donors and raising more than 100 million for various organizations and causes. He proudly serves as the Vice Chair of Professional Development on the AFP Global Board. He is a sought-after trainer and keynote speaker, and his thought leadership has been featured in several publications.

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IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast
Each episode, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.
"IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast" is a dynamic and insightful series hosted by Josh Hirsch, M.S., Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions, and created by Sheryl Soukup, President of Soukup Strategic Solutions. Each episode looks at the multifaceted world of nonprofit organizations, offering expert advice on issues ranging from fundraising and management to Board development and marketing. Josh, with his extensive background in the nonprofit sector, engages with a variety of experts to provide valuable perspectives and practical solutions to the challenges faced by nonprofit leaders.

Listeners will find each episode rich with knowledge and inspiration. The podcast covers a wide array of topics, ensuring relevance for a diverse nonprofit audience. Whether it’s discussing innovative fundraising strategies, exploring effective Board governance, or the nuances of nonprofit marketing, "IMPACTability" serves as an essential resource for leaders looking to enhance their organization's impact. This podcast is an excellent tool for anyone in the nonprofit sector seeking to grow professionally and make a more significant impact in their community.

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Josh Hirsch, M.S.

Josh Hirsch, M.S., is the Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions and on faculty for The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2006, most recently as Social Content Marketing for Susan G. Komen. He has an extensive background in social media, digital communications, and marketing along with experience in grant research and writing, individual giving, special event planning, stewardship, and cultivation of donors.