Episode 45

Published on:

10th Aug 2022

Innovating in the Nonprofit Sector

On this week's episode of IMPACTability®, we are joined by Sarah Owen, the CEO of Collaboratory. Sarah gives us an in-depth look at how to spark innovations in the nonprofit sector and how to convince your organization that change is good. How can you be more innovative, not only in your every day operation, but in your plans for the future? What if you are planning some changes in your organization. Can you get everyone, including your board, to buy in? How are your donors going to feel? Find out on this week's installment.


  • Innovation 03:30
  • Collaboratory background 04:00
  • Should you throw out the book? 05:50
  • Know your mission 06:30
  • How do you collaborate, and what does that mean? 08:30
  • How to convince your board 09:10
  • Keep your board involved 10:50
  • How do you get the ball rolling with conservative board members? 12:00
  • Importance of board training 13:30
  • Challenges of change 16:20
  • Should rebrands be a secret? 17:36
  • Marketing change 21:30
  • Donor management 23:10

Coaches Corner Question - (What are the first steps a nonprofit shoulkd take to launch a planned giving program?) 26:30

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About the Podcast

IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast
Each week, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.
The show explores the landscape of the nonprofit organization and best practices from nonprofit experts. Get advice on how to solve the problems plaguing your nonprofit with your host Joe Turner of Soukup Strategic Solutions, a full-service nonprofit consulting company helping nonprofits across the country. Each week, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.

About your host

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Joe Turner

For more than 20 years, Joe had successfully programmed radio stations in Detroit; Lansing, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; and southwest Florida. Joe left the day-to-day radio world in 2007 for the nonprofit world when he joined Hodges University as its Director of Public Relations and Alumni Services. In 2021, he joined Soukup Strategic Solutions as the Director of Fundraising, Marketing, and Communications. Joe continues to run his own voice over company where he offers commercial and narration voice over services and has won three Telly awards for his work. He is a native of Detroit where he attended Wayne State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts. In his spare time Joe loves to cook, is a musician and a self-professed “foodie.”