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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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.