Episode 53

Published on:

7th Oct 2022

Partnerships for Nonprofits

On this week’s episode of IMPACTability® we are joined by James Woller, the International Executive Director for Thrive For Good. James discusses partnerships in the nonprofit sector, giving expert testimony on how to find the right partners, the challenges you may face, and the benefits you can gain. By the end of this episode, you'll learn how to change your organization's culture in order to strategically find beneficial partnerships that will grow your nonprofit to a higher level of impact!

Thrive For Good empowers people with the training and simple tools they need to grow an abundance of healthy, organic, disease-fighting foods for life — sustainably. He started his first partnership when he was nine years old, using the money he made from cutting lawns. His experience over the years has helped him take small organizations and scale up, and his work at Thrive is impacting hundreds of thousands of people.


  • Introductions 00:30
  • James Woller - Background info 02:40
  • First steps of finding the right partner 04:50
  • James' 5 signifiers of a successful partnership 07:00
  • Example of how two nonprofits can work together and grow from a partnership 08:40
  • Why are nonprofit organizations hesitant to partner with other organizations? 10:50
  • How can your nonprofit organization be optimized for working with others? 17:00
  • Forecast for the future of nonprofits, will partnerships change the game? 20:10
  • Wanna get started today? Here's what you need to know 21:15
  • Coaches Corner - "Given the recent hurricane, what tips do you have for emergency preparedness?" 24:40

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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.