7 Nonprofit Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2020

January 2020

Podcasts provide a great source of professional development content and are delivered in the perfect format to consume knowledge on the go.  Curating effective podcast resources will help you on your path to nonprofit leadership, and quite possibly position you for your next nonprofit job!

While the rise of the podcast is a professional development opportunity for you, it's also a medium that your nonprofit will likely explore just as Don Jonas, the Executive Director of Care Ring, explained in episode #8 of our podcast With over 700,000 active podcasts and over 29 million episodes available, the format is growing at an accelerating pace (check out the infographic belowand could be a significant means of cultivation and stewardship for your nonprofit.  A third of the U.S. population now listens to a podcast at least monthly, and these listeners tend to be highly educated and affluent.  When they listen, they stick with it; 80% listen to the majority of each episode.  This is far greater engagement than other forms of online media consumption such as blogs and videos which often generate attention spans that are measured in seconds.  

Having launched the weekly podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership in 2019, PMA Is active in this community, and has come to appreciate other nonprofit shows that deliver great content for those exploring professional development and productivity content.  Here are seven good ones to check out as you build the library on your favorite mobile device!


fundraising talent podcast logo.pngThe Fundraising Talent Podcast (Jason Lewis)
Lewis' Podcast is devoted to improved fundraising, redefining what he calls "arms length fundraising" to become "responsive," or encouraging a more dynamic and genuine fundraising process. The podcast covers fundraising's history, research into recent trends, and advice from fundraising experts to promote healthy, productive, and sustainable fundraising. 


Inspired Nonprofit Leadership (Mary Hiland)
Hiland is a long-time nonprofit expert with an understanding of people, leadership, boards and nonprofit dynamics to tackle challenges and unleash the full potential of boards. Her guests are nonprofit professionals offering advice as well as highly experienced professionals from other fields weighing in on relevant subjects.


Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications PodcastNonprofits Are Messy (Joan Garry). 
Joan is known as the "Dear Abby" of the nonprofit world, and her podcast is a discussion of the most pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership. She and her guests tackle topics like the overhead myth, the best way to run special events, how to make a big fundraising ask, board-staff relations, and much more. 


Album Art.pngNonprofit Jenni Show (Jenni Hargrove)
Nonprofit Jenni is a podcast dedicated to addressing nonprofit challenges, with an emphasis on communication and discussion (roundtables, reader submitted questions, etc). In each episode, Jenni invites professionals from nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and government agencies to share their experiences related to a particular challenge. 


Nonprofit Leadership Podcast (Rob Harter)
The Nonprofit Leadership Podcast: Making Your World Better features discussions covering the most critical issues, trends and opportunities facing nonprofit leaders and those engaged in social innovation. Harter and his guests discuss organizations that inspire change, industry successes, and offer advice to nonprofit professionals everywhere. 


Nonprofit Lowdown (Rhea Wong)
On Nonprofit Lowdown, Rhea reviews and recommends the best ideas, resources, tricks and tips to run your nonprofit. A self-made nonprofit professional, Wong now offers personal advice as well as informative conversation with a variety of nonprofit professionals, covering topics ranging from fundraising to finance to diversity and inclusion. 


Successful Nonprofits Podcast (Dolph Ward Goldenburg) Goldenburg's podcast comes from the Atlanta-based organization Successful Nonprofits, a consulting firm grounded in progressive ideals, a bolstering of nonprofit organizations' missions, and a focus on thought leadership. The podcast offers tips, best practices, and life lessons from a plethora of nonprofit professionals. 

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