The Business of Giving podcast by Denver Frederick aims to spread the word on social good by featuring the largest and greatest nonprofit organizations in the US. Denver interviews CEOs of nonprofits talking about how their organizations help the world a better place.
Gaming reaches close to 3 billion people worldwide. An organization that promotes the use of games and immersive media to drive social impact is Games for Change. Now, how good an idea is that? And here to talk about this work, as well as the upcoming Games for Change Festival, is Susanna Pollack, the President of Games for Change.
Fundraisers are well aware that if you don’t ask for the gift, it’s almost certain you’ll never see it. What’s even more certain is that you’ll never see a gift of cryptocurrency if your organization isn’t set up to accept it. And these gifts, well, they can be pretty significant. Further, the technology that enables the existence of cryptocurrency, the Blockchain, has the potential to radically change the way nonprofits operate.
Here to discuss these profound developments, it’s a pleasure to have with us Anne Connelly, the co-author of Bitcoin and the Future of Fundraising: A Beginner’s Guide to Cryptocurrency Donations.
The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. As such, they’ve been in the news and busier than ever this past year. And here to talk about that work and what’s coming next, it’s a pleasure to have with us, Dr. Judith Monroe, the president and CEO of the CDC Foundation.
The AI for Good Foundation brings together the best minds and technologies to solve the world’s most urgent problems. It does this through the lens of the global sustainable development agenda, a set of goals adopted by 150 countries to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. And here to discuss that and more, it’s a pleasure to have with us, James Hodson, the co-founder and CEO of AI for Good.
ProPublica’s recent investigation revealing that the top 25 wealthiest Americans have paid little and sometimes nothing in federal income taxes has resulted in demands to rewrite the tax code. And there are other calls to rewrite the tax code as well, such as for reforms that would accelerate charitable giving.
Those who are advocating for new rules on foundations and donor-advised funds suggest working charities have lost $300 billion in recent years due in large part to the proliferation of donor-advised funds. At the forefront of this initiative is Ray Madoff, a professor at Boston College Law School, where she teaches and writes in the areas of philanthropy, policy, taxes, property, and estate planning.
Has leadership ever been more important to the overall health of a nation, of a company, or a nonprofit organization than it has over the past year? There certainly is a case to be made that the difference between those who have thrived and those who have struggled, or in some cases failed to make it all together, was indeed due to the quality of leadership. To fully understand the role that leaders play and will need to play in the future, it’d be hard to find a better authority than my next guest. He is Kevin Cashman, Global Leader of CEO & Executive Development at Korn Ferry, and author of six books, including Leadership From the Inside Out, Awakening the Leader Within, and The Pause Principle.
Just about every challenge a nonprofit faces has been faced by someone else before, and that other someone has made all the usual mistakes, learned as it went along, and ultimately figured out what they needed to do. Arguably, the biggest challenge nonprofits face today is disruption – and on an unprecedented scale. And the other someone in this case is not another nonprofit, but the music industry.
My next guest says there’s a lot we can learn from the experiences of the modern music industry, and he has put it all down in a book. He is Will Page, the former chief economist at Spotify and author of Tarzan Economics: Eight Principles for Pivoting Through Disruption.
This past year, nonprofit organizations had to cancel countless galas, walks and other activities that are so central to their financial well-being. The silver lining from this, if there is one, is that nonprofits are discovering the benefits of turning towards virtual event technology, even going so far as relying on the gaming industry to make this possible. And here to discuss that with us and what the future might hold is Vince McMullin, the founder and CEO of virtual events platform, GenXP.
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that provide billions of meals to Americans through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies. These food banks have adapted to a new level of need during the pandemic, with many people seeking help for the very first time.
And here to talk about the many challenges they have faced, including an urgent need for increased funding, is Casey Marsh, the chief development officer of Feeding America.