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Creating Community for Good

Season 1 is complete! Season 2 is in production now. Stay tuned for future episodes to come in the fall. Be sure to check out the summer blog and live chats on clubhouse Wednesdays at 9am Mountain Time every other week. More info on Linkedin and IG. Follow me at @creatingcommunityforgood. 

We are all in this together.

Welcome to Creating Community for Good, a podcast dedicated to philanthropy: the love of humankind. Here we will band together across disciplines within the ecosystem of the nonprofit sector to illuminate perspectives, decode motivations, and leverage strategies in the business of generosity. On this show, your host, Lindsay Simonds, invites you to a friendly conversation about contributing to good. With this, we will ultimately increase empathy, create stronger bonds and make more impact on mission-driven work. Whether you are a nonprofit executive, a legacy donor, a major gifts fundraiser, a crowdsource hacker, program director, impact investor, corporate partner or beneficiary, this space is for all of us to inform, inspire and evolve.

Latest Episodes

Jordan Langer

50: Jordan Langer | The Mentality that Makes a Nonprofit Mission Undeniable

My guest today is Jordan Langer, a wildly creative and successful business entrepreneur, the founder of Non Plus Ultra, and...
Julie Ordoñez

49: Julie Ordoñez | Courageous Fundraising For Bigger Donations

In today’s episode, Lindsay Simonds talks to Julie Ordoñez about courageous fundraising, exploring uncharted territory, and navigating challenging conversations in...
Choice in Aging | How to Make An Ask For Our Future

48: Choice in Aging | How to Make An Ask For Our Future

In today’s episode, Lindsay Simonds chats with Debbie Toth and Hank Delevati on how to refine a case for support,...
Rick Happy: Philanthropy During a Time of Crisis

47: Rick Happy | The State of Philanthropy and Key Lessons From The Pandemic

On this episode, Rick Happy, renowned philanthropic advisor for over 35 years— and a mentor to me — shares wisdom...
Bill Tortorici and Ryan Marshall: Pandemic Layoffs & Job Seeking

46: Bill Tortorici and Ryan Marshall: Pandemic Layoffs & Job Seeking

Ryan Marshall and Bill Tortorici are talented fundraisers from different parts of the country and in different roles in the...
45: Shanti Brien | Radical Empathy From a Criminal Defense Attorney

45: Shanti Brien | Radical Empathy From a Criminal Defense Attorney

Shanti is a criminal defense attorney and author, she believes in the power of a story and how bringing these...
Ashley Dittmar Activating Technology for Donor Retention

44: Ashley Dittmar | Activating Technology for Donor Retention

Ashley Dittmar shares how she uses technology paired with the human instinct to engage and retain giving to organizations, year-over-year....
Mallory Erickson | A New Way to Fundraise | Certified Fundraising Coach

43: Mallory Erickson | A New Way to Fundraise

Mallory Erickson, and I discuss the importance of changing the narrative of nonprofits around money, engagement, and donor-organization relationships. Subscribe...
Tiffany Williams | Behind the Scenes of a Fundraising Consultant

42: Tiffany Williams | Behind the Scenes of a Fundraising Consultant

Tiffany Williams, CEO and Founder of Givly, and I explore a day in the life of a consultant. Subscribe on...
Dana Snyder - founder and CEO of Positive Equation

41: Camera On | Not your Typical Zoom Room with Dana Snyder

Innovation abounds and Dana Snyder has got all the juice you need to hook your event up with something your...
We Are For Good | Becky Endicott and Jonathan McCoy

40: We Are For Good | Employee Giving Campaigns: From Staff to Ambassadors

Becky Endicott and Jonathan McCoy from We Are For Good share the winning mentality for employee giving campaigns and the...
The Giving Block & Lindsay Simonds

39: The Giving Block | The Skinny On Cryptocurrency for Nonprofits

Alex Wilson and Pat Duffy are the founders of The Giving Block, a business focused on helping nonprofits accept cryptocurrency...
Lisa Greer: Re-framing your Dialogues for Higher Quality Donor Relationships

38: Lisa Greer | Re-framing your Dialogues for Higher Quality Donor Relationships

Lisa Greer is a proud philanthropist, and the author of Philanthropy Revolution, a book meant to describe how outdated the...
Jacob Martinez | The Power of the Collective

37: Jacob Martinez | The Power of the Collective

In this episode, I bring in Jacob Martínez, Founder and Executive Director of Digital NEST, to talk about how giving circles...
Leti McNeill Light | Why “Power” Shouldn’t Be A Trigger

36: Leti McNeill Light | How to Influence and Empower Teams

In this episode, I am joined by my colleague and friend, Leti McNeill Light, to have a conversation around group...
35: We are For Good | Making the Ask & the Five Fundamentals of Fundraising

35: We are For Good | Making the Ask & the Five Fundamentals of Fundraising

In this episode my friends Becky and Jon (and Julie!) at We are for Good interviewed me and It got...
34: Alana Karen | Flood the System to Change It

34: Alana Karen | Flood the System to Change It

Women in tech leading with authenticity to contribute to the conscious creation of our community Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, rate,...
33: Khafre Jay | Hip Hop: Peace, Love, and Having Fun

33: Khafre Jay | Hip Hop: Peace, Love, and Having Fun

In an effort to create and CELEBRATE community —  we can’t forget about the power of music! Today, I sit...
32: Jen Risher | We Need to Talk... About Wealth

32: Jen Risher | We Need to Talk… About Wealth

I am delighted to talk today with Jennifer Risher, author of the book We Need to Talk: A Memoir About...
Eric Heininger | Ethics Awareness, Gift Acceptance Policies, and Harassment Prevention

31: Eric Heininger | Ethics Month: Gift Acceptance Policies and Harassment Prevention

October is Ethics Awareness Month, and we acknowledge the importance of this topic with fundraising consultant Eric Heininger, CFRE, managing...
Sara Lomelin: Giving Circles are the Future of Philanthropy

30: Sara Lomelin | Giving Circles: Educational, Democratic, Accessible and FUN!

Sara Lomelin, discusses the importance and evolution of giving circles and how she and Philanthropy Together are taking ‘giving’ back...

29: Mike Spear | End of Year Giving (Everything you Need to Know)

Mike Spear and I talk about End of Year Giving, #GivingTuesday, and what you can do in January to steward...
Darcie Champagne Wells | Celebrating $100 Million Milestone

28: Darcie Champagne Wells | Celebrating $100 Million Milestone

I invite you to dive deep into your passion and let your fears behind as we take a plunge into...
Tracy Vogt | Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary

27: Tracy Vogt | Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary

My latest guest on the podcast is Tracy Vogt, founder of Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization caring...
26: Brad Black | Do Good by Doing Good Business

26: Brad Black | Do Good by Doing Good Business

For our latest guest on the podcast, Brad Black, co-founder and Chairman of the Board at EO and Everyone, to...
25: Troy Alexander | Becoming the Best Version of Ourselves

25: Troy Alexander | Becoming the Best Version of Ourselves

We take a dive into the mind of a kid behind bars turned into a successful entrepreneur raising $2.5 million...
Celia Tejada | Design and Creativity Build Communities

24: Celia Tejada | Design and Creativity Build Communities

In today’s episode, Lindsay Simonds chats with Celia Tejada to discover why creativity means being able to live in the...
Kelley O'Brien: Being an Event Planner During a Pandemic

23: Kelley O’Brien | Being an Event Planner During a Pandemic

In today’s episode, Lindsay Simonds explores the universe of events and fundraising with premier event producer Kelley O’Brien. Subscribe on...
Corey Newhouse: A Shift from Monitoring and Evaluation, to Learning and Quality Improvement

22: Corey Newhouse | A Shift from Monitoring and Evaluation, to Learning and Quality Improvement

In today’s episode of Creating Community for Good, Corey Newhouse sheds light on the evolution of evaluating nonprofit work via...
Ryan Oliver: How to Re-enliven a Defunct Advisory Board

21: Ryan Oliver | How to Re-enliven a Dormant Advisory Board

In today’s episode of Creating Community for Good, we’ll learn from Ryan Oliver how he assembled his team and how...
The Impact of COVID on Philanthropy and Community Foundations

20: Jim Becker | The Impact of COVID on Philanthropy

In this episode, we chat with Jim Becker, President and CEO of Richmond Community Foundation, an organization dedicated to building...
Andrew Kaufteil: Career Transition from the Non-profit Industry to the For-profit Sector

19: Andrew Kaufteil | Career Transition from the Non-profit Industry to For-profit Sector

Today’s guest, Andrew Kaufteil, successfully transitioned into the for-profit space over five years ago, after 15 years in the nonprofit...
Michaela Colbert: Millennials Rely on Meaningful Community Engagement

18: Michaela Colbert | Millennials Rely on Meaningful Community Engagement

In this episode, Lindsay sits down with her cousin Michaela — a keystone millennial engaged in doing good while having...
Richie Kendall: The Revolution of Philanthropy

17: Richie Kendall | The Revolution of Philanthropy

We chat with Richie Kendall, Co-founder and CXO of Cheerful, the first Millennial-native giving platform that rounds up purchases for...
Mary Hiland and Linsday Simonds on Capital Campaigns

16: Capital Campaigns | Extraordinary Fundraising for Bold Visions

We flipped the script to have Mary Hiland interview me as a guest for her show, Inspired Nonprofit Leadership. Subscribe...
Mary Hiland: Unleashing the Potential of Nonprofit Boards

15: Mary Hiland | Unleashing the Potential of Nonprofit Boards

In this episode, Mary Hiland shares how we can help leaders transform their nonprofits with the potential of boards. Subscribe...
Nathan Chapell: Artificial Intelligence and the Evolution of Philanthropy

14: Nathan Chappell | Artificial Intelligence and the Evolution of Philanthropy

Lindsay sits down to chat with Nathan Chappell, one of the world’s foremost experts on the intersection between Artificial Intelligence...

13: Stewardship is the Strategy | A webinar

In this episode, Lindsay shares her expertise to discover why stewardship is intrinsically connected to the culture of philanthropy. Subscribe...

12: Quentin Wheeler-Bell and Liza Fox | Black Lives Matter

Lindsay sits down with her long-time friends Quentin Wheeler-Bell and Liza Fox to address the Black Lives Matter movement and...
Jamie-Alexis Fowler | Listening via SMS: How to Make Others Feel Truly Heard

11: Jaime-Alexis Fowler | Listening via SMS: How to Make Others Feel Truly Heard

How would you make a stranger feel safe with just words? In this episode, Lindsay chats with Empower Work’s founder...
Renee Rubin Ross: Running Inclusive and Interactive Virtual Meetings

10: Renee Rubin Ross | Running Inclusive and Interactive Virtual Meetings

Renee Rubin Ross Ph.D., talks about inclusive and effective tools to lead virtual meetings that get participants sharing ideas, interacting...
Sterrin Bird: Major Gifts Fundraising

9: Sterrin Bird | Major Gifts Fundraising

Sterrin Bird is a nationally respected major gifts fundraiser and philanthropic advisor who thinks ‘get the money out of the...
Rick Happy: Philanthropy During a Time of Crisis

8: Rick Happy | Philanthropy During a Time of Crisis

Rick Happy, Principal and Managing Director of CCS Fundraising, sits down with Lindsay to share insights on philanthropy and relevant...
Tim Sarrantonio: Giving Tuesdays, CRMs and Building the Future of Philanthropy

7: Tim Sarrantonio | Giving Tuesdays, CRMs and Building the Future of Philanthropy

Nonprofit strategist Tim Sarrantonio talks Giving Tuesdays, CRMs and Building the Future of Philantropy Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, rate and...
Nikole Collins-Purit

6: Nikole Collins-Puri | Techbridge Girls

Getting girls to get interested in STEM education is becoming a challenge for varied reasons.  Nikole Collins-Puri and her team...
Kevin Nichols: Building Your Social Media Presence

5: Kevin Nichols | Building Your Social Media Presence

Kevin shares with us how to build an online presence and how to influence others using online resources, such as...
Diana von Welanetz Wentworth: Philanthropy and Giving Back to Society

4: Diana von Welanetz Wenworth | Philanthropy and Giving Back to Society

Dynamic philanthropist, nonprofit leader, and creator Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is the founder of The Inside Edge Foundation for Education....
Maximize Impact with a Big Picture Focus and Goal Setting

3: Maria Cristini | Maximize Impact with a Big Picture Focus and Goal Setting

Maria Cristini is here to share with us through real-life demonstration, how to see the big picture and achieve our...
Bart Skorupa: Start Something Good

2: Bart Skorupa | Start Something Good

Bart Skorupa is a social entrepreneur that dedicates his life to inspiring leaders in crafting a better world. Subscribe on...
Aila Malik: Taking a Stand for a Culture of Kindness

1: Aila Malik | Taking a Stand for a Culture of Kindness

Today’s podcast guest, Aila Malik, will teach us how to create positive change for good and build communities through small...