Analyze This with Kevin Church

Jun 20, 2017 by Steve Boland

Analyze This! is “a Twin Cities meetup group for data science practitioners and enthusiasts to collaborate on practical, real world problems. Each quarter, a business or organization presents a specific issue that requires data science expertise.”

Kevin Church is a data scientist and a co-founder of Analyze This!, and joins host Steve Boland in discussing the role of analyzing data in driving charitable donations, charitable outcomes, and future engagement in nonprofits.

There are many visuals in this work, but this specific image is from a data challenge for Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities, used in analyzing their donor records.

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Diversity and inclusion with Jonathan Palmer

Jun 6, 2017 by Steve Boland

Jonathan Palmer is the executive director of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, and a seasoned nonprofit leader in a diverse community. Jonathan recently served on a panel at the Charities Review Council meeting on diversity and inclusion in nonprofit leadership. Host Steve Boland joins Jonathan for a conversation about moving past commitment to action in changing the course of nonprofit leadership, defining some terms, and being ready to be uncomfortable along the way.

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Tags and | diversity | equity | inclusion | leadership | nonprofit

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HOURCAR with Paul Schroeder

May 8, 2017 by Steve Boland

Paul Schroeder is the CEO of HOURCAR, an effort which is currently a program of the Neighborhood Energy Connection but which is spinning off to become an independent nonprofit. HOURCAR provides car sharing services in the Twin Cities area, and what was once a small group of cars is now a fleet of over fifty vehicles.

Paul joins host Steve Boland to discuss the reasons for HOURCAR to leave (spoiler alert, NEC is merging with CEE this year!), and the challenges of a capital-intensive mission like managing car-sharing in a very dynamic world.

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Tags HOURCAR | new | nonprofit | spin-off

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The Givers with David Callahan

Apr 25, 2017 by Steve Boland

David Callahan is founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a site with a mission “To pull back the curtain on one of the most powerful and dynamic forces shaping society. Every day, our team of editors and reporters is digging into how foundations and major donors are giving away their money, and why.”

David has written a new book, The Givers, about “wealth, philanthropy and power in a new gilded age.” Host Steve Boland asks David about the rise of extraordinary new amounts of wealth, how those individuals are choosing to use – and in many cases change – philanthropy, and his call for more transparency and accountability in this new dynamic.

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Tags philanthropy

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Mission Control with Liana Downey

Apr 6, 2017 by Steve Boland

Mission Control is a book by Liana Downey. Her site describes the book as an “easy-to-follow guide, Downey lays out a simple, clear process for how you too can find your focus and developing a powerful leadership strategy. You’ll learn how to identify and understand who your clients are and what they want; how to set a powerful, spine-tingling goal; how to focus your energies on the activities that make the most of your distinctive strengths and use research-backed interventions. You’ll also learn how to sell your story and message.”

Host Steve Boland talks to Liana about positive messages, avoiding excuses, evaluation traps and much more.

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Tags book | Control | Downey | Liana | MIssion | mission-creep | podcast

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