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Thank you for being a part of the Nonprofit SnapCast family.  I wanted to take a quick minute to ask for your help and input on a couple of things.

1)  We are looking for your suggestions.  Specifically, if you know of someone who would make a good SnapCast guest, or if you have an idea for a subject we should cover on the SnapCast, please visit the Contact Us page on the Nonprofit SnapCast website and tell us.  As you know, we try to keep the podcast to roughly fifteen minutes in length, and we welcome participation from any nonprofit professional who can share their best practices and tips with others in the nonprofit sector.  Topics need not be related to pandemic, though we will continue to produce the occasional Special Episode on crisis management for nonprofits.  

2) Can you put us in touch with grant makers?  SnapCast would like to feature conversations with grant-makers in our efforts to provide solid content to our listeners.  We're especially keen on talking with philanthropic entities that are very active in COVID-19 related efforts.  But in the longer term, we would also like to be speaking with entities who make grants as part of public health initiatives, disaster and emergency management, and other grant-makers in general.  

Thank you for your help!

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We are pushing more content than ever via the Nonprofit SnapCast. In addition to our regular series on nonprofit management, we are releasing frequent SPECIAL episodes specifically focused on current crisis contingencies and examples of what nonprofits around the country are doing during times of pandemic. The secret? Don't panic. Your mission is still relevant. Check out the SnapCast to hear what others have to say. As we do more recordings, we may publish new SnapCast episodes daily. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact me here. And if you or someone you know has a story to tell on the SnapCast, please contact me via this link. Thank you! I hope you're all safe and sound.

We hope you've been enjoying the Nonprofit SnapCast podcast.  We'll be taking a couple of weeks off in December to relax and regroup.  In the meantime, please help us improve the SnapCast.  Your input via this survey will help us bring you better content in 2020.  Let us know what topics you think we should cover, or even if you know someone who would make a great guest on the show.  

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A friend wrote, “How do you find board of director openings? What if I am just a lowly nobody?  I feel like board members are ‘somebody.’  Rising executives, or people who give lots of money...”  I was momentarily floored by this sentiment, but quickly understood her feelings. Here's how I attempted to clear up her perceptions:

My intent here is not to offend.  My intent is to preserve. But be forewarned (and please forgive me), I’m going to be plain-spoken and forthright.  If you want coddling, you’ll have to find it someplace else.

Since I’ve become somewhat entrenched in the nonprofit sector, it seems I am frequently asked for advice on starting a nonprofit.  Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, my first response is: “Don’t.” 

Sometimes board service comes with a “required minimum donation.” If you serve on the board, it’s your duty to give or get that stated dollar value for the organization.

I think every board should require its directors to make SOME financial contribution to their organization annually. I’m not a fan of specific, required minimums, but I can see why some nonprofits stipulate them. It is not an unacceptable practice. What I prefer is to make it clear that each board member should make their nonprofit their major giving priority for the year (preferably their ONLY giving priority for the year). To drive the point home, I say: If you can write the check without thinking about it, it’s not big enough.