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Finally! A PODCAST for people working in the nonprofit world. Join author and host Bradley Burck each week as he talks about nonprofit management and fundraising.

Episode 40 - Board of Directors

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In this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast host and author Bradley Burck helps you to better understand the responsibility of your nonprofit board of directors. Bradley address the misconceptions that staff and board members have that can create conflict. The type of board you have depends on the size of organization they are overseeing. Whether it’s a working board of a small nonprofit or an administrative board of a large one, each board member should be giving their time, treasure and talent. This episode is full of great advice to help your nonprofit flourish....

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Episode 39 - Year-in-Review Packet

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this first Conquering Nonprofit Chaos podcast of 2013. Learn why a year-in-review package is important to January giving. The package includes a letter, personalized giving summary, and response card. You’ll see that the life cycle of this package will extend and bring in gifts for months to come. Don’t wait too long, prepare and send your year-in-review package now....

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Episode 38 - 10 Best Practices for Your Website

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This week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos hosted by author and nonprofit consultant Bradley Burck was recorded live at the 2012 BBcon in Washington DC. In this episode learn the 10 best practices for your website with Blackbaud’s Liz Heirs and Kelly Jerret. Share your mission, focus your home page, and set a tone that helps visitors to your site connect with your organization on a personal level. Learn the tips and tricks of pros use to optimize nonprofit websites....

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Episode 37 - Dynamic Content

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast recorded live at the 2012 BBcon in Washington DC. This week’s guest is Jono Young, an Interactive Design Specialist from Blackbaud, who weighs in on the debate of content vs. images on your website. Your home page is important - make sure it has dynamic, fresh content. Learn how to effectively use slides, blogs, and photography on your site....

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Episode 36 - Social Media with Melanie Mathos

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast recorded live at the 2012 BBcon in Washington DC. Melanie Mathos, author of "101 Social Media Tactics" for non-profits, joins Bradley to talk about social media. Find out the first steps you should take when setting out in the world of social media. What do you plan to accomplish with social media? Who will your audience be? Build your strategy, increase engagement, and empower your supporters to share your story. ...

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Episode 35 - The Future of Fundraising Tools

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast recorded live at the 2012 BBcon in Washington DC. This weeks guest is Dawn Hollowell of Blackbaud talking about updates to their popular Raiser’s Edge fundraising software. Find out how you can focus your fundraising efforts on those who are most likely to give to your organization....

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Episode 34 - Your Website

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast recorded live at the 2012 BBcon in Washington DC. Jono Young an Interactive Design Specialist from Blackbaud is today’s special guest. Jono talks with Bradley about what a nonprofit leaders need to know the web. Find out what key indicators you can use to improve your website, and start planning how to get more response from your website. ...

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Episode 33 - Content

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast recorded live at the 2012 BBcon in Washington DC. Blackbauds own Frank Berry sits down with Bradley to talk about what is important for your website, marketing material, and social media. Do you take the time to capture the story of your nonprofit? Slowing down enough to create good content will give you more currency in the online world. Find out how to get into the habit of creating content in today’s episode....

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Episode 32 - Values

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast. Bradley wraps up his series on Vision, Mission, and Values this week by talking about Values. Remember that your vision is looking to the future. Now how are you going to get there? This is what you set out to do in your mission. Values are the core of who you are as an organization. If you say you value service then that value will show in how you treat people in your day to day operation. Your Values will help you accomplish your Mission and Vision on a daily basis. ...

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Episode 31 - Mission

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast. Bradley talks about vision this week and how it is different from your mission. Your vision is your future. Once you know what you are looking forward to, what are your steps toward getting there? Tune in to hear how you can start taking action steps toward you vision today....

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Episode 30 - Relationship Management

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Join host and author Bradly Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast. With all that you do to communicate with your donor – white mail, blogs, Facebook, direct mail, ect – being a nonprofit leader is really about the formation and upkeep of relationships. Think about the depth of your donor relationships. Some of them may be shallow. People look for a deeper connection in relationships; they want you to engage their hearts and minds. This can only be accomplished when you are purposeful about relationships....

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Episode 29 - Vision

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast. Bradley begins a new series today about vision, mission, and values. He explains that your vision is the bright future you’ve painted for your organization to achieve. This view allows you to talk about your organization in a grand sense and get people involved in what you are doing. What is your vision?...

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Episode 28 - Heather Radu

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this week’s Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast. His special guest this week is Heather Radu of Forever Changed International. Heather talks about how her passion for orphans has driven her to start not one, but two nonprofits. The orphanage she started, Dorie’s Promise Guatemala, is run based on a new model of sponsorship. Listen today to hear how this idea could translate to your own organization....

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Episode 27 - White Mail

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this weeks Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast. Bradley talks about how to use white mail as part of your fundraising strategy. White mail is all that mail you get that comes in from unknown sources or campaigns. It’s a business response envelope with just a check in it. It’s a hand addressed envelope that doesn’t have an appeal code. Learn how you can use white mail to your advantage in today’s podcast....

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Episode 26 - Estate Planning

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this weeks Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast, as he interviews Gene Christian of Charitable Estate Planning Northwest. A vast amount of wealth is going to be transferred in the next decade as older generations pass on, and the nonprofit organizations that are ready for that are the nonprofit organizations that are going to last into the future because they are going to reap some amazing gifts. Listen to this weeks podcast as Bradley and Gene break it down for you....

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Episode 25 - Mobile Pledges

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Join host and author Bradley Burck for this weeks Conquering Nonprofit Chaos Podcast, as he continues to discuss the topic of mobile giving. Angela MacIntosh of Mobile Cause is this week special guest. She joins Bradley to talk about the strategy of text-to-give, and mobile pledges. Text-to-give is a simple tool, but you have to know the right strategy to use it effectively. You must create the urgency and emotion of your cause and catch people in the moment. The best text-to-give campaigns bank off of impulse giving. If you have been thinking about adding mobile giving to your strategy download today’s podcast now....

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Episode 24 - Mobile Giving

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Join host and author Bradley Burck this week as he interviews Chad Williams of Five Q Communications. Bradley and Chad talk about good website management, content strategy, and ideas for using mobile technologies. Smart phones, texting, apps, tablets, qr codes, and more are all part of the modern mobile web movement. Listen to this weeks episode as they help break it down for you....

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Episode 23 - Share Your Story

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Join host and author Bradley Burck as he talks about sharing the story of your non-profit. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your story is old, that you don’t need to tell it anymore, or that everybody’s heard it. Your story is what separates you from the competition....

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Episode 22 - Volunteers

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As the baby boomer generation retires there will be more and more untapped talent that could partner with your organization as volunteers. Join host and author Bradley Burck as he talks this week about planning strategic and meaningful opportunities for volunteers....

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Episode 21 - Text Messaging

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Join host and author Bradley Burck as he talks this week about using text messaging as part of your communications strategy. Text can be a good tool to use to follow up direct mail, phone calls, and emails when deadlines are urgent....

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Episode 20 - Hit the Phones

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What do you do at the beginning of the year when giving is slow? Bradley encourages you to develop a 1st quarter strategy for your organization. He gives you tips for using the phone to connect with donors, say thank you, and share your excitement....

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Episode 19 - One Time Gifts?

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Have you been seeing the trend of asking for a "one time gift." Bradley explains how this language can hurt your donor relationship. He gives you alternative phrases, and catchwords for donor acquisition, and special needs....

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Episode 18 - Matching Gifts

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Join host and author Bradley Burck as he talks about how to organize a matching gift campaign....

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Episode 17 - Donor Base Growth

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Imagine your donor base shrinking. It may be and you don’t even really know it. If you want a bigger donor base, how do you get one? Join host and author Bradley Burck as he talks this week about the formula for donor base growth....

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Episode 16 - Support for Staffing

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"We need more staff, but we don’t have the money! What do we do?" That’s the question one of our listeners asked. This week author and host Bradley Burck answers the question about how to grow your staff when you don’t have the cash....

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Episode 15 - 5 Types of Donors

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There are five types of donors you should be cultivating in your development efforts. Listen this week as host and author Bradley Burck discusses this topic with consultant Ron Frey (McConkey-Johnston). ...

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Episode 14 - Donor Research

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What do you know about your donors? Probably not as much as you should. Join host and author Bradley Burck as he interviews McConkey-Johnston’s European consultant Redina Kolaneci. Together they discuss the best ways to do donor research....

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Episode 13 - Data Conversion

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Is your old database ready to crash? Maybe you’re just ready to throw it out the window. When it comes time to upgrade to a new donor software system, there are some important things you need to know. Join host and author Bradley Burck as he discusses the trials and tribulations of data conversion with his special guest Caroline Wood (Global Teams)....

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Episode 12 - Receipt Mail

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Having EXCELLENT receipt mail is one of the most important things you can do to increase giving and bond with your donors. Join author and host Bradley Burck and his guest Caroline Wood (Global Teams) for a rollicking conversation about the best way to thank your donors. Say it, "Thank before you bank!"...

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Episode 11 - Fear of Asking

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If you have fears about asking people to give to your organization, this pod cast addresses your issues in an bold, passionate, and logical manner! Join host and author Bradley Burck as he talks about how to address your fears and get ready to ask more people to help your nonprofit....

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Episode 10 - Nonprofit Web Creation

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You need a web site that sets you apart, gives you credibility, and allows you to collect donations, update content easily, and communicate with your donors. Join host and author Bradley Burck and his guest Nathanael Merrill as they talk about what nonprofit leaders can do to take their sites to the next level....

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Episode 9 - Using Email

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Email needs to be a part of your communication plan. Are you currently using it properly? Probably not. Here are a couple of points you should know. Join host and author Bradley Burck and his guests email gurus Werner Reschke and Jodi Carlson....

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Episode 8 - Making the Ask

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Can you ask for a donation? If not, maybe this is the podcast that will help you build up your courage. Join author and host Bradley Burck this week as he talks about the hardest part of fundraising - making the ask....

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Episode 7 - Development a Priority 2

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Join author and host Bradley Burck this week in the second of two episodes about making development a priority in your organization....

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Episode 6 - Development a Priority 1

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Join author and host Bradley Burck this week as he chats about making development a priority in your organization....

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Episode 5 - Major Donors

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Join author and host Bradley Burck this week as he chats with Rob Vatter the development director for Families Northwest . Hear a great story about connecting with donors and touching hearts at the same time! Can you say... Find, Win, Keep, and Lift!...

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Episode 4 - Direct Mail 4

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Join author and host Bradley Burck this week as he chats with direct mail writer and strategist Jay Fordice in the last of their highly informational and funny discussions about direct mail and direct mail theory! Can you say... Find, Win, Keep, and Lift!...

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Episode 3 - Direct Mail 3

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Join author and host Bradley Burck this week as he chats with direct mail writer and strategist Jay Fordice in the third of four highly informational and funny discussions about direct mail and direct mail theory! Can you say... Find, Win, Keep, and Lift!...

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Episode 2 - Direct Mail 2

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Join author and Conquering Nonprofit Chaos host Bradley Burck this week as he talks with direct mail and foundation writer Jay Fordice in the second of four discussions about direct mail and fundraising....

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Episode 1 - Direct Mail 1

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Join author and host Bradley Burck this week as he talks with direct mail writer Jay Fordice in the first of four discussions about direct mail....

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