Causeplanet Author Interviews & Archives

CausePlanet subscribers can access author interview archives for more insights about the essential nonprofit topics. These recorded interviews are action-packed with real questions submitted by readers, making the most of our time with these experts. If you'd like to attend a live interview, ask your organization to host one or register to attend one of our currently scheduled events.

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Nicole Miller, Executive Director, Project Build a Future
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Edwin Goutier, Manager, Young Adult Engagement, United Way Worldwide
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Steve Rothschild, Founder of Twin Cities RISE! and author of "The NON Nonprofit"
"The author touched on a number of topics essential for upholding your nonprofit's true purpose and direction. I enjoyed the content and it has refreshed several points from my nonprofit administration coursework. I look forward to getting back with our staff and having them tune in to the next interview."

Steven Braud, Fundraising Chairman, The Palliative Care Foundation
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Meagan Harrison, Consultant, Everytown
"Very instructive, very well presented. The use of bonds to address social issues is well worth the time for the webinar and a wonderful introduction to his book. Thanks, well done."

Richard Linzer, consultant and coauthor of "Cash Flow Strategies"
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Dr. Lise Anne Slatten, Managing Director, Right Place Management Consulting
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Bobbie Clark, Executive Director, Applied Literacy and Learning
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Tristi Charpentier, Regional Development Director, Single Stop
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Eileen Kennedy, Board President, UMC Wesley Foundation at Southern University
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Felicia Williams, President/Founder, Chosen Generation Community Outreach
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Jena Sharpton, Development Manager, Shreveport Regional Arts Council
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Meredith Badler, Program Manager, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
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William R. Mott, consultant and author of "The Board Game" and "Super Boards"
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Ray Merenstein, President, RDM Communications, Inc.
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Mary Pritchard, Outreach Coordinator, Colfax Community Network
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Jennifer Fairbanks (Blackfeet/Ojibwe), Membership Associate, Native Americans in Philanthropy
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Christopher Kush, Author of The One-Hour Activist and CEO of Soapbox Consulting
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Tom Wolff, Author of "The Power of Collaborative Solutions"
"I found your interview format to be very informative. The content was exactly what I was looking for, and I'm excited to use Jean's book as a shared tool with my board. Thanks again for offering such a helpful resource."

Kristin Hau'oli Schillinger, Executive Director, The Roots of Music
"I enjoyed your interview with Jean. The interaction was relaxed and much easier to stay engaged than with a presentation or monologue. The content of the interview was informative, presenting a nice mix of specific techniques and strategies. My only critique is that after an hour had passed, I thought, 'Already?' I think I could have enjoyed another hour of conversation!"

Chris Adams, Board President, Earthshare Gardens
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LaPolovitz Seals, Community Liaison, Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE)
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Author Interview Archives

  • CausePlanet webinar with Tom Ralser about "Asking Rights"

      • Understand today's nonprofit investors and why organizations often alienate them.
      • Discover why, challenging the conventional wisdom about successful fundraising approaches, funders seek more than just emotionally based appeals.
      • Understand the importance of and difference between measurement, outcomes and value propositions.
      • Prepare to use and apply the Investment-Driven Model, encounter examples from the real world, and uncover a checklist of necessary steps.
  • CausePlanet webinar with Simone Joyaux about "Firing Lousy Board Members"

      • Avoid firing too often by learning how to choose the right board members in the first place.
      • Uncover essential methods to help you glean the best performance from every board member.
      • Discover helpful feedback tactics that salvage lousy board members.
      • Recognize when you've reached the point of firing and how to gracefully handle it.
      Interview Audio Samples
  • CausePlanet webinar with Amy Eisenstein about "Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops"

      • Learn how you can launch a successful major gifts campaign in your smaller nonprofit working only five hours per week.
      • Discover the importance of creating a philanthropy-friendly culture, involving board engagement and a professional work atmosphere, in your nonprofit.
      • Understand how to determine who your best prospects are, what to look for (and what not to) in the research process, and how to land a meeting.
      • Become savvy about the best cultivation practices: solicitations at the right time and for the right amount and timely gratitude with the "Rule of Seven Thank-Yous."
  • Author interview with Jayne Cravens and Susan Ellis about "The 'Last' Virtual Volunteering Guidebook"

      • Overcome resistance to online volunteer service and the myths surrounding this strategy.
      • Learn how to best design virtual volunteering assignments, ranging from micro-volunteering and long-term projects to research and direct client interaction via the Internet.
      • Discover effective methods for online volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, accessibility, and diversity via online tools, interviewing techniques and management strategies.
      • Uncover ways to add a virtual component to any volunteer service, create online volunteer communities and manage confidentiality.
  • Author interview with William R. Mott about "Super Boards: How Inspired Governance Transforms Your Organization"

      • Understand the major board responsibilities of each member and the critical task of board recruitment and evaluation.
      • Discover how to create a culture that values board collaboration and partnership.
      • Benefit from case studies and discussion questions that offer applications of each principle leading to a super board.
      • Gain valuable, practical tools and templates to guide you in creating and sustaining a super board.
      Interview Audio Samples
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