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30 Great Podcasts for Nonprofits

Audio is a engaging way to learn about timely topics straight from the experts, but who has the time to search for useful recordings, or tie yourself to your desk for someone else’s broadcast schedule? Podcasts to the rescue!

Modified Podcast Logo with My Headphones Photoshopped On

A podcast (or non-streamed webcast) is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication.  ~ Wikipedia

Think of a podcast as something very much like a radio or TV show, but it’s programming that you can enjoy on your own time, whenever it’s convenient for you. Better yet, podcasts are almost always free! And you’ll find inspiring and educational podcasts (in both audio and video) on every topic under the sun, from social media and nonprofit technology to cause marketing and fundraising ideas. 

To get started, check out these 30 great podcasts for nonprofits:

Magic Keys Radio is a monthly podcast “unlocking the secrets of nonprofit marketing and fundraising” with NonprofitMarketingGuide.com’s Kivi Leroux Miller and Claire Meyerhoff.

Since 2006, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) has been producing a monthly podcast series that discusses key nonprofit issues of the day, including recent research, legislation and policy.

BoardStar’s On Being Board is a free monthly podcast that tackles a range of governance topics through inspirational 8-10 minute interviews with nonprofit leaders, helping board directors to learn about their roles and responsibilities, as well as how to strengthen the nonprofit boards on which they serve.

Fundraising is Beautiful : Between them, Jeff Brooks and Steven Screen have more than 35 years of experience in helping nonprofits to raise money for their causes. Their occasional podcasts supply practical tips as well as “inspiration and ammunition” for fundraisers.

Big Vision Podcast is a series of Britt Bravo’s interviews with individuals who work to create positive change in the world – a truly inspiring source of ideas for “do-gooders” in any sphere.

CraigList Foundation offers free podcasts of its Boot Camp sessions presented by leading nonprofit experts on a variety of topics around “empowering communities,” including Beth Kanter’s talk on Understanding the Networked Nonprofit.

The Chronical of Philanthropy runs three excellent podcasts at present:

  • Social Good: Allison Fine, a nonprofit leader and expert on technology and communications, discusses how charities and foundations can more effectively use social-media tools to spread their messages and raise money.
  • Making Change: Hildy Gottlieb interviews leaders to discuss how those who are working for the greater good seek to create social change.
  • Philanthropy This Week: Learn about some of the nonprofit world's most important issues from Chronicle editors and reporters. Join us for discussions with the people behind the stories and interviews with some of philanthropy's most prominent newsmakers.

In the GrantWhisperer podcast on BlogTalkRadio, Victoria M. Johnson, CFRE, offers grantwriting tips and advice. Victoria is the author of Grant Writing 101: Everything You Need to Start Raising Funds Today, slated to be published by McGraw-Hill in February 2011.

Making a Difference is a 20-minute weekly program on BlogTalkRadio hosted by Barbara Talisman, who talks to nonprofit leaders, volunteers and donors about the challenges they’re meeting to make a difference: “Their lessons provide nonprofit organizations with solutions they can use to cultivate donors and volunteers and raise more money.”

For tips on social media marketing, website design, best practices and tools to grow your small business, nonprofit or faith-based organization, check out Professional Mojo’s Marketing Podcast, also on BlogTalkRadio.

Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Podcasts and Social Innovation Conversations (from Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Center for Social Innovation) brings you social change ideas through audio lectures, panel discussions, audio interviews, and conference recordings. In the Social Innovation Conversations series, you’ll find a motherlode of educational podcasts on:

Some of the Stanford resources linked here are archived episodes rather than current programming, but don’t discount the wealth of knowledge and insight you can find in those archived podcasts! NetSquared: Remixing the Web for Social Change and 501c3Cast podcast archives, for example, offer loads of evergreen value for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers.

New to Podcast Listening?

Get new podcasts delivered automatically as they’re published — you’ll find an iTunes or “Subscribe” link on most podcasts’ web pages. If you don’t have iTunes installed, look for download link to get audio files for the individual episodes, or try one of the many alternative podcatchers (podcast receiver software) such as Juice, a free GPL-licensed tool that works on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Another useful tool is Adam Schlitt’s Feed Flipper, a free online service that converts any iTunes podcast audio feed into a standard RSS XML feed to subscribe to in the reader of your choice.

What podcast would you recommend to a nonprofit audience?
Have you or your organization ever done any podcasting of your own?
Leave a comment and tell us about it!

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Rebecca Leaman [Curious Apricot]Rebecca Leaman [Curious Apricot]
Posted by Rebecca Leaman [Curious Apricot]
Published Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 8:01 AM
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  • presswollzpresswollz

    presswollz said:

    Hey! this is nice ... I'm actually learning how to use that podcast

    Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 11:49 AM
  • Marion ConwayMarion Conway

    Marion Conway said:

    Wow Rebecca - Thanks for this great list.  Going to the gym more often is on my 2011 resolutions list and listening to these podcasts will help the treadmill time go by for sure.

    Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 3:55 PM
  • shamayshamay

    shamay said:

    what a useful information,now i am learning how to use podcast thanks for sharing that information.

    Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 4:26 AM
  • BetsyBetsy

    Betsy said:

    It is hard to find great podcasts and to keep up with them, thank goodness for this list! No more wasted time trying to find a good podcast, I really love the list that you pulled together.

    Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 7:48 AM
  • Britt BravoBritt Bravo

    Britt Bravo said:

    Wow!  Thanks so much for including the Big Vision Podcast on your list!

    Monday, 03 January 2011 at 8:54 AM
  • Rebecca Leaman [Curious Apricot]Rebecca Leaman [Curious Apricot]

    Rebecca Leaman [Curious Apricot] said:

    Britt, it's a pleasure - and I'm looking forward to hearing more from Big Vision in 2011.

    Glad to hear you're finding this round-up useful, folks - and don't forget, if you know of any great nonprofit podcasts I've missed out here, your recommendations are very welcome!

    Tuesday, 04 January 2011 at 10:22 AM
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