Leadership and The Workplace

Nonprofit Spark

Renee McGivern

Nonprofit Spark – Clarity and openness, key qualities of start-up leaders – 06/06/11

On this week’s show, you’ll hear two guests who are very clear about their organizations’ missions and yet very open to new ideas for manifesting them. They instill confidence in volunteers, donors, and customers. My first guest is Gary S. Fagin, the founder, musical director and conductor of The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. In three short years and despite a difficult economy, he and his board are staying true to their mission, fundraising, and making this orchestra THE community orchestra of lower Manhattan. My second guest is Steli Efti, a co-founder of SwipeGood. The online fundraising tool encourages donors to sign up their credit cards, have their purchases rounded up to the next dollar, and then donate the difference to a favorite charity. The service started in November 2010 and is already serving over 600 nonprofits.