Leadership and The Workplace

Nonprofit Spark

Renee McGivern

Nonprofit Spark – A Nonprofit Spark farewell: Quintessential episode on nonprofit cash flow – 12/30/13

This is my final episode of Nonprofit Spark. Over the three years I’ve hosted the show, I was delighted by my guests who are really good at what they do and so wiling to share it with all of you.

I created Nonprofit Spark because I know how fun and even therapeutic conversations can be with others who do similar work. But those opportunities are rare. I also believe radio interviews are a wonderful way to soak in learning and stimulate thinking. So, I thought, why not use podcasts to bring those both together?

Certainly, the fact that I worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years made choosing a nonprofit focus a no-brainer. But personally, I wanted to try something new and decided a radio show would combine my love of journalism and great conversations. Some people golf. Others cook or shoot photos. I love asking questions and learning!

My intention for every show, which I shared with every guest, was that listeners walk away with new ideas for taking new actions and causing new results. My guests jumped in every time and they absolutely loved being interviewed. Take a hint: Giving people your undivided attention causes them blossom right before your eyes, or ears, in this case.

The formula seemed to work. Nonprofit Spark has been the fifth most downloaded show on WebTalkRadio for almost two years; it’s downloaded nearly 40,000 times per month. Be that as it may, in my heart I know it’s time to try some new things with the 6-10 hours a week I have been spending on the show.

Thank you to the show sponsor CliftonLarsonAllen, the national accounting firm that has a strong nonprofit division. I’ve worked with about a dozen of their accountants over the years and not only are they smart, but they all have a great sense of humor which I believe sets the company apart.

Thank you, too, for listening and sharing the show. The podcasts will remain on WebTalkRadio for a while but I suggest if you have a few favorites, you download them soon. Remember you can find them on iTunes as well.

I wish you prosperity and good health in 2014. In the meantime, enjoy what I consider the quintessential Nonprofit Spark episode of all time which aired the week of March 12, 2012: A primer on managing your nonprofit’s cash flow.