Podcasts have become an important resource for nonprofit leaders and it’s no mystery why. You can find dozens of shows about nonprofit work that share personal stories, actionable ideas or in-depth interviews that will inspire and help you do your job better.
Podcasts are convenient, too. Like Netflix, Hulu and other streaming television services, podcasts offer on-demand media that you can consume when and where you like. And unlike video, you can listen to a podcast while doing other things: errands, working out or walking the dog.
And podcasts are growing in popularity. In fact, a recent survey found that 39 million Americans — about the same number that use Twitter — have listened to one or more podcasts in the last month.
Are you still new to the world of podcasting? Here’s a playlist of five shows for social changemakers that we love to get you started and make a difference in your nonprofit work:
- Nonprofit Radio
The Show: Every week since July 2010 host Tony Martignetti has talked to authors, consultants and thought leaders to share ideas and strategies that can help small- and mid-sized nonprofits. Topics covered on Nonprofit Radio include board relations, fundraising, social media and compliance, technology, accounting, volunteer management, finance, marketing and beyond.
Tagline: Big nonprofit ideas for the other 95%
Length: 60 minutes
Recent Guest: Jenna Cerruti, account manager at Prichard, joined Tony on his June 12 episode to talk about how nonprofits can use visual media well.
- Tiny Spark
The Show: An independent news program about philanthropy, nonprofits, international aid and for-profit social good initiatives. Hosted since 2011 by former Africa correspondent Amy Costello, Tiny Spark stories have included an investigation into TOMS Shoes and exposed the harm caused by medical volunteers in post-quake Haiti. The program also features in-depth interviews with leading voices from the world of international aid and development.
Tagline: Investigating the business of doing good
Length: 10 to 30 minutes
Recent Guest: Paul Lazarus discusses his documentary, Slingshot, about a new invention by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, that promises to turn even the dirtiest water into drinking water. In Lazarus’ film, Kamen’s technology is repeatedly rejected by potential partners, including the World Bank and United Nations. Frustrated, Kamen turns to Coca Cola.
- Generosity Philosophy
The Show: A weekly interview program with nonprofit and community leaders. Host Kim Trumbo created Generosity Philosophy in 2013 as part of her efforts to make a meaningful difference in the world. She hopes that in every episode listeners will find one idea they can take and use in their own lives.
Tagline: Inspiring stories from ordinary and extraordinary people
Length: 30 minutes
Recent Guest: John Terry, Director of Communications from Clean The World, shares how his nonprofit has saved countless lives around the globe by collecting and recycling more than 25 million bars of discarded soap from hotels across the United States for distribution in 99 countries.
The Show:A limited series of six episodes posted online in 2014 by The Communications Network, a nonprofit professional association for foundations, nonprofits and consulting firms across the globe. Produced by Prichard, (and with me as host), each show features an interview with expert who discusses how foundations and nonprofits can use communications to improve lives. Click here to find SmartCast on iTunes.
Tagline: Smart communication starts here
Length: 30 minutes
Recent Guest: Sarah Lewis, author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery. Lewis is a faculty member of the Yale University School of Art, has served on President Barack Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, and been selected for Oprah’s Power List. In the show, Lewis discusses the difference between success and mastery, how a near-win can be a good thing in the long run, and why grit matters more than talent and IQ.
What podcasts do you follow? Share your favorite shows in the comments below. And if you’re inspired to go on the air yourself, here are four reasons why your nonprofit should start a podcast.