Mac’s Nonprofit Podcast Playlist for Social Changemakers

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:

  1. 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%

Episodes: 249

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.

  1. 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

Episodes: 38

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.


  1. 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

Episodes: 90

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.

  1. SmartCast

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

Episodes: 6

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.

Mac Prichard

Mac started Prichard Communications in 2007 to serve nonprofits, foundations and public agencies after a long career working in the public and nonprofit sectors and with elected officials. Mac lives in Portland’s Ladd’s Addition where he is often spotted taking Instagram photos while walking his dog Kai, a Weimaraner.
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8 Comments “Mac’s Nonprofit Podcast Playlist for Social Changemakers”

  1. Hi Mac,

    Thanks for this awesome list! I am a faithful fan of Nonprofit Radio, and am looking forward to checking out the other three.

    Soon there will be one more to add — I am making plans to start a new podcast about communications and marketing for nonprofits! I’ll be working on it at Leading Change Summit in September (NTEN recently published this article with more specifics: If you’d like to be notified when the podcast launches, sign up at

    Happy Friday! 🙂

    • I’m glad you’re a fan of Nonprofit Radio, too, Margaux. I’ve been a subscriber for more than a year, and I always enjoy listening to Tony Martignetti, the host, and his guests.

      Congratulations on the upcoming launch of your own show. I can’t make it to the NTEN meeting in September this year, but I hope to see you at the 2016 edition.

      In the meantime, I’m creating a podcast for our sister company,, that will go live in October. Let’s talk offline this summer about what we’re both learning and how we might help each other.

        • That sounds great, Margaux. I’ll email you some times and dates now. One resource you may already know about: Showrunner.FM. It’s a podcast about creating podcasts. It’s a new show — just 16 episodes — but I’ve found it to be very helpful. I’m also using the Showrunner.FM online course.

  2. Many thanks for including Nonprofit Radio in your #1 spot, Mac! With the proliferation of podcasts it helps to have independent reviews. Lots of good wishes for’s new podcast! I’m sorry we didn’t know each other sooner. I was in Portland last month.

    Margaux, thank you for loving Nonprofit Radio! I’ll see you at Leading Change and will be happy to share my podcasting experience.

    • I’ve been a big fan of Nonprofit Radio for more than a year, Tony, and I appreciate the great information you and your guests share. Thank you for the good wishes for the show my team and I are working on now. Our offices are just a few blocks from where your regular contributor Amy Sample Ward of NTEN works, so let me know the next you’re in Portland.

  3. My nonprofit podcasts…
    Nonprofit Radio ( love ya Tony!)
    Fundraising Fundamentals
    Tiny Spark
    Foundation Center
    Making Change
    Social Good
    Americana Tradition
    Inflection Point
    Good Life Project ( not so much nonprofit as about movements)


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