The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast

Tammy Zonker

Welcome to The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast, hosted by Tammy Zonker. If you're passionate about making a positive impact in the world through your work in the nonprofit sector, this podcast is tailor-made for you. I'm here to equip and empower fundraising pros and nonprofit leaders, just like you, with the insights and inspiration you need to elevate your fundraising game and, in turn, transform the world. In each episode, I dive deep into the world of fundraising, sharing valuable insights, strategies, and success stories that you can immediately put to use to supercharge your fundraising results. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, there's something here for everyone. We don't stop at theories and concepts; we bring you focused, highly relevant interviews that explore the latest trends, best practices, and answers to the burning questions that matter most in the nonprofit sector today. You'll get the inside scoop on what's working, what's changing, and how you can stay ahead of the game. And let me give you fair warning – I'm not afraid to go on a little rant every now and then. Sometimes, a passionate discussion is just what we need to spark those new ideas and innovations. Ready to dive in? Check out our latest episodes right here. Make sure to hit that subscribe button so you never miss a single episode – trust me, you won't want to! Join our community of fundraising enthusiasts who are all on a mission to make the world a better place, one episode at a time. Thank you for being a part of The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast community! With heaps of gratitude, Tammy Zonker Major Gift Expert & Keynote Speaker read less
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Community Impact: The Power of Giving Circles
Mar 21 2024
Community Impact: The Power of Giving Circles
Have you ever wondered how you can make an even bigger impact in your community? 🤔 Or how everyday people like you and me can become catalysts for change in our communities?In my latest episode of The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast, we delve into the world of giving circles with Emily Rasmussen, the founder of Grapevine. We explore how giving circles are reshaping philanthropy, fostering community, democratizing giving, and amplifying the impact of small nonprofits.Tune in to discover:The transformative impact of giving circles on nonprofits and communities.Strategies for overcoming challenges in starting and managing a giving circle.Insights into the future trends of philanthropy and the role of giving circles.Listen now and join the movement of meaningful giving!Don't forget to share this episode with fellow fundraisers and nonprofit leaders. Together, we can create a ripple effect of positive change. 🌍With heaps of gratitude, TammyGuest: Emily Rasmussen, Founder & CEO, GrapevineResources: Show notes, links and resources mentioned in this episode.Review our show on Apple Podcasts. After you click the link, scroll to the bottom, first tap to rate with five stars, and then tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful, or inspiring in some way. See Privacy Policy at https://www.fundraisingtransformed.com/policies
Building Bridges: Connecting Passion and Fundraising
Feb 29 2024
Building Bridges: Connecting Passion and Fundraising
Ever wondered how to infuse passion into your fundraising efforts? In the latest episode of the Intentional Fundraiser Podcast, I sit down with amazing Jeff Spitko and brilliant Laura Rice from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. We dive deep into the heart of fundraising, unraveling the secrets of storytelling, donor engagement, passion-driven campaigns, and narratives that resonate, building authentic connections with donors and infusing passion into every aspect of your mission.In this episode, you'll discover:The power of storytelling in capturing donors' hearts and minds.How data analysis, segmentation, and personalization is the game-changer.Strategies for building authentic connections with supporters and stakeholders.Insights into leveraging emerging technologies and trends in fundraising.Don't keep this gem to yourself – share it with fellow fundraisers and nonprofit leaders who are ready to connect passion and fundraising to take their fundraising to new heights!With boundless gratitude, TammyGuests: Laura Rice, Senior Director of Sustaining Philanthropy, San Diego Zoo Wildlife AllianceJeff Spitko, Director of Membership & Audience Management, San Diego Zoo Wildlife AllianceResources: Here are the show notes, links and resources mentioned in this episode.Review our show on Apple Podcasts. After you click the link, scroll to the bottom, first tap to rate with five stars, and then tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful, or inspiring in some way. See Privacy Policy at https://www.fundraisingtransformed.com/policies
From Volunteer to Donor: The Super Supporter
Dec 19 2023
From Volunteer to Donor: The Super Supporter
Ever felt the magic when volunteers become not just supporters but super supporters? 🌟 We've got something special for you in our latest podcast episode with Josh Meyer, VP of Demand Generation at Bloomerang. Dive into the secrets of creating a strong connection between volunteers and donors. Ready to uncover the transformative power within your fundraising strategy? Listen now to supercharge your impact Get ready to unlock the Super Supporter Cycle and take your fundraising to new heights!RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEStart with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon SinekNonprofit Storytelling ConferenceCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / LinkedIn / Facebook / Website / ContactRATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!CONNECT WITH TAMMY ZONKER ON SOCIAL You can also connect with Tammy on Twitter and Instagram at @tammyzonker, and on LinkedIn.TAKE YOUR FUNDRAISING RESULTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL To get started, learn more about joining our exclusive Fundraising Transformers Community.
Hard Asks Made Easy
Dec 13 2023
Hard Asks Made Easy
Have you ever found yourself hesitating to ask for what you truly want or need? Maybe it's a career opportunity, support in challenging times, or even a simple favor. The power of asking is a skill that transcends personal and professional realms, and in this blog post, we're diving deep into the art of asking with the incredible Laura Fredricks. Laura is not just a fundraising expert but a beacon of wisdom when it comes to the transformative nature of asking.Don't miss out! 🎧✨With boundless gratitude,Tammy ZonkerRESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEHard Asks Made Easy: How to Get Exactly What You Want by Laura Fredricks JDStart with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon SinekAFP IconCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / LinkedIn / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube / Website / ContactRATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!CONNECT WITH TAMMY ZONKER ON SOCIAL You can also connect with Tammy on Twitter and Instagram at @tammyzonker, and on LinkedIn.TAKE YOUR FUNDRAISING RESULTS TO...
Transform Your Donor Engagement Through Text Messaging
Dec 6 2023
Transform Your Donor Engagement Through Text Messaging
Imagine a world where your nonprofit's message resonates instantly, mobilizing supporters and driving real impact. In our latest podcast episode, I had an inspiring conversation with James Martin, CEO of Rally Corp, on how text messaging can revolutionize donor engagement.Listen now and discover the secrets to compelling storytelling, the myths of texting donors debunked, and innovative strategies that have raised over a million dollars for nonprofits. 🌟Don't miss out on transforming your nonprofit's reach and impact. Tune in to this episode today!With tons of gratitude,Tammy ZonkerRESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEThe Gap and The Gain: The High Achievers' Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success by Dan Sullivan & Dr. Benjamin HardyNonprofit Storytelling ConferenceCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / LinkedIn / Facebook / Website RATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!CONNECT WITH TAMMY ZONKER ON SOCIAL You can also connect with Tammy on Twitter and Instagram at @tammyzonker, and on LinkedIn.TAKE YOUR FUNDRAISING RESULTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL To get started, learn more about joining our exclusive Fundraising Transformers Community.
Creating Constellations of Stories
Nov 29 2023
Creating Constellations of Stories
Ever wondered how to make your nonprofit storytelling truly compelling? In our latest episode, I sit down with the brilliant Jen Love to explore the art of emotional storytelling in fundraising. Listen in as we discuss creating constellations of stories, embracing curiosity, and finding joy in the world of fundraising.Don't miss out on this insightful conversation! Click on the link below, hit play, grab your favorite beverage, and let's dive into the world of transformative storytelling.Here's to making an impact that goes beyond dollars!With tons of gratitude,Tammy ZonkerRESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODECreative Deviations:: how you can infuse your storytelling, fundraising and direct response with more creativity by John LeppFundraising for Introverts: Harnessing Our Powers for What Matters by Brian SaberMicrosoft WordHemingway AppNonprofit Storytelling ConferenceFundraising EverywhereCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / LinkedIn / Facebook / Website / ContactRATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!CONNECT WITH TAMMY ZONKER ON SOCIAL You can also connect with Tammy on Twitter and Instagram at @tammyzonker, and on LinkedIn.TAKE YOUR...
The Power of AI in Fundraising: A Conversation with Cherian Koshy
Nov 21 2023
The Power of AI in Fundraising: A Conversation with Cherian Koshy
Ready to take your fundraising game to the next level? In my latest episode on The Intentional Fundraiser podcast, we dive deep into the dynamic world of fundraising with the brilliant Cherian Koshy. Discover how artificial intelligence (AI) and emotional storytelling are reshaping donor connections and revolutionizing the way nonprofits engage with supporters to maximize impact.🔍 Tune in now to discover the secrets of AI, authentic connections, and ethical engagement. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEiWaveEpisode 13: Fundraising In A Challenging Economy Nonprofit Storytelling ConferenceNIO SummitAFP IconBlindsight: The (Mostly) Hidden Ways Marketing Reshapes Our Brains by Matt Johnson PhD & Prince Ghumanfireflies.aiAkkoCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / LinkedIn / Website / ContactRATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!CONNECT WITH TAMMY ZONKER ON SOCIAL You can also connect with Tammy on Twitter and Instagram at @tammyzonker, and on LinkedIn.TAKE YOUR FUNDRAISING RESULTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL To get started,
Unveiling the Power of Purposeful Storytelling with Kristin Sukraw
Nov 15 2023
Unveiling the Power of Purposeful Storytelling with Kristin Sukraw
I am beyond thrilled to share the latest episode of The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast with you. I recently had an inspiring conversation with the incredible Kristin Sukraw, author of StoryFind, where we dove deep into the art of purposeful storytelling for nonprofits.Let me tell you, this episode is a game-changer! Kristin, a seasoned expert in storytelling, shares her insights on finding and sharing compelling stories that resonate deeply with your audience. The magic lies not just in the story itself but in the intention behind it.Are you ready to transform your nonprofit storytelling? Are you eager to learn the art of "StoryFind" and unleash the full potential of your organization's narrative?Listen to the full episode now and embark on a journey to become a purposeful storyteller.RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEStoryFind: The Handbook for Finding and Telling Your Nonprofit's Most Impactful Stories by Kristin SukrawBE SEEN: Find Your Voice. Build Your Brand. Live Your Dream. by Jen GottliebDipJar Nonprofit Storytelling ConferenceCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINELinkedIn / Facebook / Instagram / Vimeo / Website / ContactRATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!CONNECT WITH TAMMY ZONKER ON SOCIAL You can also connect with Tammy on Twitter and Instagram at @tammyzonker, and on
The Neuroscience of Fundraising Love
Nov 8 2023
The Neuroscience of Fundraising Love
We have a remarkable new podcast episode you won't want to miss! Dr. Paul Zak, a renowned neuroscientist, joins us to discuss the transformative power of love, immersion, and authenticity in fundraising. Get ready to discover the science behind creating extraordinary donor experiences and how it can impact your fundraising efforts.Tune in to gain valuable insights and learn how to revolutionize your fundraising approach by understanding the core principles of immersion.Listen to this episode now. You don't want to miss out on this eye-opening discussion!RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEImmersion: The Science of the Extraordinary and the Source of Happiness by Paul J. ZakCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / Linkedin / Facebook / Instagram / Website / EmailRATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!CONNECT WITH TAMMY ZONKER ON SOCIAL You can also connect with Tammy on Twitter and Instagram at @tammyzonker, and on LinkedIn.TAKE YOUR FUNDRAISING RESULTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL To get started, learn more about joining our exclusive Fundraising Transformers Community.
New Research: The State of Capital Campaigns
Oct 31 2023
New Research: The State of Capital Campaigns
I wanted to share some exciting news with you! Our latest podcast episode dives deep into the realm of capital campaigns, debunking myths and uncovering extraordinary insights that will transform the way you perceive these fundraising efforts.In this episode, we sit down with Steven Shattuck, an expert in nonprofit fundraising, as he presents groundbreaking research on the state of capital campaigns. Beyond just fundraising figures, this conversation reveals the hidden gems, the unexpected successes, and the myths shattered by empirical data.Don't miss out on this eye-opening discussion. Tune in to The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast and discover the secrets to successful capital campaigns that extend far beyond just fundraising numbers. Trust me; this episode is a game-changer!Listen to the episode and equip yourself with the knowledge that will revolutionize your approach to fundraising!RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEThe State of Capital Campaigns 2023 by Capital Campaign Pro WOC Symposium 2023A Brave Space for Black Fundraisers: A PATH TO ACTION 2023 VIRTUAL CONFERENCEResonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarteslide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great PresentationsRobots Make Bad Fundraisers: How Nonprofits Can Maintain the Heart in the Digital Age by Steven ShattuckCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / Linkedin / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube / Website / EmailRATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch
Fearless Fundraising & Leadership Lessons
Oct 24 2023
Fearless Fundraising & Leadership Lessons
Ready to supercharge your nonprofit leadership and fundraising skills? Join me in our latest podcast episode where I chat with Steve Johns, the CEO of OneCause. We explore the power of fearless fundraising, the significance of building lasting donor relationships, and the inspiring journey of resilience. Listen to the full episode now.Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from a true leader who's been through the mud and emerged as a lotus. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEFearless: Leadership Lessons at the Crossroads by Steve JohnsThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel RuizRaise: The Event Fundraising ConferenceNIO SummitCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / Linkedin / Facebook / Instagram / Website / EmailRATE, REVIEW & FOLLOW ON APPLE PODCASTS “I love Tammy and The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast” 👈 If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This will enable me to reach more fundraisers — just like you — and help them become better fundraisers, faster. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and tap “Write a Review.” Then, let me know what you liked most about this particular episode or how you find my podcast helpful, valuable, insightful or inspiring in some way. SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to this podcast. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Subscribe now!CONNECT WITH TAMMY ZONKER ON SOCIAL You can also connect with Tammy on Twitter and Instagram at @tammyzonker, and on LinkedIn.TAKE YOUR FUNDRAISING RESULTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL To get started, learn more about joining our...
Fundraising for Introverts
Oct 11 2023
Fundraising for Introverts
I recently had the incredible opportunity to chat with the brilliant Brian Saber on #TheIntentionalFundraiser #podcast.We covered topics ranging from the power of listening in fundraising to the art of building lasting relationships and even delved into the unique strengths of introverted fundraisers.The episode is packed with valuable insights, personal anecdotes, and a few surprises. Whether you're a seasoned fundraising pro or just starting on your fundraising journey, I promise there's something here for you.So grab your headphones, your notepad, and prepare to be inspired by Brian's wisdom. Remember, we're all on this fundraising journey together, and every bit of knowledge can help us make a more significant impact on the world.With gratitude,Tammy ZonkerRESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEFundraising for Introverts: Harnessing Our Powers for What Matters by Brian SaberEngaged Boards Will Fundraise! by Michael Davidson and Brian SaberBoards and Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success by Brian SaberAsking Styles: Revolutionize Your Fundraising by Brian SaberQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan CainConversations with Jerry & BrianFind Your Asking Style QuizCONNECT WITH OUR GUEST ONLINETwitter / Linkedin / Facebook / Instagram / Website / EmailTHANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORThank you to our friends at Bloomerang for being a sponsor of The Intentional Fundraiser podcast.Bloomerang gathers the best tools, resources, and people in a single place and, through its donor management platform, empowers nonprofit organizations like yours to carry out their missions.Learn how First Tee of Greater Akron doubled its unique donors, improved donor...