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10 Podcasts You Should Listen to if You're Into Nonprofit Work

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If you find that you don’t have as much time as you’d like to keep up with the latest nonprofit trends or professional development topics, social-impact podcasts can be a portable and flexible solution.

To help you listen, learn, and find inspiration on the go, here are 10 podcasts to download for your next break, commute, or snowy day on the couch.

Hear From Social Innovators and Entrepreneurs

When you want to stay current on issues in the social-innovation space or hear directly from change-makers, consider streaming or subscribing to these podcasts:

1. Stanford Social Innovation Review Podcasts

In addition to online and print articles, the Stanford Social Innovation Review also publishes TED-talk-style podcast recordings on a wide selection of social-change issues. You’ll find an archive of podcasts from summits and lecture series that gather experts on various topics such as social entrepreneurship, disaster response, and energy efficiency.

2. Impact Boom

This weekly podcast features interviews with social-change leaders from around the world. Interviews fall into a few main categories around social impact including design, social innovation and entrepreneurship, education, finance, and policy. If you have interest in reading a transcript of a particular interview, each episode is also accompanied by a blog post.

Pro tip: Impact Boom is open to receiving and sharing stories from its community of listeners. Visit the site to submit your own impact story.

3. SproutCast

If you’re interested in social entrepreneurship, tune in for conversations with founders and social-impact business experts focusing on how they achieved impact, and how others can, too.

4. Social Entrepreneur

Hosted by Tony Loyd, the Social Entrepreneur podcast collects insights from social entrepreneurs from a range of backgrounds and issue areas. You’ll hear about their social enterprises and get some great advice, too!

Up Your Productivity and Effectiveness

If you’re interested in learning about new tools for general productivity as well nonprofit-specific resources and best practices, here are a few podcasts to keep in mind:

5. Beyond the To-Do List

This is a resource for anyone who strives to stay productive and find fulfillment. Host Erik Fisher interviews productivity experts like Gretchen Rubin about strategies for getting work done and leading a fulfilling life in the process. In nearly every episode, you’ll walk away with a new idea or productivity tool.

6. Nonprofit Hub Radio From Nonprofit Hub

Also dubbed “hubcasts,” monthly episodes feature tips and tricks aimed specifically at nonprofit communications and advancement pros. Tune in to hear the latest about end-of-year fundraising, engaging influencers in campaigns, and donor communications.

7. Nonprofit Ally

The Nonprofit Ally podcast delivers advice from development experts working in the nonprofit sector as consultants, fundraisers, and directors. You’ll find tips on community engagement, email marketing, and even relationship building.

8. Raise + Engage Podcast From Blackbaud

If you want informal and direct advice from real-life nonprofit pros on topics from donor engagement to how to be an effective manager, give the Raise + Engage podcast a listen.

Find Inspiration for Your Own Organization

When you’re looking for general inspiration to spark an idea for your own organization, try these two podcasts:

9. Nonprofit Optimist

If you’ve ever wanted the inside scoop from nonprofit pros, check out the Nonprofit Optimist. Listen to success stories and encouragement from leaders at small nonprofits who are starting, running, and expanding their organizations.

10. Good Journey Pod

Brought to you by Nonprofit Supply Co., this podcast aims to bring listeners good stories to motivate their own social-impact efforts. Episodes are geared toward nonprofit pros, philanthropists, and social change-makers in general. Episodes are short, 30 minutes or less, which are easy to listen to in full over a short lunch break or commute.

This article was originally published on Idealist Careers. It has been republished here with permission.