Episode 6

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5th Nov 2021

Tapping into Foundation Fundraising

When you’re working at a nonprofit, funding sources can come to you from all directions. On one end of the spectrum you have individual donors, but on the other end, there are the foundations that can make a big difference in your fundraising goals. But how do you get to the foundations and how do you get them to consider funding your nonprofit? To answer these and many more questions, we’ve asked Sam Bennett to give us some insight. Sam holds a Master’s degree in Library Science and Public Administration. He made a career switch from libraries to philanthropy in 1999, when he became a program officer for a dozen charitable foundations administered by Commerce Bank of Kansas City. In this position, he worked with nonprofits of all types and sizes throughout Kansas and Missouri. Since his retirement, he has served on nonprofit boards for environmental and arts organizations. Soon he will begin a temporary position as Interim Executive Director of the Heartland Conservation Alliance. Sam and his wife live in a 112-year-old house in a historic Kansas City neighborhood, which is where we find him today.

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IMPACTability®: The Nonprofit Leaders’ Podcast
This show explores the landscape of the nonprofit organization and offers incredible insight from nonprofit experts. Get advice on how to solve the problems plaguing your nonprofit with your host Joe Turner of Soukup Strategic Solutions, a full-service nonprofit consulting company helping nonprofits across the country.

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Joe Turner

For more than 20 years, Joe had successfully programmed radio stations in Detroit; Lansing, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; and southwest Florida. Joe left the day-to-day radio world in 2007 for the nonprofit world when he joined Hodges University as its Director of Public Relations and Alumni Services. In 2021, he joined Soukup Strategic Solutions as the Director of Fundraising, Marketing, and Communications. Joe continues to run his own voice over company where he offers commercial and narration voice over services and has won three Telly awards for his work. He is a native of Detroit where he attended Wayne State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts. In his spare time Joe loves to cook, is a musician and a self-professed “foodie.”