57. Building a Robust Fundraising Engine: Strategies for Nonprofit Leaders



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About this episode

As the host of The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast, it brings me immense joy to connect with dedicated fundraisers and nonprofit leaders like you, who are working tirelessly to make the world a more just and equitable place.

In our recent episode, we had the privilege of interviewing the incredible Brooke Richie-Babbage, a seasoned nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur with over 23 years of experience. Brooke is the founder and CEO of Bending Arc, a social impact strategy and digital content firm that partners with nonprofit leaders and philanthropic institutions to launch and scale high-impact nonprofits. She is also the host of the Nonprofit Mastermind podcast and serves as the Director of the Social Justice Accelerator at the Urban Justice Center and the NetLab Initiative at the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

During our conversation with Brooke, we delved deep into the core elements of a robust fundraising engine and explored strategies to attract and engage donors effectively. She shared invaluable insights on the importance of aligning your organization's strategic vision with its fundraising efforts and offered practical advice on how to cut through the chaos that often surrounds nonprofit leadership.

Brooke's wisdom and expertise are not to be missed, especially as we approach the fourth quarter, a crucial time for fundraising. Her tips on building relationships, focusing on cultivation, and practicing time-blocking will undoubtedly help you navigate these challenges with confidence and purpose.

Feel free to share this episode with your fellow fundraisers and nonprofit peers, as we believe that together, we can amplify our impact and create positive change in the world.

As always, we deeply appreciate your support and dedication to the nonprofit sector. If you have any questions or suggestions for future podcast episodes, don't hesitate to reach out. We value your feedback and are committed to bringing you the most valuable content possible.

Thank you for being an integral part of The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast community. Together, we will continue to uplift and empower one another to achieve transformative fundraising success.

Wishing you a successful and fulfilling fundraising journey ahead!

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Our guest

Brooke Richie-Babbage, Founder & CEO, Bending Arc


"Fundraising is not just about raising money. It's also about cultivating intimate relationships with your donors. Know, understand, like, and trust are the four core elements of building strong connections."

– Brooke Richie-Babbage, Founder & CEO, Bending Arc


Resources mentioned in this episode     

Nonprofit Mastermind Podcast

Superfans: The Easy Way to Stand Out, Grow Your Tribe, and Build a Successful Business by Pat Flynn

Raise More Together Conference

ChatGPT (OpenAI)



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