We invited Dahna Goldstein on the podcast after reading her blog post Don’t Do It: Don’t start a nonprofit. After reading her thought provoking blog post, we did a bit of research.
With just a few clicks of the google machine, we learned that she is a thought leader in both the nonprofit and tech sectors. As founder and former CEO of PhilanTech, a board member with justgive.org, adjunct faculty at Georgetown, and a Fellow at the New American think tank, she offered a unique perspective on many aspects of the nonprofit sector.
(2:40) The story behind PhilanTrack
(6:20) The importance of sabbaticals
(9:00) Why you shouldn’t start a nonprofit
(14:53) How to respond if an organization isn’t meeting the community’s need
(17:30) Why you should consider starting a for-profit company instead of a nonprofit organization
(20:15) How to tell if your organization is among the walking dead
(24:20) The tech issues that nonprofit executives and board memberships should be thinking about (it’s not what you think)
(29:00) How to garner financial support for your organization’s technology
(36:15) The value of failure in the nonprofit sector
(39:00) The bad habit in the nonprofit sector that we should avoid