Your Nonprofit Life

The Your Nonprofit Life podcast is dedicated to the folks who are working hard to have a positive impact in their communities and heal the world.

Join me, Laura Zielke, each week to learn from both staff and board members of not-for-profit organizations. Even if my guest’s mission is completely different than yours, you’ll be encouraged by their grit, vulnerability, authenticity, and generosity.

When you listen, you will feel less alone in your work, and you will be inspired to take your nonprofit from messy to thriving without burning out in the process.


Episode 15 - Marc Sophos

Quality Journalism by LGBTQ+ Youth

This episode’s guest is Marc Sophos. Marc is the founder, Executive Director, and Board Chair of MFPG: Media for the Public Good and the Executive Producer of OutCasting – public radio’s LGBTQ youth program.
Episode 13 - Jim Roth

The Never-Bored Board Member

One Voice Mixed Chorus is Minnesota’s only – and one of the nation’s largest – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies (LGBTA) chorus. Founded in 1988, One Voice has been “building community and…
Episode 12: Adrean Stinnett

When Foster Kids Age Out

Most of us are aware of foster care and the need for foster parents, but how often do we consider what happens to foster kids when they age out? When they no longer…

Visionary Leader. Humble Mentor.

When word gets out that the top leaders of a nonprofit in a small town have been misappropriating funds and behaving unethically, everybody hears about it. Everybody. And it’s up to the board to…
Episode 8 - Cara Gerdiman

Determined to Make a Difference

This interview will not only cover my guest’s journey into nonprofit, we’re also going to talk about some of the challenges that she had shifting from the position of co-worker into one of leadership…
Bonus Episode: Kayla Abramowitz

Resilient Founder. Class of 2020.

Kayla Cares 4 Kids, under Kayla’s impressive leadership, is continuing to educate and entertain sick children in spite of COVID-19. Rather than pause her work with children in hospitals during the pandemic crisis and…
Trailer - Laura Zielke

Your Nonprofit Life Trailer

How did you come to work in the nonprofit sector? What was a big challenge you overcame? If you knew then what you know now, what would you tell your less-experienced self? These are…
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