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 20: Terence Narcisse

Living & Leaving a Legacy

EPISODE 20: Life in an unincorporated town can be difficult, especially when emergency relief funds are needed after natural disasters. Learn what one man is doing to make sure his community is not left…

Building Relationships thru Volunteering

🏳‍🌈 EPISODE 16: Anne Friedman began volunteering with Gay for Good while she was working full-time at a nonprofit foundation; however, after a tragic event, Anne found herself re-evaluating her priorities and what happened…
Episode 15 - Marc Sophos

Quality Journalism by LGBTQ+ Youth

🏳‍🌈 EPISODE 15: 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…
Episode 13 - Jim Roth

The Never-Bored Board Member

🏳‍🌈 EPISODE 13: 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…
Episode 12: Adrean Stinnett

When Foster Kids Age Out

EPISODE 12: 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…

Visionary Leader. Humble Mentor.

EPISODE 10: 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…
Episode 8 - Cara Gerdiman

Determined to Make a Difference

EPISODE 8: 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…