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 guestโ€™s mission is completely different than yours, youโ€™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 14 - Leo Preziosi, Jr.

Providing Hope for LGBTQ+ Teens

๐Ÿณโ€๐ŸŒˆ EPISODE 14: My hope for this episode? That you will listen with an open heart and mind. That you will walk away not only more educated about the work being done to bring…
Episode 13 - Jim Roth

The Never-Bored Board Member

๐Ÿณโ€๐ŸŒˆ EPISODE 13: One Voice Mixed Chorus is Minnesotaโ€™s only – and one of the nationโ€™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 itโ€™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…
Episode 5 Heather Lojeski

From Foster Care to Founder Life

EPISODE 5: Meet Heather Lojeski, the co-founder of Faith Hope & Love. Heather and Mark married soon after high school and before they began their family, they became foster parents. That experience, combined with…
Bonus Episode: Kayla Abramowitz

Resilient Founder. Class of 2020.

BONUS EPISODE: 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…