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The Nova Communities Podcast provides tips, tools, and insights to help volunteers and staff make a bigger impact on the organizations they serve.

Each episode takes you behind the scenes with successful influencers to share insights
and actionable takeaways to build and empower your communities.

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I'm a Community and Operations Strategist for mission-driven organizations who loves helping them see their potential so they can maximize their impact. I've seen firsthand how shared experience has the potential to inspire passion and positive action, so I'm thrilled to bring those experiences and more to you on the podcast.

... and I love volunteer driven organizations!

I'm Emily Hendershot


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recently on the nova communities podcast

An Operations Integration Day is a time for staff to come together to audit and clean up member communications, workflows, and systems to help you maximize your impact and drive member retention.

Leadership, Membership, Podcast

Optimizing Operations to Increase Member Retention

Bill Coon, Founder and Board President of the Keep Swimming Foundation, joins us to share the mission of the organization, progress to date, and lessons learned. His powerful message showcases the impact being made through their work and will inspire you in yours.

Community, Leadership, Podcast

Community Spotlight: Keep Swimming Foundation

We all know creating a strategic plan is important for our organizations, but how do we know if we’re doing it right? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. On this week’s episode of The Nova Communities Podcast, we speak with Sarah Olivieri of PivotGround on why we should ditch the way we’ve been doing strategic plans. […]

Leadership, Podcast

Why You Should Ditch the Way You’re Doing Strategic Plans

Ever wonder what a winning grants strategy looks like? During this week’s episode of The Nova Communities Podcast, we speak with Lesa-kaye Holtman to discuss a winning formula, tips for stakeholder engagement, and what do to if volunteers suggest grants that don’t align with the strategic direction of your organization. Her straightforward approach has been […]

Fundraising, Podcast

How to Engage Volunteers in Your Grants Process

As a society, content distribution has gone from print to radio, to television, to the age of the internet. And now it seems there is a significant trend towards digital audio. But when people think about audio, usually it’s about podcasting. Today’s guest is going to challenge that notion and help us learn how to […]

Membership, Podcast

Modernizing Existing Content to Increase Member Value

Creating a successful legacy (or planned giving) program can result in additional funding for your organization for the future.

Fundraising, Podcast

Creating a Successful Legacy Giving Program

Today’s guest will share with us all about the importance of grant writing, the components for success, and the impact it can have on your organization.

Fundraising, Podcast

Grant Writing with Angela Boysel

Building and cultivating a dynamic Board team requires more than simply training, but rather the creation of a thoughtful and intentional program to define, recruit, orient, engage, and evaluate your Board team. 

Governance, Leadership

Defining + Evaluating Board Needs with Greg Nielsen

Whitney Brimfield is the President and CEO of Spark Point Fundraising where they help organizations deploy strategies that will most effectively advance their missions and sustain their work.


Reinvigorating Your Fundraising Strategy

Most organizations define their vision and focus through a strategic plan, but not all our organizations are good about evaluating the impact being made. Maybe we measure the number of people served or services delivered, but how do we track the overall difference we are making in our communities? Today’s guest is passionate about building […]

Governance, Leadership

Using Logic Models to Understand Impact


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Nova Strategies LLC

Many association executives are overwhelmed by all the priorities they must juggle. With a clear action plan, you’ll find the clarity and focus you’ve been looking for to maximize your impact.