Podcasts are valuable resources for professionals in just about every industry, and the social impact sector is no different. From inspiring stories that sparked change to nitty-gritty fundraising tips, there are tons of podcasts that offer valuable information for nonprofits.
In no particular order, here are a handful of our favorites that serve social innovators, activists, and entrepreneurs.
1. The Impact Podcast
By Neetal Parekh of Innov8social
“Hear honest perspectives and stories about social enterprise, design-thinking, food and nutrition, regenerative economy, impact investing, startup methodologies, and measurement…all for social impact.
Hosted by Neetal Parekh, founder and CEO of Innov8social and author of ’51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship’, and speaker.”
- 3 Tips for Being an Effective Social Intrapreneur
- Failure, Pivots, and the Power of a Problem-Solving Mindset
- Ketan Deshpande, Ashoka Fellow and CEO of FUEL
- Monica Kang, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Expert and Founder of InnovatorsBox
2. Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs
By Fergal Byrne
“At Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs, we talk to experienced and successful social entrepreneurs and change makers, committed to building a better world.… Our aim is to share the inspiring stories, to explore the highs and the lows, learn how different social entrepreneurs have kept inspired, and draw out insights to help social entrepreneurs at all stages on their journey.”
- John Rendel, Founder and CEO of PEAS, (Promoting Equality in African Schools)
- Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup
3. The Tim Ferriss Show
By Tim Ferriss
“Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.”
- Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly
- Seth Godin, author and expert in marketing, leadership, and business
4. Tiny Spark
By Amy Costello
“Tiny Spark is an independent, nonprofit news program and podcast that reports deeply and constructively on philanthropy, nonprofits, international aid and social good initiatives.”
“We investigate philanthropy, nonprofits and for-profit social good initiatives. In-depth interviews and shoe leather reporting from across the globe. Send us your tips.”
- Where’s Philanthropy On Racial Justice?
- Doctors Without Borders Explains Decision to Pull Out of World Humanitarian Summit
- Corinne Dufka, MacArthur grantee and researcher for Human Rights Watch
- Larissa MacFarquhar, author of Strangers Drowning
5. The Business of Giving
By Denver Frederick
“The program addresses issues such as global poverty, affordable housing, clean drinking water, medical breakthroughs, and matters related to education.
Each week you will hear from philanthropists, corporate CEOs, nonprofit luminaries, celebrity ambassadors, government officials, and social entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of the transformative changes that are occurring around the world.”
- Robert Lynch, President & CEO of Americans For The Arts
- David Williams, President & CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation
6. Nonprofit Leadership Podcast
By Dr. Rob Harter
“In this podcast you will hear real stories from experienced leaders about what strategies and practices have made them successful. It is our hope that through this audio series, people can learn not only what it takes to be an effective non-profit leader but to hear inspiring stories about people and organizations that are successfully making a positive impact in their communities.”
- Charles A. Archer, Founder and CEO of Thrive Network
- Marc A. Pitman, known as the “Fundraising Coach”
7. The Growth Show
“The Growth Show is a business podcast for leaders consumed with driving growth — growing a company, growing a movement, growing an idea, growing a team. Each week, we sit down with someone who has achieved remarkable growth and unpack how.”
8. The Classy Podcast
“The Classy Podcast tells the stories of the leaders shaping our future in the biggest and smallest ways. They are developing new tools, methods, products, and movements that will define the future of humanity. Each week we uncover the catalysts that defined their path, extract their thoughts and ideas, and share them with you to inform and inspire a generation that is mobilized to move forward and drive change.”
- Leah Gilliam, the VP of education, strategy, and innovation at Girls Who Code
- Erica Williams Simon, Creative Director for Upworthy.com
Whether you listen on your commute, at work, or at the gym, check out these podcasts to gain tips and insights for every level of your organization!