Voices for Good
S4E10: Building Community One Asset at a Time

S4E10: Building Community One Asset at a Time

October 29, 2019

In this episode, Kristina and Ben discuss the latest headlines and how upcoming impeachment hearings may impact how quickly nonprofit policy issues move through Congress. They also sit with Sherry Salway Black, long-time advocate and champion for Native American communities’ self-determination, asset building, community investment, and cultural revitalization. The 2019 John W. Gardner Leadership Award recipient also discusses what she’s looking forward to at Upswell, our upcoming annual gathering in Chicago, where she will accept the award.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E9: Centering Community Is Everything

S4E9: Centering Community Is Everything

September 25, 2019

In this episode, Kristina and Allison review some of the examples of advocacy in the news, reflect on IS All Staff Hill Day, and give the latest nonprofit policy updates. Laura Esquivel, director of national advocacy at Hispanic Federation, joins them to share best practices in ensuring that community-centered social change includes both direct services and advocacy. She also discusses how nonprofits and foundations can support investment in capacity building of community-led organizations and movements.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E8: For Back-to-School, We’d Like Some Forgiveness

S4E8: For Back-to-School, We’d Like Some Forgiveness

August 27, 2019

In this episode, Kristina and Ben say goodbye to summer and August Recess, but not our student loans. They also discuss the latest nonprofit policy updates, including a recently passed federal budget law, political activity, the public charge rule, and share a preview of Congress’ fall priorities. Maggie Siller, associate at the New York-based law firm Selendy & Gay, joins Ben to discuss the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and what some nonprofits are doing to ensure the U.S. Department of Education honors the program for 32 million eligible Americans.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E7: We Cannot Wait Around for Change

S4E7: We Cannot Wait Around for Change

July 25, 2019

In this episode, Kristina and Allison discuss how racism continues to be a part of our politics, the advocacy efforts of Puerto Ricans, and the latest nonprofit policy topics including updates on a budget deal, 2020 census, political activity, and SNAP. Allison also talks to David Griggs, CEO & executive director of VoteRiders, a direct service organization that ensures Americans understand and navigate current voter ID laws, so they can vote.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E6: Elections May Not Liberate Us, But It’s a Start

S4E6: Elections May Not Liberate Us, But It’s a Start

June 25, 2019

In this episode, Kristina, Ben, and Allison discuss the latest giving numbers, the citizen question on the census, and progress in the effort to repeal a provision of unrelated business income tax. Allison and Kristina also sit down with Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Liberation in a Generation, Jeremie Greer, to discuss how nonprofits, 501(c)(3)s and 501(c)(4)s, can best engage in the upcoming election season to ensure that people turn out to vote and the issues that matter to us are priorities to those we elect.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E5: Lead with Your Heart and Values

S4E5: Lead with Your Heart and Values

May 30, 2019

In this episode, Kristina, Ben, and Allison discuss the latest nonprofit policy updates and why judicial advocacy is important in an era defined by court decisions. Ben and Allison also sit down with Justine Davenport, advocacy communications specialist at Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and Steve Taylor, senior vice president and counsel for public policy at United Way Worldwide, who reflect on whether recent Independent Sector research on values-based messaging rings true to their own experience advocating on Capitol Hill.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E4: Nonprofits Pay UBIT Because of Macaroni…Seriously

S4E4: Nonprofits Pay UBIT Because of Macaroni…Seriously

April 23, 2019

In this episode, Kristina, Ben, and Allison celebrate Earth Day and youth activism issue, and highlight the latest nonprofit policy happenings here in DC. Allison also shares the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) origin story, which includes a New York university and macaroni. Kristina and Allison are then joined by Joseph Cordes, professor at The George Washington University, to discuss the research he conducted on UBIT and what he plans to do next to help nonprofits understand the effects of these tax provisions.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E3: Beyond the Dollars and Cents

S4E3: Beyond the Dollars and Cents

March 27, 2019

In this episode, Kristina, Ben, and Allison avoid the political storm in the news and get down to business with nonprofit policy updates. Hear the latest about unrelated business income tax, charitable giving legislation, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s efforts to change overtime regulations. Sarah Abernathy, deputy executive director of the Committee for Education Funding, also breaks down just what the president’s budget means for nonprofits and gives us some deep insight on federal funding of education programs.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E2: When Discretionary Spending is Essential

S4E2: When Discretionary Spending is Essential

February 27, 2019

In this episode, Ben and Kristina anticipate springtime in Washington, DC, which means advocates from across the country are in town to meet with their members of Congress, and discuss updates related to unrelated business income tax, charitable giving, and government spending. Ben Corb, director of public affairs at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and co-chair of NDD United, joins as a guest to discuss what nonprofits should know about nondefense discretionary (NDD) funding efforts, how decisions on federal spending affect the mission of nonprofits across the country, and how they can get involved.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.

S4E1: New Season, New Congress, New Drama

S4E1: New Season, New Congress, New Drama

January 25, 2019

In this episode, Kristina, Ben, and Allison welcome folks back to a new season of Voices for Good. They begin with a recap of the 2018 midterm elections and how nonprofits helped turn out record voting numbers, and then discuss all the issues Independent Sector is following in 2019 including the government shutdown and new research recently released on unrelated business income tax provisions on nonprofits. Clarification: During the episode, Allison mentioned that he UBIT provision requiring nonprofits to report unrelated income streams separately would result in an average tax increase of $15,000 for effected organizations, including the administrative costs. That figure actually does not include administrative costs.

About the Podcast

Voices for Good is Independent Sector’s policy podcast for nonprofits, foundations, and anyone advancing the common good.