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Summer Listening: Try These 9 Social Good Podcasts

Summer road trip? Day at the beach? Looking for something new for your playlist? Check out these popular podcasts to enrich and elevate your giving—and be sure to let us know what else you’re listening to!

The Life You Can Save

The Life You Can Save works to change the culture of giving in affluent countries while dramatically raising annual donations to highly impactful nonprofits that reduce suffering and premature death, and improve life and livelihoods, for people living in extreme poverty.

Try these:

Philanthropy Hour

Hear interviews with funders, nonprofit leaders, and inspiring individuals who are making a difference in their communities and our world.

We recommend:

  • Bonnie Horrigan, The Bravewell Collaborative, on collaborative philanthropy
  • Richard Woo, The Russell Family Foundation, on fostering relationships and lifelong learning

The Social Strategist Project

An initiative of the Georgetown University Center for Social Impact Communications, this collection of podcasts talks with people who think they can—and indeed are—changing the world.

You might start here:

Stanford Social Innovation Review Podcast

Co-hosted by Eric Nee, editor-in-chief of SSIR, the podcast features talks and lectures by social change leaders.

Some top episodes:

The Nonprofit Leadership Podcast

Hear discussions around trends, issues, and opportunities facing nonprofit professionals and individuals embedded in the social sector. Learn what it takes to be an effective nonprofit leader through real-world stories and strategies from the people and organizations making a strong impact.

Try these:

First Day Podcast

Produced by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Fund Raising School, each episode is under 15 minutes and full of news and research on fundraising and philanthropy.

Hot topics:

Impact Boom

Impact Boom invites top social innovators, entrepreneurs, change-makers, designers, educators, thinkers, and doers to share their stories and inspiration focused on creating a lasting, positive social and environmental change.

You might start here:

Smart Philanthropy

Spend just a few minutes with philanthropy consultant Kris Putnam-Walkerly and learn ways to save time and increase your impact. Each podcast is under 5 minutes.

We recommend:

Nonprofits Are Messy, the Podcast

Often the top nonprofit/government podcast on iTunes, Nonprofits Are Messy is a discussion of pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership.

You might start here:


What are your favorite podcasts? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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