The Accidental Fundraiser Podcast

You are here to create an impact. To make a difference. To change the world.

That’s why we created Accidental Fundraiser, a show for you – the nonprofit leader, the Chief Everything Officer. Join host Kimberly O’Donnell as she sets out to answer the often unspoken questions rattling around in your mind. Letting you know that no matter what’s ahead, you’re not alone.


About the Podcast

Accidental Fundraiser is an original show featuring fundraising expert and leader Kimberly O’Donnell answering the top-of-mind questions keeping you up at night. Through the stories shared by other nonprofit leaders you’ll leave each episode empowered with a “yes, I can” mentality and be ready for anything – including your next big fundraiser.

Episode Library

Episode 1: Growing from 0 to 10,000 Contacts with Massachusetts Review

What do you do when your 50-year-old nonprofit has never done any fundraising? For Emily Wojcik of Massachusetts Review, it’s about “Giving people the opportunity to participate in something they love.” Listen to a new episode of Accidental Fundraiser to learn about the inner workings of Massachusetts Review and hear a donor story that blew Emily away.

Episode 2: Carrying the Vision with Icing Smiles

How can you take a hobby and turn it into a nationwide nonprofit that brings smiles to the faces of sick children daily? After being disillusioned by her job in the corporate world, Tracy Quisenberry did just that. Listen to a new episode of Accidental Fundraiser to hear about how Tracy’s organization, Icing Smiles, utilizes peer-to-peer campaigns and keeps volunteers engaged.

Episode 3: Fundraising During a Crisis with Code to Inspire

What do you do when the people you’re trying to help are halfway across the world? Find a team of volunteers you can put your faith in.

That’s what Fereshteh Forough did when she started Code to Inspire, a coding school for girls, in Afghanistan. Listen to the latest episode of Accidental Fundraiser to hear how Fereshteh continues to make a difference in her home country, even in times of crisis.

Episode 4: Paying it Forward with Dorothy Day House

At Dorthy Day House, an organization that provides support services for the homeless, Brit Hotaling believes that fundraising best happens through storytelling. After all, most donors are drawn in when they’re touched after hearing about the people a nonprofit serves. As Brit puts it, “people give to people.”

Listen to a new episode of Accidental Fundraiser to hear how she’s also using her volunteers’ experiences to promote the cause.

Are you an accidental fundraiser? Have a story you want to share?

Kimberly O’Donnell, CFRE, ACC, Vice President of Fundraising and Professional Services at Network for Good

Kimberly is a seasoned fundraising and nonprofit leader. Having worked as an Executive Director, Chief Philanthropy Officer, fundraising consultant, and advisor to thousands of nonprofits, she has spent 25+ years blending fundraising, marketing, and sales principles to scale dollars raised and strengthen donor and supporter engagement. Kimberly was an adjunct professor for 11 years at Georgetown and George Mason Universities where she taught nonprofit management and leadership. A certified life/executive coach, Kimberly currently leads a team of Personal Fundraising Coaches for Network for Good and can often be found writing and speaking on the future of fundraising.

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