May 4, 2021
How you can leverage Clubhouse as a nonprofit leader
by Chris Marlow, founder of Help One Now and author

Nonprofit leaders have a new opportunity to gain traction, authority and influence on Clubhouse, the latest social media platform, which is currently all the rage. It presents a new way to connect with brilliant leaders, innovators and thinkers for free. I know that the last thing any nonprofit leader needs is another distraction, and Clubhouse can undoubtedly be that distraction if misused. However, I believe it can significantly impact your work if appropriately leveraged.

There are positives about Clubhouse I want to share, along with two warnings to heed and some practical tips on succeeding as you embark on your Clubhouse journey.

Positives of Clubhouse


Many nonprofit operations and activities transformed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been confined to our homes and disconnected from one another. Being isolated has many negatives for nonprofit leaders, as we likely feel a bit disconnected from our teams.

Clubhouse has made me feel more connected as a leader, as I'm able to have stimulating conversations, learn from other thought leaders and contribute my own wisdom as well. I've had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends through Clubhouse and connect with brilliant nonprofit leaders, some of whom I've never met in person. Creating and cultivating relationships like this is a significant value for me, my organization and the whole nonprofit community.

I remember when Twitter first launched, I met some of my best friends, board members and most prominent supporters of Help One Now on the app. I believe Clubhouse is giving us that same opportunity now.

Talent acquisition 

As a nonprofit leader, I'm always looking for talent to join our team. Through Clubhouse, I can now connect with new people and fresh voices. I will take some of these new connections offline, which could eventually lead to new talent. This is an excellent way to connect with others after a year of living and working from home.

In a few rooms I've spoken in, I've had sharp people reach out wanting to connect over the phone. I've admired some of these leaders for years, and because of Clubhouse, we were able to connect and share our insights.


Collaboration is a superpower we need to utilize to thrive and solve the problems we care about most. Imagine your favorite podcast, but instead of just listening to a conversation, you get to be in the discussion, and often, you can join the conversation in real-time. That is the level of collaboration waiting to be unlocked on Clubhouse.

We, Too, Are Philanthropy: How Representation Matters in Not-for-Profits and Specifically in Philanthropy
by Tashi Copeland, communications manager, Central Indiana Community Foundation
The lack of opportunity, equity and inclusion in corporate America has been a hot topic this year. However, not-for-profit entities cannot be excluded from this conversation. Multiple studies show that this industry still is predominantly white, especially in terms of leadership roles and boards. Not-for-profit leaders need to raise their awareness of the barriers facing aspiring leaders of color, build their capacity to address these barriers — and ultimately dismantle these barriers. 
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) recognizes the ripple effect on the philanthropic sector when there’s a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Without leaders of color, there’s no intimate understanding of the racialized experiences of communities of color. With no staff of color, there’s little to no accountability to communities of color. And ultimately, with no perspectives from people of color, there’s a reinforcement of the racial opportunity gap — a bias into how philanthropic dollars are disseminated. 
CICF recognizes that the Black community, the Latinx community, the Asian community, Indigenous communities, LGTBQ+, and people with disabilities have always been entrenched in the philanthropic sector, regardless of title or affiliation. All of us. We at CICF celebrate their work and will continue to uplift their voices.

And this is the voice of Tashi Copeland, communications manager at CICF, with my piece, “We, Too, are Philanthropy.” 
Philanthropy. A collective of people, powering on to create profound change. 
Creating causes to uplift the collective, 
whether that be the collection of time, talent, or treasure. 
But there’s something missing. 

You see from its erection, this section, of our society was sectioned off for wealthy white men. 
And while the decades created innovations in advocacy and giving campaigns, 
the people in power, the faces of these foundations’ teams and boardrooms, 
they didn’t change. 

So now we find ourselves in a predicament. 
The predicament of 2021 is a plague of pandemic, both in our bodies and our boardrooms. 
When funding decisions lack insight because there is not a member of our communities in sight, 
we are overlooked.

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