Rob is a sought after keynote speaker. He speaks and writes on issues relating to nonprofits, leadership, spirituality, social-justice and personal development.
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Kim Wolf

The Hope Alliance has a new Executive Director, Kim Wolf. She is my guest on this week’s Nonprofit Leadership Podcast. Kim will talk about: “Becoming the “New Boss”: How can you have a healthy and effective transition when you become the new ED/CEO to an organization that has already been in existence?” She shares some helpful insights from her 20 years of experience in the Nonprofit sector. Enjoy today’s show!
The Nonprofit Leadership Podcast is sponsored by CCPC.


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Charles A. Archer Podcast

Thrive Network Founder and CEO, Charles A. Archer, joins us today on the Nonprofit Leadership Podcast. Charles is a social entrepreneur and community advocate whose life’s mission is: inclusion matters.

In this podcast, we sought to address this question: “How can leaders build an effective nonprofit organization where the entire team shares a common vision and achieves its mission together?”
Charles is the author of the book “Everyone Paddles” and in this podcast he shares some of the key insights that he put into this book, including the importance of every member of a staff team participating, the critical role an ED/CEO of a nonprofit serves and how to overcome some of the biggest challenges facing nonprofits today. Enjoy today’s show.

This podcast is sponsored by CCPC.
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Gabe Cooper Podcast

Gabe Cooper is our guest for this week’s podcast. The topic of this week’s show is: “How can nonprofits use technology and predictive analytics to deepen relationships with donors, raise more money and re-engage lapsed donors.” Gabe has made a career of creating market-defining software in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. To date, his company products have received Apple’s Design of the Year Award, Apple’s Hall of Fame designation, and Starbucks’ App the Week. Currently Gabe is the CEO of Virtuous <> a nonprofit CRM that helps charities raise more money to do more good. Enjoy today’s show!
The NonProfit Leadership podcast is the sponsored by CCPC.

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[Nonprofit Leadership Podcast] Mike Roncaglia

Exchanged Life Ministries, based in Colorado, joins us on today’s Nonprofit Leadership Podcast. I enjoyed having Mike Roncaglia, all the way from Colorado, join us for this week’s guest! Mike is the Executive Director of Exchanged Life Ministries and brings his previous For-Profit experience and perspective to how he leads and manages his NonProfit organization. Hear how he has sought to bring clarity to their mission and innovation to their fundraising model. Enjoy today’s show.

The NonProfit Leadership Podcast is sponsored by CCPC.

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[Nonprofit Leadership Podcast] Sundance Institute

What a privilege it was to interview two staff members from the Sundance Institute. We interviewed Kara Cody, Assistant Director of Utah Community and Government Relations and Betsy Wallace, Chief Financial officer and Head of Business Development. I think when most people hear the word “Sundance”, they think of the Sundance Film Festival, arguably the premier independent film festival in the world. However, the Film Festival is only 10 days in January and it is only one of the many things the Sundance Institute does. The Institute is actually a non-profit organization and provides numerous services to the community. From free screenings and community engagement, to artist development and workshops for local high school students, what goes on the rest of the year in and through the Sundance Institute is more wide-reaching and community impacting than you may think. Kara and Betsy will give you a “behind the scenes tour” about what goes on at the Sundance Institute and all they do to promote the power of story and the art of film.

The NonProfit Leadership Podcast is sponsored by CCPC.

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Hometown Hero Award!


[Rob Harter was awarded the “Hometown Hero” award for Park City, in the Salt Lake Magazine “Best of the Beehive” for 2016.]

What a honor to be given this award. I truly consider myself lucky to be able to work at CCPC and with such great people. To me this award reflects our whole team and how hard they all work!” Check out the article here: (pg. 107:

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We Don’t Eat Together Anymore

I was interviewing Ken Kullack, a local leader of a nonprofit Community Garden, on my podcast this week and when answering why he was so passionate about Community Gardens, he stated that one of his main reasons related to the growing trend of American families no longer eating together.

For some time now, there has been a clear trend of families grabbing food “on the go”, in the car or in front of a TV or computer screen, instead of around a table with their family.

This trend mirrors a sharp decline in our culture today of overall connecting with each other. In general, we are connecting less, volunteering less and having less actual face-to-face social (non-digital) interaction. It seems that America is becoming the loneliest nation in the world. In fact, the late Mother Theresa once stated that loneliness is the “leprosy” of modern society, especially in the West.

Could the dinner table become the catalyst to regaining our sense of relational connectedness?
According to current studies, “the majority of American families report eating a single meal together less than five days a week.”(2) Not only that, but I later learned that children who do not eat with their parents at least twice a week were 40 percent more likely to bet overweigh compared to those who do according to recent research (3).

Conversely, children who eat with ether parents at least five or more days a week eat healthier and even have better academic performance. There are many reasons cited for these results regarding children’s health with the main reason being the fact that most meals eaten away from the home are most often less healthy than a meal cooked at home.

We all want our kids to be healthy and we certainly want our kids to perform well academically. Perhaps we need to relook at the simple practice of sharing a meal together as a positive step towards those goals. What if we as Americans began to reestablish the dinner table as a place of connection with our family and our friends without the distraction of the ubiquitous digital devices in our lives?

The health and well being of our kids is too important to overlook.
Bon Appetit.



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Podcast with Ken Kullack


I invited Ken Kullack, Executive Director of the Summit Community Gardens, to join me in the studio to tell us more about the Community Gardens. Ken is a recent transplant from the East Coast and from the For-Profit world and now is living in Park City with his family and leading a Nonprofit full time. He gives an overview of all that they do with and through the Community Gardens and speaks to the key partnerships that have made this possible, among other interesting topics. Enjoy the show! Nonprofit Leadership Podcast is sponsored by CCPC.

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It Is Not About You…

The very beginning of Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life” has this bold statement as the very first sentence: “It’s not about you”.


This is not exactly a warm and fuzzy way to start a book. However, he makes a powerful point: life at its essence is not first and foremost about you. This is certainly the mentality that effective leaders of nonprofits have when it comes to leading their nonprofits.


Effective leaders put the needs of the community foremost on their minds, not their professional advancement, personal agenda or their desire for a community-wide, collective “attaboy”.


When I was recently interviewing Marc Pitman, known around the country as the “Fundraising Coach”, on my nonprofit leadership podcast, he reminded me and all of our listeners about the fact that when one starts and/or leads a nonprofit, that person essentially gives up that nonprofit to the community and the board that governs you.


It is no longer “yours”. It never was. Additionally, he went on to talk about the importance of becoming aware of your donor’s needs in order to more effectively communicate the mission of your organization and how it matches a donor’s desire to make the greatest impact with their resources.


Effective leaders are others-centered. 


I do not think this means that leaders are to completely ignore their own motivation, personal experience or individual wiring.


What it does mean is that the primary focus of one’s mission and the key deciding factors in decision making have to move beyond a person’s individual needs and desires to the needs of the community and the world.


I wonder how much more good can be done in our world, if leaders really took this to heart?


One of the quotes that continually reminds me to move beyond myself is the statement by Frederick Buchner’s who said: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”


It is not enough to serve simply out of your “deep gladness”, the world’s great needs and deep hunger must shape our mindset and inform our decision making.


It starts with me, and with you.
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11th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit


Rob was honored to participate in the Governor’s Annual Native American Summit and provided a seminar entitled: “Building Partnerships That Create Sustainable Change For The Future”. His seminar highlighted the relationship between CCPC and the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, and how together they are seeking to create sustainable change for the next generation. He talked about how to create a community partnerships, where to go to secure funding for projects, how to develop and oversee a community-needs assessment, how to start a Community Garden Project, how to address the needs of the local school located within the community and how they are addressing the needs of the Goshutes beyond the reservation.

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