The Ultimate Social Good Playlist for Your Summer Road Trip | npENGAGE

The Ultimate Social Good Playlist for Your Summer Road Trip

By on Jul 15, 2019


Summer is far from over! There are still many weekend getaways, road trips, and beach vacations to be had. If you grew up with a family similar to mine that believed road trips were “about the journey, not the destination” I’m sure you can relate to the fact that no matter how beautiful your surrounding, long drives can still be quite… boring. And while singing along to the Billboard Hot 100  can help get you through the long haul, sometimes you need a little more mental stimulation. Sure, you could pay for some audio books — but there are also a wealth of podcasts that are just as, if not more interesting than said books.

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite, most binge-worthy podcasts and podcast episodes to help get you through any road trip. Just make sure to add downloading a few of these to your packing list before you take off on your next summer adventure!


1. The sgENGAGE Podcast

The sgENGAGE Podcast brings together leaders and practitioners from across the entire social good community for wide-ranging conversations on trends, big ideas and best practices. Here are some of my favorite episodes that give a unique perspective on how to build a better world and play a greater role in advancing your organization’s mission.

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2. Nonprofits are Messy, the Podcast

Hosted by Joan Garry, the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, Nonprofits Are Messy is a discussion of the most pressing issues faced by nonprofit leadership. Listen to real stories of nonprofit leaders like you and how they handled the mess. Because the truth is, nonprofits ARE messy. There’s not enough money, too many cooks, and an abundance of passion. Leading nonprofits isn’t easy. This podcast will help.

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3. Impact Boom

The Impact Boom podcast and accompanying blog feature voices from many different sectors that are challenging the way things have always been done in the name of radical social change. From education to design to social enterprise, this podcast offers unique stories that are certain to keep listeners thinking long after the episode has ended.

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4. Hubcast

Hubcast, a podcast by Nonprofit Hub, covers a wide range of topics in the nonprofit world. From breaking down content posted in article form on and recapping webinars, to having conversations with the industries most influential thought leaders, CEO Randy Hawthorne will narrates the way into transforming organizations for good.

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5. The Fundraising Authority Podcast

The Fundraising Authority podcast was designed with the purpose of helping nonprofits become more successful and raise more money. Episodes contain interviews with industry leaders, and filled with tips, tricks and best practices that can easily be worked into your current fundraising plan.

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6. Fundraising HayDay Podcast

Fundraising HayDay is filled with helpful information about fundraising and grants. Whether you are a seasoned professional or nonprofit newbie, this podcast will provide best practices as well as context with some real world experiences.

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Once you arrive at your destination, take advantage of The Nonprofit Summer Reading List


Kelsey Bowden is a Demand Marketing Manager at Blackbaud. Kelsey combines her passion for nonprofits and marketing experience to help organizations maximize their fundraising potential with Blackbaud solutions. In her spare time Kelsey enjoys all aspects of the Charleston lifestyle including trying new restaurants, relaxing on the beach, and discovering all the history and nature that the low country has to offer with her husband and two young boys.

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