Episode 17


Episode 17 - Unlocking the Power of AI in Nonprofit Workflows


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From discussing the practical applications of AI tools such as Zapier and ChatGPT in streamlining tasks to exploring the potential of generative AI in prospect research and development, today’s episode provides invaluable insights into how nonprofits can leverage AI to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness! 

The conversation covers various topics, including integrating Zapier with Google Tasks for task management, using Siri Shortcuts to automate everyday tasks, and the power of generative AI in writing emails, drafting memos and even creating auction descriptions for fundraising events. Nathan and Scott also address common concerns surrounding AI, such as the fear of job displacement and the phenomenon of AI “hallucination,” offering practical tips for mitigating these challenges. Throughout the episode, they emphasize the importance of embracing AI as a tool for positive change in the nonprofit sector, highlighting its potential to drive innovation, increase productivity, and alleviate burnout among nonprofit professionals. With their signature blend of expertise and humor, they further provide actionable advice for nonprofits looking to harness the full potential of AI in their operations. 





Nathan Chappell

As a thought leader, public speaker, author and inventor, Nathan is one of the world’s foremost experts on the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and philanthropy. Nathan serves as Senior Vice President of DonorSearch AI, where he leads AI deployments for some of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations. Nathan’s subject matter expertise has been featured in several publications, including Fast Company, University of Notre Dame and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. In 2021, Nathan founded Fundraising.Ai as a member-centric collaboration of nonprofit professionals with a focus on data ethics, data equality, privacy and security, sustainability. Nathan presented the first TEDx on the topic of artificial intelligence and the future of generosity in 2018. Nathan is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from University of Notre Dame, an MBA from University of Redlands, a certificate in International Economics from University of Cambridge and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from MIT.

Scott Rosenkrans

Scott Rosenkrans is the Assistant Vice President of DonorSearch Ai and has been with the organization for three years. He began his journey in the nonprofit sector twelve years ago as a prospect researcher. He quickly became fascinated with data as he noticed the organization that he previously worked for was amassing a wealth of information but was unsure how to efficiently use the data and resources to its full potential. This led him to become interested in predictive modeling and data analytics. During this time, he began to create an immense commitment to delivering tailor-made machine learning models to nonprofits.

The thing that Scott loves most about working for DonorSearch is the ability to prioritize what is best for the client and nonprofit sector above all else. He believes that growth is our most important core value because the DSAi team continuously evolves and brings a unique perspective that provides value to our clients. He stays ahead of industry trends because of his insatiable drive to constantly try out new things.

Favorite nonprofit: Shriner’s Children Hospital because of their extreme commitment to providing exceptional medical care, while also alleviating the financial burdens on families.