Episode 13 - 10 / 05 / 2020

Feat. Charity Navigator's CTO — Learning From a Nonprofit Technology Genius

About this Episode

We believe that technology utilized correctly can change the world...

...and our first guest needed to be someone who lives & breathes this.

Introducing the one and only—Stephen Rockwell.

He is the Chief Ratings Technology Officer at Charity Navigator and the brain behind the new Encompass Rating System—a new way to evaluate nonprofits.

This isn't just another way to look at fundraising efficiencies and program expenses. It is about a gaining a 360 view of a nonprofit, empowering donors, and partnering with the nonprofits being evaluated.

This new rating system is changing the nonprofit landscape—and we wanted to learn from the expert who is designing it.

Today's podcast episode also highlights the various complex problems that Stephen has solved using technology through his career.

Towards the end of the episode, Stephen reveals what he thinks today's nonprofits need to do to be on the cutting edge and be a top-rated nonprofit.

We hope that you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed speaking with him.

Hosted by

Zach Busekrus

Zach Busekrus is the Co-Founder & Chief Brand Strategist at Novus and has spent the past six years helping nonprofit charities and associations develop and launch innovative donor recruitment and retention strategies. He spends most of his days learning about the latest and greatest in marketing technology and brainstorming ways in which to apply these ideas and technologies to the nonprofit fundraising space. 

Francisco Garcia

Francisco (“Frankie”) Garcia is a Co-Founder & Lead Digital Strategist at Novus. He has spent the past five years consulting with charities of all shapes and sizes. He has traveled around the world capturing photos, videos, and stories to help Novus’ partner organizations tell their stories in new, compelling ways. Frankie is passionate about changing the world and helping the “Davids” of the world beat their “goliaths.”

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