How to Build and Grow a Thriving Community for Your Nonprofit with Itse Hesse

How to Build and Grow a Thriving Community for Your Nonprofit with Itse Hesse

Julia Claire Campbell Nonprofits, Podcast

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What started with an Instagram post in early 2020 has grown to a collective of hundreds.

Since immigrating to Canada from Nigeria, Itse Hesse struggled with the lack of safe spaces for Black women to connect with and support each other. She officially founded the Black Girl Collective (BGC) in July 2020. What began on a whim as an Instagram account grew into a vibrant and inclusive community of Black women and non-binary people.

In this episode, I talk to Itse about why and how she founded BGC and what she has learned along the way about building a thriving community, online and off.

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About Julia Campbell, the host of the Nonprofit Nation podcast:

Named as a top thought leader by Forbes and BizTech Magazine, Julia Campbell (she/hers) is an author, coach, and speaker on a mission to make the digital world a better place.

She wrote her book, Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, as a roadmap for social change agents who want to build movements using engaging digital storytelling techniques. Her second book, How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit, was published in 2020 as a call-to-arms for mission-driven organizations to use the power of social media to build movements.

Julia’s online courses, webinars, and keynote talks have helped hundreds of nonprofits make the shift to digital thinking and how to do effective marketing in the digital age.

Take Julia’s free nonprofit masterclass,  3 Must-Have Elements of Social Media That Converts

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