I’m so excited today because I have Victoria Torres as my first guest on the Lead with Heart Podcast. Victoria serves as the Director of Community Impact at The Samueli Foundation overseeing the Foundation’s work as it relates to the City of Anaheim, including capacity building community relations, project management, evaluation, and reporting.
In this episode:
- Victoria’s nonprofit experience and how it all started in High School
- The difference between mentorship and coaching according to Victoria
- Creating a welcoming experience for staff and board members
- Providing opportunities for growth within nonprofits
- The different roles in a nonprofit board
- The reason why you might be struggling to delegate
- Where to start when it comes to succession
“Legacy isn’t what you built while you’re here, legacy is what stays after you’ve moved on.”
“Committees are where a lot of that delegation and thought happens. And then the board is where that long-term vision and thinking is going on.”
“How you onboard staff and how you onboard your board is crucial to an organization’s success around the culture that is built.“
“If you bring on a new staff member or a board member, and they don’t know where to start, they don’t know where to look, they don’t know what to do, you’re going to lose them very quickly.”
“As long as I feel that in my people – that they care just as much about it as I do – then that should be enough. If you don’t feel that, then that’s probably why you’re not delegating.”
“Have you hired the right people? Are you hiring for skill? Are you hiring for that passion and love for the mission? Because the skill should be taught the skill can be taught.”
“Everything you do is not yours… It belongs to the community. And we are obligated to pass that on to the next person taking our spot.”
CONNECT WITH VICTORIA
Born and raised in Orange County, Victoria has been volunteering and working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years. She is passionate about making connections that are strategic and meaningful with the intent of building strong relationships and partnerships.
Linkedin: Victoria Torres
CONNECT WITH HALEY
Haley is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Stress Management Coach, and Certified EmC train the trainer. She is the Founder of The Savvy Fundraiser, a nonprofit consulting and coaching business. She has worked in both small and large nonprofit teams in the human services, homelessness, and youth sectors; and she specializes in the EmC process, nonprofit leadership, board development, and fundraising. Haley is a passionate, impact-driven, experienced nonprofit professional whose mission is to empower, elevate and engage nonprofit leaders to build healthy, thriving organizations.