Is the “Good News” Good Enough in Ferguson? Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners

November 25, 2014

Lisa Sharon Harper, Senior Director of Mobilizing at Soujourners

Is the "Good News" Good Enough in Ferguson? We ask these questions and more in our latest episode of the Q2 Podcast by Panvisio ( 

Other topics include:

  • The history of Christianity and its roots of social justice in America

  • Have churches become “too heavenly minded to be no earthly good” and is the “good news” good enough for those who are hurting today?

  • Should more spiritual leaders hold off on the seminary and get the MBA? What is the WEAKEST area for churches across the board and greatest opportunity for growth?

  • Her experience in Ferguson and how churches are pivoting to become more socially minded and community centered. What does the gospel have to do with Ferguson and the Michael Brown shooting.

  • Step by step starters guide on how to turn your faith based organization or church, into a social justice powerhouse with tools resources and references alike.

  • Lastly, what the heck is "hope crack"?

Lisa Sharon Harper,was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice—an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. In that capacity, she helped establish Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice, a citywide collaborative effort of faith leaders committed to leveraging the power of their constituencies and their moral authority in partnership with communities bearing the weight of environmental injustice. She also organized faith leaders to speak out for immigration reform and organized the South Bronx Conversations for Change, a dialogue-to-change project between police and the community.

She has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health-care reform, poverty, racial justice, and transformational civic engagement for publications and blogs including The National Civic Review, God’s Politics blog, The Huffington Post, Urban Faith, Prism, and Slant33. She has co-authored “Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith” available now.

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Jeff Russell, CEO of Jitasa, the Largest Accounting Firm for NonProfits

November 10, 2014

Yale MBA Graduate, Jeff Russell, is the Founder and CEO of Jitasa (formerly Easy Office), a certified B-Corporation providing finance and accounting services to non-profits nationwide. Previously, Jeff worked at Accenture as a business process outsourcing advisor and consultant for Fortune 500 companies, and at PACCESS, a supply chain services company, overseeing their Asian operations from his office in Bangkok.  Jeff is active in many non-profits, including as Treasurer for Riverstone International School and Advisory Board member for the Responsible Business Initiative.  

In this episode, we go into a bit about his background and what let him to start an accounting firm dedicated to nonprofits while incorporating as a for profit LLC then later B Corp (we’ll go into what that exactly is later).

We also learn when is it okay to have a shoebox accounting system, and at what level you should upgrade to tools and software that he suggests...and hint: its not always quick books.

Most importantly, he shares with us why 84% of you don’t get grants and the 3 things that you can do IMMEDIATELY to increase your odds in changing that around.

After the interview, PanVisio will be sharing details on our 1st giveaway. Stick around on the details in how you can win a free copy of his book,  Do What You Do Best: Outsourcing As Capacity Building in the Nonprofit Sector. You are going to see how that ties into what Jitasa does for nonprofits.

Jeff spices up a usually stale topic in the following interview that I hope you  really enjoy.

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