Kids Table – A Podcast by Pond

September 7, 2021

Even if you’ve worked with private sector giants, you still might find yourself sitting at the Kids Table at some point. Just ask Brett Meyer, who founded Impact Upgrade after a tech career with companies like Twilio and Disney. Brett talks with us about what it’s like defect from the Adults Table, what the private […]

Living a Better Story

September 3, 2021

How do you impact the world around you? By genuine service. Chad Burmeister’s guest in this episode is Brett Meyer, the CEO and Founder of Impact Upgrade. Brett shares with Chad how his company works in automating processes for nonprofits. They work in the background to allow the frontliners to focus on their job of […]

The Data-Driven Nonprofit

May 11, 2021

If you were asked “What is the most important thing you need to prioritize, today?”, would you feel immediately prepared to answer? How about “This week?”, “This month?”, “This year?”, or “Over the next 3-5 years?” What about bigger-picture questions? What are our fundraising forecasts and potential strategies? How do our programs truly affect recipients […]

Stripe is Currently Risky for Nonprofits (…but Stripe is working on it…)

March 14, 2021

To start off, we want to clearly state that we’re big fans of Stripe. We use them extensively ourselves and bend over backwards to recommend them to clients. The API is top notch, their tools are super useful, and their fraud detection is unmatched. All that to say, the following is meant to be constructive criticism, due […]

New Regulations for Shared Short Codes

January 25, 2021

Hey all! So, today brought super-interesting and earlier-than-expected news. A while back, we described the risks of using SMS/MMS/text-to-give platforms that revolve around “shared short codes”. The TL;DR version: Although it’s tempting to use a shared short code through services like Textiful, it’s extremely risky due to spam/fraud challenges and regulations preventing their use were imminent. […]