Episode guide

Do you want an email when a new episode drops? Sign up here and we’ll send you a quick note!

Season one

1 Oct. 26: Where they come up with an idea, Simon does a funny and Beate falls for it.
Beate has an idea, Simon likes it, John goes “sigh” (as usual), and Jen feels old. Join the Four Fundraising Friends (oh yes..) in this gongshow of a conversation!

2 Nov. 5: where they awkwardly try this out and John and Jen have a fight.
The big “offer vs story” fight of 2019, Beate and Simon feel left out, podcasts are peaking, Jen misses authenticity and John needs a sandwich.

3 Nov. 12: where they basically just talk about Dan Palotta (Hello Dan!)
Guest Clay Buck shows up, no-one is where they’re supposed to be, and Dan Palotta gets talked about a lot. Simon is proud that Dan once commented his blog.

4 Nov. 19: Where branding and shit fundraising is the topic and Mark types reeeaally slowly
Mark Phillips is our guest lobster, and my god he types slowly. But also my god how clever the things he says are when he finally gets there!

5 Nov. 26: Where they talk about sexual harassment in the fundraising sector
This one isn’t funny. But important. A guest lobster tells her story of reporting sexual harassment. We talk about how she feels now, about staying anonymous and conditioning.

6 Dec. 3: What else is there to talk about than #GivingTuesday
Are charities good at using Giving Tuesday or is it all crap? What are butter tarts? Are lobsters monogamous? And, do we need some non-cynical friends?

7 Dec. 17: where donor insight hero Lesley almost is an hour late but then inspires everyone deeply instead
Lesley Pinder talks about donor insights and advocates actually TALKING to donors and everyone gushes and loves it. Even if she can’t think of seafood puns.

Season two

1 Jan. 07: The Season One Lobster Awards
Pretty much everyone wins an award. The lobsters realise they might not see each other in 2020 and that is sad. Someone please invite us all to your event!

2 Jan. 14: Where Jen actually brought SLIDES for her turn to host!
The lobsters talk about a scarcity vs abundance mindset. Does more pie for you mean less pie for me? Or does it simply mean more pie for everyone? Either way, Jen has brought an abundance of slides to explain her points y’all.

3 Jan. 30: John has lost track of lobsterfacts already and donorlove is good and people are annoying and Norwegians hate Valentines day.
John struggles to keep control of the room when the lobsters (supposedly) talk about #Donorlove. Two lobsterfacts are introduced but you know one of them already.

4 Feb. 4: Simon is ON FIRE, John refuses metrics. KPI’s are good and bad.
Simon drops truth bombs, John doesn’t like metrics, Jen get’s censored. The lobsters split two-two on love/hate for google analytics live view.

5 Feb.11: Where everybody is trying to get organised and one person gets their messy desktop outed
Simon has quit his Bullet Journal. Beate almost gets booted for suggesting Slack. Johns desk is a mess, Jen suffers for it. And a twofer on lobster facts!

6 Feb. 18: The soul crushing starts at 12 months
Kimberley MacKenzie joins to talk about managing change – and why most change fails! John objects, and Simon gets himself booted from the chat.

7 Feb. 25: Clearly, everyone should stop doing digital
The blackbaud digital stats are out, and guest lobster Claire Kerr has words with Simon and Beate about it. And John is..well, there, I guess.

8 March 3: Corona virus – how will it impact charities?
The lobsters discuss in a, mostly, serious manner how the corona virus might impact our sector – from acquisition to legacies and our favourite conferences.

9 March 11: Andy is very young.
Andy King is only 25 years old. The senior lobsters take offence at this. Other than that, this episode is about the fundraiser version of “grass is greener” – other causes than mine are easier to fundraise for?


A LIVE #lobsterchat!
Since we last met, most of the world has gone into lock down more or less. The lobsters feel a need to talk face to face, and they are joined by a bunch of people for a fast and loose sometimes video sometimes written chat. It’s an experience!


March 24: Is it tone deaf to fundraise in corona times?
I mean, there’s no getting away from talking about COVID-19 right now. The lobsters try to take a more positive, helpful spin: What can you do? Can you talk about legacies? Can you even fundraise?


March 31: Silver foxes and vulnerability in fundraising
The lobsters are honoured by the presence of silver fox-lobster Steven Screen, who guests the chatcast to talk about vulnerability in fundraising. Also so much banter. Also Steven is half Norwegian! Also the correct way to make a sandwich is with one piece of bread. Also discover the true meaning of troth.


April 28: Return of the Jedi Typer Font of Knowledge Mark Phillips
Mark guests the chatcast to talk about his latest research on donors’ attitude to giving during the Corona crisis. As usual, he brings tons of useful and practical information. Also, pleasantly surprised: He has discovered whatsapp desktop typing!


May 12: Simon has a radical idea and Gerald lives
John asks the lobsters what they think life might look like after Corona. The answers vary from the mundane to, well, the world order changing. A truly fascinating #lobsterchat (if we are allowed to say so ourselves – we were fascinated while having it anyway).

Did this chat make you laugh? Or think? Find us annoying? You should totally share that with your friends.