Josh Jacobson — Cultivating Community: On Life And Meaning

JosJosh Jacobsonh Jacobson is managing partner of Next Stage, a firm that provides strategic counsel to non-profit organizations. Next Stage helps nonprofits develop the platform and tools necessary to support operations and fundraising activities. Josh has worked across non-profit sectors, offering strategic planning, volunteer development, annual and capital fundraising, executive and development search, case strategy, and succession planning. Before launching Next Stage, Josh served as a Senior Resource Development Director with Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway and as a Senior Officer at The Juilliard School. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and 2018 Board president of the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in providing counsel to non-profit organizations, curating community, and discerning a personal vision and mission.

In This Episode
In This Episode


  • Josh describes Next Stage and how it goes about its work.
  • He explains what happens in a client engagement and the benefits of external counsel.
  • He answers why he believes in the non-profit structure to address social issues.
  • He clarifies what his firm promises.
  • Josh addresses why expressing a vision can be so hard.
  • He shares what founders of non-profit organizations need to know.
  • He addresses why Next Stage dropped the word ‘consulting’ from its name.
  • He states the vision and mission of Next Stage as a for-profit social entrepreneurial venture.
  • Josh explains the portfolio of non-profit organizations he seeks to curate.
  • He talks about Cultivate: an incubator of emerging non-profit organizations.
  • He shares what he finds thrilling and fulfilling about his work.
  • He reveals the defining feature of his childhood.
  • Josh reflects on being a big fish in a small pond at Flagler College.
  • He discusses moments of clarity that changed his career.
  • He describes living and working in New York City.
  • He shares what he learned reinventing himself in Charlotte during the Great Recession.
  • Josh considers how his life journey helps him better serve his clients.
  • He connects craft beer to a curated community.
  • He reveals what he is winning at and the pathway that is unfolding in his life.

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