Top 10 charity podcasts to listen to in 2022

In recent years, podcasts have become the medium of choice for many people. They’ve become an easy way to gain insight on the go and keep up-to-date on events within the sector. Here, we round up 10 that we think are worth a listen. We’ve linked them to Spotify, but most can also be found on other popular streaming platforms.



Each week, this podcast takes a charity related theme and does a deep dive into the topic. At the time of writing, there are 170 episodes, so there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into. Recent episodes worth checking out include empathy in the workplace (Ep 159), young trustees (Ep 165) and small charity leadership (Ep 145).

What Donors Want

This podcast, from I.G. Advisors, offers a behind the scenes look into foundations and decision making from a donor’s perspective. It also looks at workplace volunteering and philanthropy - essential subjects for anyone within the sector.

Cracking Charity Chat

Hosted by sector expert Beth Crackles, Cracking Charity Chat talks with sector leaders who have inspired good practise. The podcast aims to inspire and provide solutions for listeners to put into place at their own organisations.

The Charity CEO Podcast

Charity leader Dhivya O’Conner, who is chief executive of United World Schools, launched the Charity CEO Podcast in August 2020 to interview charity leaders on a range of topics aiming to inspire, inform and deliver practical insights on the challenges affecting charity leaders today.

On the podcast she has spoken to notable leaders across the sector including Gemma Peters, CEO of Blood Cancer UK (Ep 1), Sarah Vibert CEO of NCVO (Ep 27) and Julie Bentley, CEO Samaritans (Ep 9).

Charity Digital Podcast

Practical advice and insight into how digital can help charities is the focus of Charity Digital’s regular podcasts. So far in 2021, its podcast has tackled issues such as cyber security (Ep 67), the state of finance in the sector (Ep 59), and tackling online hate (Ep 55).

Do More Good

The Do More Good podcast is a light-hearted discussion on professional development and fundraising in the charity sector. Kenneth Foreman and James Wright cover a range of topics and bring in guests from the industry to share their experience and insight. The best thing? It’s recorded in a pub.

Good Charity Bad Charity

Covering the current talking points in the UK charity sector. Keith Davis, Camilla McGibbon and David Prest shake their tin at the giving business, and ask searching questions of those at the top. Recent episodes include discussions with the CEO of Age UK, Steph Harland (Ep 31), Fozia Irfan, director of Children and Young People at BBC Children in Need (Ep 28) and Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together (Ep. 18)

The CharityComms Podcast

Comms are essential for a charity, and this podcast knows that. Diving deep into the subject matter, this podcast not only brings you the highlights from its events, it also shares insights into the sector and best practise for charities who want to hear it.

Episodes have included wellbeing into the age of social media (S3 Ep 3), small charities – innovating on a shoestring (S1 Ep 6) and a fantastic two-parter on engagement (S1 Ep 4 and 5).

Charity Case

This podcast is a bit different from others, with the aim to “disrupt non-profits for good”. Launched in September, it explores real stories about the crazy, painful, dangerous and outrageous experiences that keep non-profits from succeeding. Whether it is poor leadership, boards behaving badly, or outrageous donor demands, it’s well worth a listen.

Charity Times Podcast

Of course we couldn’t do a list about podcasts without recommending our own. The Charity Times podcast involves our editor Lauren Weymouth sitting down with charity sector leaders to discuss a range of subjects. There’s been everything from the future of civil society post-pandemic, to how Age UK navigated a remote call centre in crisis.

Find the latest episode in the sidebar to the right.

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