Banish That Scarcity Mindset and Thrive

Julia C. Campbell
2 min readSep 10, 2021


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There is a pervasive scarcity mindset that plagues the nonprofit sector. The fear that there is “never enough” — never enough money, power, influence, time, people, talent, board members, you name it.

But, what if we are looking at it all wrong? What if there IS enough to go around? That’s what my guest Nell Edgington wants to show us.

Nell has spent her 25-year career innovating in the social change sector. As president of Social Velocity, she helps create more strategic, financially savvy, and confident nonprofit and philanthropic leaders and organizations. Nell is a popular writer, speaker, and blogger, and author of Reinventing Social Change: Embrace Abundance to Create a Healthier and More Equitable World. She is a member of the national Leap Ambassadors Community, a network of more than 250 social change thought leaders. Nell holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

I got some free coaching from Nell in this episode, and what she had to say about abundance mindset, how to create a culture of abundance, imposter syndrome, and more was incredibly relatable. Here are some of the topics we discussed:

  • What operating from a scarcity mindset means and why it’s damaging the sector
  • Some concrete ways to shift our mindset from scarcity to abundance
  • Why standing up for what you believe in will help you attract your ideal audience (Girls Scouts of Western Washington example)
  • How the world needs us — social change leaders — right now, more than ever

A Nell Edgington quotable: “If you change your questions, you change your life.”

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About Julia Campbell, the host of the Nonprofit Nation podcast:

Named as a top thought leader by Forbes and BizTech Magazine, Julia Campbell (she/hers) is an author, coach, and speaker on a mission to make the digital world a better place.

She wrote her book, Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, as a roadmap for social change agents who want to build movements using engaging digital storytelling techniques. Her second book, How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit, was published in 2020 as a call-to-arms for mission-driven organizations to use the power of social media to build movements. Julia’s online courses, webinars, and talks have helped hundreds of nonprofits make the shift to digital thinking and raise more money online.

Clients include GoFundMe Charity, Meals on Wheels America, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.



Julia C. Campbell

Nonprofit digital do-gooder. Social media evangelist. International speaker. Author. Get my Digital Storytelling Workbook: