We have all witnessed how empowered, energized, and invested board and staff can enable a nonprofit to thrive, even when faced with challenging circumstances. This success becomes even more sustainable when the organization has built a devoted group of donors and other key community stakeholders.

In this session we will consider some of the building blocks that contribute to creating, maintaining and re-discovering the organizational dynamics that lead to this kind of sustainable success. We’ll have the opportunity to compare notes regarding each of our particular organizational successes and challenges with the intention of enabling each of us to identify individualized next-step plans that will move us further along the continuum toward organizational strength.

About the Presenter

Stuart Mellan served for twenty-five years as the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, having retired in May of 2020.  In this role he established strategic partnerships and played an advisor role with numerous nonprofit organizations, many of whom received funding from the Federation or its Foundation.

During his time in Tucson, the Federation excelled in financial resource development, creative programming, strategic planning and community collaborations.  Annual fundraising more than doubled, and the assets of the Foundation grew from $10 million to over $100 million; over $30 million in capital campaigns were conducted during his tenure. Under Stuart’s leadership, the Federation conducted a population study and various strategic plans, and it helped to develop new  programmatic initiatives to create an even more vibrant, collaborative and inclusive community.