Position: Nonprofit & Foundation Consultant
Random Fact: I love roller coasters! The steeper, the faster, the more upside-downs, the better.
What are the causes you most care about and why?
1) Arts for K-12 students. Aside from being a wonderful creative outlet, participation in the arts shows a positive correlation with higher exam scores, including SAT and ACT. Art programs are usually the first to be cut when school budgets get slashed, meaning students have limited or no art classes. This turns into a world of other problems for these students and school districts.
2) Homeless pets. I can't watch a commercial or read an article about homeless pets without wanting to adopt them all! Our Border Collie, Fynn, is a rescue, saved from a high-kill shelter in Kentucky. Our Miniature Schnauzer, Cillian, was adopted from a puppy mill situation. I believe it's important to make sure all creatures have adequate provisions...and lots of cuddles.
3) Children living in poverty. Children do not get to choose to which socioeconomic level into which they are born. Anything we are capable of doing to provide a healthy, happy childhood to those in need is worth looking into. I currently participate in The Memory Project, a program in which artists produce renderings of impoverished children so that the children may have a piece of art (of themselves!) to enjoy for years to come.
What is the most challenging part of your work?
It is sometimes challenging when writing a broad piece to successfully include all areas of the nonprofit sector. There are so many fields within the sector, so many different services provided, and so many different people working/volunteering/donating to each. It's a great problem to have, though. Diversity is key to a successful team, organization, and overall nonprofit sector.
As a nonprofit consultant, what are some of the trends you see happening?
More donors seem to wish to direct donations to specific programs and services, making it more difficult for organizations to operate the same programs year after year at the same capacity or bigger. Being able to successfully talk to donors about why donating to general organization operating expenses is a battle many of us will face in the coming years.
Also, each tax reform that is passed federally seems to make donors wary, even if the reform is more beneficial for donors than the previous tax stance. Nonprofits must stay informed of tax reforms and how they affect donors as well as the organization as a whole.
How would clients describe you?
Kind and considerate, willing to actively listen rather than talk. I enjoy providing thoughtful, creative feedback and challenging routine processes (as getting stuck in a rut helps no one.) I also work quickly to provide clients their deliverable well before deadline so that we may discuss any changes and so that the deliverable may be implemented as soon as possible
For more about Brea and the rest of the CSC team, visit the Meet Our Team webpage!