VolunteerNow | February 23, 2022
VolunteerNow, a technology nonprofit celebrating five decades of transforming lives through volunteers, has announced its CEO, Tammy Richards, will retire later this year.
We are grateful to Tammy for her eight years of outstanding service as CEO. She has led VolunteerNow's transition from a traditional nonprofit and volunteer center focused on providing services to North Texas to a nonprofit thought leader that uses technology to create a global impact."
Bill Braxton, board chairman at VolunteerNow
Richards was instrumental in implementing and enhancing VolunteerNow's proprietary volunteer matching platform, VOLY.org. This Software-as-a-Service platform facilitates the connection between volunteers and nonprofits. The adoption of the innovative VOLY.org software transformed VolunteerNow into a leading technology nonprofit. Under Richards' leadership, in a typical year, VolunteerNow mobilized more than 310,000 volunteers who gave 1.6 million hours to 3,500 local nonprofits, driving a $46 million economic impact.
Richards built VolunteerNow's growth and strategic plan around the VOLY.org platform, tying technology to volunteer recruitment, management and reporting. The platform also brings in a new revenue stream from municipalities, independent school districts and other large organizations that license the software to manage their internal volunteer needs.
Richards credits her earlier career at Texas Instruments with instilling a drive to support the community and providing her with opportunities to serve. During her time at VolunteerNow, Richards received the 2021 Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology Award.
"I am immensely proud of the work we have been able to accomplish at VolunteerNow during my tenure," Richards said. "This role has allowed me to combine three of my passions – technology, volunteerism and education. We introduced easy-to-use technology that has allowed VolunteerNow to mobilize critically needed volunteers to serve the important missions of both nonprofits and schools. I look forward to continuing my service to the community as a volunteer."
Upon her retirement from VolunteerNow, Richards plans to continue serving on nonprofit boards, particularly in education and family services, as well as on corporate and advisory boards in the educational technology space.
VolunteerNow has engaged FSP Leaders as its launches a national search for the organization's next CEO. FSP Leaders consultants bring over 100 years of combined executive search experience to clients seeking leaders with a deep alignment to organizational values and culture.
"We are now looking for a leader that can build on the foundation that Tammy and the leaders at VolunteerNow have built that will take the organization to the next level," Braxton said.
With 50 years of experience, VolunteerNow transforms lives through volunteerism and community engagement. In a typical year, VolunteerNow mobilizes more than 310,000 volunteers who give 1.6 million hours to 3,500 local nonprofits, driving a $46 million economic impact. VOLY.org, powered by VolunteerNow, is the 24/7 connection between volunteers and local service opportunities. As a national thought leader in volunteerism and one of the largest volunteer centers in the country, VolunteerNow provides a wide range of programs and services that build capacity for school districts, nonprofits, and municipalities.
ASG | February 24, 2022
ASG, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors that buys and builds vertical SaaS companies, announced that it has acquired Aplos, an industry-leading platform for nonprofits of all kinds, including faith-based organizations, K-12 schools, arts and cultural associations and more. Aplos provides a full suite of SaaS and FinTech tools, including fund accounting, financial reporting, donation tracking and fundraising tools, and people management. Through one unified solution for nonprofit management, Aplos empowers nonprofits to advance their missions and serve their communities.
Our goal from day one has always been to meet the software needs of the full nonprofit sector, but to get there we needed to find the right financial partner. I am excited to have found a partner in ASG that believes in the value of serving nonprofits as strongly as I do. This new partnership equips Aplos to ramp up our team, fuel our product development, and invest in the future of this incredible community.”
Tim Goetz, Aplos founder
Aplos was founded in 2009 in Fresno, Calif. after Goetz couldn’t find a simple, affordable fund accounting software for his church, where he served as executive pastor. Since then, Aplos has grown to a team of over 65 employees who are deeply committed to making an impact with nonprofit organizations. From its initial launch as a web-based fund accounting software, Aplos now includes solutions for church management, donor management, event registration, websites, and fundraising. Today, over 10,000 organizations utilize Aplos to engage over 5 million donors and supporters around the world.
Aplos marks the 44th acquisition for ASG and its first in the nonprofit software industry. Aplos will also welcome Anush Vinod as CEO, who was most recently an executive at a high-growth e-commerce business and a member of Alpine Investor’s CEO Program.
“Aplos is an exceptional platform, built by innovators who care deeply about serving nonprofits and churches,” said Vinod. “The team’s passion to innovate for their customer is a worthy and inspiring mission. Nowhere is this mission more apparent than in the products, which carry the spirit of this relentless commitment to delivering great technology. For these reasons – and many more – I’m excited to lead Aplos in its next phase of growth.”
Aplos is a cloud-based system designed specially to serve the needs of nonprofit and church organizations of all sizes. The Aplos all-in-one platform takes the stress out of finances and creating reports, streamline administrative tasks, and make giving faster and more effective. Users can fundraise with the use of online donation tools, custom communication, donor database reports and event registration. Aplos enables organizations to manage all of their financial, donation and donor information in one place.
ASG, backed by Alpine Investors, is a unique and fast-growing software business that buys and builds market-leading vertical SaaS companies. ASG believes deeply in the power of people and data to grow great organizations, and that sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources across its community of businesses drives exponential growth. Founders of leading SaaS companies continue to trust ASG to grow their businesses and build even stronger legacies for the future.
About Alpine Investors
Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in middle-market companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a CEO-in-Residence program which allows Alpine to bring proven leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its $2.25 billion eighth fund.
OneLegacy | December 30, 2021
Four members of the Hollywood community gathered at Fiesta Floats in Irwindale yesterday to place “Dedication Roses” on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float that will travel down Colorado Blvd. on New Year’s Day. The roses, and the float itself, are the centerpiece of a national effort to reach a broad audience with the important message that organ, eye and tissue donation saves and heals lives.
Celebrating its 19th year as part of the Tournament of Roses Parade, the 2022 Donate Life float, entitled “Courage to Hope” will carry 19 transplant recipients who will ride on the float and five living donors who will walk alongside the float on the parade route. It will also honor, through floral portraits, 35 deceased donors who donated the gift of life upon their passing.
In support of that effort, Donate Life Hollywood (DLH) invited Hollywood writers, producers and actors with a connection to donation to place a rose on the float on behalf of donors, recipients, dialysis patients and transplant candidates. Throughout the year Donate Life Hollywood serves as a liaison between the organ donation community and the entertainment industry and works to encourage more authentic and empowering stories on this important topic. It is an initiative of the OneLegacy Foundation, which serves as lead sponsor for the Donate Life float.
Those from Hollywood who placed roses on the float are:
Amy Holden Jones – co-creator and executive producer of the hit FOX medical drama, The Resident. An editor, writer and director, Amy was the screenwriter of Mystic Pizza and Indecent Proposal, as well as the television show, Black Box. She dedicated a rose to Nicolette “Nic” Nevin, a recently departed main character on The Resident, who was played by actress Emily VanCamp.
Shannon Powers and Dan Snook - creators of the non-scripted streaming series Last Chance Transplant on Discovery Plus. The show is filmed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. While there Shannon and Dan met members of the elite organ transplant teams and the patients who need life-saving operations. They placed two roses, one for all who are waiting for a transplant and one for the medical team at Vanderbilt Transplant Center.
Terrence Terrell – actor who has appeared on numerous programs including BPositive, Batwoman, Black-ish, Room 104, and Criminal Minds. Terrence played a dialysis patient on BPositive and placed a dedicated rose on behalf of dialysis patients everywhere, including his grandmother and best friend in high school who were both on dialysis.
The Donate Life Rose Dedication Garden was founded by Laurie Wolowic Wright as a way to honor her brother Mike who became an organ, eye and tissue donor when he passed away in 2002 while Laurie was working in production on the film Runaway Jury (Laurie has also worked on numerous documentaries including Katy Perry: Part of Me and Five Came Back). Laurie approached OneLegacy with the idea of creating the Garden and worked with Donate Life Hollywood Founder Tenaya Wallace to turn that vision into a reality. The first Rose Dedication Garden was on the 2006 Donate Life float and now thousands of roses honoring donors, recipients and donation heroes are part of the Donate Life Float every year and give families all over the world a way to share in this annual tradition.
The Donate Life Rose Parade float is produced by OneLegacy and is made possible thanks to dozens of sponsoring donation, transplant, healthcare, and family care organizations and individuals who help make donation and transplantation possible across the country. The float inspires viewers to help the over one million people worldwide in need of organ, eye or tissue transplants each year.
OneLegacy is the nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in seven counties in Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern. It serves more than 200 hospitals, 10 transplant centers, a diverse population of 20 million donors and families across the region and waiting recipients across the country.
The Executive Service Corps | February 01, 2022
The Executive Service Corps, the premier nonprofit consultancy with the mission of helping make nonprofits successful, is proud to announce the 2022 Nonprofit Advisory Council.
The Executive Service Corps Nonprofit Advisory Council provides guidance on: professional education and resources ESC should provide to our nonprofit community; consultant and executive coach recruitment, screening, and retention practices; services ESC should and shouldn't provide; quality assurance efforts on ESC's services; and opportunities for ESC partnerships to better serve our community.
Both the Executive Service Corps and our community thank these civic leaders for their valuable service.
Lynda Schueller, MPA, Executive Director, Housing Forward
Lynda Schueller, MPA, has devoted nearly three decades to leading the formation of solution-focused programming intended to mitigate and end homelessness for those in the western suburbs. Lynda has served as Executive Director of Housing Forward since 2001, and her leadership has enabled the agency to grow from a $450,000-per-year emergency shelter provider to a $13M agency offering services that prevent, respond to and stabilize over 2,000 men, women and families who are experiencing a housing crisis each year. She has formed numerous collaborations, including cross-industry partnerships with MacNeal Hospital/Loyola Medicine and Cook County Health to provide medical respite services for those who are homeless and being discharged from a medical center. She is a founding member of the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition and a board member of the Alliance to End Homelessness in suburban Cook County. She was named an Oak Park Villager of the Year in 2020.
La Forice Nealy, MPA, President & CEO, Olive Branch Mission
La Forice Nealy is the President and CEO at Olive Branch Mission in Chicago. La Forice was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Simeon High School in 1984, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Governors State University in 2007. La Forice has 32 years of nonprofit experience, and since 2017, he has been the dynamic leader of Olive Branch. He is as the organization's first African American leader. His work has centered on building fiscal responsibility and organizational stability. His leadership has positioned Olive Branch Mission for future growth and expansion of services to the most vulnerable populations. Throughout his career, he has worked across multiple lines of business that have included operational and support roles. One of his proudest accomplishments is having been chosen several times to serve as director of multiple American Red Cross disaster relief operations across the country.
Janine Mileaf, PhD, Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Arts Club of Chicago
Janine Mileaf, Ph.D., is Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Arts Club of Chicago, a cultural hub for the city since 1916. An art historian, she has worked to emphasize the educational and community missions of The Arts Club, expanding its public arts programming and connections to local artists, while bringing evocative exhibitions to its gallery. Mileaf is a champion of challenging art, commissioning new work from a broad spectrum of practitioners including composers, choreographers, and architects, in addition to visual artists. Mileaf has served as interlocutor, critic, or juror for such institutions as the University of Chicago, Chicago Humanities Festival, Terra Foundation for American Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 3Arts, and the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is the author of Please Touch: Dada and Surrealist Objects After the Readymade, and co-editor of The Arts Club of Chicago at 100 and A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago, as well as numerous articles and essays on interwar and contemporary art.
Kelli Haywood, MBA, Executive Director, Dream on Education
Kelli Haywood is Founder and Executive Director of Dream On Education, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides academic enrichment for high-achieving, low-income middle school students. Additionally, Kelli is the Community Impact Manager for Cboe Global Markets, where she is growing Cboe's impact through community partnerships, employee engagement, and D&I on a national and global level. Kelli is currently an MBA candidate at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Kelli is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Prior to launching Dream on Education, Kelli worked in account marketing for Adidas and for Walgreens Corporate as a strategic planning analyst. Kelli also worked as Director of Corporate Development at the American Heart Association and as Community Leadership Corp Consultant for The Obama Foundation.
Audrey Thomas, MA, Chief Executive Officer, Deborah's Place
Audrey Thomas is the CEO of Deborah's Place, a nonprofit organization in Chicago whose mission is to open doors of opportunity for women who are experiencing homelessness. She held several positions in the organization, including COO, before being named CEO in 2004. Audrey has over 35 years of experience in homeless services, including strategic planning, fundraising, board development, and program evaluation. Audrey earned an MA from DePaul University School for New Learning and completed the Executive Scholar Program through Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Nonprofit Management. Audrey is a founding and current member of the Logan Square Cooperative, a limited equity housing cooperative dedicated to affordable housing in Chicago.
Julian J. Champion, BS, MAFM, Executive Director, West Point School of Music
Julian J. Champion hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He began his career developing community social services programs in North Carolina, with a concentration in spiritual and emotional care for the urban poor. Raised in a single-parent home, he became acquainted very early with the debilitating effects of poverty upon the mind and on communal life. He understands firsthand the struggles that many urban youth face. Determined to address this issue, he chose a career path in pastoral and social services, hoping to make a difference in the lives of others. His passion for music began at a very early age, but it was not until the age of 17 that he had the opportunity to play an instrument. Champion pursued his dream of establishing West Point School of Music to reach more youth through music. He believes that once a child learns to read and play music, they very well understand they have accomplished something great and that nothing is impossible for them. He is especially concerned for those dealing with overwhelming challenges at home and those in environments where exposure to the arts is not commonplace.
Jennifer O. Maddox, VIBA, Executive Director, Future Ties
Jennifer O. Maddox was born in Chicago and raised on the South Side. Jennifer graduated from Corliss High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois, Circle Campus. She is currently working in the CPD's Juvenile Intervention Support Center. As a result of this passionate conviction, she founded a 501(c)3 organization in 2011 called Future Ties, which provides afterschool and summer programs to increase the academic achievement of the youth who attend. Future Ties also works to equip parents, youth, and teens in the Woodlawn community, primarily residents of Parkway Gardens Apartments, with the workforce development skills needed to be competitive in the workforce. Future Ties is a safe place where the residents of Parkway Gardens can come and experience love, support, and protection from the violence they face daily. Jennifer has received much recognition for her work in the community, including being selected as one of CNN's Top Ten Heroes for 2017 and one of Chicago's 20 most inspiring Chicagoans of 2018.
Dan Hostetler, MNM, Executive Director, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center
Daniel Hostetler is the executive director of the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, a free, 501(c)(3), and highly innovative outpatient behavioral addiction treatment center that primarily serves homeless individuals and those formerly incarcerated. His education and experience come from the for-profit change management consulting sector, and his knowledge of creative applications of proven, evidence-based solutions contributes to the organization's goal of providing the highest level of clinical recovery care that's available to those who cannot afford to pay for it. The center has been recognized locally and nationally with awards such as NAADAC's Organization of the Year, IAAP's Program of the Year, Chicago Innovation Award, and Best and Brightest Companies to Work For (both in Chicago and nationally).
Amanda Levinson, JD, MPH, Development Consultant, Arden Child and Family Services
Amanda Levinson, JD, MPH, launched her consultant practice in 2017. Her clients include NPOs dedicated to the arts, human services, and the environment in Chicagoland and nationally. Amanda earned her Juris Doctorate from UIC Law School in Chicago and her Masters of Public Health and Carolina Graduate Certificate in Innovation for the Public Good from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in North Carolina. Her work has been published in the journal Health Promotion Practice, and she is an honorary member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Amanda served on the board of directors for Illinois Partners for Human Service, currently works with Arden Shore Child and Family Services in Waukegan, and has worked with NPOs in Chicagoland since 2002.
Rachelle Jervis, MBA, President and CEO, Executive Service Corps
Rachelle Jervis is honored to serve as President and CEO of the Executive Service Corps, the premier nonprofit consultancy with the mission of helping make nonprofits successful. Before leading the Executive Service Corps, Rachelle served as regional director, Illinois chapter director, and Chicago-area director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Rachelle serves on the board of Aspiritech and was a founding board member of the Chicago Friends School. She is passionate about inclusion and mental health awareness. Rachelle is mother to the late and lovely Constance, and she is the author of Want My Baby Back. Her proudest accomplishment is helping her late daughter overcome epilepsy and autism in order to learn how to speak. Rachelle is a frequent speaker on a wide range of topics, including speaking at the dedication in her daughter's memory at her alma mater, Cherry Preschool. In her leisure time, Rachelle enjoys reading and volunteering for charitable causes.
Kenneth Hobby, MBA, President, Cure SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy)
Kenneth Hobby is President of Cure SMA. He leads the organization's work to develop treatments for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the number one genetic cause of death for infants, by merging an impassioned grassroots mission with a sophisticated industry incentivizing drug development model. Kenneth brings an industry and marketing background to this family- and patient-focused organization. \Prior to joining Cure SMA, Kenneth worked at Pharmacia and deCODE genetics. He has an MBA from Kellogg.
Vershawn Sanders-Ward, MFA, Artistic Director & CEO, Red Clay Dance Company
Vershawn Sanders-Ward is the Founding Artistic Director and CEO of Red Clay Dance Company, and is currently a candidate for Dunham Technique Certification. In 2015, 2018, 2020, and 2022, NewCity Magazine selected Ward as one of the "Players 50" awardees. Her choreography has been presented in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and The Yard at Martha's Vineyard, and internationally in Toronto, Dakar, and Kampala. Vershawn is currently on faculty at Loyola University Chicago in the Fine and Performing Arts Department, and has received choreographic commissions from Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, Knox College, AS220, and the National Theatre in Uganda. Her upcoming site-specific choreographic project, Rest.Rise.Move.Nourish.Heal, set to premiere in 2023, was selected for a 2021 National Dance Project Award from NEFA. As an arts advocate, she serves as a board member of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, and was selected to attend the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit for Emerging Global Leaders. Sanders-Ward has had the pleasure of gracing the cover of DEMO, Columbia College Chicago's alumni magazine, and the Chicago Reader!