Michele S. Gregory: Nonprofit Woman Leader Creating a Better Central Ohio

Community Shares of Mid Ohio is taking the month of March to highlight the women leading our member charities for making a difference in the community as part of Women's History Month. 

Michele S. Gregory, Chief Advancement Officer of AIDS Resource Center 

Head shot of Michele S. Gregory, Chief Advancement Officer of AIDS Resource Center Ohio

How long have you been in your current position?

Over 1 year however, I have worked in development/fundraising for 24 years.

How did you decide to pursue a career in the nonprofit field?

As a member of student government in college, I was exposed to fundraising for the American Red Cross and saw first-hand the impact a donation of blood and gifts as small as $10 could have on one person's life. I was instantly hooked!

What do you see as the barriers, obstacles, and/or challenges? How did you or how do you recommend that these be overcome?

Mission-driven philanthropic organizations need to learn from the past, perform in the present and plan for the future. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the day-to-day that we fail to strategically plan for tomorrow, which has to happen in order for us to be relevant...to our donors and our community.

How do you plan to help the next generations?

Serve as a mentor for those interested in philanthropy and volunteer in support of those organizations I care about.

Would you encourage the young women in your life to pursue a career in nonprofit? Why or why not?

No doubt about it - YES!! My two daughters have grown up in a house where giving back is not the exception but the norm. I hope they continue to volunteer their time, speak out as advocates for the things they believe in and financially support those in need, as their father and I have demonstrated since they were born.

Your best piece of advice for women leaders, now or in the future is:

Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." I couldn't agree more!

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