Nancy Neylon: 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. 

Nancy Neylon, Executive Director of Ohio Domestic Violence NetworkHead shot of Nancy Neylon, Executive Director of Ohio Domestic Violence Network

How long have you been in your current position?

21 years

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

I was very interested in empowering women and girls and I wanted to serve in a field where I felt I could make a difference in the lives of many people. The pivotal moment was when I was volunteering at the local rape crisis center and found the work compelling.

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

The challenges are the constant fundraising and the uncertainty of funding from year to year. This must be overcome by a solid development plan that includes a number of funding strategies. I also think excellent grant administration is critical, from writing to submission to follow through with fiscal and programmatic reporting. 

How do you plan to help the next generations?

I plan to help the next generation through public policy work, impacting laws and policies in state and federal government  that affect women and girls.

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

Yes, in fact I recently did an interview for a young friend who is pursuing work in the non-profit field. I believe it is important to have you work life be rewarding and fulfilling. Non-profits provide opportunities in so many areas from direct service to policy  to community organizing and collaboration.  

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

Be sure to have a good work/life balance. Especially now with so may means of instant communication you must learn to turn off work.  In whatever way you choose to relax and unwind it is important and means you will be even better able to serve your mission. 


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