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.
Brandi Crowley, Board Member of Community Shares of Mid Ohio
How long have you been in your current position?
How did you decide to pursue a career in the nonprofit field?
I feel that I was called early in life to support my community with my time, talents and treasure.
“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” ― Vincent van Gogh
What do you see as the barriers, obstacles, and/or challenges? How did you or how do you recommend that these be overcome?
A challenge that I often see is the lack of diversity. Our boards/staff don’t necessarily reflect the communities we serve. I have started to have more conversations about doing your work “with” those communities you serve, instead of “for”.
How do you plan to help the next generations?
Include them! Include them! Include them! The next generations play a pivotal role in the future of nonprofits. They bring a unique perspective of the world that is difficult for most organizations to harness.
Would you encourage the young women in your life to pursue a career in nonprofit? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Nonprofits allow you the freedom to be true to yourself. Every day you get to engage your head and your heart. Although the work is hard, it’s rewarding and often times you get to see the impact of your hard work.
Your best piece of advice for women leaders, now or in the future is:
Toot your own horn. Look for opportunities to strategically highlight your achievements. Your worth starts with how you present and value yourself. Find your voice and nurture your strengths--be fearless and be bold.