Utilizing A Coach to Strengthen Your Nonprofit Leadership (Nancy Beard)

March 2020

Nancy Beard offers great perspectives on the value of finding good mentors as well as the potential a coach can have on your personal and professional journey on Episode #25 of The Path Podcast.  Her path to nonprofit leadership was shaped by early volunteer roles, both as a board member and a volunteer, and she continued to hear a calling for social justice causes that began during her childhood.  We had a great conversation about what she is seeing at all stages of the nonprofit professional's career, and in particular the challenges many are facing as they deal with their boss or their board. Nancy is also a great champion of planned giving, and helps put those she coaches and teaches at ease with ideas that don't overwhelm.  Multiple books and resources to consider as you curate knowledge for nonprofit leadership! 

"Go find the mentor that you want. You admire their work and you aspire to be like them.  Tell them why you want them and be ready to do the work!"


Nancy has twenty-five years of fundraising stories and experience.  She is a thought leader in non-profit work who delights in sharing the "how to" in fund development work in an entertaining presentation. She is currently President of United Church Homes and Services Foundation where she is a generalist handling all aspects of fund development with a special emphasis on a legacy giving program that has grown exponentially. Nancy delights in teaching fund development professionals how to find joy in the legacy conversation.  Nancy currently serves as President of North Carolina Council of Charitable Gift Planners.  She is a graduated of Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina and has her Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.  She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a Master Trainer through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Nancy is a Certified Life Coach through The Life Coach School with a private practice, Nancy Beard Coaching & Motivational Speaking, through which she coaches executive and fund development women in the non-profit sector.  


Parker Palmer's book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Tom Rath's book StrengthsFinder 2.0

Henri Nouwen's book A Spirituality of Fundraising

David Solie's book How to Say It to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders

Brene' Brown's book Gifts of Imperfection