Building A Career in Nonprofit Leadership (Elizabeth Abel)

August 2021

As more talented professionals enter the nonprofit sector, they are looking for ways to develop their skills, find the best professional development opportunities, and better navigate the personal and professional challenges that can inhibit success. Elizabeth Abel not only works with nonprofit leaders across the country as they manage all of these issues, she's also teaching the next generation of talent through her work at the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania. In episode #119 of the Path Podcast, Elizabeth offers a wealth of knowledge about maintaining balance in your life and career, best practices for working with your board of directors, and what nonprofit leaders must do if they want to attract and retain the next generation of talent.

"Can you show a talented candidate not just the one or two-year trajectory at your nonprofit, but a three to five-year path?"



Elizabeth Abel is an expert in nonprofit fundraising and powerhouse in philanthropy, having raised nearly half a billion dollars for nonprofit organizations. She is a Corporate Vice President at CCS Fundraising, a global fundraising consulting firm for nonprofits. In this role, Elizabeth designs, advises, and leads philanthropic capital campaigns that equip nonprofits with the resources and revenue to achieve their mission and have the greatest benefit to the communities they serve, driving sustainable social change and positively impacting tens of thousands of lives. Beyond CCS, Elizabeth is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Nonprofit Leadership Program, where she educates and empowers students to drive social change through philanthropy. She regularly presents at industry conferences, leads workshops for nonprofit professionals, and publishes articles on trends in philanthropy. Elizabeth also has an active social media presence. Her Instagram (@ElizabethBerniAbel) offers nonprofit industry insights and fundraising tips. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter and is an avid traveler, hiker, and tea drinker.