Building A Strong Nonprofit Through Intentional Leadership (Teddy McDaniel)

December 2021

Many for-profit leaders have followed their passion and transitioned to the nonprofit sector.  Luckily for the Urban League of the CarolinasTeddy McDaniel is one such leader who likes to say he doesn't have a job, he's on a mission. In episode #137 of Your Path to Nonprofit LeadershipTeddy discusses how being an intentional leader strengthens an organization. He and Patton discuss embracing the nonprofit competition with strategic networking which leads to a better exchange of ideas, resources, and talent.  A good nonprofit leader will recognize when an organization is spread too thin you can't be all things to all people and values coalition partners because a community isn't well served by mediocre.  Teddy also shares insightful thoughts on building a strong mission-focused strategic plan as a living document.  You'll learn how a successful nonprofit leader, who began himself as a volunteer, takes intentional steps to attract and retain talented staff, volunteers, and board members all while engaging both the community and the competition.

"You must be intentional with strategic networking; when doors are open, it's up to you to run through them."



William "Teddy" McDaniel, III currently serves as the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, NC. Founded in in 1978, the Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) is an affiliate of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Prior to arriving in Charlotte, Teddy was president and CEO of the Austin, Texas Urban League affiliate from 2012 2017 and served as Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Phoenix Urban League starting in 2009. Before entering the non-profit sector, Teddy spent over 15 years in the financial service industry. From 2004-08, he was an assistant vice president at GE Capital in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he underwrote over $100 million in real estate and commercial loans to small and medium sized franchise hospitality businesses. He started his career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and spent three years with Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, NA.  Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Columbus, Ohio, McDaniel is a 3rd Generation graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a B.A. in Finance from Morehouse and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.


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