Jena Lee Nardella: A Notable Millennial and Remarkable Nonprofit Leader

"Gateway Bridge - Nashville, TN" by Brent Moore licensed under CC BY 2.0
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Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy

During her senior year of college, millennial and nonprofit leader Jena Lee Nardella collaborated with the Christian rock band, Jars of Clay, to found the nonprofit Blood: Water. Since its launch in 2004, the Nashville-based nonprofit has grown into a $3.5-million organization and has helped over one million people by partnering with African communities to bring wells and clean water to rural areas stricken by HIV.

Nardella’s new book, One thousand Wells: How an Audacious Goal Taught Me to Love the World Instead of Save It, traces the young nonprofit leader’s journey since the boom of boutique nonprofits in the early 2000s. It outlines the young leader’s evolution from inexperienced idealist to NGO veteran, and highlights some valuable lessons she learned along the way, such as the importance of accountability and letting indigenous communities lead the way to sustainable development.

Read full story at: Chronicle of Philanthropy

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