By Alexandra Fradelizio | m/Oppenheim.Org Writer
In 2019, we had the privilege to interview leaders from 40 organizations for our Nonprofit Spotlight series. From organizations leading the fight against homelessness to those dedicated to creating healthier ecosystems, these nonprofits are committed to serving communities and the individuals and families within them. As we look forward to 2020, we want to thank all of the organizations featured for sharing their work and insights with us and celebrate the top 5 most read interviews of the past year:
Arms Around You: Throughout the city of Seattle, previously incarcerated individuals face an array of personal obstacles that can impede on their future successes. CEO Avon Curtis discusses why she founded the organization and how its programs work to public safety and reduce recidivism. Read article
Shark Stewards: The shark fin industry is a multimillion-dollar industry, but each year, more than 70 million sharks are brutally killed and discarded back into the ocean. Director and Founder David McGuire, MPH explains how the San Francisco- based organization is leading the fight to protect sharks and educate citizens across the world. Read article
California ChangeLawyers: California is one of the most diverse states in the US yet less than a quarter of lawyers in the state are those of color. Located in San Francisco, California ChangeLawyers ensures that all ethnicities and races are represented in the justice system by supporting lawyers from diverse communities. Executive Director Chris Punongbayan discusses inspiring new generations to become involved within the social justice movement and the changes implemented by the organization’s lawyers. Read article
Indiana Youth Institute: For over 30 years, the Indiana Youth Institute has supported hundreds of organizations dedicated to providing education, economic support and health resources to children and teens. With the help of data and other resources, the Indianapolis-based organization addresses the most pressing issues facing Indiana’s youth. President and CEO Tami Silverman explains how communities across the state unite to guide younger generations in leading independent and fulfilling lives. Read article
Riveredge Nature Center: Nearly 60 years ago, the Riveredge Nature Center became the first independent, nonprofit nature center in Southeastern Wisconsin to protect natural areas from increased development. Executive Director of the center Jessica Jens discusses how the organization’s history influences its current programs, especially those that educate individuals of all ages on the importance in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Read article
We thank you for reading our Nonprofit Spotlight interview series in 2019 and look forward to sharing the work of more organizations in 2020!