The state’s only membership organization specifically dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations thrive in Alabama today named a new Executive Director.
The Board of Directors of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits named Danielle A. Dunbar as the Association’s Executive Director. Before joining the Association, Danielle served The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama for 13 years, most recently as the Director of Mission Funding. In this role, Danielle was responsible for strengthening collaboration among diocesan ministries. She provided resources and expertise to 87 parishes and multiple departments regarding stewardship, annual giving, planned giving, and capital giving programs.
“We are excited that Danielle will be joining the organization as its next Executive Director, and we look forward to supporting Danielle as she takes our organization to new heights,” said Clay Vandiver, the president and CEO of the United Way of Madison County and the current Board Chair of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits. “There were many excellent candidates, but we feel confident in Danielle’s ability to lead the Association in the years to come. Danielle is a Georgia native who fell in love with Alabama while attending Auburn University. Danielle will continue AAN’s mission of advocating for all nonprofits in our state as we serve and support our nonprofit members.”
Alabama’s nonprofit sector employs over 5 percent or 82,000 individuals, and generates more than $13.5 billion annually for the state
The Alabama Association of Nonprofits was founded in 1996 under its former name of the Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama as a collaborative effort of Alabama Power Company, the United Way of Central Alabama, and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. It provides a wealth of professional development, advocacy, and management support resources specifically tailored to the needs of Alabama’s nonprofits. Over the last several years, more than 2,000 individuals have participated in its training workshops. The Association’s most popular feature is its online jobs board, which receives more than 30,000 unique visitors each month.
In her new role, Danielle will seek to increase the Association’s membership base, improve communications and networking, expand the use of technology, further advocacy for nonprofits, and grow the Association’s resources.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Alabama Association of Nonprofits,” said Dunbar. “It is energizing to serve an organization that exists to sharpen nonprofits so that our industry can make life better in Alabama. Working with Alabama nonprofits that positively impact Alabama families every day will be a gift.”
Danielle began her work with the Diocese at Camp McDowell in 2008 as the Folk School Director. After several years in this role, she became the Director of Development and Marketing at Camp McDowell to manage the diocese’s largest capital campaign that doubled the facilities at McDowell.
Dunbar has served several nonprofits in Alabama, including those focused on the environment, community design and planning, the arts, and religion. Dunbar’s educational background includes an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the College of Engineering at Auburn University.
Danielle’s first day at the Association is April 12, 2021.
The Alabama Association of Nonprofits’ mission is to strengthen and support Alabama nonprofit organizations in serving their communities.