The Ally: September 2020 – Sharolyn Smith

Sharolyn Smith
CEO and Founder
JournaLISTics & D’Zigns

The Alliance as an Essential Partner

After an accounting career in the private business, government, entrepreneurship and nonprofit sectors for more than four decades, I started to think about what I could do next.  The decision was easy because I am passionate about working with nonprofits and volunteers.

As a volunteer, I started with an interest in service organizations and advanced through many training programs, mainly with The Alliance (formerly MS Center for Nonprofits).  I continued to connect with them, as an associate member, for the meaningful community opportunities and exceptional services.  The personal and professional experiences and engagements that I have been afforded remain life-changing and ever-evolving.

My membership in The MS Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance) has been one of the most rewarding relationships in my journey in nonprofit, public service, and volunteering.  The involvement with “The Alliance” has been worthwhile in many ways.  The people I have met have been phenomenal and very resourceful when information is needed.  The training provided by The Alliance is affordable and empowering. The Alliance has given me the tools I need to be an effective partner in community engagement and nonprofit leadership.

It has been and will continue to be exciting to learn how our organizations are making a difference in the communities we serve. Now more than ever, nonprofit services are essential to the well-being of our communities and the world.