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How Do We Show Nonprofit Sustainability? On-Air Strategy Call [Episode 037]

Nonprofit Sustainability Development

I’m excited to share this on-air strategy call with you today! I’m working with the talented Ashley McMichael and coaching her through a grant application she’s working on for her nonprofit. One of the questions asked about organizational sustainability. We talk through several ways she can demonstrate a solid sustainability plan for her nonprofit.

Ashley also shares why she started a nonprofit, how she relates to clients, and the ways she’s stepping up to lead by example. 

We cover several aspects of nonprofit sustainability:

  • Building a reserve
  • Setting up short term and long term goals
  • Developing strong partnerships
  • Importance of an anchored vision

Book your own strategy session at www.teresahuff.com/nonprofits.

About Ashley McMichael:

Ashley McMichael, B.S, M.S, Founder and Executive Director. The Innovative Academy of Liberal Arts & Sciences (IALAS) is a non-profit organization that opens the doors of opportunity for students and families that have been historically neglected. IALAS provides 2-generation STEAM (science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts, and mental health) and economic empowerment education initiative to address the ongoing disparity between Ward 7 and its surrounding wards. Find out more about our organization at www.theialas.org.


Ashley is a visionary who has the power to touch the root of the problem and put together a bulletproof plan with ingenuity and innovation. As a young child she was vulnerable and victimized. Her story, however, is akin to many others who have experienced similar or worse treatment. 

Despite the many adversities she has experienced, she has been quite successful, each trauma serving as a learning opportunity for growth. Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Albany State University  where she was recipient of the 2014 Deans Award, Student Research Award, and The Battle Scholarship for Leadership. 

In 2014 Ashley went on to accept a post-baccalaureate IRTA award at the National Institutes of Health where she conducted clinical research for 3 years. She then went on to get her Masters in Physiology and Biophysics from George Mason University and Georgetown University. Ashley serves on the Board of Directors for Mamatoto Village, a non-profit organization that empowers women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives.​ She was the first to found a Parent Action Committee within the Rocketship Schools network and received  the “2020 Parent Organizing Award.” 

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2 thoughts on “How Do We Show Nonprofit Sustainability? On-Air Strategy Call [Episode 037]”

  1. Thanks for having me on your podcast. It was so great working with you. You are really an asset to visionaries who need help breaking things down into manageable chunks. I learned so much and I look forward to working to working together for the long haul. You are truly amazing Teresa!

    1. Thank you so much Ashley! I love working with you and supporting the incredible work you’re doing.

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