Nonprofit Profiles – From the Desk of: Childspring International
I conduct a series called ‘From the Desk of: Atlanta Nonprofit Leaders’. This endeavor is a series of interviews of Executive Directors, Head of Schools and CEOs of local nonprofit organizations. My Nonprofit Profiles blog posts highlight the most outstanding feature of each leader and his/her organization. Here are their stories…“The blessings of a strong board”
Alison Fussell, the Executive Director of Childspring International.
In response to God’s love, Childspring International provides medical care and opportunities for a better life to children around the world.
If I had to choose 1 thing that Childspring does great, one thing that I am most impressed by, it is the collaboration between the executive director and the board. Alison shared many examples of how the Childspring International Board of Directors truly function as 1 team, highlighting and utilizing the strengths of each member.
Childspring International does what they do because children deserve a completely fulfilling life, no matter who they are or where they are born. Providing them with improved physical health improves their emotional and social health as well.
I had the pleasure of meeting Alison many months ago during a training series I attended on volunteer development at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. On the first day of training, Alison introduced herself and then spoke about the wonderful volunteer that was with her at the training. She spoke about his assistance to her organization and that he suggested and encouraged her to attend the training, despite her busy schedule. His goal was to ensure that Childspring International had expert knowledge to develop an effective volunteer program at their organization.
I was struck by a few things that morning.
- Alison’s genuine caring for her organization, for those they serve and for her supports (staff and volunteers).
- Alison’s humility and passion to serve their population of children in need.
- Alison’s collaborative approach to her work in helping to lead Childspring International.
I have since had the opportunity to meet with Alison at their site and interview her for the ‘From the Desk of’ series. I am now even more impressed with Alison, her staff, the volunteers I had the chance to meet and their organization’s work. Childspring International serves children in developing countries to provide them with medical surgeries that they would otherwise not be able to afford. This not only takes a team of highly skilled surgeons, but also hospital support staff, families who will sponsor, support and house the children while they undergo the surgery (as it usually has to take place in a country other than their own) as well as a whole lot of coordination to transport the children to another country for surgery then back home when they have recovered. Wow! Not only is the work so impactful to help improve children’s lives, but all the people I met the day I visited Childspring International were as passionate, warm and welcoming as Alison.
Childspring International has a highly engaged Board of Directors who collaboratively lead the organization. They are very creative and utilize many low-cost or no-cost resources. As I was speaking with Alison about the collaborative work that her board does and mentioned the man that joined her at the volunteer training series, I was surprised by Alison’s response. She said that the man who joined her was not on the Board, but a general volunteer. An executive director who incorporates the knowledge, strengths and skills of all her ‘people’ is a Winner in my book!
To learn more about Childspring International, please check them out at www.childspringintl.org.
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