Non-Profit Leaders, Community Access Unlimited, Launches Column Series

Top Quote CAU shares the importance of a non-profit passion with a business mentality. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 26, 2017 - Elizabeth, NJ --Community Access Unlimited (CAU,) a statewide non-profit supporting people with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families launched their first column hosted on the Money Inc. platform.

    In the column titled, “Nonprofit Passion with a Business Mentality,” Joanne Oppelt explains there are a number of reasons why nonprofits fail or struggle.

    According to Oppelt, “We (CAU) operate the agency using a business mentality. Our business plan more closely resembles that of a for-profit enterprise than a typical nonprofit.”

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    Joanne Oppelt is the Assistant Executive Director of Business Development at Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a statewide nonprofit in New Jersey supporting people with disabilities and youth served under the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. This is Joanne's second stop at CAU, having served as Development Director from 2002 to 2011. While with CAU Joanne has been responsible for raising more than $9 million in funding, increasing the agency's funding base by more than 50 percent and increasing annual operating revenue by $1.75 million.

    Prior to her return to CAU Joanne served as the Executive Director of Caring Contact, a crisis listening hotline, and community trainer. While at Caring Contact Joanne significantly increased the number of calls taken each year, expanded training and introduced innovative programs such as Save Our Youth, which focused on preventing teenage suicide. Other stops in her career have included Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey Chapter, March of Dimes, Maternal Family Health Services, and consultancy.

    Joanne also is an accomplished author, sharing tips of her success as a fundraiser and non-profit executive through four books, "Confessions of a Successful Fundraiser," "Succeed in Your Nonprofit Funding Partnerships," "Power Your Organization's Fundraising" and "Moving Up to Executive Director."

    Joanne sits on several community-focused organizations, including the North Jersey Health Collaborative and the Union County Continuum of Care. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Bethany University in Santa Cruz, CA, and a Master of Health Administration degree from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

    About CAU
    Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 37th year of success in 2016, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives a voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights. CAU serves more than 5,000 individuals each year.

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