Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year: Brian Schultz

The winner of our Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award was presented to Brian Schultz, representing a national organization right here in Cleveland.

Schultz works at Candid, serving as the Manager of its Funding Information Network - overseeing a network of more than 400 libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that can be found across the U.S. and around the world. 

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Cleveland was proud to present its inaugural Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year award in 2019! Fourteen young professionals from around the city were nominated by directors, co-workers, friends, and mentors.

The fourteen nominees represented various causes and missions, but they all had one thing in common: they truly care about who (and what!) keeps Cleveland great!

The winner of our Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award was presented to Brian Schultz, representing a national organization right here in Cleveland.

Schultz works at Candid, serving as the Manager of its Funding Information Network - overseeing a network of more than 400 libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that can be found across the U.S. and around the world.  

Nominated by two co-workers, the impact of Brian’s work became clear in his nominations.

From very early on in his employment at the Foundation Center, Brian showed courage in his leadership, taking on the development and implementation of a new program series designed to highlight critical social issues and opportunities for philanthropy to accelerate social change. The first topic Brian was charged with in this new series was LGBTQ Issues. To be a young professional - new in his position, working in a very small staff environment - this was a deeply complex undertaking professionally and personally. Despite the risks, Brian leaned in and created a wildly successful program that opened new channels of communication about the relevance of LGBTQ issues to the local philanthropic community, the local nonprofit community, and his own organization,” wrote on of his nominators.

Working with the LGBTQ+ community and the nonprofits that support it is a huge passion for Schultz, who says that “living in Ohio offers many challenges for someone in the LGBTQ+ community and the nonprofits that support the community are so vital especially in a state like Ohio.”

In addition to his work at Candid, Schultz supports the efforts of these vital nonprofits in various ways - including serving on the board of Plexus, the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce for Northeast Ohio.

At Candid, he works with various audiences - providing support to more than 400 Funding Information Network Partners. While Schultz works in Cleveland, these partners provide nonprofit communities across the country with accesss to Candid resources - including funding databases, nonprofit trainings, and the opportunity to connect with like-minded social sector professionals.

Schultz’s work at candid allows him to build connections with people serving in the social sector - from nonprofits to resource centers and funders.

Brian has shown himself to be an effective leader who cares about nonprofits and their success. While I was working with him at Foundation Center Midwest, Brian took the initiative to create the "Rising Tide" series of trainings offered by Foundation Center. These workshops involved a large collection of grantmakers, local thought leaders, nonprofits, and government representatives convening and discussing some of the most pressing problems of today, including LGBTQI rights, empowerment of low-income women, and black male achievement.  He … provides a great example of an effective leader throughout Cleveland, the Midwest, and the country,” wrote Schultz’s second nominator.

While he loves his work, Schultz loves Cleveland, too!

“Cleveland is a city you can fight for,” he said while accepting the Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award. And throughout his fight for the city and the people in it, you can find Schultz walking his dog at Edgewater, brunching with his boyfriend and friends, enjoying a show at Capitol Theatre, or a glass of wine at one of the wine bars around town.

At YNPN Cleveland, we appreciate the work done by Schultz and all of our other nominees. These young professionals are just a few examples of the people who make Cleveland so great and we loved reading about all of them!

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  • Erin Zaranec
    published this page in Workin' It 2019-05-23 21:48:42 -0400