Two business owners came up with an idea.
After years of working to streamline operations within for-profit corporations, Dan Sills and James H. Canada realized that non-profits could also benefit from their expertise. For years Dan and James helped non-profits on an “as needed” basis and in most instances learned that organizations needed on-going support.
In 2016, Dan and James decided to formalize the way they could assist non-profits. They formed a coalition designed to lend expertise in various key areas: human resources, technology, finance, public relations, fundraising, and marketing. Community Value Alliance (CVA), a 501(c)(3) was formed to provide turnkey services to non-profit organizations...a non-profit helping other non-profits.
Introducing our Executive Director, Rachel Covington
Executive Director Rachel Covington has more than 25 years’ experience as a non-profit professional, working in the social service and healthcare sectors. Rachel is the consummate professional bringing a wealth of expertise in organizational development, strategic planning, major gifts, and board development. Rachel has been in leadership roles for her entire career and is proud to share her experience with the non-profit sector. She held leadership roles at the National Kidney Foundation, Ascension Health, SSM Health, and the Mercy Health. As a consultant Rachel uses best practices in initiating creative changes within an organization and her specialty lies in strategically aligning an organization for the future.
She has successfully raised over $20 million over her career and assisted organizations to re-imagine their vision and mission driving financial results into future sustainability. Building strong boards, thinking strategically, collaboratively, and identifying major giving as key strategies are among Rachel’s talents.
Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from Stephens College and is a Graduate of the Madison Institute. She received the Entrepreneurial Award from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors for Marygrove and is a long-standing member of the AHP and AFP. She is currently serving on the AFP Program Planning Committee.
We strive to create an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity. Organizations that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective prove to be better organizations and with whom we endeavor to work . More importantly, CVA will focus on creating an environment in our organization and the organizations with whom we work where everyone will feel empowered to do their best work.