The Joy of Membership

Helpful with Nonprofit Health: Jess Cooper

March 04, 2021 Season 1 Episode 31
The Joy of Membership
Helpful with Nonprofit Health: Jess Cooper
Show Notes

Jess Cooper is a nonprofit Executive Director turned Nonprofit Health Advocate. Jess has worked for and with nonprofits from health-related organizations to sports organizations. As the former Executive Director of Georgia Swimming, Jess earned the inaugural USA Swimming #SwimBiz Marketing LSC of the Year Award in 2018. Most recently, Jess worked with USA Swimming to assist its 59 regional governing bodies during the pandemic with crisis management.

Jess graduated from Maryville University of Saint Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a determination to create healthier nonprofit environments. Jess earned a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations from The University of Georgia where she worked on a $1 million capacity-building grant project to provide training and technical assistance to local nonprofit organizations.

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Yes, there is a “real” Joy in The Joy of Membership.

Founder & CEO Joy Duling has been working with leaders of associations, trade groups and nonprofits since 2005.

She has also walked the same journey, serving for nearly 10 years as the Executive Director of a membership-based nonprofit which she helped launch from scratch and led to annual revenues of more than $1M exclusively from membership contributions.

Joy has been widely recognized as a speaker, an online educator and a trusted advisor, twice winning the “Unsung Hero Award” from the National Association of Women Business Owners' Central Illinois Chapter. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work with Specialization in Policy, Planning and Administration. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, team facilitation, change management, and association operations.

But beyond industry experience and education…

Joy Duling is the calm voice you want to have in the room when you, your team, or your board is overwhelmed by ideas and options.

She's a trusted resource at the other end of an email or phone call who knows the answer, or can find the answer, when it's not clear what to do next in your approach.

She's a planner of systems and driver of progress that helps your organization achieve stretch goals.

She's a gifted facilitator of conversation, collaboration and constructive growth. 

And she's approachable and results-oriented,  which makes it easy to shake loose of the old and start fresh on the new.