Jim Levy has worked in the nonprofit field for thirty-five years as a consultant and in staff and Board positions.
501(c)(3) START UP SPECIALIST
Since retiring from nonprofit administration in 1999, Levy has been helping individuals and groups obtain their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
As a consultant, Levy has advised nonprofits on Bylaws. personnel and program policies, short-term and long-term planning, Board and staff training, interim management, financial analysis, fundraising, conflict resolution and other topics essential to the management of nonprofit organizations.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITIONS
Family Services Center is a nonprofit agency that provides counseling to low-income residents throughout San Luis Obispo county. As executive director, Levy supervised four paid staff and 58 volunteer counselors and therapists. He was responsible for fundraising from the County, four municipalities, foundations, civic groups, corporations, member drives and fundraising events. His work included extensive public relations, including public speaking, radio and TV, news releases and newsletters. He created and managed the Latino Mental Health Program and obtained grants totaling $105,000 for that program, and he oversaw the creation of a five-year strategic plan for the organization.
The Harwood Foundation, which is now an art museum, was a public cultural center and research library, as well as the public library for the county of Taos, New Mexico. He was responsible for a staff of 12. Duties included budgeting, fundraising, management of a historical site, and public relations. Public relations entailed a weekly radio program, a newspaper column, and speaking engagements. During the years that he was director, the Harwood’s main complex and Alcalde building were renovated with two grants totaling $500,000. He created programs that attracted a much wider proportion of the population, and built the Children’s Library which is now at the Taos Public Library.
Levy managed a variety of properties for the Housing Authority of the City of Boulder, which included apartment complexes, Section 8 housing, and an apartment complex designed and built for severely disabled individuals. He had full responsibility for six rental properties with an annual revenue of $1.5 million and a value of $9.5 million. He supervised a staff of 10, including hiring, firing, training and review. Responsibilities included writing and monitoring divisional and property budgets, overseeing capital improvements, writing grants, coordinating the Authority’s work with local, state and regional housing providers, and developing new properties. New properties included a 35-unit town-home complex with preschool and community center on the premises.
Early in his career, Levy’s work consisted of short-term contracts with nonprofits to accomplish specific tasks within a certain time period. Three representative ones are:
The Fund for Southern Communities (Chapel Hill, NC). Organize and coordinate fundraising and distribution of grants throughout the state of North Carolina.
Dispute Settlement Center (Chapel Hill, NC). Create four mediation programs and integrate them into the community and schools. During this time he also worked as a mediator.
Taos Art Association (Taos, NM). Renovate the auditorium, develop new programs, and balance the budget ,while managing the operation for one year.
Levy has served as a volunteer on numerous nonprofit Boards, including Taos County Human Relations Council, Taos Soccer League for Youth; Arroyo Hondo PTA; New Mexico Friends of American Music; New Mexico Festival of Music; Northern Orange Group for Youth (NC); Volunteer Activities Coordinator at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless; United Way Venture Grant Committee (Boulder, CO); and United Way Board of Directors (San Luis Obispo, CA.)
Levy has taught a course called “Governance of Nonprofit Organizations” at the University of New Mexico-Taos.