Interview With Eric Nelson, Executive Director, BEHIV
FS: What advice would you give to organizations similar to yours, in size and annual operating budget?
EN: It is important to hire the right staff to set and meet fundraising objectives. They must work well with program staff to garner information and be able to accurately report the achievements of the organization. Additionally, it is very important to recruit board members who understand their role in fundraising and outreach to different constituencies.
1244 W. Thorndale
Chicago, IL 60660
Staff: BEHIV has 23 employees, they include a grants manager, special events manager and a special events associate. The executive director also is the development director.
Annual operating budget: $1,435,000
Annual contributed income: 37.5 percent
Mission: The mission of BEHIV is to improve the lives of people with HIV and AIDS in the communities it serves through a comprehensive range of quality services, to inform the public about the virus and risk reduction behavior, and to increase understanding and compassion for people with HIV and AIDS.