Founder and Chief Visionary Officer
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The nonprofit sector is critical for the advancement of our society. We are helping to meet needs and solve problems that would not otherwise be addressed by the for-profit sector. Because of this, it is my goal to help as many people as I can to "do it right." 


Leadership Development, Governance and Structure Planning, Strategic Fundraising Planning, Grant Writing, and Program Planning


Carly E. Hill is a dedicated servant leader who is passionate about the uplift of her community. Carly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from Howard University, her Master of Education(M.Ed.) degree in Community Health Promotion from Cleveland State University, and her Master of Nonprofit Organizations (M.N.O.) from Case Western Reserve University. She served at Care Alliance Health Center for 5 years in several leadership positions, including the Manager of External Affairs where she led fundraising, special events, marketing, and community engagement efforts. Carly served as the Executive Director of Trinity Community Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently, Carly serves as the Director of Development at Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. Carly specializes in creating and ramping up new initiatives and creating sustainable, data-driven organizational structures. 

Carly's passion for nonprofit organizations began when she founded an organization dedicated to serving the youth of East Cleveland, Ohio upon her graduation from Howard University. While on campus as a freshman, she was concerned about all of the things she did not know as a first-generation college student. She wanted to go back and support as many students from her hometown as possible. As a result, she started The Cardinal Nest Inc. Through her work with The Cardinal Nest, coupled with her real-time experience working at a medium-sized nonprofit organization and being a graduate student, she mastered her nonprofit skills. Over the years, people constantly asked her for advice about starting nonprofits. As a result, her business was born. 

Carly is an active community servant. She is passionate about causes that are relevant to youth and families. For example, she served as the Recording Secretary and Membership Chair of the Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association for 5 years. She also served as one of the inaugural members of the College Now Greater Cleveland Emerging Leaders Association. In New Orleans, she helped to form the Greater New Orleans UNCF Inter-Alumni Council, works with the Urban League of Louisiana Young Professionals, and serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Center for Minority Health & Disparities Research and Education at Xavier University. As a life member of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated (NCNW), Carly has served in several leadership roles within the organization. Between the Howard Section and the Cleveland Section, these include President, 1st Vice President, Historian, and Internal/External Affairs Coordinator. Carly is a member of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated, the first sorority for African American women in business. 

Grounded firmly in her faith, Carly is a member of The City of Love Church in New Orleans, LA and serves as the Director of Ministries.