Friday, April 15, 2011


NLA held a yard sale in South Nashville last Saturday (April 9) and raised over $500!!  Thank you to everyone who made the yard sale a success!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dear Students and Alumni-

With the economy hurting, and gas and food costs steadily rising, it is a hard time for many people across the country and even those living here in Middle Tennessee.  Did you know that Second Harvest Food Bank Emergency Food Box program serves a crucial role in feeding hungry people during times of crisis? 
With food pantries quickly depleting and the need for food going up, Nonprofit Leaders Association of Tennessee State University (NLA) will be coordinating its First Annual Face of Hunger Food Drive over the next 31 days of March with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  We will have drop-off boxes located at the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs to collect donations and I am encouraging you to participate and spread the word!

The most needed items are peanut butter, canned chicken/tuna, canned fruit/vegetables, soups, stews, pasta, and cereal.  Second Harvest will not accept dented cans or expired food and prefers not to receive donations in glass containers. 

This is a great way for us to help and serve our community and together we can make a difference.  Thank you for making NLA's First Annual Face of Hunger Food Drive a success.

My very best,

Lindsay Gilmore
Nonprofit Leaders Association of Tennessee State University

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

American Society for Public Administrators

Dear TN-ASPA members and colleagues,
Thanks to attendees of our January Lunchtime Lecture, we had a great discussion on current aspects of education policy and a chance to get to know each other.  
Please note that our February Lunchtime Lecture, scheduled for this Thursday the 17th, is cancelled, but we are happy to announce the following upcoming Third Thursday dates and topics:
  • Thursday, February 17th - Cancelled
  • Thursday, March 17th - Featured Speaker:  Tom Turner, President & CEO of the Nashville Downtown Partnership. In the current era of complex interactions and relationships between sectors to accomplish mutual goals, this should be a great chance to learn about one such relationship here in our region.
  • Thursday, April 21 - Speaker TBA
  • NEW - Thursday, May 19th - Featured Speaker: Nick Lindeman, Economic & Systems Data Analyst for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, will present the key results and implications of the latest Census data for Nashville.
Logistics - All lunchtime lectures are free and take place from noon to 1PM in Training Room 1 at the Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University, in downtown Nashville ( map).  Parking is available for all participants but is limited, and state employees are asked to park in the adjacent state lots; other attendees please email Peter Westerholm at for a parking pass or pick one up at the event.
Also stay tuned as we prepare for Public Service Week 2011 (first week of May)!
Enjoy the break from snow and ice - 
Your TN-ASPA Executive Council

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hello Classmates,

The Nonprofit Leaders Association at Tennessee State University, (NLATSU), is a student organization designed to assist its members in achieving success in the nonprofit sector by acquiring valuable education and experience through community outreach programs with local nonprofit organizations. 

NLATSU also assists members with reaching the competency levels and certification requirements provided by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, which is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. NLATSU seeks to provide future non-profit leaders with the education and resources to further their professional careers. 

Membership to the NLATSU requires participation in NLATSU sponsored community outreach and volunteer opportunities, regular attendance of online NLATSU meetings, and membership dues of $10.00 each semester.  We would love to have you join the NLATSU, if you are interested. The next NLATSU meeting will be held at the College of Public Service conference room on February 14, 2011 at 2PM . 

If you are not able to attend that meeting and you would like to join the student association, you can come by the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs while I am working on Mondays 8:30-4-:30, Thursdays 8:30-4:30, or Friday 12:00-4:30 You can drop off your membership dues and fill out an information sheet. I will also give you a packet of information about NLATSU. 

Please visit NLATSU's website,, for current NLATSU activities and opportunities. I will also email you a few upcoming activities that you can participate within the community.  

Thank you for your interest in NLATSU! 

Best Regards,

Lindsay Gilmore
Nonprofit Leaders Association of Tennessee State University (NLATSU)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Volunteers Counting the Homeless

Hi All,
Suzie Tolmie of Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency (MDHA) and Dr. Streams have asked me to recruit volunteers to count the homeless population here in Nashville, in the early morning hours of Wednesday February 2.  It is important that we get an accurate number of those living on the street so our community will know how to serve them better.  This one-night tally is part of a national process that will gauge the extent of homelessness and help improve service delivery to this population.  While originally scheduled for this week, the count had to be rescheduled due to weather.
I will be participating with Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency for this census, as will Dr. Streams - and I hope you are able to do the same.  All volunteers will meet at 1:30am in the early morning of Wednesday February 2 and work until about 5:30am.  We will participate in a brief training session provided by MDHA and then split into teams to work.  Verizon Wireless has donated 175 fleece blankets that we will hand out with care packages during the count.  MDHA is very careful about volunteer safety – each of us will be placed with a team of four people that has experienced participants on it.
Our goal is to find six COMMITTED students to help; Dr. Streams will let you know if the slots have been filled and provide you with an information sheet and the final details of where to meet, plus a reminder email next week.  Please only volunteer if you can make a firm commitment to show up. I know these are odd hours but this is a once-a-year opportunity I am sharing with you.
  • Your name
  • Email
  • Cell phone #
Any CPSUA student can volunteer.  For those students who are members of Nonprofit Leaders Association (NLA) and/or seeking the nonprofit certificate, please consider how service learning makes a difference in our communities and why we are educating ourselves about nonprofits.  If you are interested or want to know more about the census or NLA, please email me directly.  If transportation is an issue, I will make sure to provide a ride for you!  We need to show Nashville that the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs has a strong presence as public servants, and the NLA will answer the call to serve.
Hoping to hear from you,
Lindsay Gilmore

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'Tis the Season!

Just when you thought the opportunities to give had run out - NLATSU is giving you another chance!

Nashville Clothing Company is having a Clothing and Shoe Drive for the African Leadership Refugee Ministry!

From now until November 30th, you can drop off clothing and/or shoes to either the Gulch store or Cool Springs store, and you will receive a $10 gift card
(valid Dec. - Jan.).

It's an easy way to give back and save money on holiday gifts at an awesome local store.

Check out the link below for more information on how you can help.

Monday, November 1, 2010

RECAP: Kickoff Meeting 9/26

Happy November NLATSU!  Can you believe the semester is more than half over?  With mid-terms finished, it seemed like a good time to post a recap of the meeting notes from our Kickoff Meeting in September.  Please take a moment to review the information.  Feel free to post any comments with questions you may have.  You can also reach out to one of your officers directly. 

Members in Attendance:
Vickie Clower, Dallyssia Cooper, Elaine Cosby, Lindsay Gilmore, Keilani Goggins, Jason Goodrich, Erika Manuel, Chipo Maringa, Cassie Martin, Benjamin McHenry, Jeffrey Mendelsohn, Christopher Moore, Tonya Sherrell, LaToyia Trotter, Catherine Warbingdon

Election/Appointment of Officers
Members elected/appointed the following persons for offices:
President: Lindsay Gilmore
Vice President: Keilani Goggins
Secretary: Cassie Martin
Treasurers: Chris Moore/Elaine Cosby    
Public Relations: Jeffrey Mendelsohn/Dallyssia Cooper
Fundraising: Ashley Warbingdon/Jeffrey Mendelsohn:
Event Planning: Tonya Sherrell/Cassie Martin/Vickie Clower
Recruitment: Lindsay Gilmore/Erika Manuel/Jeffrey Mendelsohn
Enrollment: Lindsay Gilmore           

Future Business for the Fall and Spring Semester:
1. Members agreed to work on the following projects for the fall and spring semester:
2. Recruiting new members
3. Planning/Implementation of  fundraising events
4. Community service project

The possibility of working with the College of Public Service and Urban Affiars (CPSUA) on a project was discussed.  Specifically, Dr. Gibran notified our organization that she has applied for a fellowship grant.  If funded, the grant will involve NLATSU members assisting CPSUA in promoting academic programs offered at the college.  In addition, student recruitment to CPSUA will be a top priority. Any proceeds from the grant will be donated to NLATSU.  Dr. Gibran will keep the organization informed on the outcome of this fellowship application.

Members discussed the difficulty of scheduling a meeting to meet everyone’s schedule.  Ms. Gilmore suggested a listserv to conduct business.  This suggestion was approved unanimously, as the method of communication for planning and coordinating business.  Ms. Gilmore will set up the listserv.*

* Listserv has been set up - please be sure to add your email address under our NEWSLETTER section if you have not done so already.