Ten years ago, when M&C
featured Brenda Rezak on the right of its cover, she recently had
hired a business coach to help guide her along her new career path
as an independent planner for nonprofit organizations. Today,
Rezak, owner of the New York City-based The Beatrice Group, still
considers nonprofit organizations her niche market.
“Over the past 10 years, I’ve worked on
various projects, but I enjoy working for the nonprofit
organizations whose missions are in synch with my own,” says Rezak.
One repeat client is the New York City-based Manhattan Chamber of
Commerce, whose annual Community Benefit Fund is dear to her heart.
Four years ago she founded a nonprofit of her own, New York Reads
Together (www.nyreadstogether.org), a citywide literacy program
that fosters a love of reading.
“I most often work with small to
mid-size nonprofits on an ongoing basis,” says Rezak, who prefers a
hands-on approach to planning. “I never intended to be a manager
with lots of employees to oversee. I wanted more independence with