Hannah to leave Experience Matters, foundation seeks new CEO

Nora Hannah (submitted photo)

Nora Hannah (submitted photo)

Experience Matters, a nationally acclaimed Phoenix-based organization that connects experienced adults with nonprofits to apply their talents and resources within their communities, is initiating a search for a new CEO in anticipation of its founder’s transition.

CEO Nora Hannah will be leaving her position June 30, according to a press release.

With the support of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and the Arizona Community Foundation, Ms. Hannah established Experience Matters in 2009 upon the premise that lasting social change can be effected when experienced adults lend their considerable expertise, resources, life lessons and passion to the nonprofit organizations in their communities.

After almost seven successful years under Ms. Hannah’s leadership, during which the organization gained national recognition as a groundbreaking social change initiative, Experience Matters has matched 542 volunteers with 437 nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County. It has also raised more than $4.5 million in philanthropic dollars and contributed more than $16.2 million in human capital to our community.

In addition to its matching programs, Experience Matters offers workshops and resources for nonprofits to build their own volunteer engagement models. More than 50 nonprofits have worked with an Experience Matters coach to transform their organizations and achieve their missions.

Through its partnership with the city of Phoenix Experience Corps program and the Arizona Read On initiative, Experience Matters has supported the successful engagement of 160 volunteers working with more than 600 children to increase their reading skills before moving on to fourth grade.

“I take great pride in knowing Experience Matters has accomplished exactly what we envisioned up to this point in our lifespan. In fact, we’ve achieved the initial strategic plan ahead of schedule,” stated Ms. Hannah in the release. “Now, we’re forging ahead to our next phase as an organization and it’s time to identify the leader who will take Experience Matters to the next level.”

The organization has appointed a selection committee to conduct the CEO search, which will be led by Board Chair Todd Hornback and Vice Chair Laurie Buczek. The new leader will help the organization build upon and solidify its robust programs.

Building on the success of its current programs, Experience Matters will continue to expand the opportunities for organizations to source volunteer talent including the creation of an outsourced volunteer recruitment and retention model for nonprofits. In addition, new services for adults in transition will be added to the current mix of workshops and speakers.

“Nora has demonstrated an indomitable belief in what Experience Matters could accomplish.  She is a passionate leader and a visionary who fosters community engagement and support,” stated Todd Hornback, Experience Matters board chair and DMB executive director of community life. “We’re grateful for the opportunity she’s given us to engage, help grow and lead Experience Matters as well as fortify us for this transition with a dynamic staff and committed board.”

Ms. Hannah will remain with Experience Matters through the leadership transition, and will then take a break before moving on to her next endeavor.

“I’m doing exactly what I advise others to do. I’m taking six months off to reflect, ponder and connect with all kinds of people and new opportunities. Part of that pondering will be done while scaling Machu Picchu with my husband David, envisioning my own encore,” stated Ms. Hannah in the release. “How exciting is that?”

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