A Leadership Story: Shore Community Services, Inc.

Alexis India Alm, CEO Shore Community Services, Inc. came into the organization when it was 1 million dollars in the red. She saw what was right within the organization first. She capitalized on the good and then, enlisting that good to attack what needed to be changed. She realized that she had used one style to turn the organization around, another style of management to maintain the organization. This and other experiences taught her to be a lifetime learner. She does this by listening to respected people around her and continuing education courses. Ms. Alm makes lifelong learning an example to her staff. The mentor advice she shares is revealed in the video and it’s meant to be used in every decision you make as a business leader.

Alexis India Alm, MNA, CFRE, CAP®

Meet Alexis India Alm!

Ms. Alexis India Alm, MNA, CFRE, CNC, CEC, CAP® has over 30 years of nonprofit success. She has recently retired as CEO of Shore Community Services, a local organization serving individuals with disabilities since 1951. She obtained her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification in 2008 and served as the Chair on CFRE International's Board of Directors. . Additionally, she recently obtained the Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy (CAP®) designation through the American College of Financial Services. Additionally, Ms. Alm obtained the certified AFP Master Facilitator Designation in July 2023. An experienced coach and mentor, Ms. Alm obtained the Certified Executive Coach designation from the Center for Executive Coaching (recognized by the International Coaching Federation-IFC). She has also received graduate certificates in Ethics, Leadership, and Negotiation Mastery from Harvard Business School Online and is a Certified Nonprofit Consultant. Ms. Alm has been responsible for many successful capital campaigns in community organizations across the country. Additionally, she is a highly accomplished major and planned giving fundraiser, establishing successful multi-million dollar planned giving programs in local, community-based organizations. Ms. Alm is passionate about supporting individuals with disabilities and has been involved with disabilities advocacy for more than 4 decades

She is a well-known speaker, trainer and presenter of philanthropy and nonprofit management. In addition to fundraising organizations, Ms. Alm serves on the Board of Directors of the Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation, a Chicago-based grantmaking charitable foundation as well as The Board of Directors for Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and International Neighbors, Inc. Recent presentations include:

Ms. Alm holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University, Graduate Certificate in Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Accountability from Harvard Business School Online, and has a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Delaware Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities. She is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program at the American College of Education for an EdD in Organizational Leadership, completion date of July 2027.

Our team

Alexis India Alm, MNA, CFRE, CAP ®

Senior Advisor & Speaker

Ilsa P Terrell, CPA

Accounting & Tax Advisor

Walter Alm, MS, DPM

Chief Operations Officer