Jeffrey Luber is a volunteer and formerly worked for several nonprofits, performing advocacy and coordinating services for individuals with disabilities. He hopes to return to the nonprofit sector after 15 years of work in retail, IT support and IT audit. He formerly was manager of support services at The Arc of Mecklenburg County and later worked with other human-services agencies in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg area. He currently lives in Knightdale.
Why did you get involved in charitable work?
I wanted to do something to benefit individuals in the community and the community as a whole.
What are the "returns" for working in the charitable sector (personal, societal, monetary, etc.)?
The personal satisfaction of knowing my energy and talents are being used constructively. Perhaps it’s in my genes; my father devoted his life to benefit others, especially children, through his work as a police officer and his leadership roles at numerous community organizations.
What makes an effective leader?
An effective leader is someone who has a passion for the cause; knows their strengths and weaknesses and the strengths and weaknesses of those around them; has a clear vision of what is to be accomplished; and can adapt to change.
What changes would you like to see in the charitable sector?
I would like to see organizations in the charitable sector develop stronger relationships with for-profit organizations. This is made easier by the growing number of socially minded businesses, B Corps, “which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.”