Nonprofit Partner Spotlight: October

The NRH is happy to welcome one of our newest Nonprofit Partners, Justin Wheeler, Founder of Ambassadors of the Way. We sat down with Justin to find our more about his organization and why he wanted to be part of the NRH community.

NRH: Justin, welcome to the Nonprofit Resource Hub! We are really excited to have you and Ambassadors of the Way join our community. Can you tell us about your organization?

JW: We provide food, clothing, contraceptives, and addiction recovery plans to the homeless population or anyone in need.

NRH: Tell us about yourself. How and why did you choose this organization to work with?

JW: I am a college graduate who is currently going for a CASAC certification. I always wanted to educate myself on why programs were created, and how people can benefit from them. I value and respect everyone regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or income. I chose to create this organization after years of working in the mental health and homeless field. I was self-taught in things individuals need to acquire to be acclimated to society comfortably. The reason I put effort into this organization is that I want people to have a fair chance at life. 

NRH: Tell us what your goals are for your organization this coming year?

JW: My goal this year is to make people aware of my organization and the opportunities I can give them. I want people to contact me about their goals and issues so we can create a plan that can get them to where they strive to be. 

NRH: Tell us about one success story you are really proud of.

JW: A big success that I cherish greatly is helping a homeless individual with food, clothing, and referrals to different agencies for housing and health services. There are a million people that need help, but one person gives me hope for the future.

NRH: What is the biggest challenge to working in the nonprofit industry (or with your organization in particular) since the start of the pandemic?

JW: This pandemic has caused frustration and confusion in the community. It has affected me from being able to attend indoor events and important meetings that would help my organization. It is challenging, but it is nothing but a minor roadblock towards my vision.

NRH: What’s the latest event you are promoting for your organization and how can the community get involved to support you?

JW: The latest event I’m promoting my organization is the Health and Wellness Fair on November 6, 2021, from 12-4 PM at Tanner Park in Copiague, NY. I am co-sponsoring the event with a couple of mental health organizations, health trainers, and more vendors. The community can get involved by stopping by and seeing all the vendors and what they offer. People can also go to my website and donate to the cause.

NRH: What are you most looking forward to as a new Nonprofit Partner with the NRH?

JW: I am most looking forward to networking with the organizations and picking the brains of brilliant minds. I love learning everything possible to make myself aware and make my organization a solid foundation in society that people can respect.

NRH: How can we get in touch with you?

JW: You can reach out to me by writing on my website, email, or phone. or call or text me at 631-327-6073.

NRH: Is there anything else you would like to share with the NRH community?

JW: I want everyone to know that they are not alone. I give 100% and will never quit on someone who needs assistance.



We recently sat down with Gayle Brandel, CEO of PNP Staffing Group to talk about her company and the importance of the Salary Report PNP produces each year, and how this year, in particular, is critical in gathering as many surveys as possible in order to help the nonprofit industry.

NRH: Tell us about PNP and the services it provides

GB: Since 1996, PNP Staffing Group, also known as Professionals for NonProfits, has been providing talent exclusively to the nonprofit sector.  Specializing in Executive Search and Direct Hire, Interim Professionals, Consultants, Temp-To-Hire, and Contract/Temporary Staff – offering a single source of staffing solutions a nonprofit might need.    

Our specialties are in the areas of Executive management, Fundraising and Development, Finance, Human Resources, Program Management, Database, and Office Support.  

NRH: Can you tell us a little about your role at PNP?

GB: I currently serve as the CEO of PNP. Prior to founding PNP, I served in a financial and business management capacity in numerous leading NYC nonprofit institutions. I have extensive strategic talent management, and capacity-building experience.  But above all, I am committed to helping nonprofits make smart hiring decisions.

I sit on several nonprofit Boards, have authored numerous articles on hiring, retention, and professional development for publications in this sector.

NRH: Can you tell us a little about your team at PNP?

GB: Our team is comprised of a diverse group of executives and recruiters who have many years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Team members have been with PNP between 7 to 22 years.  Our expertise, experience, and connections to leaders in the sector help us reach the top 10% of talent in the marketplace to bring the best staff to help nonprofits sustain their missions and advance capacity.  

NRH: What is  PNP’s motto?

GB: We believe in the power of nonprofits to make a difference in people’s lives and are proud that PNP provides the staff to help make that difference.  

NRH: Gayle, can you explain what the Salary Report is and why it is so important for nonprofit organizations to take the time to complete and submit the survey?

GB: Every summer we start gathering salary information from nonprofits by sending out a salary survey to the sector. It is critical that as many people as possible fill out the survey so that our information on our Salary Report is accurate.  PNP’s Annual Salary Report for Nonprofits provides hiring managers with valuable salary information to help them compete effectively for talent in the marketplace.  This free report is available every November. 

NRH: What would you say is the key to a nonprofit organization’s success?

GB: I would say the key to an organization’s success and sustainability, large or small, is the quality of its staff.  In addition, a staff that is diverse tends to be more innovative and productive.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of all our placements as we spread a wide net in the marketplace for the best talent for our clients.  

NRH: What are the goals for PNP as you move forward into the future?

GB:  We always strive to provide staffing expertise and service to our current clients and to expand our reach more fully into the association sector and universities. In addition, we would like to increase our partnerships with companies providing services in the sector to be able to offer more robust services to clients.  

We would like to thank Gayle for spending some time with us and for all this great information.

If you want more information about Gayle, PNP Staffing, or would like to access the salary survey, white papers, and other valuable resources, go to