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Member Of The Quarter: Nancy Kelly

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Kelly Keeps Foundation’s Lifeblood Flowing, Surpasses Giving Hearts Day Goal

Nancy Kelly, Labor Masters, has been going above and beyond for years. Giving Hearts Day 2021 is the most recent example and the impact has been profound.


Above: Nancy Kelly volunteers at a Beans Coffee Bar location with fellow trustee Trevor Odden, Stone Ridge Builders, Inc.


She serves as secretary on the Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation’s board of trustees. A longtime member and advocate for the HBA of F-M, she is the first 2021 recipient of the HBA of F-M staff’s “Member of the Quarter” honors.

This recognition is a means for HBA staff to shine a spotlight on members who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, eagerly volunteering their time for the betterment of the Association or Foundation while promoting them within the community.

Home Builders Care Foundation lost its last two largest fundraising events due to COVID-19. The impacts go without saying, but Nancy knew it did not mean that all opportunities were lost.

She stepped up by adding Home Builders Care Foundation to the Giving Hearts Day roster of eligible nonprofits and taking on the responsibility to learn how to have a successful fundraiser.

Giving Hearts Day 2021 was the Foundation’s first and, thanks to Nancy and her team of volunteers, over $23,000 was raised, and foundation scholarships can still be awarded in 2021.


She says plans for Giving Hearts Day 2022 are already in the works and scheduling in-person events in the meantime is a top priority.

Nancy has served on multiple HBA committees, and on its board of directors, but leadership from the Home Builders Care Foundation is yet another platform for Nancy to contribute.

“I’ve been on committees for years and always feel the need to give back because of how much they’ve given me,” she says. “Helping from the Home Builders Care board has a different feel because we’re enlightening people and doing our part to help students enter trades. Plus, I still get to have fun with my HBA buddies.”


Above: Nancy smiles for a photo with former Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd at the HBA of F-M's "City Night" meeting in 2020


HBA of F-M CEO and Foundation Administrator Bryce Johnson says, “Nancy is inspiring to us as staff in her passion for the Foundation and all of the good work it does. We are eternally grateful for her leadership in engaging her fellow volunteers and taking the lead on Giving Hearts Day. It was exciting to see the results of all her hard work and perseverance.”

Nancy says her contributions as a foundation trustee and steadfast commitment as an HBA member are rooted in her own vision as a business owner.

“Business is serious and if you don’t belong (to HBA of F-M), you’re not being serious and you’re not going to make it. If you want credit, you have to be a member and when people see that you are a member, they know you’re in it for the long haul,” she says.


Above: Nancy poses for a photo on the red carpet at the HBA of F-M's Awards Gala in 2019.


Written by Mark Puppe, Communications & Public Affairs Strategist