Craig Fleishman is committed to and experienced in work that transforms individuals and communities.
After attending Santa Monica College, San Francisco State University and California State University Northridge, Craig worked for the Federal Government’s War on Poverty in a new program called VISTA, serving for a year on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, co-teaching in a classroom, creating a homework and tutoring program in his home, and promoting several recreation programs, all while beginning a career in nonprofits.
Moving forward several years, Craig worked with refugees arriving to the United States through ICM, worked with runaway/throwaway youth via Stepping Stone Youth Crisis Shelter, and eventually moved on and became the Director of Volunteer Services for the Venice Family Clinic. He administrated a 2,500-person volunteer program; was integrally involved in the Venice Art Walk and Silver Circle Dinner, raising $1 million each; initiated, created, developed, and funded the Clinic's Pediatric Literacy Program through writing grants. Prior to the Venice Family Clinic Craig held the same position at the Los Angeles Free Clinic.
Craig became the founding Executive Director at EVERYBODY WINS! Los Angeles, a local affiliate of a national literacy/mentoring nonprofit serving elementary school students in low-income schools. He was responsible for initiating funding strategies, grant research and writing, event development and direct mail campaigns; he grew the nonprofit from serving 15 in-need students to over 400 annually; he developed a relationship with Mayor Villaraigosa’s Partnership for LA Schools.
At Donor Services Group Craig became a major gifts officer for Habitat for Humanity International with a 550-person portfolio, securing as much as $1,100,000 in donations for a fiscal year.
Craig moved on to become the Senior Director of Major Gifts at the Autry Museum of the American West. He developed an individual portfolio of donors and prospects raising $1 million annually. He worked closely with the museum’s grant writer to support her efforts.
Craig is presently the Advancement Director at OPICA Adult Day Care and Counseling Center. OPICA supports adults with memory loss and their families. He oversees all fundraising efforts. Including the calendar and production of grants and reports. Additionally, he oversees all marketing efforts.
Other past affiliations and activities include:
• Volunteer: YMCA (sports coach), L.A. Parks & Recreation (t-ball coach), AYSO Soccer (coach, referee), Community Magnet Elementary School Board of Directors
• Corporation for National Service, 2011-2015 Congressional Report Strategic Plan Committee
• National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, Board of Directors
• Chair, Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition
• Venice Skills Center Community Resource Board
• Chair of "Celebrating Success, From Homelessness to Achievement"
• Los Angeles Times Workforce Diversity Community Organization Advisory Board
• Building Up Los Angeles Coordinating Council (AmeriCorps)
• ERVN (Earthquake Relief Volunteer Network) Corporation for National Service taskforce, commendation from President Clinton
- Nonprofit Partner