Marshall McNott

Phone: 301-502-6957


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marshall McNott spent 40 years as president/CEO/Executive Director of several nonprofit organizations, most serving the poor (including faith-based organizations).

Summary Employment History . . .


·   As president/CEO of the Los Angeles Mission (during second employment from 2001-2006) introduced substantial operational, cost-savings and fundraising improvements for this $17 million a year, 120 employee faith-based homeless facility and related health clinic. 


    From 1987-1993, established the initial Major Gifts Department for the Los Angeles Mission, as its first Director of Development, including the founding gift for the Anne Douglas Center for Women (contributed by Kirk and Anne Douglas).  Raised the major capital gifts for the Mission's new $30 million facility at in Los Angeles, dedicated in 1992. Subsequently, initiated the Los Angeles Mission Foundation, serving as its president.


·   As CEO, reduced payroll costs by over $1,000,000; transitioned to a new employee benefits broker, saving $125,000 annually with no reduction in benefits to employees; uncovered major thefts involved in two existing programs/staff and resolved with no negative media pick up.


·   First president/CEO of the Watts Health Charities, a new nonprofit established to raise private sector support for the then-established Watts Health Foundation (WHF). WHF had a large health and dental clinic serving thousands of underserved in South Los Angeles.  The Charities raised millions of dollars of first-time private sector major gifts for both the clinic and the expansive WHF mobile medical/dental fleet. Selected as an "Employee of the Year" in this largely minority organization.


    Wrote successful proposal to a first time foundation donor for $750,000 to renovate large dental clinic for the poor. 


 ·  Established the first internal development offices for Dr. Robert Schuller for the beginning phases of the Crystal Cathedral building fundraising campaign.


·   President of a Michigan religious nonprofit, grew the organization from 2 to 12 locations over the country as its president, including major donor fundraising responsibilities. In 2006, was honored by this organization by their naming a new annual outstanding employee award “The Marshall McNott Award.”


  · Numerous talks and seminars at national conventions on nonprofit fundraising and management, including Russ Reid National Development Conference for directors and board members of homeless agencies and a major donor presentation at an annual Christian Ministries Conference in Chicago.  


 ·  Asked by the (then) Mayor of Los Angeles (Tom Bradley) to serve on a prestigious Blue Ribbon committee asked to 
write the blueprint for a 25 year growth plan for the city of Los Angeles.


·   Graduate of Emporia State University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, was one of five honored in 2006 as a "Distinguished Alumni." Attended graduate school at Boston University's School of Theology.


        Additional (current) background information


  • Elder, Presbyterian Church, Claremont, Calif.; Germantown, MD;
  • Volunteer member "Neighbors in Need" serving Montgomery county;
  • Volunteer chaplain: St. Elizabeth’s/John Howard Facility, Washington, D.C.; North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, MD.
  • Founder, "Yo-5-O" established to promote education among young people in dealing with encounters with police.
  • Recidivism volunteer work with several nonprofit groups


California affiliations:

·   Claremont Young Musicians’ Orchestra

·   President of the Board, Green Pastures Home for Handicapped Children

·   President of the Board, Ecumenical Association

·   President of the Board, church; vice-chair of board, MD church.

·   Board of Directors, Agape Mission

·   Claremont,CA Rotary

·   Google inclusions: See McNott Marshall or Marshall McNott and/or McNutt.


Music background . . . 


As a young man, McNott aspired to be a professional trumpet player. He studied with some of the most prestigious trumpet coaches in the country, including Lou Maggio and James Stamp in Hollywood and Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony.  He won many awards, was soloist at the University of Kansas summer band camp and soloist in his college bands. 


Following his time in the army, he spent several years playing lead trumpet in the big bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Les Elgart, and was a featured soloist with Perez Prado (playing "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" during the time it was #1 in the country). His first "name" band was Henry Busse, when he was only 18.  On the day he proposed to his wife, he was called to join the Harry James band, but declined to lead "a more secure life."  McNott has continued his playing over the years, on a more limited basis, in southern Calif. and now in Maryland at various churches and with several rehearsal big bands.




      Nonprofit Nonsense & Common Sense (2007)  

 Death of Your Pet  (1983)


Articles and Presentations 


"The Golden Rule in Executive Director/Board Relationships"  AGRM Executive Report (Association of Gospel Rescue Missions April, 2004

"Conversational 'One-Upmanship”'  AGRM Executive Report October, 2004

"Consultants . . . If I Should Ever Become One"  AGRM Executive  Report October, 2005

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonian:   p. 6

Major Donor Fundraising: Seminar speaker at Russ Reid National Conferences



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