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Ellen McCarty Executive Profile

Ellen McCarty - Founder of McCarty & Co Nonprofit Consulting

Ellen McCarty brings over twenty-five years of executive leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has been the recipient of local, state, and national recognition for her design, creation and launch of services in, Georgia Title One elementary schools, the juvenile justice system, residential programs for children and youth in foster care and aging out of foster care, and permanent housing for homeless men, women, and children infected and/or affected with HIV/AIDS

Ellen graduated from Troy University with a B.S. in Social Rehabilitation and attended the University of Georgia in the graduate department of social work. She has designed and taught workshops on the nonprofit sector, grantwriting, board governance and best practice boards, unlocking the fear of fundraising, and program sustainability, to name a few. She has served as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities including the Emory University Young Scholars Program. Ellen has also served as an instructor and consultant for Foundation Center - Atlanta; the Georgia Center for Nonprofits – Nonprofit University; United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Volunteer in Training Program; Right Management; Atlanta Public Library System, and nonprofits of all sizes.

The relationships she has built with the philanthropic community and key community stakeholders is an additional tool that she draws upon to support her clients.

Between 1994 and 2019, Ellen served as:

  • Founding Executive Director - Playworks Georgia
  • Interim CEO - Prevent Blindness Georgia
  • Principal, McCarty & C0., LLC
  • President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Georgia and Alabama
  • Executive Director - Jerusalem House
  • Executive Director - Center for Children and Young Adults


  • Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach
  • Certification of Public Management
  • Certified Grants Specialist
  • Certified Federal Grant Reviewer
  • Certified Divorce Mediator
  • Certified Instructor - Parent Effectiveness Training

As a nonprofit executive, she successfully:

  • Launched Georgia regional office for national nonprofit and scaled evidence -based direct services by 700% in five years meeting Arthur Blank Family Foundation contract deliverables on time
  • Fundraised +$900,000 to match Blank Foundation seed funding; first region out of 23 regions nationwide to reach fundraising goal in first two years of launch
  • Recruited and launched regional advisory board with directors making personal gifts in excess of $130,000 over four years
  • Secured $10.5 million to create and launch emergency shelters for children and youth in foster care and long-term residential program for youth aging out of foster care system, bringing all three residential programs onto one campus; transitional living program for homeless adults and children infected/affected with HIV/AIDS