As the Founder of the American Nonprofit Academy, Patrick sees the passion and dedication of service organizations daily. A multi-generational philanthropist, board member and volunteer, Patrick has been involved with community service since she can remember. Patrick has served on cultural, social service and educational Boards in addition to the more than 500 nonprofits she has worked with directly.
During her Board work, for all the good will and commitment to supporting nonprofits, she realized there was something missing. “I quickly observed that when an organization lacks structure and the knowledge of best practices, their missions go unfulfilled.” This conclusion led Patrick to found the American Nonprofit Academy in 2014.
The American Nonprofit Academy worked with more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders and staff. In 2017 the organization moved their live content to an online portal opening 24/7 access to students. In 2018 the website added a robust nonprofit sector news-feed and certificate programs targeting boards. By 2019 more than 100 courses were fully available through the American Nonprofit Academy’s innovative website portal. In 2020, driven by a desire to keep nonprofit leaders connected during the COVID-19 pandemic she created the daily, national web series The Corona Chronicles. By mid-2020 Patrick realized that her daily show was gaining global traction and she re-branded it to The Nonprofit Show taking the audience past the crisis and into the future.
Patrick continues to lead lectures, board retreats and keynote speeches. Her lively speaking style engages nonprofits and those who serve them. Julia delivers specific approaches, tools, best practices along with innovations that strengthen nonprofit communities and all they do. She travels across the globe virtually spreading her messages of nonprofit success and advocacy with the mantra: When Nonprofits Succeed We All Succeed.