Charity Development Veteran Nancy Nagel Joins Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA June 4th, 2013 — CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles has filled its Director of Development position with longtime nonprofit fundraising expert Nancy Nagel. Ms. Nagel has over 20 years of experience helping charitable organizations expand their financial footprint and strengthen their community support.

“We are overjoyed to welcome Nancy into CASA of Los Angeles, where her deep experience and passion will aid us in achieving our next level of growth,” said CASA/LA Executive Director Dilys Garcia.

Ms. Nagel’s 20-plus years of development experience have all taken place in Los Angeles County, which is a boon to an organization like CASA that depends on community donations for its primary funding. Prior to her joining CASA, Ms. Nagel served as Chief Development Officer for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank from 2007-2011 and before that spent many years as the Director of Development for Junior Blind of America and Braille Institute of America.

“Once I became aware of CASA and what the organization was doing for the foster children of Los Angeles, it had instant appeal to me,” said Nancy Nagel. “You have to feel for a child who is going through an immensely traumatic courtroom experience that also often involves them being away from their family. To have a support system there for them is so important and the difference that it makes in a child’s future is tremendous.”

Ms. Nagel will work to achieve the new goals set for the organization as it moves into the 2013-14 fiscal year, starting in July. One such goal is to provide intensive advocacy services to 1,000 children, which would almost double CASA/LA’s impact on foster children in need within just a three year period.

“It’s only been a couple years since CASA lost governmental funding and turned to private funding, so they need to continue to grow,” said Director of Development Nagel. “I want to make sure we reach our 2013 goals and make sure these programs and services continue.”

Founded in 1978, CASA of Los Angeles is a community-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the highly-overburdened foster care system of Los Angeles County. CASA’s vision is of a Los Angeles where every foster child has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive. Through committed, highly trained everyday citizen volunteers, CASA brings the voice of a concerned community into the child welfare system which is often overly bureaucratic and legalistic. Studies have shown that children with CASAs receive more assistance and support than children without, and are more likely to be adopted or returned to their families and less likely to reenter the child welfare system. For more information, please visit the CASA of Los Angeles website: