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Dr. Ivy R. BuchanHelix Strategies, LLC

Ivy fell in love with board governance and volunteerism in high school as the president of a community service group, and then while working at a domestic violence shelter in college she decided to focus her career in the nonprofit sector. Ivy is the President of Helix Strategies, LLC and for the last 19 years she has worked with nonprofits and community based organizations. Helix helps organizations to raise funds and develop their leaders and programs for sustainable success. Ivy and her team specialize in fundraising/development strategies, board development, nonprofit management, strategic planning, executive/development coaching and interim services, grants, and program evaluation. Services range from providing education to implementation.

Ivy earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Administration and Leadership Studies in the Nonprofit and Public Sectors. Her dissertation research focused on multidisciplinary team collaboration. Ivy earned her MS from Shippensburg University and a BS from York College. She is also a Licensed Consultant, PANO Standards for Excellence™ and edited three nonprofit textbooks.

Community Involvement
Ivy founded the West Shore Young Professionals in 2014 and currently sits on their Advisory Board. She also serves on the York College Alumni Board, Financial Institution Young Professional Advisory Board, Cumberland County Library System Future Task Force, and is the Co-chair of the United Way of the Capital Region Bridges Society.

Ivy was a winner of the 2020 YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence Award, 2018 winner of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence Community Achievement Award, 2018 winner of Leadership Harrisburg Area’s The Extra Mile Award, 2018 finalist for the Conference for Women Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017 winner of the CPBJ’s Forty Under 40, 2017 winner of City State PA’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, and a graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area Class of 2018.