Bachelor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University, 1979.
The Paul Nebenzahl Company is a management consultancy serving best-in-class non-profits and philanthropies for over three decades in Chicago and across the country. We have an international presence, having counseled clients in Canada, Great Britain and Israel.
We bring broad experience providing resources to the arts, public media, social services, zoological gardens, history museums, higher education and the sciences. Our firm has a history in forging public-private partnerships, and in financially strengthening institutions post-entitlement.
Our work recently has focused on improving the lives of older Americans.
Our leadership has helped secure over $350 million for annual funds, capital and building programs, endowments, sponsored and institutional research and special projects that benefit the communities we live and work in.
Julie Burros, now Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, said this about our work when she was an arts leader in Chicago city government:
"I know Paul to be a seasoned, experienced, and very professional museum and non-profit consultant. I know Paul through his work for the Maritime Society, who wants to open a museum in Chicago. Paul has given them invaluable advice and provided very wise stewardship to the Society.
I especially thought his incorporation of guest experts speaking at each board meeting was a really smart way to build board capacity and open their eyes to the reality of opening a museum, while also cultivating buy-in for the museum among the museum/industry experts. I've even cited this as an example of "best practice" when advising other nascent non-profits on capacity development."
- Julie Burros, Office of Planning, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago
From the University of Chicago came this recommendation from a colleague:
"Paul's deep understanding of development and creativity contributed to a series of successful programs I organized on behalf of the Jewish Federation for synagogue leadership as well as The University of Chicago.
He is an engaging and warm presenter and a pleasure to work with him professionally. Development is an extension of strong relationships built on trust and Paul is a master at developing and maintaining these as a direct extension of his generous, deeply committed spirit."
- Rachel Kaberon, The University of Chicago and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
And, our all-time personal favorite recommendation:
"If Paul made as many saves for the Chicago White Sox as he has for the Chicago History Museum, he'd be the American League MVP!"
- Randy Adamsick, Director of Development, Chicago History Museum
I was honored to be named Interim Executive Director of The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation as of January 1, 2018. I have worked with the Foundation, and its predecessor, the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, and its late founder/President, Dr. Robert N. Mayer, for the past decade.
It is with great pleasure that my firm resumes its consulting assignment as of April 1st, 2018 with Professional Facilities Management of Providence, Rhode Island. PFM manages the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts In Skokie, and I am delighted to work again with my colleagues Michael Pauken and Dipti Patel at the North Shore Center, and to be invited to represent them in 2018. Our firm has previously served both PFM and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts as management consultant.
I am delighted to begin anew with my colleagues at the new Chicago Maritime Museum in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, nestled in the Bridgeport Arts Center at 35th and Racine. I am thrilled to join Ked Fairbank and Dirk Lohan as of May 1st, 2018 in pursuit of a world-class maritime museum for Chicago. Our firm last served the Chicago Maritime Society in 2008.
I am delighted to join my colleagues Michael and Ben Marcus in serving AVIVA - A Campus for Senior Life, in Sarasota, Florida, commencing on July 1, 2018. Our service through our firm Consultants for Community Resources
( www.ccr.guru )
will provide this exemplary care community serving older adults in the Sarasota area with enhanced development and volunteer activity and support as it prepares for a major capital expansion.
Our firm brings over three decades of successful engagements with top drawer institutions. We are eager to learn about your institutional challenges and together map a path toward achieving your goals with passion and commitment.
Our full client list includes:
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoological Society, Chicago
American Civil War Center - Richmond, Virginia
Chicago History Museum
Park Ridge Historical Society, Park Ridge, Illinois
Chicago Maritime Society
The Peace Museum, Chicago
Congregation Sukkat Sholom, Wilmette, Illinois
Temple Sholom of Chicago
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Illinois
McGill University College of Medicine, Montreal, Canada
S A F E (Securing America's Future Energy) Washington, D.C.
The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Chicago
Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, Chicago
WTTW Channel 11, Chicago
WFMT 98.6 Fine Arts Radio, Chicago
WTVS, Channel 56, Dearborn, Michigan
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, Skokie, Illinois
Performance Facilities Management, Providence, R.I.
Arts Alliance Illinois, Chicago
Spill Festival Of Performance, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain
Caring Across Generations, New York
Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago
Benefits Data Trust, Philadelphia, PA
Jewish Agency for Israel North America - Amigour (sheltered housing for Israeli Elderly) New York and Tel Aviv
Bethel New Life, Chicago
Better Government Association, Chicago
Gateway Foundation, Inc., Chicago and Springfield, Illinois
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, Chicago
East Village Youth Program, Chicago
The Wetlands Initiative, Chicago and Hennepin/Hopper, Illinois
Epidaurus Project, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Pioneer Network, Rochester, New York
The Beryl Institute, Houston, Texas
PXI - The Patient Experience, Houston, Texas
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Foundation, Southfield, Michigan
Aviva - A Campus for Senior Life, Sarasota, Florida
United Hebrew Geriatric Center, New Rochelle, New York
Oceana County Medical Care Facility, Hart. Michigan
Amazing Grace LLP, Los Angeles, California
Big Apple Circus, New York City
Levy Ventures, Skokie, Illinois
The Adrienne Weiss Corporation, Chicago
Performance partner, musical director and co-author with Karen Finley, Nebenzahl performed in "Broken Negative" at U of California Long Beach 2012; at Museum of Modern Art, New York City, in "Music 3.0" in 2011; in "Written in Sand" at Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC; Colby College in Waterville, Maine; at Kelly Writer's House, U Penn, Philadelphia; at U Buffalo, NY; at Laurie Beechman Theater, New York City; and at Barbican Centre, London, Great Britain, headlining the 2015 Spill Festival of Performance.
(Performance partner, musical director and co-author with ...)
Nebenzahl's book of 50 poems, "Black Shroud With Rainbow Fringes," was published by Silver Birch Press, Los Angeles, in 2014. The book has been placed in the permanent collection at Yad Vashem Library in Israel.
(Nebenzahl's book of 50 poems, "Black Shroud With Rainbow ...)
Composer, performer with Joseph Jarman, Leroi Jenkins, Carei Thomas, Big Walter Horton, Homesick James, Fred Simon, Ella Jenkins, Corky Siegal, Art Hoyle, Jim Galliretto, City Lights Orchestra, Satisfaction Blues Band. Composer soundtrack Chicago Matters, Dread (nomination Emmy), A Man and His School, 1994. Composer, recorder (soundtrack) Journey of Rememberance, 1996.
Board directors Circle Pines Center, Delton, Michigan, 1987-1990, chair 60th Anniversary Celebration committee, since 1996. Board directors Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre, Chicago, 1990-1991, CHALK Chicago Art Link for Kids, 1999-2001. Member fundraising committee Greater Chicago Food Depository, 1990.
Member committee board Issues Committee Donors Forum, Chicago, since 1993, Arts and Business Council, since 1993. Member Chicago/Osaka Sister City Committee, City of Chicago, Department Cultural Affairs, 2001-2002. Member Association Fundraising Professionals (member Chicago chapter ethics committee/membership committee 1990-1992, long range planning committee, co-chair support committee since 1993, faculty 1st course in fundraising 1993, faculty midwestern conference 1996, independent track chair Midwest Region Conference 2000), 410 Club, Economic Club (Chicago) (reception committee since 1999, host reception committee 2001, 5th night reception committee 2002).
Children: Ian, Aria.