President, Tabernacle Senior Citizens’ Project, Inc.
Donna Gaines is the President of Tabernacle Senior Citizens’ Project, Inc. (TSCP), a not-for-profit organization formed in 1978 to provide safe and affordable rental housing for older adults with low and moderate incomes. The organization has expanded its mission to provide ancillary support services with an emphasis on initiatives that enhance the quality of life for older adults and help them achieve greater vitality, fulfillment, and dignity.
TSCP is launching a national health & wellness initiative in Chicago that will initially address some of the challenges associated with social isolation and loneliness and will also provide low cost, but high-quality, activities that incorporate an intergenerational component through the use of technology.
Donna Gaines is also the President & CEO of Donna M. Gaines, Ltd., a business innovation and change management consulting firm that has worked with over 500 corporations, nonprofit organizations, government entities, and small businesses to design integrative strategies that enhance organizational growth and improve business performance. The company has additional expertise in creating stakeholder engagement, diversity & inclusion, and corporate social responsibility programs.
In addition to operating ongoing business enterprises, Donna previously served as the President & CEO of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), an organization of nationally-recognized businesses, where she was responsible for cultivating business relationships and partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. She represented ABLE in discussions on small business development with members of the Public Liaison’s Office of President-elect Obama’s Transition Team, and participated in monthly briefings hosted by the Presidential Personnel Office for African-American leaders.
As the former National Director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s International Trade Bureau, Donna coordinated the business development activities for its members under the leadership of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., providing advisory services for minority-owned businesses. In addition to her responsibilities domestically, Donna served as the business development liaison with embassy officials and designees from Venezuela, Mexico, Ghana and London.
Recognizing that education, social entrepreneurship and economic empowerment are critical to the quality of life and the future of our families and communities, Donna has dedicated much of her professional and personal life to social impact programs and projects that advance these goals. Her board involvement has included the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, The Primo Center for Women and Children, Moneythink, Roosevelt University’s Heller College of Business, and Village Leadership Academy. Donna also speaks nationally on business, social entrepreneurship, and community engagement strategies, and has received several awards and citations for her work.