10 Years of Service and Leadership

NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund

As the NBA, we celebrate and honor 10 years of service and leadership of our President and CEO, Mark D. Anderson!  To celebrate his tenure, the NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund has been established in partnership with the Christian Church Foundation. We are grateful for all that has taken place under Mark’s leadership.

Since 2011, Mark has helped to oversee and encourage the establishment of new NBA programs, strengthened the overall organization, developed strong leadership with the NBA Board of Trustees, recruited new donors to the ministry, and enhanced connections with longtime supporters of the NBA. While he credits his years of executive nonprofit leadership experience and management skills, Mark is always quick to claim that he “stands on the shoulders of giants” and the faithful saints that have inspired him along the way. In particular, Mark names the active advocacy, faithful generosity, joy and humor of his beloved parents, Marilyn “Jeanne” Anderson and Herold “Andy” Davis Anderson, Jr.

About the NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund

We invite you to commemorate this milestone for both NBA and for Mark with a gift to the newly established, NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund. The earnings from this named fund will support the overall mission and ministry of the NBA, inclusive of our work accompanying social entrepreneurs, building innovative faith-rooted social enterprises, leadership development and vocational discernment with young adults, and offering meaningful support to established nonprofits such as coaching, executive search consulting, accounting, and peer learning groups.

Thank you for your generous support!

Make your gift to the NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund!

Please note, 2.6% of your gift will go towards credit card processing fees. We encourage you to add 2.6% to your gift, which will enable more funds that can be applied directly to mission. Thank you!


in his own words

Stories by Mark Anderson

Juliette Fowler’s Ebby House Provides a Place for Young Women to Heal and Gain Independence

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NBA Announces Spring 2022 Mission & Ministry Grants

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2022 Mission & Ministry Grantees! Our grant program granted a total of $203,000 to 28 Disciples projects working with older adults, children, and youth.

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NBA’s Mental Health Work Heads to Kentucky

Chaplains in Kentucky gather with the Director of Mental Health and Wellness Joselyn Spence.

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Mission & Ministry Grants Help Young Adults Gain Life Skills

Mission & Ministry Grants help support young adults like Tonya, who earned her driver’s license and secured a scholarship for college with support from NBA grantee Child Saving Institute and their Independent Living Skills program.

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Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America Presents in the General Assembly Virtual Exhibit Hall

The Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America used their Mission & Ministry Grant to intentionally expand their work from advocacy to action.

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Mission & Ministry Grants Provide Support for Spiritual Deepening and Emotional Care

Templo Cristiano Central has supported clergy interested in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) since 2019. Receiving a Mission & Ministry Grant last year, allowed their CPE program to partner with a local senior housing facility in impactful ways.

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California Church Brings Books, Food and Teaches Life Skills to Foster Children

The BLEND Church Family knew the mental toll the pandemic was having on the children in their community, so they used their Mission & Ministry Grant to provide some levity and life skills.

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Supporting Sustainability: Invested Faith Seeds $10,000 into NBA Social Entrepreneurs

In 2021, we launched our first Social Entrepreneur Cohort with the goal to intentionally and sustainably support up-and-coming social enterprises. Since then, cohort members have gone on to launch and grow their organizations and receive funding from other CC(DOC) partners, including Invested Faith.

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Virtual Reality Headsets Help Neurodiverse Youth Soar

Research suggests that individuals with autism spectrum disorder can benefit from experiences offered through virtual reality headsets like the Oculus. Learn how Woodhaven used its Mission & Ministry grant to impact the lives of its students.

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A Career of Service and Care: Gary Zimmerman’s 34 years at NBA

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NBA Announces Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grantees

We are excited to announce our Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grantees! This program granted a total of $185,500 to 35 Disciples projects working with older adults, children, and youth.

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A Mile in Our Shoes: NBA Staff Reflects on Footwear as a Reflection of Daily Life

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Voices of NBA: Black Women in Leadership

We sat down with Dr. Norma Ellington Twitty and Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick for a dynamic conversation about NBA’s history, equity and inclusion, leadership, and the importance of NBA both inside and outside the walls of the church.

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It Takes Everyone: Sharing the Load of Justice Work

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The Many Hurdles of Employment After Incarceration

Upcoming webinar guest Savvy Shabazz shares his experience with the prison system in Kentucky and his struggles of trying to find employment after returning home.

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Reflections on the Impact of NBA’s Executive Leaders Peer Learning and Wellness Group

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NBA Adds New Staff Members to Aid in Mental Health, Justice, and Development Work

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Mental Health, Wellness, and My Faith Journey

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NBA Social Entrepreneurship Program Adds New Incubate Partner, Whosoever Will Community Assistance Program

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Reflections from NBA Partner All Peoples on Attending the White Co-Conspirators Summit

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Honoring Rev. Dr. Suzanne Webb

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