Moline, IL – Junior Achievement of the Heartland is pleased to welcome Dougal Nelson to the Senior Management Team as Vice President of Development.


Dougal Nelson brings extensive experience in management, sales, and business development in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  As the Vice President of Development, Nelson will lead the fundraising efforts throughout the organization’s 24-county territory, including the expansion and diversification of the current donor base.

“As JA grows to serve more students, our needs for resources will also grow,” said Barbara VenHorst, President, JA of the Heartland.  “Dougal is an extraordinary leader with a proven track record throughout his career.  His passion for JA’s mission and skill set makes him a great addition to our organization.”

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)


Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 112 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.



Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin. More than 56,000 kindergarten through high school students benefit from JA programs each year. Visit for more information.





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