By Beverly Richards

It’s the holiday season, and families are buying trees to decorate, pulling out grandma’s sugar cookies recipe, and deciding whether to buy dad more socks or more tools — but not for all families.

Unfortunately, for more than 1.2 million Americans, maintaining a roof over their heads, putting food on the table, and keeping their families warm is contingent upon the charity of others. Coppin State University’s (CSU) Nonprofit Leadership Alliance fills the gap for many families with the Annual Angel Tree Drive.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Campus Director, Tenyo Pearl, right, poses with Santa at the 5th Annual Angel Tree Drive. (Courtesy Photo)

For the past five years, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) has partnered with the Salvation Army on its Annual Angel Tree Drive. “Angel Tree is a Christmas assistance program that provides gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children, ages 0-12,” said Tenyo Pearl, campus director for the NLA. “Children’s clothing sizes and special needs are collected and transferred to paper angels, including the child’s name, age, and gender to get adopted.”

Under Pearl’s supervision, Nonprofit Leadership Scholars set the mood for giving with familiar carols sung by the Temptations and Smokey Robinson. A beautifully decorated registration table and Christmas tree don the lobby of the Health and Human Services building with Angel cards decked with red ribbon. The rest is up to the passersby. Gifts were collected for more than 160 children. This year’s CSU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Angel Tree Drive was held in honor of the late Marvin Dorsey, a staff member of the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and the recent graduate of the CSU Nonprofit Leadership program. Marvin Dorsey graduated from Coppin State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Leadership.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s 5th Annual Angel Tree Drive. (Courtesy Photos)

Tenyo Pearl is the Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and Program Coordinator for the Nonprofit Leadership Program. She is responsible for coordinating the University’s nonprofit management education curriculum. For more information about NLA contact Tenyo Pearl Office location: Health and Human Services Building  538, Phone:410-951-3522, or email