Monica Beemer walks in the 2009 Martin Luther King Day Nonviolence Celebration, which highlights the human rights work of Dr. King. The annual event is hosted by Sisters of the Road.

It was 2001, and the troubled organization—an advocacy group for the homeless that runs a café serving low-cost nutritional meals—was losing $100,000 each year. To save Sisters, Beemer spent hours in her office fundraising. By 2005, when she became the executive director of Sisters, Beemer had helped double revenue and had tripled the number of donors. But the accomplishment that means the most to her is also her most recent: Sisters’ board of directors gave her the highest grade possible in building a relationship with customers. “I’m really proud of that one,” she says, “because relationships are primary, here and everywhere.” Find out more about the organization with our web exclusive slideshow.