40 Stories for 40 Years: Eliza Solender

by Emily Roberts | Feb 09, 2018

Eliza Solender, president of Solender/Hall, Inc., has been a part of The Family Place’s progress since the earliest days. Recruited to serve on the board by our founder and first board president, Gerry Beer, Eliza became our third board president following Margaret Estes, and served from 1985 to 1987. During Eliza's leadership, her goal was to broaden our funding base, which soon included funding from the City of Dallas, an increase in our United Way allocation, and creation of an endowment fund with $650,000 from The Crystal Charity Ball.

Eliza Solender
“Looking back at myself as a young and inexperienced board president, I am so grateful for the support I received from the board members,” Eliza says. “Many were much more experienced nonprofit directors. The board and Gail Griswold, the first executive director, were open to new ideas and very entrepreneurial. An amazing number of new funding initiatives were accomplished during that period.”

Eliza’s experiences at The Family Place and on other nonprofit boards became the basis for her idea to form Solender/Hall, Inc. in 1991 as a commercial real estate brokerage company specializing in nonprofit organizations.

“The Family Place was one of my first clients and continues to be today including representing the organization on the acquisition of the site for the new Ann Moody Place facility,” she says. “I am indebted to The Family Place for giving me the opportunity to continue to serve the organization and am so proud of all that has been accomplished over the past 40 years."