Alliance for Children and Families Awards $500,000 to Increase Social Impact of Nonprofits through Strategy

The Alliance for Children and Families has chosen five nonprofit, human-serving organizations as pilots sites for its Strategy Counts initiative. This announcement brings the total number of Strategy Counts pilot sites to 20, for a total investment of more than $3 million by the Alliance.

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Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) December 20, 2012

The Alliance for Children and Families has chosen five nonprofit, human-serving organizations as pilots sites for its Strategy Counts initiative. This announcement brings the total number of Strategy Counts pilot sites to 20, for a total investment of more than $3 million by the Alliance.

The Alliance is a national nonprofit association with a national member network of nonprofit, human-serving organizations that serve more than 3.4 million clients annually in over 2,700 locations.

The Alliance launched Strategy Counts—a multi-year pilot project designed to enhance the social impact of nonprofit human services organizations by increasing their focus on strategy and its effective deployment—in May 2011 with a $5.375 million grant from The Kresge Foundation. The majority of these funds have been re-granted to Alliance members.

“With nonprofits under pressure today from changing client needs and tighter resources, the tendency is for nonprofits to focus on the day-to-day demands, while strategic decisions take a back seat,” said Michael Mortell, director of the Strategy Counts initiative. “By working with this group of pilot sites to become more strategic and effective, this effort serves as a learning lab for accelerating the transformation of the human service sector toward greater social impact.”

The intent is for the pilot sites to test and model how nonprofits can be more nimble in adjusting to change, more data-driven in making decisions, better positioned to partner, and more able to innovate in ways that have meaningful client and community impact on improving the lives of children and families.

Through a competitive selection process, the Alliance has chosen five member organizations to participate as pilot sites by implementing transformational projects. Each Alliance member will receive $100,000 over 18-24 months to implement a transformational project:

Beech Brook, Cleveland OH
Great Circle, St. Louis, MO
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Minneapolis, Minnetonka, MN
Kids Central, Ocala, FL
The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, OH

Each organization has also committed to match a portion of the grant amount.

The 20 agencies currently serving as Strategy Counts pilot sites participate in a cohort learning group throughout the project. The Alliance is committed to sharing the results of this initiative so that the pilot projects to contribute a new depth of understanding about the role of strategy in nonprofit organizations that share a mission to improve the lives of children and families.

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The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations by creating access and opportunity in underserved communities, improving the health of low-income people, supporting artistic expression, increasing college achievement, assisting in the revitalization of Detroit, and advancing methods for dealing with global climate change. The foundation works in six program areas: arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, health, and human services. In 2011, the Board of Trustees approved 346 awards totaling $170 million; $140 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. For more information, visit kresge.org.

The Alliance for Children and Families is a national organization dedicated to achieving a vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. The Alliance works for transformational change by representing and supporting hundreds of nonprofit human serving organizations located in North America to translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. Working with and through its member network, the Alliance strives to achieve high impact by reducing the number of people living in poverty; increasing the number of people with opportunities to live healthy lives; and increasing the number of people with access to educational and employment success. Go to alliance1.org for more information.


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