It Can Be Lonely At the Top: The Plight of the Nonprofit Executive

It Can Be Lonely At the Top: The Plight of the Nonprofit Executive

Chief executives of nonprofit organizations are an unusually committed and idealistic bunch truly believing in the power to transform lives and change the world. But, times are tough. The sector is under intense pressure to innovate, scale up operations, and demonstrate impact often with reduced resources. Although energized by their jobs, leaders can also feel lonely at the top which is why Millennia’s Executive Learning Circle model is a much coveted opportunity because it provides space to learn from and reflect with professional peers. 

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Health Services in Schools Helps Kids Learn

Health Services in Schools Helps Kids Learn

For the past five years, Brenda Bannor has been the health consultant for the LISC Elev8 program, working closely with five Chicago schools, federally qualified health centers, and community organizations to build and sustain school based health centers. Click on the following link to read about Marquette school’s journey and the positive impact that can come from strong partnerships, a culture of mutual respect and commitment, and deep community relationships. 

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Realities of Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Realities of Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Books on nonprofit strategic positioning and planning are plentiful. All claim to have the secret sauce and many like to disparage approaches other than their own even though they are actually quite similar. Authors attack the tools of strategy development. The classic S.W.O.T. analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) is misleading and wrongheaded, says one author. Another retorts, "No, just rearrange the letters and look at the opportunities and threats first." Call it T.O.W.S instead.

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Millennia Helps State of Vermont Secure $70M for Early Childhood Education Programs

Millennia Helps State of Vermont Secure $70M for Early Childhood Education Programs

Millennia Consulting’s Senior Consultant David Steven Rappoport was pleased to work with the State of Vermont on a successful application to the federal Department of Education for Preschool Development Grant-Expansion (PDG) funds. Initially, $7.3M of an anticipated $33M was awarded. In combination with David’s work with Vermont last year on their successful Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge application, Millennia has now assisted Vermont in securing about $70M in anticipated funding for early childhood programs and infrastructure.

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Engaging Chicago Catholics in International Relief Work

Engaging Chicago Catholics in International Relief Work

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) promotes human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty and nurturing peaceful and just societies.  It also strives to help American Catholics “live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.” Millennia Consulting recently helped the CRS Midwest Office develop and implement a strategy for engaging with Chicago area Catholics.  

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Figuring Out What Homeless Youth Need

Figuring Out What Homeless Youth Need

Millennia Consulting was engaged by Center on Halsted and Heartland Human Care Services to conduct a needs assessment for a proposed Youth Campus that would serve homeless and unstably housed LGBTQ youth and others aged 18-24. The proposal for a Youth Campus comes as a response to growing demand by and a deeper understanding of the magnitude of the issues confronting many young people: homelessness, income instability, educational needs, life skills, mental health and substance abuse counseling, physical activities, day care and more.

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Shaping the Future: Linking Strategic Planning and Sustainable Growth

Shaping the Future: Linking Strategic Planning and Sustainable Growth

By Tim O’Brien, Senior Consultant

At a recent workshop on Strategic Planning and Sustainability, I spoke about the need to be mindful of the financial elements and consequences of growth.  Most strategic plans that I have seen call for growth, but few spell out the financial aspects of how to grow in a sustainable way. Here are some suggestions about how to incorporate financial sustainability into the planning process.

Look at your strategic plan and ask, 'Have we planned for growth?'

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Two Communities Realize that School-Based Health Centers Contribute to Success in School

Two Communities Realize that School-Based Health Centers Contribute to Success in School

Millennia Provides Technical Assistance 

Two new school based health centers will be opening this coming school year, one at Round Lake High School (Round Lake Area School District 116) and the other at Auburn High School (Rockford Public School District 205). Millennia consultant, Brenda Bannor, provided technical assistance to the Lake County Health Department and to Crusader Community Health respectively on these projects. The school based health centers are designed to keep students healthy and ready to learn by providing on-site primary medical and behavioral health services to students. The school based health center in Rockford will also provide on-site dental and vision services.

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Millennia's strategic planning efforts hit the news in Dothan, Alabama

Millennia's strategic planning efforts hit the news in Dothan, Alabama

Millennia is guiding a comprehensive and highly participatory strategic planning process for the Dothan, Alabama City Schools. Dothan is a city of about 65,000 located in the southeast corner of the state just above the Florida panhandle. Roughly 9200 students attend the City’s public school system comprised of two high schools, four middle schools and eleven elementary schools. We are engaging a wide range of stakeholders in interviews, focus groups and planning sessions. So far, we have heard from some very enthusiastic students, parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders eager to chart a proactive future for education.

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Do we take the arts for granted?

Do we take the arts for granted?

Chicago has thriving arts communities, artists,and arts organizations in spite of the economy,declining and aging audiences, and reduced attention to the arts in schools. The arts are as much a part of any community as sports teams, parks or shopping areas. While we cheer on our teams - winners or not - we may not show community support for arts organizations. Do they have fans that show up with painted faces? A cheer? A mascot? And why not?

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What is the impact on the mental health of a community when employers use arrest records in making employment decisions?

Piloting the Mental Health Impact Assessment

In 2012, Millennia worked as part of a research team convened by the Adler School's Institute for Social Exclusion (ISE) to pilot the first Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA). The MHIA is designed to assess how public policies may affect the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities. In this case, the ISE wanted to examine how proposed changes to the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Policy Guidance on the use of arrest records in employer hiring might aid or abet the employability of residents in the Englewood Community of Chicago.

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Web Talk 2013: How Strategic Planning Works and Benefits Your Nonprofit

Web Talk 2013: How Strategic Planning Works and Benefits Your Nonprofit

NONPROFIT SPARK WEBTALK RADIO INTERVIEWS OUR CONSULTANT

Listen to the Episode

Interested in learning about strategic planning? Listen to Millennia consultant Wendy Siegel discuss the process, goals and benefits of strategic planning with Nonprofit Spark host Renee McGivern. Wendy describes the neutral facilitation role she plays and a four-step process that is inclusive, engages a task force in doing research, aligns the research with the mission of the organization, and ends with a plan that identifies key strategies.

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Federal Grant for New School Based-Health Center

Federal Grant for New School Based-Health Center

The Lake County Health Department has received a $500,000 federal grant to build a health center at Round Lake High School. The Department was one of seven community partners that worked hard over the past year to plan and build community support for a school-based center for Round Lake High School. Besides the health department, community partners included Round Lake Area School District 116, Mano a Mano, Advocate Condell Medical Center, Nicasa, the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County and Vista Health Systems.

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Happy Holidays to All!

Happy Holidays to All!

December 2012

Two Associations Become One

Millennia frequently consults with professional and trade associations. Some of our trade association clients include the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Association of College and University Housing Officers, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, and the National Systems Contractors Association. Much of this work is organizational development, planning and change management focused.

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Helping Youth and Facilitating Leadership

February 2012

Millennia Assists Chicago Public Schools With New Social Media Campaign

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has launched a series of innovative and comprehensive new media strategies designed to increase the availability of comprehensive sexual health education for middle and high school students. Partnering with adolescent health experts, CPS has developed a teen health website, a Facebook page, Twitter feed, and weekly automated texts to educate Chicago youth on responsible decision-making, provide them with medically accurate answers to questions, and link them to resources in the city for referral. Millennia consultants will be assisting CPS in evaluating this exciting new project. To find out more, visit the newly launched website Sex-Ed Loop. Also check outwww.facebook.com/sexloop and Twitter handle @sexedloop, both of which were designed by youth at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.

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Future Trends for 2012

Future Trends for 2012

January 2012

What does the future look like for the nonprofit sectors as we enter 2012?

A review of recent future search articles points to some key trends in the nonprofit and public sectors as we begin 2012.

Our consumers will be older, more culturally diverse and expect more choice and input into how and why services are delivered.

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