Lutheran Child and Family Services Receives Council on Accreditation 2019 Innovative Service Award

The Council on Accreditation is one of the nation’s premier accrediting bodies for human service organizations. Out of 75 applicants for the agency’s prestigious 2019 Innovative Practices Award, which recognizes “successful approaches to management and service delivery practices adopted by our accredited organizations,” the Regenerations program at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois received […]

Why Hire a Consultant

Individuals reach out to relatives, friends and other trusted advisors for relationship, financial or career help all the time. So why are many businesses reluctant to hire a consultant? Some reasons for this resistance include institutional inertia, fear of seeming weak or ineffective and a lack of awareness that a different perspective can provide big […]

Jennifer Flowers recently interviewed by NonProfit Pro on effective annual plans

Our very own Jennifer Flowers, CEO, sat down for an interview with NonProfit PRO. In this interview, she discussed ways to best create an effective annual plan after an organization has developed its strategic plan. Jennifer provides tips and tactics about various issues to consider, including the kind of information an agency should include in […]

How to Have a Winning Board Retreat

A well-functioning, cohesive and engaged board of directors is a crucial factor for your organization’s ability to fulfill its mission. As a nonprofit organization continues to grow in both size and significance, it is increasingly vital for board members to understand their evolving role and the importance of their contributions to successful mission fulfillment. One […]

Care for the Caregivers

A special contribution from our team member, Kristen J. Schmidt, MSW, Ph.D. I began my clinical professional career over 30 years ago. As I reflect back, I am struck by the growth within the mental health profession. I have witnessed the development of evidence- based practices, trauma informed practices and a growth of knowledge about […]

EAGLE Recognized now as an Approved Accreditor for QRTPs Under the Family First Prevention Services Act

On May 15, it was announced that EAGLE Accreditation Program is recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services as an approved accreditor for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). As we have discussed here, FFPSA, which passed in February 2018, allows federal funds to be spent […]

Is Your Organization Staying Competitive in Today’s Environment?

In today’s increasingly competitive environment, health and human service organizations often struggle to distinguish themselves. Providing high quality services is a given, but to establish your brand, you must demonstrate that you make a difference in the lives of those you serve. Some critical factors that can help maintain your organization’s competitive edge include earning […]

Evaluating Your Nonprofit Board of Directors

One of a nonprofit’s most valuable assets is its board of directors. To create this value, a board must be diverse, dedicated and eager to assist your agency in fulfilling its mission. In today’s competitive philanthropic environment, it is essential to regularly measure the functionality and influence of your nonprofit board and determine practices and […]

Age Diversity Key Consideration in Building Modern, Effective Nonprofit Boards

Boards of directors are key participants in every nonprofit and are very often vetted through a rigorous selection process before being invited to join the organization. Most potential board members are ideally considered based upon strategic criteria including: professional experience and expertise, community ties, a personal connection to those the agency serves, and factors relating […]