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The Morten Group has been a trusted advisor through developing and integrating Pride Foundation’s racial equity work, visioning our strategic plan, and leading our executive search. They have also been critical to organizing and driving these processes, while adding critical capacity and expertise to help our organization expand and deepen our work. Their comprehensive and holistic approach across all organizational functions—from racial equity integration to succession planning and strategic visioning to resource development—has been a tremendous asset at a time of important evolution for the foundation.

• Kris Hermanns, CEO

Pride Foundation

Morten Group’s work with the Pride Foundation began in 2016, when we performed a racial equity assessment and subsequent action plan, implementation of which began in 2018. Morten Group continues to work on the racial equity action plan with Pride Foundation and in 2018 also conducted their strategic visioning process and executive search.

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Mary Morten is a Faculty member for the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University’s Executive Director BootCamp. Lauren Sivak, the managing director of 2nd Story, a performing arts nonprofit focused on first-person true narrative storytelling, has addressed challenge after challenge head-on since taking a leadership role at the organization in 2014. With a desire to lead her organization to greater success, Lauren participated in the Axelson Center’s BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs. At BootCamp, she learned strategies she could immediately put into place at 2nd Story.

“We are in an exciting place right now. There are so many things I’ve taken from the Axelson Center BootCamp that I’ve implemented into my work with 2nd Story.” For example, at the end of the three-day BootCamp, participants make a 90-day plan and look for ways to accomplish early wins. Lauren and 2nd Story artistic director Amanda Delheimer found that incorporating the early wins and the 90-day plan into board and staff committee meetings helped move from big-picture thinking to incremental steps that can be achieved by staff. “This has changed the way we put things into action. Many times, there are a lot of great ideas, but nobody thinks about the execution and who is going to implement those great ideas.”

To read more about Lauren and 2nd Story’s success following BootCamp, read the entire Fall 2017 Spotlight here. 

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ECHO Joint Agreement has been working in collaboration with the Morten Group to provide personalized organizational trainings to our staff. The Morten Group provides a level of expertise that allows our staff to have healthy and meaningful discussions in building cultural competency.

• Lea Anne Frost, Executive Director

ECHO Joint Agreement

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“In working with Morten Group on our recent executive search, I found a true partner. Their approach, their expertise, and their outcomes make Morten Group uniquely qualified to support any nonprofit pursue a culture of excellence. Because of our partnership with Morten Group, we are a stronger, more strategic organization.” 

• Joe Hollendoner, CEO

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

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“The services we received from the Morten Group were far broader than simply an Executive Director search. They have helped us manage the entire transition process and are still working with us as we move through the first 90 days under new leadership. While giving us complete control over the outcome, Mary was uncannily on target in her predictions of what we would find, how long it would take, and how we would respond to those people we interviewed. The Morten Group did a very thorough and efficient search for a new Executive Director for us.”

• Victoria Woolner-Samuels, Board President

Changing Worlds

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“We had a great experience working with Mary and the Morten Group team throughout our re-branding and strategic planning process. Critical to our organizing model is having a deep base of community members engaged at all steps. The process that Morten Group laid out with us was engaging, flexible, and led us to a 3-year plan and vision that our board, staff, and membership are deeply invested in.”

• Jenny Arwade, Co-Executive Director

Communities United

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“The Morten Group helped us dig deeper into the important work of board development and board recruitment. The tools, feedback, and project deliverable gave our organization the confidence to continue on with this work, have strategic conversations about what our organization needs, and how we are going to get there. The Morten Group’s support and feedback were very valuable to our organization.”

• Traci Dunne, MSW, Executive Director

Elderday Center

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In July and August 2013, Mary led a “Build the Best Board” workshop at The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University for executive directors from Bethany Fund grantee institutions. When evaluating the workshop, 100% of respondents rated Mary’s content and presentation as good or excellent. Other comments include:

  • Excellent workshop! Really enjoyed the role play today!
  • GREAT, GREAT, GREAT! Could have spent a full day in a training like this!
  • Learned a lot today and will implement it. Fundraising is difficult, but now I feel I can better implement it on a higher level.
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“Our Morten Group consultants did a wonderful job assessing our needs and providing services specifically tailored to meet them. The board development project that they did with us really took us to the next level in terms of leadership, bringing out the strengths of the organization and building on them to make us stronger.”

• Daniel Fulwiler, CEO

Centro de Salud, Chicago, IL

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