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On February 27th, Edgar Villanueva and Chicago nonprofit and foundation leaders will have an intimate event featuring an in-depth conversation about Decolonizing Wealth and how institutions that control access to money can advance racial equity and better serve the needs of communities of color.

The event will also highlight stories of Chicago area foundations about their journey to lead with racial equity. Speakers include:

Event Details

Wednesday, February 27 from 3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. CST

Program: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Book Signing/Reception: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

[LEARN MORE / REGISTER HERE]

Morten Group, LLC is pleased to be one of the co-sponsors for this important program.

Additional sponsors include: Goodman Theatre, Arabella Advisors, Crossroads Fund, Polk Bros. Foundation, Erikson Institute, The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Iris Krieg & Associates, Forefront, TRHT Greater Chicago, Woods Fund Chicago, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Chicago, Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy, and Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy.

 

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About the Organization

Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black leaders, institutions, and individuals, in efforts to confront HIV. BAI disseminates information; advocates for sound, inclusive, culturally responsive public and private sector health policies; offers training and capacity building; provides health screening for HIV/STI/Hep C and other chronic and infectious diseases, and linkage to inclusive Black centered primary health care; and conducts advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

About the Opportunity

The Director of Development will work directly with current and potential funders, and is responsible for all aspects of fund development, from researching funding opportunities, writing and submitting proposals and grants, building major donor and direct mail campaigns, and executing successful fundraising events. The successful candidate is a proven fundraiser, compelling storyteller, communicator, pitcher, and avid social networker, who wants to use those skills to advance bold health goals and ensure health care access to vulnerable communities.

 

Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

 

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About the Organization

Founded in 1973, Illinois Humanities (IH) is a nonprofit organization that works to build dialogue across all sectors of society to examine issues important to democracy in the focus of areas of public policy, media & journalism, business, and art. Using the humanities as a tool to stimulate discussion, they create experiences across Illinois through programming, education, and grantmaking to engage a diverse public on ideas and issues that matter.

About the Opportunity

The Executive Director of Illinois Humanities will lead and oversee all affairs related to the organization and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, as well as social and financial objectives. The successful candidate must be a skilled leader, prepared to drive the organization in a time of growth, and comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment, leading the senior leadership team of Illinois Humanities and supporting staff. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and enables the Board to meet its governance, financial, and legal responsibilities and supports the Board’s oversight role. The Executive Director must be deeply committed to the goals of the organization and creatively support its mission.

 

We are accepting applications until the position is filled.Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

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Jessica Kadish-Hernandez

Jessica joined Morten Group in 2011 as the firm’s Project Coordinator and later as Project Manager for a wide array of client projects, including strategic planning, executive searches, organizational assessments, and board development. As a Consulting Associate, she works as a facilitator with Morten Group’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team. She has been a teaching artist for over ten years, leading sessions with participants ranging from kindergarteners to corporate professionals. She holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to develop and facilitate professional development curricula for elementary school teachers in the Urbana Public Schools. She is fluent in Spanish.

We asked Jessica, “If you could share a meal with any two individuals, living or dead, who would you choose and why?” She said, “Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin. For their transformation of the American literature and theatre. For their incisive insights (here). And for their wicked senses of humor. They were friends in life, and I bet their back-and-forth banter across the table would be hilarious.”

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About the Organization

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to creating career pathways for adults and youth through demand-driven workforce and training programs. The WDC forges relationships across industries and sectors in order to contribute to an inclusive and dynamic regional economy, in which all residents and their families thrive in careers defined by growth and self-sufficiency.

About the Opportunity

As a creative, visionary leader, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will serve as chief strategist in developing and marketing a forward approach in the delivery of a globally diverse and cutting-edge workforce and learning system in King County. These efforts will result in a vibrant regional system of employment services and job training opportunities for both business and job seekers. The CEO, in concert with the Board of Directors, will shape strategies and initiatives to further WDC objectives, and will collaborate with the Executive Committee to ensure compliance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). They are expected to lead with an intentional focus on centering racial equity in program integration throughout the work of the WDC, while also forming partnerships and collaborative efforts with all facets of the community.

 

Applications are due by Friday, December 14, 2018. Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

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About the Organization

Since 2002, Growing Home has been Chicago’s leading non-profit engaged in farm-based training for people with employment barriers. The organization envisions a world of healthy people and communities, grounded in a firm belief that everyone deserves to earn a living wage and have access to nutritious food choices. By providing 25 hours per week of paid on-the-job experience and job-readiness training at their farms to approximately 60 people per year, they have contributed to the lives of hundreds of workers, and thousands of their family members. As a leader in the urban agriculture movement, Growing Home strives to be a good, inclusive neighbor and community partner, offering additional services in Chicago’s Englewood community where their farms are located. For more information about Growing Home’s history, programmatic model, and impact, please visit their website (http://growinghomeinc.org/).

 

About the Opportunity

Right now, Growing Home is positioned to expand its impact in exciting ways and wants to share this opportunity with a new Executive Director. The Executive Director of Growing Home will lead and oversee all affairs related to the organization and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The successful candidate must be a skilled leader, prepared to drive the organization in a time of growth, comfortable working in a consensus-driven environment, and adept in building collaborative relationships with the staff, Board of Directors, and community. Based out of the Englewood neighborhood, the Executive Director manages a staff of 19 full-time employees, directly supervises the Chief Operating Officer, Development Director and Chief Financial Officer, and reports to the Board of Directors.

 

Applications are due by November 16, 2018Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

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2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

On Wednesday, October 17, Morten Group, in partnership with the LGBT Community Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, kicked off the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment at Howard Brown Health – Clark. During this launch, Morten Group shared the 2011 Community Needs Assessment data and presented the 2018 Community Needs Assessment process.

To access the survey link for the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment, click [HERE].

 

LGBTQ: What’s New?

In the fall of 2011, Morten Group conducted the LGBT Community Needs Assessment (LCNA) on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust. Over 2,000 individuals participated, and the information we gathered informed three subsequent rounds of grantmaking by the LGBT Community Fund, which you can read about [HERE]. You can read the summary of findings [HERE].

The world has changed so much over the past seven years – so we’re launching round two of the assessment! For this reason, The LGBT Community Fund has again partnered with Morten Group to launch a new assessment. “LGBTQ: What’s New?” will be designed to capture the strengths, assets, needs and challenges of today’s 2018 Chicagoland LGBTQ community, primarily via an online survey.

There has not been a comprehensive needs assessment of the Chicago area’s LGBTQ community conducted since our last one in 2011, and in general there is not enough data available about LGBTQ populations nationwide, making this effort hugely significant not only to inform future grantmaking decisions by The LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, but for community representation in research literature more broadly. A community needs assessment happens only with the support and participation of folks in the community.

To access the survey link for the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment, click [HERE].

 

Kicking Off the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment at Howard Brown Health – Clark. L to R: Mary F. Morten, President, Morten Group, LLC; Kristin Keglovitz Baker, Chief Operating Officer, Howard Brown Health; Denise C. Foy, Co-Chair, The LGBT Community Fund; Adnaan Hamid, Co-Chair, The LGBT Community Fund; and Bob Eichinger, Director of Donor Services, The Chicago Community Trust

Photo credit: Timmy Samuel, Starbelly Studios Photography

 

Presenting Data at the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment at Howard Brown Health – Clark. L to R: Jessica Kadish-Hernandez, Consulting Associate, Morten Group, LLC and Keisha Farmer-Smith, Senior Consulting Associate and Methodological Lead, Morten Group, LLC

 

Photo credit: Timmy Samuel, Starbelly Studios Photography

 

*Additional photos from the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment launch can be found here.

WBEZ

On October 24, Morten Group’s Keisha Farmer-Smith and Chicago LGBT Fund’s Adnaan Hamid speak about the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment sharing the purpose and meaning behind the assessment, as well as what the process entails. To listen, click [HERE].

E3 RADIO

On November 29, E3 Radio shared the importance about the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment. Morten Group’s Keisha Farmer-Smith calls in to the show and shared results from the 2011 data, the background of the needs assessment, and the changes and purpose of the 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment survey. To listen, click [HERE].

WINDY CITY TIMES

On January 15, Windy City Times assisted in spreading the word about the Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment deadline. Dr. Keisha Farmer-Smith shares, “We must have meaningful participation in the data collection activities so we can make sure that the reality of people’s lives is being reflected in the grant-making by the community fund.” To read more, click [HERE].

CHICAGO READER

On January 17, the Chicago Reader released an article to assist in the push of the Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment survey during the final two weeks of the data collection period. “The fund will use the results from the survey to inform its grant-making decisions to organizations that serve the 146,000 Chicagoans who have self-identified to the Chicago Department of Public Health as LGBT,” states Chappell. To read more, click [HERE].

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In the fall of 2011, Morten Group, together with many community partners and leaders in the Chicagoland area, conducted the LGBT Community Needs Assessment (LCNA) on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust. Over 2,000 individuals participated, and the information we gathered informed three subsequent rounds of grantmaking by the LGBT Community Fund. Access the 2012 LCNA Data Summary HERE.

 

The world has changed so much over the past seven years – so we’re launching round two of the assessment! “LGBTQ: What’s New?” will be designed to capture the strengths, assets, needs and challenges of today’s Chicagoland LGBTQ community, primarily via an online survey.

 

Please sign up to be notified when the survey link is live by clicking [HERE].
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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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