Betsy Vander Velde, president and CEO of Alliance member The Family Conservancy in Kansas City, Kan., was the commencement speaker for the Kansas University School of Social Welfare this week. Vander Velde, a Kansas University alum, was generous to share her inspiring remarks.
School of Social Welfare
May 17, 2013
Congratulations graduates! I am deeply honored to be among you today. As I stand before you, I feel the collective positive energy in this auditorium.
KU’s School of Social Welfare has a long and rich tradition of excellence and stellar dean leadership. … more
After presenting at the National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences earlier this week, I received an email from the event sponsors, the Institute for Safe Families and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on a funding opportunity through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for round two of the Health Care innovation Awards.
Alliance member Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles received a grant through this same program last year. The grant deals with something our sector has the expertise to help accomplish: Innovations in new payment and service delivery models that achieve better care and lower costs.
See the message from the Institute for Safe Families and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation below: … more
In our efforts to call attention to the attributes of high-impact leaders and organizations and disruptive forces in action, below is a wonderful letter that David Dennis, president and CEO of Alliance for Children and Families member Eckerd sent to both his board and that of National Foundation for Youth. This is an example of great visionary leadership and the impact members of the Alliance network make. My thanks to David for allowing me to include this in my blog.
Message to the National Foundation for Youth and Eckerd boards and Eckerd executive team from David Dennis, president and CEO, on April 30, 2013: … more
As Congress takes action to ease air traffic delays due to the sequester federal spending cuts that took place in March, these budget cuts will add up to much more than air travel delays for millions of people.
The Alliance for Children and Families and its sister organization, United Neighborhood Centers of America, are partnering with the National Council on Nonprofits to gather authentic information and details on cuts to social services. Please use this online form to help us collect information and data. … more
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Susan Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance and its parent holding company, Families International. In her capacity as president and CEO of Families International, she is CEO of United Neighborhood Centers of America and Ways to Work. Immediately preceding this role, she was secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She also previously was senior vice president and COO of the Alliance and Families International.