CEO Blog: January 2013

Advice From Member Is Direct: Transform or Perish

The one-year anniversary of the closing of Jane Addams Hull House Association in Chicago brings to mind two recent discussions with members of our network about the importance of changing with the changing times.

Ron Zychowski, COO of Alliance for Children and Families member Eckerd in Clearwater, Fla., suggested in an email to me that CEOs and boards be very vigilant before the agency they love becomes another Hull House-like statistic.

Noting that Eckerd committed itself to a transformation while executing its work in a high stakes environment, Zychowski said that if it had not, Eckerd too would be on the “nonprofit obituary page.” My favorite part of his message was this simple statement: transform or perish.
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Getting to Impact, APHSA Sites Alliance and Member in Magazine

The latest issues of Policy & Practice, the magazine of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), includes a column by Tracy Wareing, the executive director that sites the Alliance's Disruptive Forces report.

We are pleased to have forged a partnership with APHSA that I am sure will pay dividends for this powerful member network. In fact, Tracy Wareing, APHSA executive director, has joined the Alliance Board of Directors this year.

Wareing's column states that she is struck by the recurring theme they share with their partners, “a resolute focus on achieving better outcomes for those we serve through collective impact.” … more

How Can All Kids Have Parents Like Alexandra's?

I wrote this post while sitting on an airplane Monday with my husband Lee after spending the weekend in Long Island, N.Y. with our newborn granddaughter, Alexandra Grace, born to our eldest daughter Kathleen, and her fabulous husband, Robert Bardunias. … more

A New Member of My Family

My husband, Lee, and I are very proud to announce the arrival of our second grandchild, Alexandra. She was born on Saturday, Jan. 12 to our oldest daughter, Kathleen, and her husband, Rob. Alexandra was 7 pounds, 7 ounces, 18 and 1/2 inches long. She has dark hair. I am very excited to spoil her as only grandmas can!
 

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