Q4-2014 NPO Speaker Series: Collaborations and Strategic Alliances for Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit organizations typically work with small budgets that can make basic operations difficult. Strategic alliances provide a way to reduce costs, share resources and increase organizational strength. However negotiating and structuring a relationship can be intimidating.
We've gathered a panel of the region’s leading nonprofit professionals to provide you with a few things to consider when planning a strategic alliance, including:
- What type of collaboration will benefit my organization?
- Who should I consult regarding such a partnership?
- How do we equally share the risks, as well as the perks?
Our panel will consist of:
Elizabeth George, Senior Consultant with The Rome Group.
Elizabeth George, MBA, MSW is Senior Consultant, joining The Rome Group in 2014. Elizabeth has over 20 years of strategic planning, organizational assessment, training, and fund development experience with a range of non-profit organizations. Most recently, Elizabeth spent 10 years as a Vice President with Deaconess Foundation, contributing to setting and implementing strategy for the Foundation and directing the Impact Partnership, Deaconess’ multi-year capacity building initiative. In this role, Elizabeth oversaw strategic planning and capacity building planning processes for over twenty child-serving organizations, including three organizations involved with mergers. She also facilitated board retreats and planning meetings for community organizations ranging from Stl Youth Jobs to Leadership for Social Change.
Jan Huneke, Chief Executive Officer of Voices for Children
Jan Huneke, Voices' chief executive officer, has more than 20 years of nonprofit and for-profit management experience in St. Louis and nationally. Before joining Voices for Children, she worked as a consultant and on staff for the Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington, D.C. to build the capacity of community-based organizations and their partners around the country to address poverty through asset building. Prior to her work at CFED, Huneke was the Vice President and Director of Economic Development at the International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis. She began her career in strategic planning at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and holds an M.B.A. from Washington University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She has served on the board of Prison Performing Arts and also as adjunct faculty in the nonprofit leadership programs at Washington University and Webster University. Huneke has served as a CASA volunteer to three teen siblings since May 2008.
Kevin Drollinger, Chief Executive Officer of Epworth Children & Family Services
For twenty years, Kevin Drollinger has been Chief Executive Officer of Epworth Children & Family Services. With a MSSW and MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Kevin has led Epworth in providing essential development services to help thousands overcome emotional behavior challenges caused by abuse or neglect. More than 7,500 individuals and families in the St. Louis region turn to Epworth each year. Their innovative, holistic and comprehensive treatment approach helps clients focus on solutions, build on inherent strengths and communicate effectively. Prior to his tenure with Epworth, Kevin worked as Executive Director at Crittenton Family services and Inland Regional Director at Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin.
“In accordance with the AICPA/NASBA Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs and the Missouri State Board of Accountancy, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour. Only Missouri licensed CPAs are eligible for these credits.”