Presentation on theme: "One Organization Just Cant Do It Alone! AIRS Workshop June 3, 2009 Mary Cooksey, United Way Abilene Rita Icenogle, United Way Escambia County Lois Ann."— Presentation transcript:
One Organization Just Cant Do It Alone! AIRS Workshop June 3, 2009 Mary Cooksey, United Way Abilene Rita Icenogle, United Way Escambia County Lois Ann Porter, VisionLink
This Session Introductions Group Exercise Working Together Overview Community Story #1 Community Story #2 Scenario for Discussion Q & A
Group Exercise Select a partner that you do not know Person A: describe content by feel only of each item in bag Person B: write down words, descriptions, guesses of the bag contents Time: 10 minutes Report Back/Group Discussion
Working Together Overview
When the Belt Just Cant Get Any Tighter!
Core Benchmarks Clarity of organizations purpose Agreement on priorities Capacity to measure and report on impact
Beware of Mission Creep Understand what you do well Measure progress & impact Stay true to your mission - visit it often
Partner with Others to: Eliminate duplication of services Achieve operational efficiencies Communicate Maximize impact
Community Overview West Central Texas Mostly rural Abilene population 125,000 Regional population 330,000
Situation Non-profits were being asked to do more and didnt have the means to meet the demands nor any way to improve.
What We Did Invested in computers and 1-year of Internet service for food pantries, medical care mission, etc., to show a new way of doing business
What We Learned Technology was the way to go!
Community Overview Westernmost county in Florida panhandle Established 1559 Population 300,000 27% children in poverty Strong tourist area Military retirement area
Situation Social service agencies created dependent system - enabling rather than empowering clients No more safety net Emerging new working poor client base further reduces available $
What We Did HUGE shift - Then: provided referrals Now: provide eligibility screening Required: shared client data system financial literacy training 6-month impact follow-up
What We Learned Resistance to change Technology can play pivotal role in: reducing duplication of service increasing objective decision-making
Whats Next? University student research of best practices VISTA Volunteers Replication of success
Community Overview State - Facing one of the largest budget deficits in US State - Huge distance between urban areas Community is isolated population center surrounded by rural counties
Situation Statewide system in place (with on-line referral & 2 integrated call centers) Area extremely impacted by fires, flooding, etc. One area of state identified as at-risk of terrorist attack Efforts to include in statewide emergency & disaster planning had not been successful
What Would You Do? Given the situation, what plan of action would you take?
What We Did Local Call Center and United Way began discussions with local Emergency Manager Plan - bite off one chunk Call Center made logistical arrangements for emergency call center Emergency Managers CERT volunteers were dual-trained for Call Center deployment System to update on-line database so information remains current during crisis and disaster
What We Learned Even if the first action isnt perfect, it is important to make small inroads The POWER of local solutions
Whats Next? Local plan in place in case of emergency This strategy serves as evidence of local resolve to protect community, even if state discussions fail.
Successful Non-Profits will: shift from sharing ideas to sharing clients and resources shift from competition to cooperation with other non-profits
The Essence of Compassion "Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong...because sometime in your life you will have been all of these."
National Breakthrough Network 4People Colorado & HMIS Odessa Links SC Lt. Gov. Office - Aging UWay Abilene UWay Escambia County UWay Northern NV & Sierra
Contact Information Mary Cooksey Rita Icenogle Kelsey Piechocki Lois Ann Porter
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