PRESS RELEASE: CV awarded Transformational Grant
The Children’s Village Selected for Cutting-Edge Project on Elevating Role of Strategy in Nonprofits; a $100,000 grant will fund a Transformational Project to bring the Organization’s operations and image in line with its community-based focus>
NEW YORK, NY — The Children’s Village (CV) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Alliance for Children and Families to implement a pilot project to explore, test, and gain understanding of the elevation of strategy within nonprofit human service agencies. The grant is part of the Alliance’s multi-year pilot project Strategy Counts! funded by the Kresge Foundation.
Strategy Counts! offers CV the opportunity to continue the work of transforming its historical image and culture as a residential agency to better reflect its broader community-based programs and mission. CV will use the grant to work with New York-based Management Solutions to develop a strategic transformation that will include the Board, stakeholders, and all levels of the organization.
“For more than 160 years, The Children’s Village has been a leader in residential programming for at-risk youth, but as we have grown and embraced the need to keep children in the community with families when possible, our focus has shifted,” said Dr. Jeremy C. Kohomban, CV President and CEO. “Today, 80% of the children and families we serve are part of our community programs. Strategy Counts! will help us take the next steps in ensuring that our operations, culture and image reflect this important shift, and we are delighted to have been chosen to be a pilot site. ”
The Children’s Village is one of 14 nonprofits around the country participating in the Strategy Counts! initiative.
Founded in 1851, The Children’s Village www.childrensvillage.org works in partnership with families to help children develop the skills and positive attitude needed to succeed as healthy contributing adults. Each year, CV serves close to 10,000 of the New York area’s most at-risk children and their families. Programs include shelters and street outreach for homeless and immigrant youth, foster and adoptive homes, a community center in Harlem, and a host of family support services.
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations by creating access and opportunity in underserved communities, improving the health of low-income people, supporting artistic expression, increasing college achievement, assisting in the revitalization of Detroit, and advancing methods for dealing with global climate change. The foundation works in six program areas: arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, health, and human services. In 2010, the Board of Trustees approved 481 awards totaling $158 million; $134 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. For more information, visit kresge.org.
The Alliance for Children and Families, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, is a nonprofit national membership association of private, nonprofit human service providers in the United States and Canada. Motivated by a vision of a healthy society and strong communities, the Alliance strengthens the capacities of North America’s nonprofit child- and family-serving organizations to serve and advocate for children, families, and communities. The more than 350 members of the Alliance provide an array of community-based programs and services to all generations, serving close to 3.4 million people each year. The Alliance is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. More information about the Alliance is available at alliance1.org.