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Grant to enable pilot project at St. Joseph's Villa

Rochester Business Journal
December 13, 2011

St. Joseph’s Villa of Rochester received a $100,000 grant to test new strategies for non-profit human service agencies.

The grant came from the Alliance for Children and Families and will allow St. Joseph’s Villa to implement a pilot project to elevate the use of strategy within non-profit human service agencies, officials said. The Alliance, which has its headquarters in Milwaukee, is one of the nation's largest membership associations of private, non-profit human service organizations.

It launched the Strategy Counts initiative with a $5.37 million grant from the Kresge Foundation. St. Joseph’s Villa was one of 14 non-profits in the nation chosen for the pilot project through a competitive process.
The local agency will conduct an 18-month transformational project that will serve as a catalyst to expand the organization’s long-term view, align operations to the core mission of the agency, bring a more proactive approach to decision making and increase client and community impact, St. Joseph’s Villa officials said.

“This grant will enable St. Joseph’s Villa to improve our own services and to ultimately realign our programs to meet the demands of our community,” said Christina Gullo, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa. “It also means we are part of a nationwide cohort group that will contribute to a new level of understanding about the role of strategy in nonprofit organizations that share a mission to improve the lives of children and families.”

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