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2011-2012 Annual Report

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Helping Nonprofits Help Arkansas
WELCOME

ABOUT ACE

Dear ACE Members and Friends,

For nearly a decade, the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence has impacted...
MEMBERSHIP &
NETWORKING

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GREAT PARTNER
Vicki Pillow, Director of Development,
Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas:

ACE thr...
RESEARCH &
COMMUNICATIONS

ORGANIZATIONAL
DEVELOPMENT

Through our research and communications efforts, ACE seeks to impac...
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COLLABORATION

GREAT INVESTMENT
Ed Seay, Executive Director, Help Network, Inc., Russellville:
We love being members of...
PUBLIC POLICY

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State and federal policies play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of our nonprofits.
Therefor...
Board

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The generous support of ACE’s funders, members, state leaders, and board leadership has made
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Proud Member of the

Helping Nonprofits Help Arkansas

Located in the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation offices
200 River Mark...
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Arkansas Coalition for Excellence annual report 2012

  1. 1. 2011-2012 Annual Report IMPACT IMPACT IMPACT IMPACT IMPACT IMPACT Helping Nonprofits Help Arkansas
  2. 2. WELCOME ABOUT ACE Dear ACE Members and Friends, For nearly a decade, the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence has impacted Arkansas’ nonprofits and the people they serve. Through our work, we have built a stronger, more energetic nonprofit sector by advocating for nonprofits around the state, serving as the leading resource for Arkansas’ network of nonprofit organizations, facilitating access to affordable resources, and sharing research and information. The focus of the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence (ACE) Annual Report for 2011-2012 is IMPACT. And ACE did indeed make one this past year. However, it is our members and supporters that help us make a larger impact in our work to support nonprofits. Stephanie F. Meincke In a Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Collective Impact, by John Kania and Mark Kramer (Winter 2011), the authors identify five components that “produce true alignment and lead to powerful results: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and backbone support organizations.” We believe that by producing strength, influence and power for the nonprofit collective we can create a better Arkansas. ACE strives to be the “backbone support organization” that helps nonprofits work toward a common agenda of nonprofit excellence. We do this by providing a shared measurement system, the Arkansas Diamond Standards (TM) and by coordinating mutually reinforcing activities through advocacy, networking, training, and leadership. With our continuous online communications, research and technical assistance, we aim to keep the nonprofit sector abreast of common issues facing our community. Mission Strengthen Arkansas Nonprofits By producing strength, influence and power for the nonprofit collective we can create a better Arkansas. Diane LaFollette Core Values Vision Best practices; Inclusive; Unity in Diversity; Connecting & Equipping; Statewide Vision and Regional Approach A strong, vibrant, united and effective nonprofit sector that is well positioned to meet the diverse needs of all Arkansans “ Your membership, and more importantly, your engagement in working with ACE will be critical as we spend the next year expanding upon the gains we have made in the last ten years. We are looking to you to direct us in pursuing our mutual goals in the next decade, as we work together to refine a common agenda to ensure that Arkansas nonprofits remain strong and viable. Are you ready to “get collective” with us? We hope so, because we cannot do it without you! WE ARE GRATEFUL Pierre Ferrari, President/CEO of Heifer International: Supporting a thriving, robust, Thank you so much for your support over the past year and for your enthusiasm in looking ahead to what we can be together. competent and successful civil society is of critical importance in creating an Arkansan culture Sincerely, of caring, inclusion and peace. ACE does this superbly, we are grateful for all the work they do. Stephanie F. Meincke, MSW Executive Director Diane LaFollette Board Chair Photo courtesy of Heifer International 2 2011/2012 Annual Report ” 3
  3. 3. MEMBERSHIP & NETWORKING “ GREAT PARTNER Vicki Pillow, Director of Development, Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas: ACE thrives on our relationship with our members. And without their support, ACE wouldn’t exist. Our diverse alliance of foundations, government agencies, businesses and individuals all share a common goal--a strong, united and effective nonprofit sector. It’s through the strength of our shared objective that we impact the organizations and communities we serve. In the course of our growth through the past year, ACE: The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas not only considers itself a member of the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence, we consider ACE our partner. We know we can count on ACE to provide information, advice, and support when we need it. ACE truly lives up to the • Welcomed a new Membership • Provided one-on-one technical • Provided financial assistance & Communications Coordinator assistance on nonprofit for five ACE member through AmeriCorps*VISTA management issues phrase--Helping Nonprofits Help Arkansas. organizations to receive • Welcomed 75 new members • Hosted 125 nonprofit leaders and supporters at Heifer International Arkansas Nonprofit Services into the coalition • Added three new cost saving benefits including ” financial consulting through for our largest Annual Meeting • Facilitated monthly Network discounts on background Lunches highlighting board checks, video promotion and and networking opportunities recruitment and engagement, online board resources • Coordinated statewide training for nonprofit peers visioning, PR and media relations Service Company Health Insurance BRAVO Career Center JobTarget Members By Mission Art & Humanities 6% Education 7% Environment & Animals 1% Foundations 15% Health 4% Human Services 34% Business, Community & Economic Development 15% Other 18% It’s through the strength of our shared objective that we impact the organizations and communities we serve. Audio & Web Conferencing ReadyTalk Donor Software Giftworks Online Grant Database GrantStation In-Kind Donation Good360 members put more money $ BoardSource Nonprofit Publication Nonprofit World Technology Educational Resources Idealware Website Development FireSpring towards what Background Screening Coeus Global matters - the Video Solutions 2011/2012 Annual Report Benefits help our Board Knowledge Center Risk Management Resources Nonprofit Risk Management Center 4 ACE’s Cost Saving Dharma Eye Media causes they serve 5
  4. 4. RESEARCH & COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Through our research and communications efforts, ACE seeks to impact the public understanding and awareness of Arkansas’ nonprofit sector. ACE provides research, resources and information that is timely and relevant to the sector. And, most importantly, we continually tell the story of ACE and our members through various media outlets, online communication and social media. Over the past year, ACE: Through best practices, technical assistance, training and education, ACE uses its statewide organizational development program to increase the impact of Arkansas’ nonprofits. This past year, ACE: Impacting the public’s knowledge and reception of Arkansas’ nonprofit landscape • Focused on the topic of Social Enterprise at the Annual Meeting with guest speakers Jeremy Thornton, Samford University and Dr. Fitz Hill, Arkansas Baptist College • Launched a new Arkansas Diamond Standards™ workshop • Launched the new online format of ACE monthly e-newsletter • Hosted two Communications Interns to oversee website and social media • Began to “tweet” on Twitter • Teamed with GrantStation series that focused on program to send weekly grant alerts evaluation, board governance, audit Like us to ACE members • Participated in a national 2012 Nonprofit Salary Survey arkansascoalitionforexcellence in partnership with the and increased ACE overall National Council of Nonprofits social media impact • Partnered with the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas to present a disaster preparedness workshop series ACE’s Online Resource Guide gathers professional development info and helpful tools in one convenient place and Columbia Books • Partnered with the National partnership with the Arkansas “Nonprofit Advocacy Matters” Philanthropy Roundtable and • Sent policy alerts on urgent matters facing nonprofits “ Cloud Computing and Online Communications Strategies • Completed statewide training to 100 nonprofits (20 per region) and technical assistance to 30 nonprofits (6 per region) through a Strengthening Communities Fund Nonprofit Capacity Building Program grant • Presented monthly webinars on fundraising topics in partnership with the Association of Fundraising follow us Capacity Needs Survey in provide bi-monthly e-newsletter, included Quickbooks for Nonprofits, Professionals (AFP) – Arkansas Chapter • Conducted 2012 Nonprofit Council of Nonprofits to acenonprofit the Arkansas DHS Community Service and Nonprofit Support LIFELINE FOR ORGANIZATION Linda L. Ragsdale, LMSW, Executive Director, Ouachita Children’s Center, Hot Springs: ACE has been a tremendous benefit and lifeline for our organization over the past few years! We see them as the “go-to” for organizational development issues, board member training, staff management guidance and even grant/funding opportunities. Nonprofits are a special species of business, so it’s very helpful to have a resource organization that understands our unique needs and concerns. Thanks ACE for all you do making Arkansas an even more excellent place to work and live! 6 preparation and legal compliance FAST FACT • Hosted a Summer Tech Series that 2011/2012 Annual Report ” “ COMMON GOALS Debra Banks, Program Manager, ACHANGE, North Little Rock: Despite the diversity of missions, organizations that are involved with ACE have one important commonality. We are nonprofits, and as such, will be affected by the same basic laws and regulations. ACE helps ACHANGE to remain aware of any changes, and in turn, share those changes with nonprofit affordable housing organizations throughout the state. ” 7
  5. 5. “ COLLABORATION GREAT INVESTMENT Ed Seay, Executive Director, Help Network, Inc., Russellville: We love being members of ACE for the benefits that we receive. As a small nonprofit with limited resources, we could One of the strengths of nonprofits is their diverse missions—dynamic, varied, and as rich in character as the communities they serve. ACE aims to convene nonprofits, government agencies and business entities; we know that working together maximizes our impact. ACE has worked with the following groups over the past year: never afford benefits like Grantstation, which we use on a regular basis. We also would not have the training through webinars and in-person that ACE provides, often at no cost to members. Our membership with ACE has been a great investment. Alliance for Justice Clinton School of Public Service American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas Corporation for National and Community Service FAST FACT Arkansas Community Foundation Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation and Office Staff Information the latest information and trends in the nonprofit sector. Sharing ACE provides our members with Firespring Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP ACE helps Arkansas DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support GrantStation Ken Hubbell & Associates Members members for their support of Arkansas nonprofits. Not a Thank you to our current Morris Foundation member yet? Here’s how to join. Idealware Arkansas nonprofits Arkansas Economic Development Commission navigate the legal Arkansas Nonprofit Services Arkansas Philanthropy Roundtable landscape with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Arkansas Chapter Arkansas Nonprofit Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation Legal Guide Charles A. Frueauff Foundation JPMS Cox, PLLC Moving the Needle National Council of Nonprofits Southern Bancorp Financial Partners Windgate Charitable Foundation WinRock International Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Circle Communications Network, LLC “ out now more than ever about the invaluable impact we have on our communities. We’ve dedicated a section of our website to finding funding resources. and infrastructure checklist will help assess your organization’s immediate needs. ACE IS THE VOICE The Arkansas DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support nonprofits. Our partnership is a model of best practices with government and private collaboration. ACE is the voice for the sector in many ways – and by working with DCSNS, we are able to better serve the nonprofit sector together through quality training and technical assistance. Collaboration of Arkansas nonprofits to ensure they continue Supporting and nurturing the network their work. (DCSNS) is pleased to partner with ACE to strengthen capacity of Arkansas 2011/2012 Annual Report Public Policy budget cuts, Arkansas nonprofits will need to speak With growing deficits and extreme Arkansas Diamondsizes. A workbook, self-assessment tool Standards is a best practice assessment for nonprofits of all Sherry Middleton, DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support: 8 ” ” Training & aTechnical Support our is provided by ACE staff on daily basis. It’s part of what we do, and exemplifies commitment to ACE member organizations. 9
  6. 6. PUBLIC POLICY “ State and federal policies play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of our nonprofits. Therefore, it is essential that Arkansas’ nonprofits have a voice in legislative and public policy forums. From decisions on key funding to tax-exempt status, ACE works diligently to make sure that our sector’s voice is strong and united, and that the impact we have on Arkansas’ communities is clear to policy-makers. COMMON GOALS Tim Delaney, President & CEO, National Council of Nonprofits: The National Council of Nonprofits is proud to have the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence (ACE) in our nationwide network of nonprofits, the largest in the country. ACE links • ACE and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation hosted a joint training on “How to Advocate as a Nonprofit” led by Alliance for Justice. • ACE worked in partnership with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Arkansas DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, Southern BanCorp Financial Partners, and WinRock International to develop a pilot training and FAST FACT ACE Nonprofit Capacity Needs Report impacts nonprofit strategies throughout Arkansas Arkansas nonprofits to a continuous exchange of vital • ACE sent a letter to Interim CEO information on a timely basis. Whether distributing to Arkansas Robert Velasco of the Corporation nonprofits important information that we gather in Washington, for National and Community D.C., and other states, or swiftly gathering insights from Service requesting a grant waiver Arkansas nonprofits that is needed here on Capitol Hill to lift that would allow more nonprofits the voices of Arkansas nonprofits, ACE has proven itself to be to apply for federal funding an invaluable asset for all nonprofits to deliver on their missions recognizing the challenges of to serve individuals in local communities. Thank you, ACE! ” high matching requirements in a largely rural state. • ACE’s public policy efforts increased membership participation among nonprofits • ACE hosted a webinar for • ACE participated in a nonprofit nonprofits in the Arkansas Delta. nonprofits featuring David roundtable discussion hosted especially federal funding— Thompson, Vice-President of by Representative Tim Griffin affecting their organizations. Public Policy for the National (R) to discuss the needs of Council of Nonprofits. The capacity building project for interested in public policy issues— Arkansas nonprofits. webinar offered participants a chance to ask questions about ACE works constantly to make sure nonprofits have a voice in legislative and public policy forums that is united and clearly heard. 10 2011/2012 Annual Report • ACE participated in Lobby Day in Washington, DC through the the federal budget and its impact National Council of Nonprofits. on nonprofits in Arkansas. ACE spoke to Arkansas’ • ACE provided regular monthly congressional members about updates to ACE members through protecting the charitable giving e-news about public policy efforts tax incentive and protecting both locally and nationwide the nonprofit sector from impacting nonprofit operations. across-the-board cuts. MEMBERS BY REGION Central 47% Northeast 13% Northwest 18% Southeast 8% Southwest 12% Out of State 2% 11
  7. 7. Board FINANCIAL INFORMATION The generous support of ACE’s funders, members, state leaders, and board leadership has made our growth possible. Diane LaFollette, Chair Daniel L. Herrington, Vice Chair Barbara Akins, Secretary W. Taylor Marshall, Treasurer Lisa Bondurant, APR Barry J. Colley, PhD Maxie Carpenter Debbie Watts Staff Thank you for your support and enthusiasm Income Membership & Programs 21% With Special Thanks to: State & Federal 39% Arkansas Community Foundation Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation and Office Staff Arkansas Economic Development Commission and State General Improvement Funds Foundation 38% Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Contributions 2% Stephanie F. Meincke, MSW Emily C. Ingram Rebecca Zimmermann Corporation for National and Community Service Executive Director Associate Director AmeriCorps*VISTA for Membership & Communications Dolores F. and Thomas A. Bruce Endowment DHS Strengthening Communities Fund, made possible by the Arkansas Governor’s Office and supporting state agencies Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLC Expenses Resource Development JPMS Cox, PLLC Morris Foundation Senator David Johnson 8% Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Windgate Charitable Foundation Administration 20% “ QUALITY OFFERINGS Jim Caldwell, Executive Director, United Way of Southeast Arkansas: Two of the most difficult issues which all nonprofits, especially new and Membership & Programs 72% developing organizations, face is getting answers to hard questions along with counsel on thorny issues. In Arkansas, ACE is the “go to” place for such times. ACE is to be commended for both the quality and quantity of its offerings! 12 2011/2012 Annual Report ” 13
  8. 8. Proud Member of the Helping Nonprofits Help Arkansas Located in the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation offices 200 River Market Avenue, Suite 100 | Little Rock, AR 72201 | (501) 375.1223 acenonprofit.org | Facebook.com/arkansascoalitionforexcellence | Twitter.com/acenonprofit

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