Featured Listening Post | The Benjamin Rose Institute

This post is one in a series of Featured Listening Posts highlighting Listening Post Project participants employing innovative strategies and techniques to address the key challenges we have analyzed in recent Listening Post Soundings.     The Listening Post Project selected the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRI) as a Featured Listening Post because of its effective use of new practices. To learn more about the Institute and its involvement with the Listening Post Project, the Project spoke with Branka Primetica, Senior Research Analyst, and Linda Noelker, Senior Vice President at BRI.     Our Sounding revealed that your organization is more innovative than most. Why do you think this is the case? What structures/systems do you have in place that encourage innovation? The Benjamin Rose Institute (BRI) encompasses a unique mix of services, research, and policy institutes. Collaboration on a variety of projects is essential to innovative practice and service programs. This collaboration allows BRI to remain competitive when seeking grant opportunities. In addition, the Board of Directors promotes a collaborative culture by investing endowment funds to launch new ideas and programs, many of which are strongly encouraged to develop their own revenue streams.   A prime example...

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Featured Listening Post | The Henry Ford

This post is one in a series of Featured Listening Posts highlighting Listening Post Project participants employing innovative strategies and techniques to address the key challenges we have analyzed in recent Listening Post Soundings.     The Henry Ford was formally dedicated by its founder Henry Ford and his friend and mentor, Thomas Edison. Opened in 1929 as a school, this Dearborn, Michigan institution is a National Historic Landmark that tracks 300 years of American history and innovation and serves more than 1.6 million visitors annually. The Henry Ford holds 26 million objects and documents including such icons as Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, Henry Ford’s Quadricycle, the world’s oldest steam engine, and Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House.       Your organization started a website devoted to innovation, oninnovation.com. Why did you develop this website? What are the benefits of it? How do you measure its effectiveness? In 2008, The Henry Ford began a new oral history project, Collecting Innovation Today, to capture the stories of today’s innovators, people dedicated to changing and improving the world and the way we live. The subjects have included household names, like Bill Gates and Martha Stewart, plus people like “green” architect William...

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Featured Listening Post | North Carolina Symphony

This post is one in a series of Featured Listening Posts highlighting Listening Post Project participants employing innovative strategies and techniques to address the key challenges we have analyzed in recent Listening Post Soundings.     The North Carolina Symphony was founded in 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression. Truly the “people’s orchestra” since its inception, the Symphony has dual legacies of statewide service and music education. Today the Symphony performs 175 concerts each year, in a concert season that takes the orchestra to venues of various shapes and sizes across the entire state of North Carolina, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks and many places in between.     Have your healthcare costs been going up over the past few years? If yes, by how much? Did this have any impact on services, staff retention, etc.? Up until FY2008, the total cost of health care to our company had increased by more than 100% over a 10-year period, including 27% over the immediate prior two years alone. While health care costs have not directly impacted our organization’s ability to fulfill its mission, they have without question put a strain on available resources and...

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Featured Listening Post | Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM)

This post is one in a series of Featured Listening Posts highlighting Listening Post Project participants employing innovative strategies and techniques to address the key challenges we have analyzed in recent Listening Post Soundings.     Founded in 1945, PVM provides a variety of living options and services in 23 communities across Michigan, including continuing care retirement communities, subsidized senior housing, and market-rate senior housing. PVM also sponsors community outreach and health ministry programs including parish nursing, home health care and personal services. Over 2,500 individuals reside in PVM affiliated Villages, while another 1,000 community members are served through various programs. With assets over $200 million, an annual budget over $50 million, 650 employees, and over 500 volunteers, PVM serves individuals of all financial means in urban (intercity), suburban, rural and resort communities.   The Listening Post Project selected Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM) as a Featured Listening Post because of the innovative ways in which it has accessed investment capital in recent years. To learn more about PVM, and its involvement with the Listening Post Project, we spoke with Roger Myers, President and CEO of PVM.     The Listening Post Investment Capital Sounding found that most nonprofits...

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Featured Listening Post | The Andrus Children’s Center

  This post is one in a series of Featured Listening Posts highlighting Listening Post Project participants employing innovative strategies and techniques to address the key challenges we have analyzed in recent Listening Post Soundings.     Founded in 1928 as an orphanage, the Andrus Children’s Center is in its 80th year of serving children and families. The Center has a 110-acre campus that offers residential and day treatment services for 150 children. It also provides mental health services through community clinics, school-based initiatives and after-school programs across eight sites in Westchester County, helping 2,500 children and families. With a budget of $30 million, the organization primarily relies on funds from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (25 percent of its revenues) and the New York State Education Department (23 percent). Other key funding sources include Medicaid (18 percent), government and non-government contracts, fees (15 percent), and private funding sources, including foundations (14 percent).   The Listening Post Project selected the Andrus Center as a Featured Listening Post because of the innovative web-based curriculum it described in the Nonprofit Recruitment and Retention Sounding. To learn more about the organization, this innovation, and its involvement with...

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