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Crisis Intervention Non-Profit Receives Angel Funding

Home is supposed to be a safe haven. But many women and children depend on Turning Point, a crisis intervention 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency confronting violence against women and children. The agency will receive project funding from the NIU Business Experiential Learning Center Angels Foundation Fund. "I cannot put into words how grateful we are," shares Jane Farmer, Turning Point Executive Director. "We simply could not accomplish the tasks to reach the goals of the project without the Business Experiential Learning Center (ELC) and the student team. And this wouldn't be possible without the Angel Fund."

The ELC team will develop a social media initiative with a goal to cultivate and engage donors and volunteers who are new to the organization. In addition, the ELC team will develop a strategic initiative for a planned giving campaign that can be used to attract potential donors. Serving 1,754 clients in 2012, and responding to 5,228 crisis hotline and information calls, the donations Turning Point receives help provide life-changing and lifesaving services and a secure shelter.

In accordance with Illinois Law, victims of domestic violence are prohibited from paying for services. This sets increasing donor engagement and attracting new donors always at the top of Turning Point's priority list. "We require constant attention to the need to produce additional means of funding services," says Jane. "The challenge is to afford both the staff to deliver services and the administrative and development staff to sustain fiscal needs of the agency." The social media initiative will help carve a path to establish new and innovative methods to increase funding. And the ultimate goal of both initiatives is to reduce dependence on government funding. As Jane points out, "The future of funding resources is clear. Both in Illinois, and at the federal level, financial resources simply do not exist to protect the grant revenue available in the past. We must seek and embrace change."

Turning Point's comprehensive services are critical to McHenry County. Crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, case management, bilingual/bicultural services, individual therapy, and court advocacy for victims are just some of the services, as well as a shelter for women and children suffering from domestic violence. Turning Point is the only agency that is affiliated with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence in McHenry County.

Jane applauds the ELC for its efforts to "expose students to the benefits non-profits bring to their neighborhoods, communities, and to humanity as a whole." She feels this project will transform Turning Point and bring the agency direction and focus on initiatives it hasn't been able to get off the ground.

Learn more about the NIU Business Experiential Learning Center Angels Foundation Fund