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Greetings Goblins Ghosts Ghouls and Gargoyles,

What's spookier than the fact that it's already Halloween? Maybe only that we haven't said BOO since last Thanksgiving! OoooOOhhh...:::shiver:::

OK, we'll calm down on the SPOOKINESS...for now. Read on for puns, scary references, and updates on what we've been up to in 2019...if you dare.


Return of the Clients

2019 has been a big year for returning clients--we'd say we're haunted, but the negative connotations don't apply to our friends at Special Gifts Theatre, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, and Wellness House. Laura is once again working with Wellness House on a new strategic plan, Laura and Mac are back with PHIMC facilitating organizational development, and Mac is excited to be spending time with her SGT pals once again, helping with implementation of one of the organization's strategic plan goals.

In August, HMPRG and CAPriCORN’s Patient Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) were awarded a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award for Conference Support. The “Elevating the Patient Voice in Research” project, is designed to increase patient participation in research and guide future health research priorities, and Mac is assisting HMPRG in planning and running the community input sessions.

Sometimes, the clients don't really leave...


It's the Great Merger!

After a long engagement, PHIMC and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance have finally tied the knot--their merger was completed in August! ConBATulations on a successful process, and we can't wait to see what you accomplish together going forward.

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Just in time for Halloween...Laura is merging two new, seasonally appropriate orange-hued hens to her flock.


Jack-o-Lantern Pot!

Earlier this year, former MCFG client The Center for Enriched Living won $100,000 from the Chicago Bears. Through a vote-based contest, CEL hit the jack(o-lantern) pot and received the highest number of votes of any Bears contest ever. Congratulations, CEL!

They Came from the Nonprofit Sector

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Mac (in her witchiest vest) with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice Board

It hasn't all been past friends returning (one might say, zombies?)...we've encountered some new spirits this year as well. Laura has been providing leadership coaching for Changing Worlds and TPAN, while Mac is helping Cicero Family Service with organizational development, Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago with board development, and facilitated a board retreat (complete with sno-cones!) for Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago. Retreats have been all the rage this year--Laura and Mac also facilitated board retreats for Wellness House and PrimeCare Health, and Mac facilitated a board retreat for The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice this past weekend. Funeral folks meeting the weekend before Halloween...coincidence, or something more sinister? We'll let you decide...

The Monster Mash...and Other Such Events

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Vu Le and Mac at the Arc of Innovation

More than in previous years, 2019 seems to have been event-filled--more full even than many of our bellies after all that trick-or treating tonight! Laura has continued her regular Learning Collaborative events for the Safety Net and Behavioral Health-Primary Care Integration, and in February, she spoke at an Association of Consultants to Nonprofits event. In May, Mac attended The Arc of Innovation conference and got to hear from, and meet (!!), one of her favorite nonprofit unicorns, Vu Le, author of the frighteningly funny, terrifyingly honest, goosebumps-inducing blog Nonprofit AF. If you haven't read it out yet, check out this week's nonprofit scary stories post.

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In July, Mac and Laura braved the heat and joined friends from Crossroads Fund, HANA Center, and thousands of Chicago neighbors at the Action to End Deportation. Sadly, the unconscionable human rights violations experienced by children and families coming to this country seeking safety and stability are the real horrors of the world. While we were proud to join organizers and activists at the march, we know we must all still work to create a truly just world for everyone.

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Mac chats with Lisa Schergen at the Revolutionary Health Care event benefiting Chicago Women's Health Center.

Between haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and costume parties, it can be hard to find time for those non-spooky events we love, but by Dracula, we've managed it this year! MCFGers have had a blast at CWHC's Revolutionary Health Care event, Crossroads Fund's annual auction, Wellness House's ball, Chicago Foundation for Women's annual luncheon, and HMPRG's annual awards. And, Mac, much like the ghosts that hung around for grandma's house, haunted the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance by serving on their Night of Noise host committee. We're looking forward to hitting the party circuit again next year!

Trick or Treat...

...for a nonprofit board, the scariest treat of all! (That's some Halloween Humor.) In all seriousness, though, Mac is looking to join a board in 2020. If you, or someone you know is in the market for a new board member, please let her know!


Something Wicked This Way Comes

Okay, it's not actually wicked at all, but it is coming your way in 2020. Laura is rebooting her Salon Series for Nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors, and we want you, our favorite witches and werewolves, to be the first to know. This five-session series will run January through May 2020, providing CEO/EDs with the opportunity to identify solutions to long-standing challenges as well as address their own health and wellness. More information will be sent out over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes open...and your lights on. .....WoooooOooooo

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Beware! The dark chocolate Reese's peanutbutter cups will take over your body, your mind, your soooouuuuullllll!!!!! This candy dish is the most dangerous spot in the MCFG office.

The pumpkins are carved, the costumes are ready, the scary movies are on the TV. As we prepare to party poltergeist style, we wish you all your favorite candy, lots of crunchy pumpkin seeds, and only the friendliest of frights. And, while we may have moved our newsletter up from our usual Thanksgiving message, we also want to say thank you. We are, as always, grateful for your work, your dedication, and your camaraderie. We hope you have a happy end to 2019 and wish you all the best in 2020.

Happy Halloween,

Laura, Mac, Kearney, Carly, Gus, and Walter

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