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  • Thank you to all who shared the love with Trinity on #GivingTuesday

    Dec 08, 2017

    Trinity Services, Inc. would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who supported Trinity on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28.

    Whether it was through donating, sharing information about Trinity or creating a Facebook fundraiser, we appreciate all of the support that was shown for our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    More than $47,000 was raised for Trinity online across the duration of the #GivingTuesday campaign.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This was Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity.

    Thank you for sharing the love with the people we serve.

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  • Trinity Services supporters can amplify their impact this #GivingTuesday

    Nov 03, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Supporters of Trinity Services, Inc. can amplify their charitable impact this #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible online donation to the nonprofit on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

    Thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 only will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000. The Coleman Foundation will match $25 for every gift between $25-$99; $100 for every gift between $100-$499; and $500 for every gift of $500 or more. Matches apply to both current and new supporters.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all donations made Nov. 28 through Facebook fundraisers created on behalf of Trinity Services will be matched at $1,000 per fundraiser, up to a total of $50,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This is Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity. #GivingTuesday is always held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and holiday shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Those interested in donating to or helping Trinity Services on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to visit www.Facebook.com/TrinityServices/fundraisers to create a shareable fundraiser on behalf of the nonprofit or to visit www.Trinity-Services.org/GivingTuesday to donate. Trinity is using the hashtag #ShareTheLove for its campaign.

    For more information about ways to get involved, call (815) 717-3750.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in more than 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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Seeking Proposals for Organizational Improvement

by Art Dykstra | Oct 11, 2017

A learning organization is constantly realigning itself, examining the inevitable gap between vision and reality, and making plans to do things better tomorrow. It is a seeking organization, not just a responding one. New ideas or new ways of doing things are explored and implemented before they are read about in professional journals or shared in “How to Do It Better” seminars.

Learningful organizations are creative, so they anticipate the need to change in a rapidly evolving world. Their creativity essentially emerges from the people who are carrying out the work of the organization on a daily basis. Many of the improvements occur as a result of simple agreements between interested parties. Other changes happen through formal or informal meetings.

There are other patterns of ideas, however, that exceed the model of “Let’s just meet and make a decision on that.” One proven, helpful device is to provide all employees with a simple one-page format for presenting their ideas for organizational change. It is important that the outline not be unnecessarily bureaucratic or overly complicated; the intent is to encourage free-flowing ideas. Having a standardized instrument is useful in as much as the proposal being generated will include all of the necessary elements. A sample format follows.

Developing a Proposal – Five Steps

  1. Show that there is an important unmet need.

    An employee must demonstrate with specific examples that a need exists and that fulfilling this need is critical.

  2. Specify the objectives, the specific outcome which will significantly affect that need.

    How does the employee propose to fulfill the need he or she has identified? What are the specific goals of the program, and how will reaching those goals meet the need?

  3. Outline a plan for accomplishing the objectives.

    The employee details the scope of organizational involvement, estimates timelines, forecasts expected results, and plans for adapting to unexpected results.

  4. Establish the organization’s ability to carry out the plan in an efficient and effective manner.

    The employee must realistically assess the organization’s capacity to carry out the plan. What skills, knowledge or talents does it need to accomplish the task?

  5. Specify the costs anticipated in carrying out the plan.

In my experience, proposals for organizational change or improvement tend to overstate the value of the proposed change while underestimating the costs in terms of money, time and effort. That is why this section of the outline is so important.

Employees need to become aware of the economic side of doing things differently. This isn’t to say that proposals can’t result in financial savings, but too often staff members see only the program advantages and not the attendant costs. Staff should similarly be familiar with the concept of sub-optimization—there are no perfect solutions. A positive intervention on the one hand may create a negative impact on the other.

Creating an organizational culture that builds an expectation of personal responsibility for making suggestions and which instills this expectation into every job description is the ideal for a change-seeking organization. This expectation of personal responsibility along with the acceptance of risk that goes with it, should be conveyed in the initial interview and emphasized from that day forward.

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