ELM

Expect Little Miracles

aka ELM Foundation   |   Huntsville, AL   |  www.elmhsv.org

Mission

Our mission is to create “Little Miracles" in the lives of people with demonstrated need, potential and drive by developing the individual capacity for self-sufficiency, stewardship and service.

Ruling year info

2013

Board Chairman

John Nolan

Main address

7501 Memorial Pkwy SW Suite 115

Huntsville, AL 35802 USA

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EIN

46-0921239

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (J12)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The ELM Foundation is a Private Operating Foundation that works to reverse the cycle of poverty by helping individuals and families set goals and create plans so that they can find the resources they need to support their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gap Funding Education Grants

ELM Education Grants may be used to meet any funding gaps for degree programs at two year and four year colleges as well as for trade certification and are not limited to tuition assistance. Grants may be used to fund housing and living expenses once all other scholarships, grants, and aid are applied. In addition to funding assistance, a development plan and ongoing coaching will be provided to scholarship recipients. Our goal is to give students the support they need to complete their certification/degree and become employed.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We work with individuals and families who are doing the best they can and who need a "little miracle" to help them achieve success. We work with the participant to establish long term goals using strengths, resources, and assets to fill gaps between problems and solutions. Working closely with a case manager helps assure accountability to agreed upon goals as identified in a development plan. Grants may be used to fund education, job development, transportation, child care or to overcome any barrier that keeps an individual or family from becoming self reliant and living a life of service.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Participants set specific employment goals to increase their employability. Barriers to employment are identified including access to child care and transportation. Training and education gaps are identified and goals are set to complete programs, job training, and certifications. Grants are funded to remove barriers and increase opportunities. Paid internships and apprenticeships are also available in partnership with placement services. Intensive case management and accountability are required for participation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Goals are set as part of a development plan to help participants budget scarce resources, reach specific financial objectives, and provide for their families. Ongoing case management helps participants to be accountable and may include referral to financial partners who help counsel participants.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Womens Endowment Grant $50,000 2018

Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville

Womens Endowment Grant $25,000 2019

Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to create “Little Miracles” in the lives of people with demonstrated need, potential and drive by developing the individual capacity for self-sufficiency, stewardship and service. Our ideal participants are individuals who are capable, motivated, and willing to work and who need “little miracles” to help them become self-sufficient.

The ELM Foundation is a faith based, private operating foundation that works to reverse the cycle of poverty by helping individuals and families set goals, create plans, and access resources to become economically independent. Accountability, stewardship, and service are critical to the success of our model. Participation is by referral only. We accept referrals from non profit organizations, clergy, and community leaders. Our Programs

We work with individuals and families who are doing the best they can and who need a "little miracle" to help them achieve success. We work with the participant to establish long term goals using strengths, resources, and assets to fill gaps between problems and solutions. Working closely with a case manager helps assure accountability to agreed upon goals as identified in a development plan. Grants may be used to fund education, job development, transportation, child care or to overcome any barrier that keeps an individual or family from becoming s

We are in the business of helping individuals and families become self-reliant and free from debt and government dependence. The generosity of our donors enables us to make grants that help our participants achieve their goals and become economically independent. We have worked with over 200 participants since 2012. A hallmark of our model is intensive case management. Each of these individuals has met with our case manager to review their needs and funding gaps and has created a development plan to take them to self-reliance. Grants have been awarded for child care, job training, tuition, books and fees, housing, and a variety of needs unique to each individual. Intensive case management requires commitment to the development and accountability for results. Regular meetings with the case manager assures that commitments are kept and success is celebrated.

We have funded nearly $1 million in grants since 2012. Our participants have graduated from college, become employed, bought homes, and are contributing meaningfully in their communities. To learn more about our participant stories, visit our website https://www.expectlittlemiracleshsv.org/copy-of-success-stories

We have recently been awarded a $50,000 grant to help us expand our case management model across North Alabama. We are helping to create a collaborative community case management system using unlimited subscriptions to CharityTracker, a web based collaborative case management system.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ELM

Board of directors
as of 10/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Nolan

JAHR 2010 LLC

Term: 2012 - 2018

Ryan Lindow

Compass Homes Alabama

Aaron Biggs

Compass Homes Alabama

Alexis Lindow

Helen Nolan

Roby Roberts

Oracle

Jennie Robinson

City of Huntsville

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes