Human Services

ELM

Expect Little Miracles

aka ELM Foundation

Huntsville, AL

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

2013

Board Chairman

John Nolan

Main Address

7501 Memorial Pkwy SW Suite 115

Huntsville, AL 35802 USA

Keywords

self-reliance, self-sufficiency, economic independence, goal setting, accountability, case management, stewardship, service, pay it forward, education

EIN

46-0921239

 Number

5466543801

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (J12)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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Gap Funding Education Grants

Self Sufficiency Grants

Employment Program

Financial Stewardship

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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. ​

Self Sufficiency will be achieved when development plans are followed and the participant is: 1) employed and earning at least 200% of federal poverty level , 2) not receiving any public assistance, 3) paying market rate for housing, 4) paying all bills on time, 5) saving money and planning for the future 6) helping to create "little miracles" for others

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.

External Reviews

Awards

Womens Endowment Grant $50,000 2018

Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville

Financials

ELM

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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